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Firstly, what can we expect from your show this year?


My stand-up music comedy guides you though a story about how I overcame my supportive middle-class upbringing to become the disturbed woman I am today. I made it - thanks to a lot of bad decisions, mostly involving tequila. My songs focus on profound issues like love (Love Cannibal & Polygamy), babies (Existential Baby Lullaby), politics (The Plaguey Princess Song & Commonwealth Bordello), literature (Anne of Green Gables who Dances on Tables) and travel (Talk Dirty En Francais).



How much of the show is already written?


137% (I have some vicious cutting and slashing to do).



How are any preview gigs going so far?

I've been previewing monthly since January. Does that earn me a gold star?



When was your 1st Edinburgh festival (assuming you have been before)?

This year.



Why did you come?


I want to see if I can drink with the best of them. And I've been touring Canada for years and want to take my act international. I have lots of naughty songs I think the world needs to hear.



What did you expect?


Depression. Debauchery. An incredible roller coaster of highs and lows. But I went through puberty so I feel ready.



How did the reality differ from your expectations?


This is getting very philosophical. Reality always differs from expectations - I expected I'd be dead by now after an unfortunate 3am accident with a ukulele, a bottle of maple syrup and an electric tricycle, but miraculously I still exist and am about to play my first fringe!



What is the best thing about the festival?

I'm told it's the infinity pool at sunset.



What is the worst thing about the festival?

The infinity pool is just a fountain full of piss.



What has changed over the years?

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, creeps in this petty pace from day to day, to the last syllable of recorded time. And the coffee's better.



What is your favourite venue?

The Assembly George Square Studio 5. It's new this year, but the vibes across the Atlantic are already overwhelming me here in Toronto. Or maybe that's just the crack I'm smoking with the mayor...



What is your favourite place to eat/drink?

Usually, free.



What are you most looking forward to in Edinburgh this year?

Meeting you.



Chelsea looks to conquer Europe


When we heard about a Canadian that did 'raunchy folk music' we assumed that Joni MItchell and Rob Ford must have had a love child.


Wikipedia tells me that she isn't, but she is very funny and she is coming to Edinburgh this August.  We asked Chelsea P. Manders what she was expecting from her first trip to the Edinburgh Fringe.