Five questions for George Zach
Greek stand-up George Zach is in the midst of his first ever solo run at the Edinburgh Fringe. He 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.