The host of BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz, actor, writer and comedian Miles Jupp will be having an ideally in-depth conversation daily with a different person of interest each day throughout the Edinburgh Fringe this August.
Miles spoke with The Fountain about his plans for the Fringe, what drew him to choose the interviewees and the premise of the show.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
It’s reasonably exciting, I think. I’m certainly looking forward to it.
TF: Interviews certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise, are you keeping it broad?
Part of the premise is that I don’t want to interview people who are plugging anything. I just want to fleet in and have actual conversations and not doing all that “so what’s the show about? What time’s it in sort of stuff?” Also I’ve been interviewed in front of an audience a few times when I’ve had books out and so forth and it’s really good fun, but quite often I’ve found myself thinking “I’d like to be the person doing the interview.”
TF: And what drew you to interview the people you have chosen?
They’re people I find interesting and also, helpfully, who I know a bit. I suppose they’re people of achievement too. Becoming an MP is a serious achievement. So is winning The Ashes. Or writing some great novels. John McCarthy, whenever I’ve met him before, seems to me to be the embodiment of the human spirit. And I think that’s certainly an achievement.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, have you been before?
I’m going to be putting quite a bit of work into the shows rather than winging it, and so I’ll have to spend a bit of time with my head down. But I’ll also walk a lot and find time to see some shows and eat and drink to excess.
I’ve been several times before, and appeared in some sort of guise at every fringe from 2000 to 2010. I’ve done six solo shows and a few sketch shows, a bit of improv and some plays.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Interviews?
I’m about to start a second draft of a novel and my writing partner and I have a few script commissions to crack on with. Then there’s The News Quiz and I’ve a TV drama job over the Autumn and a play next year. This probably makes me sound a bit busier than I am. There’s a lot of sitting about too.
Miles Jupp’s Interviews, THE STAND’s New Town Theatre (Venue 7), 3:40pm (60 Minutes), Friday 3rd-Sunday 12th August 2018