After a sell-out run down Brighton, Sonia Aste is coming back to Edinburgh with a whole new comedy menu…
Hello Sonia, so where ya from and where ya at, geographically speaking?
Sonia: Like my show’s title: I’m Made in Spain! And to prepare audiences for my show – I ordered a SPANISH SUMMER so everyone can feel like a true local.
When did you first realise you could make people laugh?
Sonia: My mom says that as a new born people laughed because I looked like a grumpy old man. I also made these mumbling complaining noises that reminded her of my uncle Antonio … who was (and still is!) a grumpy old man. So making people laugh started pretty early I guess.
How did you get into Comedy?
Sonia: My grandparents’ house was always full of laughter. Their philosophy was ‘When life laughs at you … you laugh right back! Because when the going gets tough … laughter can keep you going’. A wonderful lesson which I hold dear in my heart.
What is your ideal Sunday afternoon?
Sonia: After Saturday’s FIESTA –Sunday SIESTA!
As a Spaniard living in Britain, what do you think of the ongoing Brexit proceedings?
Sonia: Like the Spanish festival: LA TOMATINA, (metaphorical) tomato throwing and complete confusion.
What are the differences between the Spanish & the British senses of humour?
Sonia: Humour is a little different, but luckily there’s no difference between a ‘British laugh and Spanish laugh’, because laughter is our one universal language.
What does Sonia Aste do when she’s not being funny?
Sonia: Worry about not being funny.
You are bringing MADE IN SPAIN to the Edinburgh Fringe, can you tell us about it?
Sonia: With Spain being one of the top destination for British tourists, my show shines a light into our cultural differences and what it means to be ‘Made in Spain’. It’s a fast paced show based on a ‘Tapas Menu’, and the audience chooses what they want to order. I wanted to cater to all comedy tastes and like a good Spanish meal, provide a space to share in the fun and laughter.
You say your show will be based around a tapas menu … what would you recommend?
Sonia: The menu will change daily, making every show different – but I’d definitely recommend ‘Spanish Song Salad’ and ‘Mum’s Mash’. We will have daily specials too!
You’ve just had a sell out run in Brighton, what was that like?
A true international party full of laughter! People from more than 16 different nationalities! Plus of course the wonderfully delightful Brightonians … who have the best laugh ever. Oh! And one show we had a seagull! Thankfully it flew out the window before the show started, because it was the size of a plane. What do they eat?
What are the differences between the Brighton and the Edinburgh Fringes?
Seagulls the size of a Boeing 747.
What advice do you have for someone about to perform their debut show in Edinburgh?
Be prepared for a huge FIESTA! No SIESTA.
You have 20 seconds to sell your show to someone in the streets of Edinburgh…
Have you been to Spain? Yes? No? Come to my show! It’s a fun filled fiesta full of laughs! SOLD OUT last year! So get your tickets NOW! Don’t leave it for MANANA!