Daughter of John Cleese heads for the Fringe

John Cleese and his daughter Camilla Cleese, who is set to perform at this year's edinburgh Fringe. Pic: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images

John Cleese and his daughter Camilla Cleese, who is set to perform at this year's edinburgh Fringe. Pic: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images

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THE daughter of Monty Python legend John Cleese is to tread the boards at the Edinburgh Festival half a century her father’s breakthrough act.

Camilla Cleese, 30, will be appearing in a 120-capacity room as part of the Gilded Balloon programme along with two other American stand-ups.

And she hopes the veteran comedy icon will make it to Edinburgh to see her UK live debut.

She said: “I value his opinion more than anyone else and he’s an amazing person to work with, although the one thing we don’t see eye-to-eye on is stand up comedy, which isn’t really a surprise considering he’s a 74-year-old man and I’m a 30-year-old woman.”

She added: “I’ve heard a lot about the Fringe and I’ve a few friends who come over every year. but I don’t really know what to expect.

“I’ve heard that you will cry a lot and that it is quite stressful, but also that it can be an awesome and amazing experience.

“It’s all been a bit last minute with the three of us agreeing to do the show, and we’re just doing stand-up rather than sketches, as we had originally planned, but we’re already talking about coming back next year, if we get invited back, of course.”

Her father John appeared at the Fringe in 1963 as part of the Cambridge Footlights Revue. Their show starred Bill Oddie and Tim Brooke-Taylor who would later go on to star in The Goodies.

The full Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme will be published on June 5.