My Edinburgh by Zoe Lyons

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  • 9 August 2013
My Edinburgh by Zoe Lyons

Comedian shares her thoughts on Embra

First time I came to Edinburgh was…
As a teenager in the late 80s. My Dad had brought me to Edinburgh to experience the
Fringe. I really wanted to go and see comedy but my Dad had other ideas. We ended up seeing a really heavy play about Thomas Becket, it was dull as dishwater and I vowed to come back and see what I wanted to see.

I come back because ...
I always feel like I have become a better comedian over the course of the month. I gig every day when I’m here, sometimes two or three different things in a day and it really stretches you as a performer.

Edinburgh’s unique selling point is …
It's backdrop – look at it: it truly is a beautiful city. The festival can be quite a challenge and on those days when I am perhaps having a bit of a blip I will go and walk around the city and just take it all in. Staring at old buildings can be quite grounding.

My favourite place to eat is ...
The Witchery on the Royal Mile. It’s a bit pricey but it has become my end of festival treat. After a month of eating badly at all hours I book a table for after my last show and have a mini blow out. Steak tartare topped off with a raw quails egg is usually involved in the proceedings.

I am likely to be found …
Running around Holyrood Park. I am doing a half marathon in September, so I will have to train while I am here. I kind of booked it in deliberately to try and keep me on the straight and narrow while I’m here – and running is a great escape from all things comedy.

I am least likely to be found
On the Royal Mile, in the afternoon, fighting my way through all the flyerers. I have really bad coordination in crowds and I end up just bouncing from one person to the next like a fly trapped behind a pane of glass.

Zoe Lyons: Pop Up Comic, The Assembly Rooms, 0844 693 3008, 5pm, £10 (£9).

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