Andrew Dipper

Five questions for George Zach

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Greek stand-up George Zach is in the midst of his first ever solo run at the Edinburgh FringeHe answers five of our questions.

Tell us about your show, Greek Tragedy

It’s a storytelling show about some difficulties that happened in my life when I was young and how they affected my approach to life, family, relationships and generally not be afraid of looking stupid. This is a debut show about who I am, what my comedy is like and some of the best routines I perform in the clubs. And it is free.

If you weren’t a stand-up what would you be and why?

I think I would end up doing completely menial jobs, like call centre work and trying to make more money on the side by playing poker and eventually become a professional at that. I played for a living before comedy came along and enjoyed it. I would always try to be my own boss. I don’t get on with authority. Every time I have been employed I eventually got sacked, because I seem to be incredibly hard to work with. I don’t doubt that.

What’s the best and worst thing about being you?

Today someone described me as a blunt instrument with a heart of gold. I struggle with British manners and I have as many good friends as I have people who absolutely can’t stand me.

What do you get up to in Edinburgh when you’re not on stage?

I have broken up and moved out of the house I shared with my ex so this year is different as I’ve got half my worldly belongings with me. So I expect to cycle around a lot and it also expect to hang out with [comic] Jonny Pelham a fair amount, getting drunk, talking comedy and trying to figure out what to do with my life!

Describe your perfect Edinburgh Fringe…

If I have a run as successful as Luisa Omielan‘s What Would Beyoncé Do?, I will be delighted. She had people queue up to see her every day, an amazing show to boot and went onto better and bigger things. Very inspirational.

George Zach: Greek Tragedy, Cowgatehead, Cowgate, Edinburgh, 7-30 August, 14:45, FREE.