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EDINBURGH 2016: BWW Q&A - Felicity Ward

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BWW speaks to Felicity Ward about her 2016 Edinburgh show, 50% More Likely To Die.

What can you tell us about your new show 50% more likely to die?

That it started out as a courageous attempt at making mental illness statistic hilarious, and has ended up a story about a bag I lost on a bus.

Did you find the subject matter tricky to balance fact and comedy?

A little bit. You just gotta root it in other bits and pieces so the audience don't feel overwhelmed. It's kind of like hiding a worm tablet in dog food.

What have you been up to since last year's Edinburgh Fringe?

I've spent an ungodly amount of time in Australia, some for work, some to remind my family what I look like. Filmed bits and piece (Ronny Chieng: International Student - Sitcom Pilot, I had a part in Josh on BBC3, I filmed my own special as part of Live from the BBC, and then making a nice home on a top little show called Sam Delaney's News Thing.) Other than that, it's been festivals and trying to convince my fella that I'm a good investment despite the amount of time I spend away.

Your press release has an impressive list of awards - is there any pressure to live up to previous success?

I think I'd feel that without the awards. You always wanna do better than last year, in whatever way that can be.

Who would you recommend your show to?

Despite it's heavy title, this show is probably more broad than last year's show. I daresay it's an old fashioned 'yarn'. Can I say yarn if I don't own cattle?

Who else are you hoping to see at this year's festival?

This question is too hard. There are loads of people I want to see and the festival is bigger than ever. I will be definitely seeing Susie Youssef and Randy the Puppet and then my other 17million friends' shows. Oh, I saw John Hastings' preview. It's two months away from Edinburgh and the show is already incredible.

Timings and ticket information for Felicity Ward: 50% More Likely To Die can be found on the edfringe website.

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