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Fringe Q&As: Rob Rouse

Rob Rouse talks to us about catheters, crushed Twixes, and swimming in the North sea.

Tell us about your Fringe show

Well, I've had a good look at myself, a proper look, a horrific experience, but consequently, feel I've come up with my funniest show to date. It's principally about my foibles and weaknesses, but hopefully will chime with most humans.

Best thing about the Fringe?

The sheer scale and unrelenting cornucopia-like onslaught of it, it's mind-blowing.

Worst thing about the Fringe?

When you're broken, see above.

Fringe specifics

How many years have you been coming to the Fringe?

On and off, more on than off, since Ninety Eight - apologies for not using numbers but one of my children has crushed Twix into my keyboard.

Favourite Fringe venue?

The Stand, Stand 3 to be exact, where my show is, It has air-con and a bar!

Best Fringe memory?

Watching Phil Kay put a tonic water bottle in his bottom has to be up there.

Best heckle?

"Where is this going?" - Profound and ultimately unanswerable.

Craziest on stage experience?

In Nineteen Ninety Nine [number key still broken] - I got to wee [fake wee, through a catheter] on an audience member every night. One night it kind of backfired and went through the roof at the same time when it turned out the random audience member I'd selected was really into it, to the degree I think they'd frequented some really quite specific clubs.

What's on your rider?

The usual - green tea and angel dust.

How do you wind down after a show?

Watching the steam trails that emit from your body after an hour in a hot room.

What do you love about Scotland?

All of it. One side of my family is from here, Leith originally, so at the risk of me sounding like an American tourist, I always feel at home here.

What do you like about Edinburgh?

It's a city with a mountain in it, like Rio.

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

I always go for a swim in the North Sea.

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

Your funniest gear, they don't come for the filler.

Favourite joke?

The world is full of them. My son and I were reading a book about space last night and he discovered the joy of double meaning. When I read the passage, "scientists have sent a probe into space and in February 2015 it will arrive at Uranus" He laughed for a solid ten minutes.

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