Edinburgh Fringe: 'I don't hate the critics, I pity them', says Lembit Opik on his new comedy

Lembit Opik is performing at Edinburgh Fringe

Lembit Opik received a bad review on his Edinburgh Fringe show

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Former MP Lembit Opik has said critics of his Edinburgh Fringe show mustn't have seen it, and claims reports of swathes of empty seats are way wide of the mark.

Opik is performing at Edinburgh Fringe in Rocking Your Vote!, a comedy political musical following the story of a 2015 parliamentary candidate. However some critics have slated the show, with right-wing magazine the Spectator claiming there were more people on stage than in the audience.

Opik told talkRADIO: "The review has clearly been done by someone who didn't attend when I was performing because we had a full house.

"The Spectator is incredibly politically motivated, they can't deal with anything that is done by a Liberal Democrat positively. So I don't hate them, I pity them.

"[Critics] are all part of the rough and tumble of it. From a performer's point of view it is addictive, because it is arguably the biggest performance arts festival in the world."

Listen to the full interview to find out more