Identity politics. Right-wing nationalism. Climate Change. Brexit. Ronan Keating’s solo career. There isn’t much philosophy going on. Following his Celebrity Big Brother house “vacation”, Hardeep Singh Kohli, the host of BBC Radio 4’s Sketchtopia embarks on one man’s mission to find a philosophy that explains and engages the malaise of modernity. Where are the prophets? The visionaries? The rest of Boyzone? Regular on BBC1’s Question Time and This Week. He spoke with The Fountain about the show and his plans for the month.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how excited are you?
I always love being in my country’s capital city in August
TF: Your show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
It’s Hard to be Deep is my new show. In a time where we are in turmoil i thought it might be time to examine where all the philosophers have gone. Never before have we needed clear, cogent thought. I take a comedic look at the philosophers and philosophies that have shaped me. I examine what it is we believe as people, as a society, as a world? And it’s funny.
TF: And what drove the project, where do your influences lie?
My shoes have become increasingly political in the last few years. While comedy is here to entertain us and make us forget our problems, it is also the perfect way to hold a mirror to our selves and our souls
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
I’ll be splitting my time between Edinburgh and Glasgow. It’s important to remember that it’s a marathon and not a sprint. Pace yourself. Eat well. The Mosque Kitchen offers home cooked Punjabi food at great prices. Mother India is the best Indian in scotland. Enjoy the capital’s numerous coffee shops and take time to enjoy the stunning architecture of the world’s most beautiful city.
TF: And what are your future plans, beyond the Fringe?
I’ll be getting ready for my Spring tour and launching my new street food offering, “Curry the Truck UP”
You can see Hardeep Singh Kohli: It’s Hard To Be Deep at Assembly Studio Three from 31st July – 24th August at 5:15pm. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com