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Venue:The Newsroom, 5 - 11 Leith Street Edinburgh EH1 3AT
Phone: 0131 557 5830
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Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: The Downstairs Bar
AUG 12-26 at 20:45 (60 min)
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The hit show show from California where comedian DALIA MALEK (SF Sketchfest, Second City's Diversity in Comedy Festival, CPK's Lunchtime Special, Chortle Student Comedy Award Finalist) and rotating co-hosts interrupt stand-up comedians mid-performance to ask burning questions, find out what happened next, and dig into backstories of their jokes.

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August 19, 2018  Funny Women
Reviews and Recommendations: Interruption Show
Written by
Mariana Feijů

I guess you could call the Interruption Show a compilation show, but itís a special kind of compilation show. Even though it is technically a show where the host invites guest stand-up comedians to do their own few minutes of material after she delivers her own bits, there is a new format to take into consideration in the proceedings. The format, created by the host Dalia Malek, sees two co-hosts, seated by the side of the stage, interrupt (clue is in the name!) stand-up comedians mid set, to ask them those burning questions their stories bring up.

As any compilation show, the enjoyment of it is inevitably linked to the guests chosen and the particular format makes that even more important as not everyone can think on their feet, be interrupted and get back into the prepared material they came to perform. The particular show I went to see had great guests, some of whom are experts in thinking on their feet and werenít at all disturbed by the interruptions, but Iím guessing Dalia does her homework and handpicks the guests carefully to make sure the audience is happy.

The host is welcoming, natural and very funny, delivering her sharp, at times dark material based on the struggles of being an Egyptian American with excellent timing. Guest Kemah Bob was excellent and didnít miss any beat, no matter how many times she was interrupted and Iím happy to say I already had her show in my very busy Edinburgh schedule. Sameena Zhera was another great guest who didnít seem affected by the format and she was so funny Iím currently shuffling my schedule to fit her show in.

One of the acts mentioned at the end how good an experience being part of this show was, as performing a set material for a whole month can sometimes make you start losing the passion for it and being interrupted and prompted with insightful questions will have you on your feet, creating on the spot or remembering older material, and fall in love with the craft all over again. Both audiences and acts should be giving the Interruption Show a look.


Interruption Show is at Laughing Horse at The Newsroom at 20:45 until 26th August. For tickets and more information click here!
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July 7, 2018 Fringepig
A Piggy Interview with Dalia Malek

Tell me about your Edinburgh show.

Interruption Show is a stand-up compilation I started at All Out Comedy Theater in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I bring rotating co-hosts to sit on stage with me panel-style and interrupt a showcase of stand-up comedians mid-performance to ask them questions and dig for backstories about their jokes. This is usually by ringing a bell, honking a horn, or some other annoying sound-making thing. Comedians react, think on their feet, and find new angles to their jokes, audiences learn previously unheard stories from their favourite comedians, and no two shows are ever the same. Itís a wonderfully fun show and having co-hosts adds banter and energy.

Tell me about your first gig.

Comedy Virgins in Stockwell! It was well-attended, I had terrible stage fright, and like six or seven friends came to support. I did well, which assured me and then made my next couple years of bombing all the more painful.

Do you have any rituals before going on stage?

Peeing and peeing and peeing and peeing and peeing. I donít really get nerves anymore but all this peeing must be a physical expression of nerves that has separated itself from my now-dead emotions. I pee and drink plenty of water and pee.

Tell me about your best and worst review.

Reviews are mostly a UK thing and I stopped getting them after I moved, so I only have a small handful to choose from. The best was Steve Bennett from Chortle calling me ďa very promising writer.Ē The worst wasnít really negative but was just poorly written by some rando. It said it was a review in the title, and the other comedians on the show were reviewed, but my set was just described with no evaluation like a play-by-play, including giving away a punchline. So the reviewerís conclusion wasÖthat I was there. Iím sure Iíd have more negative reviews if Iíd continued living in the UK, so thatís what yíall get for deporting me.

During this Edinburgh run, do you plan to read reviews of your show?

Do people review compilation shows? That sounds sad and kinda thirsty but if that happens sure, Iíll read it if I have time.

How do you feel about reviewers generally?

They should have to provide a list of their favourite races and genders right at the top so we know their biases going into it. And they should have to justify their credentials as writers and as people familiar with comedy. A lot of times itís people who can barely string together a sentence, and it feels like itís their first time ever writing anything, and probably their first time watching comedy. Prove to your audience that your mother didnít just give birth to you at this comedy club today, and that you didnít just now decide to try your hand at the written word. Itís really easy to critique something and really difficult to create something, let alone create something good, so I think people should review reviewers, call them on their biases, and at the very least correct their weak ass grammar.

In April 2018, YouTube comedian, Markus Meechan (aka Count Dankula) was fined £800 for training his girlfriendís pug dog to do a Nazi salute with its paw, in response to the phrase ĎGas the Jewsí. Do you believe Meechan committed a criminal offence, and why?

What on earth is a ďYouTube comedianĒ? You mean the website for music videos? Whether itís a criminal offence depends on which country he did it in and what the laws are there. Couldnít have been America; if that happened in America they would have made him Secretary of State.

Are there any subjects that are not suitable for comedy?

There are no unsuitable premises, but if your punchlines are boring you risk boring your audience to death, and that should be criminalised.

Have you ever gone too far?

No, I am a good Egyptian girl and I am saving myself for marriage. Please donít ask me any more personal questions.

Looking back over your time as a comedian, tell me about the best gig of your career.

Any gig where I crush in front of my enemies or people who booked me as a token is a great gig in my book. Click Here

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