That time of year is upon us once more; thousands of performers, reviewers and audience members are preparing to visit the holy grail of comedy that is the Edinburgh Festival. Here is a quick run through of everything MoodyComedy would be attending if only I could get there this year. Do get in touch if you attend any of these shows, or see something else that you think should be featured. You can also catch up with the past week’s exclusive MoodyComedy interviews.
Stuff That’s Gold
Katherine Ryan is performing her latest show, Kathbum, currently riding high on her phenomenal rise to fame in recent years and showing no signs of stopping any time soon. With every new show, Katherine only increases in her wisdom, experience and cutting sass, similar to that of Irish charmer Aisling Bea who brings her second show, Plan Bea, to the festival. Another name to watch out for is that of Luisa Omielan, who will perform a very limited run of her second show Am I Right Ladies?!. Omielan is a performer that cares about her audience to an extent I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed before: her show is empowering, lively and not to be missed.
James Acaster presents another whacky hour of surreal yet surprisingly dramatic story-telling stand up in his show Represent and Joe Lycett returns, with possibly the best show title of the year: That’s The Way, A-Ha A-Ha, Joe Lycett. And it would frankly be a mistake to miss out on seeing Bridget Christie‘s latest show, A Book For Her, which sees the launch of her debut novel, and showcases her trademark blend of feminism and spectacular comedy.
Stuff That’s Odd
Tony Law, the king of surreal comedy, is performing his new show Frillemorphesis where he explores ideas such as shouting, moving and talking, absolutely standard. A live show from the Tone Zone is an opportunity not to be missed, or forgotten in a hurry, and his being in this category is by no means a suggestion that this show will not also be Gold.
Shouty extraordinaire Bobby Mair brings another dark and bitterly funny show off the back of his recent television successes, entitled Filthy Immigrant; Tom Allen performs Both Worlds with his signature sinister calm and endearing flamboyance and Harriet Kemsley, who spent the first part of this year supporting Katherine Ryan on tour, also performs her debut hour, Puppy Fat, which has got the critics excited. If you like a bit of audience interaction, Jonny Awsum’s show Everything Is Awsum will be another unforgettable experience, as will Patrick Monahan’s seventies-inspired show The Disco Years.
Stuff That’s Free
Now any Edinburgh Festival-goer will be able to tell you that ticket price does not necessarily dictate quality; free shows are on the rise as they are a great way of ensuring the trip is more affordable for comedians and fans alike. There are some real gems performing shows this year that rely on kind donations alone.
Rob Auton has prepared another delightfully off-kilter, poetical concept show entitled The Water Show where he considers everything surrounding the theme of water, much like his previous shows which have centred around themes such as Yellow, Sky and Face. Elf Lyons‘ Being Barbarella is a high-octane adventure, discussing science fiction, liberation and sharks. This lady is a true one-off, who’s surreal form of comedy is often likened to The Mighty Boosh. And Lou Sanders, being the wonderful shambles of a performer that she is, brings her insane show about her efforts to get accepted into Eton College For Boys, of course entitled: Excuse Me, You’re Sitting On My Penis Again.
Stuart Goldsmith will also be recording episodes of The Comedian’s Comedian Podcast where he interviews everyone that is anyone in the world of comedy, delving deep into the psyche of the performer and having many laughs in the process. The line up for this year is stellar and although the recordings are free to attend and non-ticketed, the venue will undoubtedly fill up quickly on the night so plan ahead.
I have wanted to see Josie Long live for a long time due to her infamous political comedy but also because she is one of the most articulate, kind-hearted comics out there. Cara Josephine is her least political show for a long time and I think that may be because the message of this set is far too positive to be weighed down by the heavy nature of British politics- we can forget all that for a little while. Supported by the eccentric Tom Allen, these two supplied a superb Wednesday evening of entertainment.
Tom Allen expertly juggles being slightly sinister with being endearing, friendly and flamboyant; his delivery fluctuates between being downbeat and slow-moving, and charmingly playful. With a presence similar to that of the well-spoken stand up comedian Simon Evans, Allen showed an incredibly dark streak; a welcome contrast to the abundance of crowd-pleasing ‘safe’ comedy that has emerged in recent years. Tom showed a talent for altering the metaphorical distance between himself and his audience, as we soon began to warm to each other and he opened up more and more about his family and his childhood.
Josie and Tom were very different in their material, delivery and stage presence but I noticed one major similarity: what they say is perfected by the way in which they say it. Tom Allen’s material would not be done justice if spoken by anybody else; he has a compelling presence on stage and a very distinctive voice. In Josie’s case, she uses her delightfully childish humour to break up heavily emotional or political segments which makes for a fantastically rounded and widely accessible show.
Josie Long’s Cara Josephine is a carefully constructed work of art. She begins on the surface, talking about her recent experiences taking Maths A Level as a 32 year old because she kept having nightmares about taking Maths A Level (I know, it makes perfect sense), and gradually getting more and more intimate until we reach the crux of the show: issues regarding our own self worth. I had heard that this was Josie’s most personal show to date, but had not expected her to be so wonderfully open about her past loves and losses, and make it so bloody funny.
With a passion for poetry and an Oxford University education under her belt, Josie makes no effort to hide how well-read she is, and, frankly, why should she? I really appreciate the kind of comedy that values intelligence and the art of learning, and this show in particular enables audiences to learn about the woman on the stage, but also about her perception of events that happen to us all throughout our lives. This comedian talks to an extent of the difficult time she had as a teenager, and seeing where she is now, and despite only being seventeen myself, I think all of her fans feel a strange sense of pride for all that she has achieved.
This is because Josie Long is everyone’s friend. She opens herself up to her audiences, making herself vulnerable, all for the sake of her art, and I think that is something to be admired. Her comedy certainly blossoms because of it. With her infectious, bubbly personality, Josie has managed to build up consistently warm and friendly audiences which meant that the atmosphere in Wolverhampton was supportive and encouraging. This lady talks of growing old, but in my eyes she’ll be young her whole life: she has clearly learned a lot in the past few years, but hasn’t let this harden her in anyway and she remains as bright-eyed and spirited as ever.
The Thinking Drinkers are Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham, a pair of alcohol connoisseurs and writers who have made it their mission to impart their knowledge onto audiences in the most entertaining ways possible. The Thinking Drinkers’ latest show, Around The World in 80 Drinks, is set to be a truly unique comedy experience; combining comedy and alcohol is surely a match made in heaven?
To learn more about the men behind the show, I asked Ben and Tom these seven questions…
Geoff Norcott is a stand up comedian and writer, making a name for himself in recent years for being perhaps the only outspoken right wing comedian at the Edinburgh Festival, disguising thoughtful political comment within entertaining quips about Cameron, Corbyn, and the rest. Norcott has also written for many television shows including 8 out of 10 Cats and Live at the Apollo, and will be performing his latest show Conswervative at the Edinburgh Festival this year.
To learn more about Geoff, I asked him these seven questions…
Australian stand up Sarah Kendall, one of the nominees for this year’s Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award, is the epitome of a child trapped in the body of an adult, in the most entertaining of ways. Bringing a lack of self-consciousness and an upbeat demeanour to the stage, Sarah’s words often seem to ring true, even if they are absolutely ridiculous throwaway comments. This is a result of her charming confidence that assures audiences that the slight possibility of derailment is in fact totally controlled, but the possibility that it might not be is enthralling.
Not all stand up comedy in this world is completely enjoyable to watch; comedians are constantly working hard to challenge audiences in terms of their material and general performance features, because that is what makes comedy successful, innovative and exciting. However, what is even more exciting, for me at least, is to find a comic who ticks all of those boxes in terms of creating original, intelligent material, but who is also continuously fun. Sarah Kendall’s energy rarely dips and her enthusiasm on stage is truly enjoyable to see.
Footage from Sarah’s performance on Russell Howard’s Good News in 2009 could easily be mistaken for content from a recent series. Her material feels timeless in a way similar to that of absurdist stand up Paul Foot: topical cultural references are not necessary here and it seems that Kendall might be making a conscious effort to avoid them. This comedian strikes a chord with audiences due to the blend of a sweet and relatable personality with a certain subverted weirdness that works under the surface, shining more brightly when she plays up to surreal scenarios. Sarah Kendall is rapidly becoming a big name in the UK as well as in Australia.
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— Mark Thomas (@markthomasinfo) August 14, 2016
This lady knows what she's on about. This has got nothing to do with me & my show for once. But Becca is great X https://t.co/hcjqC63wfC
— Lou Sanders (@LouSanders) August 5, 2016
@moodybecca hi Becca – thanks for this – you're very kind! Glad you like it.
— richard ayoade (@RichardAyoade) January 17, 2015
@moodybecca Thats lovely.. Thank you 🙂
— bob mortimer (@RealBobMortimer) April 4, 2015
@moodycomedy Very thoughtful – thanks so much.
— Reece Shearsmith (@ReeceShearsmith) April 28, 2015
Podfan Becca Moody has a great comedy blog here: http://t.co/c05hC6MhFL
— Stuart Goldsmith (@ComComPod) November 11, 2014
@moodybecca I also thought it was a great series and generally because of loads of new faces bringing it new energy. Glad you enjoyed it!
— Dara Ó Briain (@daraobriain) July 23, 2014
@moodybecca Great work as always, Becca! Thank you xx
— Katherine Ryan (@Kathbum) November 19, 2014
@moodybecca thanks for the support Becca and glad you enjoy the podcasts
— Richard K Herring (@Herring1967) December 6, 2014
@moodybecca glad you liked it, hope to have more eps later in the year
— Alan Davies (@alandavies1) July 5, 2014
— Matthew Holness (@MrHolness) September 10, 2014
@moodybecca ah thanks sweetie. A lovely review Xxx
— Roisin Conaty (@Roisinconaty) April 25, 2014
Oh you. That's made me well up a bit. Thanks. https://t.co/wE7VfXQdXr
— Nick Fuckin' Helm (@TheNickHelm) June 11, 2015
@moodybecca Hi. It's great. Well done! Thanks so much.
— Robert Popper (@robertpopper) July 29, 2014
@moodybecca Hey, that's really, really kind of you! And very well written to boot! Obviously I agree with everything you said!
— john robins (@nomadicrevery) July 1, 2014
@moodybecca oh I'm sorry I did read it and liked it and forgot to say. Really nice of you to take the time, Becca, thank you.
— Graham Linehan (@Glinner) April 10, 2014
@moodycomedy Thanks so much for that.
— Emma Kennedy (@EmmaKennedy) November 9, 2015
— Suzi Ruffell (@suziruffell) October 18, 2015
This interview was a delight to do. https://t.co/P08qP2zyMt
— John Robertson (@Robbotron) March 20, 2016
— Luke Toulson (@luketoulson) November 2, 2015
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— Michael J Dolan (@MichaelJDolan) August 5, 2015
It's a different one to the other ones, unless you read this one already in which case it's the same one as before.
— Michael J Dolan (@MichaelJDolan) August 5, 2015
@moodycomedy Cool! Thank you. And quite right about Idil.
— Michael Legge (@michaellegge) July 20, 2015
— Idil Sukan (@idilsukan) July 20, 2015
@moodybecca ahh thank you Becca! So well written! Look forward to keeping up with your stuff xx
— Luisa Omielan (@luisaomielan) November 2, 2014
— Angela Barnes (@AngelaBarnes) July 13, 2015
@moodycomedy ah how lovely! Thank you x
— Ellie Taylor (@EllieJaneTaylor) July 3, 2015
— Stu Goldsmith (@StuGoldsmith) March 10, 2016
— Iliza Shlesinger (@iliza) August 14, 2015
— Chris Coltrane (@chris_coltrane) March 14, 2016
— Sarah Kendall (@Sarah_Kendall) October 7, 2015
— Eleanor Tiernan (@eleanortiernan) September 2, 2015
@moodybecca Mine wasn't that positive but I'm glad you enjoyed it more than I did. Cheers!
— Michael Legge (@michaellegge) January 4, 2015
What lovely words. Thank you very much. https://t.co/d4LIapCP5c
— John Moloney Comic (@johnjmoloney) April 2, 2016
@moodycomedy Ahhh what a lovely review! Thank you so much ❤️
— Stephen Bailey (@stephencomedy) April 19, 2016
— Jamie Adams (@Jamiedadams1) July 10, 2016
Definitely my most ridiculous answers yet https://t.co/SLOSMtTurJ
— Stuart Laws (@thisstuartlaws) August 5, 2015
Fantastic night, thanks for the write-up Becca!! https://t.co/hnxasppQbz
— DamianClark (@DamianClark) April 10, 2016
— Jonny Awsum (@jonnyawsum) August 22, 2015
@moodycomedy cheers! Good of you
— paulkerensa (@paulkerensa) June 22, 2015
— Tom Allen (@tomallencomedy) August 22, 2015
http://t.co/j5VTp7Rt1Z thank you for this Becca. We've never met but you have impeccable taste!
— Gavin Webster (@Thegavinwebster) September 4, 2014
@moodycomedy good work!
— Iain Stirling (@IainDoesJokes) April 8, 2015
— Rachel Riley (@RachelRileyRR) July 17, 2014
@moodybecca Hi there. I dont RT praise, but many thanks for the kind words. Much appreciated.
— Paul Sinha (@paulsinha) December 13, 2014
@moodybecca thanks Becca! Really nice of you
— (((Nish Kumar))) (@MrNishKumar) January 2, 2015
— The Connoisseurs (@PaulFootGuild) November 6, 2014
— Malcolm Head (@malcolmheadpoet) November 6, 2014
@moodybecca thanks Becca x
— Ben Norris (@Benny_Norris) February 19, 2015
@moodybecca Wow… thanks Becca
— Stand & Deliver Mag (@mag_stand) September 17, 2014
@moodybecca thanks becca. if you want i can get ya free tickets to my soho theatre shows this weekend. i think you've earned them.
— Bobby Mair (@BobbyMair) May 5, 2014
@moodybecca lovely write up there. Good dude. Thanks man. Your a nice person.
— Tonylaw (@mrTonyLaw) December 2, 2013
— Helen Monks (@Helen_Monks) April 19, 2015
— Sam Simmons (@samsimmonss) April 5, 2015
— Nick Fuckin' Helm (@TheNickHelm) March 28, 2015
@moodybecca thanks Becca, that's really kind of you! All the best till next time
— Christian Reilly (@christreilly) March 11, 2015
Very flattered to be asked to do this. https://t.co/1JmB98D8ut
— bruce dessau (@brucedes) February 29, 2016
— Carl Chapple (@carlchapple) October 16, 2015
— Idil Sukan (@idilsukan) December 10, 2015
Every year, countless celebrities dedicate time and effort into creating original and funny material in aid of Comic Relief, and this year was no different. There has been an array of exciting new programmes over the past few weeks and I’ve picked a few of my favourites to share.
Let’s Play Darts For Comic Relief was a new and innovative way that celebrities were able to get involved within a refreshing and entertainment format. From Roisin Conaty’s shock double-20 which saw her through the preliminary round, to Bob Mortimer’s “we hate laminate” carpet chant, this competition was full of laughter. Lee Mack was eventually crowned the winner after a tense final against his good friend Tim Vine.
Like most people, I adore The Great British Bake Off, so was delighted to hear the charity version was to return this year. Featuring the cream of the celebrity crop including Joanna Lumley, David Mitchell, Jennifer Saunders, Jameela Jamil and Jonathan Ross, there was some average baking and some very big blunders (but that’s what we all wanted, right?).
The pinnacle of the charity entertainment for most comedy lovers would have to be Mark Watson’s 27 hour live comedy show. Watching the whole affair felt very much like a dream to me, with its countless celebrity contributors, world record attempts and crazy challenges. Tuning in every couple of hours really highlighted the vast array of people and activities the organisers incorporated into the show and it was clear to see how exhausted those who had stayed awake for the entire time. From a game of ‘Animal Verbs’ with Stuart Goldsmith to a competition with a chant off “OFF WITH THE CARDBOARD HOY HOY” which involved the likes of Horrible Histories writer Greg Jenner and Tracy-Ann Oberman, using only their mouths to pick up a cardboard box. The extravaganza also starred some of my favourite people in comedy including Tim Minchin and Sarah Millican which made for incredibly funny viewing, as well as contributing to the impressive grand total raised.
But lest us forget the biggest event of them all, Friday 13th March’s live Comic Relief show. Highlights of the evening for me would have to be the debut performance of No Direction, a One Direction tribute band made up of Vic Reeves, Johnny Vegas, Nick Helm, Jack Dee and Patrick Kielty. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Jack Dee enjoy himself so much. David Walliams appeared in a hilarious new Little Britain sketch featuring Stephen Hawking and Catherine Tate as well as Richard Ayoade popping up to interview Dawn French in The Vicar of Dibley and Rowan Atkinson brought us a brand new Mr Bean sketch.
Elf Lyons is vibrant and uncompromising; a woman of the people with a warm, friendly charm. This lady was clearly born to perform, and not just in a public speaking sense, but in an extravagant and physical style of comedy that few seem to be creating these days. Elf, who’s comedy is often compared to that of Noel Fielding, hits London in early February with her new show, Being Barbarella. If you need energising, or just want some new talent to watch, check out this refreshingly real and exhilarating performer.
I asked Elf these seven questions to learn a little more about her…
1) What is the first thing you think of every morning?
More often than not my thought process in the morning tends to go like this: First, “Why is the woman upstairs vacuuming at 6am?”, secondly; “I’m never drinking three bottles of Prosecco again,” then, “How did I get home?”, then, “Please God let there be coffee in the kitchen”, then, “I should probably go to the gym and think about what I’ve done with my life”, then finally ‘NO. Bad idea. I’ll just eat a croissant in bed and write a new bit of material instead. WISE”, followed by “WHY IS SHE STILL VACUUMING??”
However, if I am being a normal adult woman (which is what I am 99% of the time because I am very mature) I tend to wake up every day around 7.30am, turn to my left, look at the ‘To-Do List’ I write religiously the night before (just before I go to sleep usually- this is one of the great superpowers OCD gives you: ‘uber organisation’) and follow/complete the to-does I’ve set myself. It always starts with the first point: ‘WAKE UP’ and then ‘GET COFFEE’. If I can get all the admin-rubbish done as early as possible in the day, it gives me more time to be creative and make work for the rest of the day. And go to the cinema.
2) What was your favourite subject at school?
Art. I used to draw all my teachers in class, used to make up characters in my head and I was obsessed with Pastels and making a mess. Also, you were allowed to listen to the RADIO in class! #winning. I am so at peace when I am drawing – I used to sketch lots of comics live when I first started and am proud to say I have a lovely lil drawing of James Acaster from 2010 in my journal at home!
When I was life-drawing I used to listen to comedy podcasts on my iPod. However, my teacher had to ask me to stop listening to them when I was drawing. When I asked why, he explained that I kept on laughing randomly during the sessions and it was making Miles, our life model, very nervous. He thought I was laughing manically at him and his flaccid member, however, I had to explain I wasn’t laughing as his naked body but was in was in fact giggling at the comedy of The Mighty Boosh. Easy misunderstanding.
When I left Uni I ended up getting a job as a life-model. Most of my parent’s friends didn’t know what that was, so I just told them I was a ‘lazy stripper’. My parents were thrilled.
3) Something that you’re afraid of?
Seals. I am terrified of seals. They are the underwater equivalent of Samara from The Ring and look like the type of animal Hades would keep as a pet in the Underworld. Big fat blubbery demetor mammals with eyes like black snooker balls. THERE IS NOTHING CUTE ABOUT THOSE EYES. THOSE ARE THE EYES OF A PSYCOPATH. I have no problem with seals being eaten by sharks. I tried to explain this to a man I met on the tube once. He moved seats.
4) What is the worst month of the year?
I’m gonna be blunt and say that March is pretty pointless. I personally think we have too many months with 31 days anyway and I’d argue that March could possibly just get cut and we could double up and have a 61 day June – as June is the absolute best. Although we have international ‘Save a Spider Day’ on March 14th, I’d go so far to say this is the only redeeming feature of March. March is named after Mars who was the Roman God of War, and next to seals, I absolutely hate war and I don’t think we should have a month that encourages it. Also if you were born in March, chances are you are either an Aries or Pisces and as a Gemini (again, June is the best) I have never had a successful Tinder date with either.
5) Who is your comedy hero?
My dad. He’s always saying very funny, dry jokes. For example, when I ask him, “Hey dad! Do you love me?”, he always replies with the phrase, “What are the choices?”. Never gets old. Never.
He was born in March.
Other than that, my comedy heroes have always been Dave Allen, Emo Phillips, Noel Fielding and French & Saunders.
6) What’s your opinion on celebrity culture?
I can’t wait to be a part of it. If it helps one get a ‘Black Nandos’ card to eat free in my favourite chicken establishment or be able to get 35687,0000000 likes on Instagram for a picture of my puppy, Khaleesi, I am all for it. Also, by ‘celebrity culture’ I assume you also mean the other western translation meaning ‘Kim Kardashian’s bottom?”. That is a very important part of celebrity culture, and I’d argue to some extent a global issue. Any woman that can happily risk balancing a bottle of expensive champagne (or Prosecco, she may be on a budget) on her oiled posterior all for the sake of breaking the internet (very important issue right now) gets a high five from me. Mainly because if there is one thing I think that is lacking at the moment, it is highly suggestive and sexualised imagery of powerful women doing impractical things with kitchen appliances and home goods! AM I RIGHT LADIES???
7) What would you like people to take away from your comedy?
A chair. Chairs at comedy gigs are often very comfortable and if you enjoyed the gig i think it’s wise to take* the chair you laughed in home with you, so you can sit in and go “ah, this is my fun chair”.
A memory. The type of memory that one can sit and think about fondly in one’s fun chair and go “Ah… that was a fun gig.”
A picture of my face. Like a religious memento, that one can look upon and cry fondly over.
*some would say ‘steal’.
Noel Fielding has recently embarked on his first live tour since the second Mighty Boosh tour over five years ago, and this time he’s got a whole new agenda. Noel is my comedy hero, and I was honoured to be invited to talk to him about his tour, An Evening With Noel Fielding.
How’s the tour going so far?
It’s going well. Well, it’s alright. It started off well and then I got a bug so I was really sick… but you can’t really stop, that’s the problem. You’ve got to keep going; got to keep doing the gigs! The tour won’t stop so you just have to sort of get on with it.
But it’s going well. The best one, so far, was Halifax.
You’ve added more dates recently as well.
Yeah, tonnes more, I think there may be another thirty or forty, and then twenty after Christmas. I think we’re going to Australia and maybe America, even some parts of Europe or New Zealand, we don’t know yet.
I’d love to do something in America at some point; something completely different. But this is going to be quite a big tour. We’re only at the beginning of it really.
Artistically speaking, what were your aims for this tour?
Well, I wanted to try and make something good, and have it be interactive and have animation so I could make a show that showed all aspects of what I do. But something you’d still be able to enjoy without you having to have seen the Boosh or Luxury Comedy or my stand-up.
I wanted it to be funny for people that hadn’t seen me before and have some audience interaction as well as stand-up, some music and a narrative. We’ve been working on it religiously all year. My brother’s in it, Mike, from The Mighty Boosh and Tom Meeten, who’s a really great comedian.
What kind of ages have your audience members been this time?
I think it was pretty broad even with the Boosh. There were lots of young screaming teenagers but that’s okay, and there were lots of older people in the audience as well. This tour has been quite mixed. There’s a bit where I go into the crowd as a character called New York Cop and I have to interrogate the audience and I chat to them. It’s much more mixed than I thought it would be, which really pleases me.
How have you found the process of writing for a tour compared to writing for television?
It’s a different thing really to writing a TV show; I wrote TV shows back to back so I was getting stir crazy.
I like working with an audience and I love the energy of live gigs so when you’re making TV shows, you don’t really get much feedback other than on the Internet and a few reviews. It’s a bit like working in the dark or in a tunnel so when you come out and do live stuff it’s great to get a reaction straight away.
I had a lot of ideas for the tour show already because I hadn’t toured for a while and I just sort of brought them all together to make one show and made sure it wasn’t too lumpy or too much like a collage of different ideas. I wanted to try and make it flow.
Are there any comedians that you’d like to work with in the future?
I love Tony Law, Paul Foot and James Acaster. Being on Buzzcocks means you get to work with them, but, yeah, I’d love to do stuff with Paul Foot. He’s brilliant and so underrated. He should be a household name.
Russell Brand’s just written a book and I’d quite like to do something with him as well; an improvised show, something unplanned. I like working with Russell. He’s very brave.
What else would you like to do?
I’ve fallen in love with stand-up again whilst doing this tour. There’s about forty minutes of stand-up in the show, and I was very scared because I hadn’t done stand-up for a while, but I managed to do it and I was really enjoying it much more than I thought I would be.
I would like to do a pure stand-up show now as well. And with the Loose Tapestries, Serge and I are always talking about going on tour so that would be fun. I’d like to write children’s books too, so maybe I could do that. I want to do everything!
COME BACK NEXT WEEK TO READ PART TWO OF MY INTERVIEW WITH NOEL, FOR EXCLUSIVE INSIGHT INTO THE WRITING AND RECEPTION OF LUXURY COMEDY SERIES TWO.