My Festival: Basil Brush

I only have time to see one show in Edinburgh. Why should I go to yours?

Basil Brush: a fan of Jenners
Basil Brush: a fan of Jenners

You should go to my show because I am the only talking fox performing on the Fringe ... it’s unique! There will be so much laughter – some even in the right places – and I will have celebrities, music, and free alcohol served in super-soakers... What more would you want?

Now I think of it, I’ve got time to see two. What else should I definitely go to?

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If you have time for two shows, after seeing Unleashed make sure you come to the afternoon family fun show. It’s a completely different show, but should be performed in a car park because the jokes are on so many levels, for kids and grown-ups! My singing in it is described as rap... that might be a spelling error, though. Ha, ha! Boom, boom!

What are the best and worst things that have happened to you at the Edinburgh Festival?

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This is my first visit to the Festival but autograph hunters are a problem... no matter how hard I try, I can’t find any! Also if I accidentally look upwards alongside someone in a kilt it can be quite scary... I just don’t know where to look, although I’m grateful it’s summer ’cos when there’s snow and I’m only 18 inches tall it would give a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘cold snap’.... Painful!

Please describe where you’re living this month.

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I was told I’d be in five-star accommodation, and that was a tent from Amazon, it had five stars, but since then I’ve moved to a little flat near to Arthur’s Seat... always wanted to be taken up Arthur’s Seat... I’m sure the views are great.

What’s your favourite place in the city and why?

I love Jenner’s... it’s so posh... perfect for an urbane fox, great for bit of shopping, then afternoon tea. The Castle is fun... great big bins to rummage through and I had a go at blowing someone’s bagpipes there... It sounded more like a didgeridoo that had died. Maybe they weren’t bagpipes!

Who do you most like spending time with at the festival?

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I shall be spending most of my time with my mister, Mr Martin Cabble -Reid, he’s my bodyguard. Don’t mess with him... there’s a lot of him and he’s very protective of me.

Where can I find you at 9am, 9pm and 2am?

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With all this talk on how much sleep we should be getting, I shall be tucked up in bed at 9 am... I love a lie-in... At 9 pm I shall be tucked up in bed too, as I love an early night... and at 2 am I shall be well tucked up in bed! I love my bed... and I won’t be alone... Rrrrrrrrrrr!! ... I love my little teddy... I’m supposed to be nocturnal but I need my beauty sleep and with two shows a day, I shall be looking after myself.

What’s the last thing you do before you go to bed at night?

The last thing I do at night?...The second to last thing I do is open the window... Ha, ha! Boom, boom! Also I always have a jacuzzi... Basically, it’s a bath, and before I go in I eat several cans of baked beans and let nature take its course. Why do you think I open the window!

Tell us something about you that would surprise people.

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I am the only vegetarian fox in the region. I got “turned” at Glastonbury by a great festival food-maker called No Bones Jones, so no more chicken nuggets for me. I’m also saving the planet, cutting down on methane and all that... and I recycle my jokes.... so if you’ve heard them before, that’s good.

Thanks for the interview! I’d like to buy you a drink. Where are we going and what are we drinking?

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If you want to buy me a drink we go back to Jenner’s, have a pot of tea and you can help me dunk my ginger nuts! Ha, ha! Boom, boom... Yes, a tea-total, ginger nut-dunking ginge on the Fringe! And it’s your shout.

Brush Family Fun show, Underbelly Bristo Square - Cowbarn, 1pm until 15 August; Basil Brush: Unleashed (suitability: 16-plus), 6:45pm, until 25 August