Please tell us about your brand of comedy- what can audiences expect?

Naz Osmanoglu

Naz Osmanoglu

Well this year I'm going for honesty and so it's pretty uncompromising. I'm talking about things I'm not particularly proud of as and highlighting the worst aspects of myself, so it's a little dark and disgusting in places but don't worry I'm always smiling.

Which comedians have been your biggest influence?

Monty Python, Big Train, Peter Cook, Michael McIntyre, Eddie Murphy, Jack Dee, The Mighty Boosh, Jim Carrey, Will Ferrell, Louis CK and Arrested Development.

What random things make you laugh in everyday life?

Falling over. Funny noises. Funny faces. Anything fart related. My dogs. How people talk to their dogs. How much I and my very close friends enjoy farts I also find particularly funny. I'm not a very sophisticated being.

Please tell us about your best and worst moment on stage so far.

My best moment onstage was probably the first time I did stand-up. I was holding two beers just before because I was so nervous and they clinked together. Then I ran onstage and the microphone started shaking in my hand. Then they laughed and I was elated.

Worst moment was the first time I performed sketch comedy at university. No one laughed and a dinner lady walked through the stage that I was dying on. That was a difficult night.

Do you still get nervous when you do a gig?

Why is Edinburgh Fringe Festival such a great platform for comedians?

It's so hard to get an audience when you start out but in Edinburgh there is an audience and they explore and are happy to discover things or go out of their comfort zones. They give you a platform to work your stuff on and they give it to you for a month. That's so much better than standing up in front of six other comics in a dark depressing pub every week, which is what you tend to do when you start out.

Who are you looking forward to seeing as an audience member?

Really looking forward to seeing Simon Evans and absolutely stoked that I have Louie CK tickets!

What is your advice to aspiring comedians?

It's not about talent, it's about hard work and self-belief.

What is the oddest heckle you've ever received?


What is next for you?

After Edinburgh I plan to go Scuba diving somewhere that I cannot afford.

Naz Osmanoglu: Exposure is at Just the Tonic at The Mash House at 9pm, 4th - 28th August (except 15th) as part of the Edinburgh Fringe

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