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Fringe Q&As: Paula Valluerca of Madame Senorita

Paula Valluerca of Madame Senorita talks to HeraldScotland about drunk audiences, monkey shoulder and a pre-gig cigarette.

Tell us about your Fringe show

My show Madame Senorita is a clown - it's comedy piece that presents a Spanish diva whose playfulness and generosity towards her audience leads to completely chaotic moments and the most unexpected experiences. Madame Senorita is determined to make people be more open and connected to their feelings, and definitely more connected to her. Lonely and ugly people are her favourite audience, but popular and handsome producers, directors and nice reviewers are always welcome!

How does it feel to be playing the Fringe for the first time?

It feels good. Crazy, exhausting (I caught a cold on the third day and still haven't get over it)

mysterious (you never know who is going to come to the show) and magical, because for the first time I feel like I am presenting my work to a complete innocent audience that have nothing to do with my social circuit.

Best live act seen at Fringe?

Katie O' Brian's Billie was tap dancing for the Seagulls

Best thing about the Fringe?

The people

Worst thing about the Fringe?

The drunk audience

If you were not a performer/comedian what would you be doing?

I would be selling flowers in the market

What do your family think of your show?

They think I should be a bit more of a normal actress.

How do you combat pre-gig nerves?

Monkey shoulder and a cigarette

Worst on stage experience?

Probably having to kick out people

How do you recover from a hefty heckle? Do you have a set of stock replies?

No. I try to stay open and not give the heckler too much focus. Or simply kick him/ her out!

What do you love about Scotland?

The mountains.

What do you like about Edinburgh?

The city is beautiful. The people are friendly.

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

Eat haggis in the morning.

Who's your favourite Scottish comedian?

I don't know any Scottish comedians names...

Favourite joke?

I don't normally like jokes that are repeated.

Paula Valluerca of Madame Senorita plays the Laughing Horse August 15-16.

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