Suzi Ruffell: Nocturnal is on at Pleasance Courtyard - Pleasance Below, during August. 

  • What is your Fringe show about?

This year my show is about being a worrier. I was quite an anxious child and I remember thinking at least when I was a grown up I wouldn’t have so many silly worries. How wrong I was. If anything it is getting worst but luckily I have managed to make it funny.

  • How many times/many years have you appeared at the Fringe?

This is my fifth solo hour but I have done the festival 6 times, my first one was a package show with John Kearns, Fin Taylor, Joe Wells and Max Dickens in 2011.

  • What’s your most memorable moment from the Fringe?

Last year I had a pretty special run, I loved the show and the audience were just brilliant every day, when I finished the show on that final Sunday I had a little happy relief cry and gave myself the most awful hangover for my flight home the following morning.

  • What’s the worst thing about the Fringe?

Its quite long isn’t it? I assume people who live in Edinburgh really feel that, by the third week I feel like we have all got the gist.

  • If you were not a performer what would you be doing?

I dread to think. I am not at all academic and I didn’t go to Uni but I don’t mind telling you I am an excellent waitress so I always have that to fall back on.

  • How do you prepare for a performance?

I usually have a song that I listen to on the way to the Pleasance courtyard, last year it was Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5, I am not sure what it will be this year. I also greet my audience at the door of my venue, I like them to feel they are welcomed by me and it also helps my nerves if I say hi before I start the show.

  • Favourite thing about being in Edinburgh?

I love the city, its so beautiful. I really enjoy all the extra shows like ‘Best of the Fest’ and ‘Comedy All Stars’. As a comic you spend so much of your life on your own on the road I love being in a city with so many comedy pals for the month.

  • What’s the most Scottish thing you’ve ever done?

I had a go on some bagpipes once. I also love the Edinburgh Dungeons and I also once did an underground tour of ‘Mary Kings Close’ which was brilliant. I also wear a fair bit of tartan!

  • Favourite Scottish food/drink?

I love shortbread and I don’t mind a whisky- great for a tired voice half way through the festival.

  • Sum up your show in three words

Hopefully really funny!

Show summary

Suzi is worried about everything – from someone breaking into her flat, to human rights across the globe, to her cat's quality of life – and it's keeping her awake. 

Suzi Ruffell: Nocturnal is on at Pleasance Courtyard - Pleasance Below, during August. For tickets, please visit

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