Sophie Duker is your Venus, she’s your fire, your desire. Or is she? Silly, sexy, savage stand-up from a girl who’s definitely not a goddess. In her hotly anticipated full-fat woke debut hour Sophie takes her audience on an unconventional journey of self-discovery, and will do for the entire month of August. The Fountain caught up with Sophie on the premise of the show.

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

Are you kidding? I AM excitement. My biological clock has set multiple reminder alarms for August – bursts of euphoria, random crying, involuntary dance breaks. I may explode.

TF: Your show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?

The premise of Venus is that I am not a goddess.

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

There’s such creativity and power being displayed by young women, queer people, people of colour at the moment. Outside of comedy, I’m influenced a lot by the femme playfulness of artists like Janelle Monae, Camille O’ Sullivan and Lizzo.

TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?

I clash, but I’m aching to see US comic Phoebe Robinson on my day off. I’m also pumped to see what queer comedy collective The Lol Word do with their platform this year. And I hear indescribably good things about my stablemate at Berk’s Nest, Cat Cohen.

TF: And what are your future plans, beyond the Fringe?

I’m going to try and knock some of the dust off the industry. Splash my face all over the TV. Do a whole lot of writing (I’m going on a lesbian cruise this autumn so that trip should be conducive to that). In a nutshell – world domination by 2020. You ready?

You can see Sophie Duker: Venus at Pleasance Below from 31st July – 25th August at 7pm. For tickets, please visit