Netflix & Chilton is the debut Ed Fringe show from the unique, endearing, and unhinged South London-based comedian Luke Chilton. A rising star on the UK comedy scene with accolades including BBC New Comedy Award finalist, NATYS Finalist (2022), and shortlisted for British Comedian of the Year 2022 and 2023, Luke has swiftly become a favourite with both audiences and his peers. His off-beat and chaotically loveable stand-up debut is set to be an unmissable show at this year’s Fringe, so we caught up with him for a chat…

How (and when) did you start your career in comedy?
When I was 4 years old I used to tell jokes to my family at the dinner table. They never understood any of them. Bitterly frustrated, I demanded that when I put my hand into the air that was the time they were supposed to laugh. This turned out to be greatly helpful because from that day forward whenever I put my hand into the air they knew it was time to laugh and did so.

With such success at an early age I knew I was destined to make people laugh. It took about 27 years after that point to develop any level of comedic skill that people felt was worth paying for but we got there in the end.

You're already a fixture at London's top comedy venues, how does it feel to be heading to Ed Fringe?
Exciting. The comedy style is very different in Edinburgh to what it is in the comedy clubs, it's refreshing trying out things I wouldn't do in the clubs.

Also most clubs in the UK only let you do 20 minute sets, so to do a full hour really tickles that unrelenting desire for attention.

The show is called Netflix & Chilton, as a random aside can we ask what TV show/s you are currently binging?
You aren't trying to Netflix and Chill with me are you?

I'm loving House of the Dragon. Old timey political scumbaggery really does it for me. The original series went off the rails so it's nice to see the show return to form.

Plus dragon fights, that's dope.

Can you tell us a bit more about Netflix & Chilton?
The show is mostly about gay sex and going mad, which is weird because I'm not gay, and I hate talking about mental health. Psychosis is rarely discussed through a comedic lens so I thought it would be a fun thing to talk about because I know from personal experience that so much of it can be objectively hilarious

Aside from your own, what shows can you recommend for us to check out at Fringe?
I gig loads with Katie Green on the comedy circuit and I got to see one of her previews. It's great, I'd really recommend.

My good friend Alfie Packham has a really heartfelt show about his mum. It's hilarious and sweet and awesome so go see that.

And Peter Jones, I think he's doing a WIP show but he is always fantastic whenever I see him. He writes very clean witty nonsense that fills me with equal amounts of admiration and envy.

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