George Egg's Anarchist Cook comes to the Kingdom

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When you've been staying in a hotel has it ever crossed your mind that you could use the appliances within the room to cook a three course meal?

Didn’t think so. But for one comedian this is something he’s done on a regular basis.

And now George Egg brings his show, ‘Anarchist Cook’ to the Byre Theatre in St Andrews on Friday, April 15 and Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline on April 16.

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In one hour, George will make a three course meal – which the audience can taste at the end of the show – using only those things you would find in a hotel room, as well as delivering some top quality stand up comedy.

The stand-up and fanatical cook is looking forward to coming back to Scotland with his show.

He said: “I’m looking forward to it. The last time I was in Scotland it was a lot of fun.

“The audience can expect to see me cook a three course meal on hotel equipment and I hope it will inspire people to think outside the box.

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“I think it works on two levels in that it’s a comedian giving a lecture on how to cook without kitchen equipment in a hotel room, but it works on another level and is about expanding people’s thinking.”

So what was it that started George on this rather strange experiment?

“It comes from being a stand up for 20 odd years and spending a lot of time post gigs in hotel rooms and being really interested in cooking, which I have always been.

Hotels are so expensive and after a gig it’s often hard to find anything to eat other than junk food.

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“I wanted to save money and I realised there’s a lot of heat generating equipment in hotel rooms and I started to experiment, wanting to be a bit anarchic and creative.

“I did the food for a good six or seven years before the show came about.

“I made a film on YouTube making pasta and fresh muffins from scratch and that went pretty well. It got about 150,000 hits nearly and it just went on the back burner for a while.

“I did a 10 minute slot of the cooking at a Christmas comedy show in London and it went really well, so I did the Brighton Fringe in 2014.

“Then last summer I took the show to Edinburgh.”

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The comedian’s show sold out at the Brighton Fringe in 2014 and was a nominee for best comedy show at that festival.

And since then George has been receiving a really positive response from audiences, including selling out the Edinburgh Fringe.

He added: “The whole thing has been going so much better than I could have expected.

“I did the Edinburgh Fringe last August, and I took the show up really expecting single figure audiences.

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“I was just expecting to have a month of intimate experiences, not expecting a lot of people necessarily – but every show completely sold out.

“It must have been word of mouth as I didn’t have any PR or anything.

“I hope my 20 plus years of performing experience shone through and generated a lot of buzz.”

George Egg’s ‘Anarchist Cook’ is at the Byre Theatre, St Andrews on Friday, April 15 and Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline on Saturday, April 16.