Interview with Lucie Pohl

In the run up to Voice's latest coverage of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, we have dozens of interviews with performers like comedian Lucie Pohl, who we'll be seeing up there.

Interview with Lucie Pohl

Firstly, could you introduce yourself, and give a quick summary of your show?

Hello, I am Lucie Pohl, a New York-German-American-Romanian-Buckwheat-Nutella-Crepe. My show is called Apohlcalypse Now! it's a hilarious comedy of terrors banging together storytelling, stand up and characters. Expect bad language, bad decisions, a wedding, a break up, dead rats and wake up calls from Stephen Baldwin.

What is your earliest arts memory?

My earliest arts memory is when I was 4 years old and entertained a group of adults by telling them the story of a wart that fell into a toilet and travelled through the toilet waters for 100 hundred years. An Epic Wart Odyssey of sorts.

What first encouraged you to become a performer?

I was born into a family of performers, actors, singers, all around wild and crazy theater people. I can't remember ever not wanting to be a performer. It is the only thing that has been a constant in my life and has always made sense even when nothing else did or does.

Do you remember your first professional performance, and how did it go?

My first professional performance was when I was 5 in Hamburg, Germany. It was in a big theater and my father was in the play. All I was supposed to do was walk out onto the stage and sit down next to one of the actors. When the time came I was so scared that I couldn't move. I was fired. I learned then that I needed to get my priorities straight. So I went back to being a David Hasselhoff fan and playing with toy cars for a while before picking up performing again.

What do you feel is the best thing about your job?

The best thing about my job is that I am my own boss.

Conversely, what is the worst?

The worst part about my job is that I'm my own boss. I like to sleep in.

How do you decide whether or not a show has gone well?

Deciding whether or not a show has gone well is easy: If there were people there and they looked like they were having a good time then it was probably a good show. If there was one drunk Mexican guy with no teeth falling asleep at the table then the show was probably good but since there was no one there to see it, it doesn't count. Just like the tree in the woods, you know? So. Basically, as long as there are people there to witness that you had a good show, you probably had a good show.

If you could work with anybody, dead or alive, who would you choose to collaborate with?

John Cleese. Any of the Pythons. Robin Williams. Lucille Ball. Eddie Murphy. Buster Keaton. Michael Jackson.

What made you want to come to Edinburgh Festival Fringe?

I wanted to come to the Edinburgh Festival because I am a natural born hustler. I love a big, fat, juicy challenge. And I loved the idea of being at the biggest arts festival in the world where everywhere you look there are performers and shows. To me, the Edinburgh Festival is the Performer Olympics and who doesn't want to be at the Olympics?

Is performing at EdFringe different from 'traditional' shows?

Performing at EdFringe is definitely different from traditional shows because at the festival you have such different audiences every day. When you do traditional shows, the audiences are usually similar based on where you are or what kind of a venue you are in. At the Edinburgh Festival you get people from such different walks of life, nationalities, age groups and so on. Every show is so different, you really never know what you are going to face. Edinburgh audiences are tougher than other audiences because they are seeing so many other shows so they really know what's on the cutting edge and what is good.

If you could travel back in time and give 16 year-old you one piece of advice, what would it be?

If I could travel back in time I would tell my 16 year old self to start doing squats immediately to avoid the 3 inch ass drop that occurs at age 26.

What advice would you give to young people who want to enter the industry?

I would tell young people who want to enter the industry to take big risks, follow me on twitter, eat more nutella and if they don't want that ass drop to start doing squatting.

Do you have social media that our readers can follow you on?

Ah, funny that you ask me that...yes, you can follow me on twitter @luciepohlcomedy or instagram @ulovelucie

Where can people catch your show during EdFringe?

I'm on EVERY DAY at 5:30pm at the Gilded Balloon.


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