Interview with Emmy Blotnick

"I also like not being in New York in August. When it reaches a certain level of humidity here, it activates everyone's sweat and pee smells, so it's a great time to scoot."

Interview with Emmy Blotnick

Could you first introduce yourself to the reader?

Hello! My name is Emmy Blotnick. I'm a comedian based in New York. This is my first time coming to Edinburgh and I'm pumped as heck.

How would you describe your show?

The New York Times described my comedy as being "at the intersection of sex and politics." I would also describe it as being "at the intersection of weed and Beyoncé videos," so basically, I hope you like intersections.  

Why do you want to perform at Edinburgh Festival Fringe? 

Many reasons! I like the challenge of performing every night for a month, and I also like not being in New York in August. When it reaches a certain level of humidity here, it activates everyone's sweat and pee smells, so it's a great time to scoot. 

What differentiates it from other festivals?

Castles!

What first motivated you to enter the industry? Who were your inspirations?

Constant television-watching. My inspirations were Conan O'Brien and Tina Fey and Beavis and Butt-Head. 

If you didn’t have your current job, what would you probably be doing?

Delivering pizza.

If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?

I'd like to be an anchor on a sports show, but without learning anything about sports. 

What is your earliest childhood art memory?

When I was about four years old, my mom bought me an expensive party dress that was white with black polka dots. When she left the room, I took off the dress, laid it on the floor, got a sharpie marker, and connected all the dots.

Do you ever feel any pressure to be a social commentator, or constantly update material to respond to events?

Sometimes, but being funny should come first. 

Equally, do you think there has been a shift in public sentiment that has affected your work?

People seem less upset to hear women talking, so that's good.

Describe the last year in 5 words or less?

Only one houseplant has died!

If you could work with anybody, from any point in history, who would you pick and why?

There are a lot of things I'd like to ask Prince.

Why would a performer opt to do either a ticketed event or participate in the free fringe? What are the benefits and limitations of both?

This is a great question for someone who knows more than I do!  

What advice would you give to someone who wants to take a show up to the fringe?

I would advise them to ask others for advice, and then tell me that advice.  

When and where can people see your show?

7:55pm, Underbelly Buttercup! 

And where can people find, follow and like you online?

I'm @emmyblotnick on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/YouTube etc., and my album "Party Nights" is available on Spotify and iTunes!


You can see Emmy Blotnick: Party Nights at the Underbelly Buttercup from 31st July – 26th August (not 13th) from 7:55pm. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com

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Tom Inniss

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Tom is the Editor of Voice. He is a politics graduate and holds a masters in journalism, with particular interest in youth political engagement and technology. He is also a mentor to our Voice Contributors, and champions our festivals programme, including the reporter team at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe..

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