Having barely survived his car exploding on a motorway, Mark Nelson isn’t exactly about to pussyfoot around the political car crashes currently happening. Award-winning stand-up renowned for brilliantly dark material, host of BBC Radio’s smash-hit The Good, the Bad and the Unexpected, creator of viral sensation News at 3 (180+ million views!), mark Nelson is in Edinburgh this Fringe with his show, Brexit Wounds. Mark spoke with The Fountain about the premise for the show, and offers tips for first-time Fringe goers.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how excited are you?
Very excited indeed to be back in at the Fringe. I took last year off so can’t wait to get into the madness again.
TF: Your show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
Well my show is called Brexit Wounds and was supposed to be about what Britain was like once we had left the EU. Now that that hasn’t happened who know what the premise is.
TF: And what drove the project, where do your influences lie?
I have a degree in politics, so I thought it was about time I actually used it in some way.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
My main tip for anyone going to the Fringe is go and see the first show you are given a flyer for – no matter what it is. I do this every year and have seen shows ranging from an amazing hip hop take on Much Ado About Nothing to a truly abysmal badger-based sketch show.
TF: And what are your future plans, beyond the Fringe?
I have just been given my own TV show which is going to be a bit of a game changer.
You can see Brexit Wounds at Gilded Balloon: Teviot from 31st July – 25th August at 8pm. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com