Words: Claire Smith
Tell us about your new show. What is it about?
Basically I had a really bad hair cut last year. It was so bad that when I was doing gigs I had to start by addressing the haircut.
So when I started building the show I thought I’d go back to the haircut and start from there.
So where did that lead you?
Well what I took from it is the feeling of being extreme vulnerability and embarrassment and I took that as a jumping off point. It’s about how I cope with being out of control.
And how personal does it get?
I had breast reduction surgery. I wasn’t going to talk about it on stage but I was talking about it with friends and they were – this is so funny. It’s something I’ve never seen anyone talk about on stage.
Your show last year was a big success. Do you feel the pressure this year?
Yes! People took a chance on me last year and I want them to come back this year and have a good time.
I do feel the pressure but hopefully it comes from a good place.
So how have you progressed?
I was doing a lot – my mum is like this my dad is like this. I wasn’t being that honest about it. I think when you’re new it’s so scary you just want to talk about the funniest thing you can think of.
Now I have more experience I think – how can I make the truth funnier.
So how’s it going?
I have some shows where people come with me – there’s a narrative and people get really invested.
People in the audience are more likely to recognise the truth and relate to it. That’s the difference between stand up and sitcom.
2 –27 August (not 14th)Time: 4:35pm
Pleasance Courtyard: Baby GrandAddress:Pleasance Courtyard, The Pleasance, Edinburgh EH1