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Fringe Q&As: Juliette Burton

Juliette Burton talks to HeraldScotland about changing appearances, meeting John Lloyd and performing for her home crowd.

Tell us about your Fringe show

'Look At Me' is a true-life docu-comedy (documentary mixed with comedy) about whether who we appear to be is actually who we are. My own body has changed so much that I decided to change it even more - thanks to prosthetics I've now spent time as a man, an old lady, dressed revealingly, worn the hijab and revisited my obese self to find out whether changing my outsides can change who I am inside.

Best thing about the Fringe?

Doing what I love most - performing - every day. All my performer friends join me in my hometown! And I get to make new friends every day thanks to new audiences coming to see the show.

Worst thing about the Fringe?

Wanting to see all these amazing shows but not having the time!

How many years have you been coming to the Fringe?

As a performer, since 2011. As a punter and reviewer my first Fringe was back in 2005. It was love at first Fringe.

Favourite Fringe venue?

I do love them all for very different reasons but I feel at home at the Gilded Balloon. It feels like one big family and they, like me, stay in the city throughout the year.

Best Fringe memory?

Bumping into John Lloyd on the Royal Mile last year and him recognising me. He came to see my show as a result and it was pretty immense - a man I'd admired for so many years for creating and producing shows I adore like QI, Blackadder and Spitting Image. Knowing he loved the show and being asked to perform on his BBC Potterrow show the following day was a complete out-of-body moment.

Best heckle?

On tour in Australia I got a round of applause dealing with a heckler who kept saying sexist chat up lines during the show. He only shut up when I told him his mother better start buying his underwear in the next kids' size up because clearly he just couldn't keep it in his pants.

Craziest on stage experience?

The bit in my shows where I go crazy… no, seriously. I do.

What's on your rider?

Sugar-free energy drinks and fruit. I'd ask for Benedict Cumberbatch too if I thought he'd be waiting in my dressing room but no luck yet…

How do you wind down after a show?

A glass of pink fizz while chatting to audience members. If anyone feels like buying me one, please feel free to!

What do you love about Scotland?

Living here!

What do you like about Edinburgh?

Living here! Whenever I left Edinburgh at the end of the Fringe I used to feel like I was leaving a part of myself behind. Nowhere else felt like that before. So I moved up here in 2012. Scotland and Edinburgh are so beautiful and friendly. Wherever I live this will always be home.

What's the most Scottish thing you've done?

I've drunkenly danced many a Ceilidh, I've flashed at people when my skirt lifted up (accidentally) and my independence will be decided by others. That's pretty Scottish, right?

What kind of jokes do a Scottish crowd seem to respond to?

Scottish crowds are very open-minded, I find. My best jokes always seem to be the most painfully truthful ones.

Favourite joke?

"Kermit the Frog and Fozzie the Bear are in a car. Fozzie's driving whilst Kermit navigates. Kermit: "Bear left!" Fozzie: "Right Frog!" - The Muppet Movie (1979)

Juliette Burton's new comedy show 'Look At Me' will be at the Gilded Balloon until August 25. For tickets go to www.edfringe.com

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