We might know Paxman for his unrelenting, sometime aggressive interview style and his no-nonsense presenting skills – he’s been named Britain’s 26th rudest person by GQ magazine; their words, not ours – but he could be about to reveal a lighter side to his personality, on stage at the annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The Newsnight and University Challenge presenter is set to make his Fringe debut in a series of hour-long shows titled PAXO, RadioTimes.com has exclusively learned.
The Pleasance theatre is welcoming Paxman for one week only this August, where the 63-year-old will spin lyrical “on pogonophobia, underpants and the human condition.”
“I have no idea why I’m doing this. Some fool said you only regret the things in life that you don’t do. But I’m regretting this already,” says Paxman.
Director Sarah Esdaile sounds a little more excited than the broadcaster about his upcoming show, saying: “I am looking forward very much to harnessing Jeremy’s positive mental attitude and giving our audiences in Edinburgh a little insight into the enigmatic Mr Paxman and what makes him tick.”
On that note, the word is that audience members might be given the “opportunity to quiz the grand inquisitor.” Sound like an opportunity you just can’t resist?
Tickets for the performances, which run daily from Monday 18 August until Monday 25 August, are £15, and can be purchased here. They will be available from 10am tomorrow (10 April).
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