Ninety-Five is a debut show from Saskia Preston, writer for Radio 4’s The Now Show and News Quiz, and 4 Extra’s Newsjack. A family birthday party back in a childhood setting is a trigger for a wander down memory’s estrada. Featuring gay bars and needless Portuguese words. The Fountain caught up with Saskia for the lowdown on the show and being a first-time performer.

TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting? 

Yes! I think?! It’s my first time doing an hour so it’s definitely a new challenge. Am also really looking forward to buying a new raincoat to wear over the SUMMER, which represents quite a worrying shift in perspective. 

TF: Ninety-Five certainly sounds interesting, what is the premise? 

Thanks. I mean, the show is about memory and imagination and families. There’s quite a bit at my grandmother’s 95th birthday party which explains the otherwise quite confusing title.  

TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie? 

It’s just evolved over time. I started with some jokes about my sister, accents and travel and it developed from there. It’s most influenced by trips though I’d say, physical and emotional ones. 

TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers? 

Yes, I’ve been a few times! Um, I think you have to just remember to keep perspective, the fringe is a hugely insular place. Get out of the bubble, go for a swim, talk to your friends at home who aren’t fussed about comedy. I’m looking forward to seeing some gay Caberet when my friends who aren’t fussed about comedy come up. 

TF: And what are your future plans beyond Ninety-Five

Hey let’s see how this goes!

You can see Ninety-Five at Underbelly, Bristo Square from 31st July – 25th August (Not 10th) at 13:50. For tickets, please visit