The debut stand-up hour from Arnab Chanda (Russell Howard’s Good News, BBC’s Pls Like, 2018 Writers Guild nominee) who was born in Yorkshire, but grew up abroad, but lives in London, but who cares. He is back in Edinburgh this year with new show, Boy From Earth, which he discusses with The Fountain, along with his plans for August.
TF: You are performing your debut stand-up hour at the EFF, how exciting?
I heard the author Sam Lipsyte say recently, “no one really cares about your life except for you and your mom,” but yes, I suppose it is a little exciting.
TF: Boy From Earth certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
I realized I don’t really know much in life, so I started to write a list of things that I thought I knew, and they were: 1) that I breathe, and 2) that I am a boy from Earth. “I Breathe” sounds ridiculous as a title, so I went with Boy From Earth. As I’ve moved around the world so much in my life, it seemed appropriate as well.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
I quit stand-up for eight years (after doing it for eight years), and I always thought it would be an accomplishment to do an hour of stand-up that I liked, so this is that attempt. I’ve been influenced by the honesty you seem to find in interview podcasts, and I also love comedians such as Daniel Simonsen, Phil Burgers, Norm MacDonald, Fahim Anwar, Demetri Martin, and Chelsea Peretti.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
Stay sober. Exercise every day. Eat at Mosque Kitchen. Get out of Edinburgh on my days off. Don’t watch or talk about comedy while I’m up there.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond BFE?
I have two TV scripts in development with production companies in London, I’d like to write a two-hander play, I’m trying to make some cool short films as well, and I’d love to get back to the U.S. and do some acting over there. That’s the big aim I suppose.
You can see Boy From Earth at Voodoo Rooms: PBHs Free Fringe from 3rd – 25th August at 19:40. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com