CB: How long have you been gigging in comedy?
HE: About 5 years.
CB: How would you describe your comedy?
HE: Sometimes physical, sometimes observational, sometimes funny…
CB: Which comedians influence your comedy?
HE: I love Julia Davis, I wish I had the courage to be a bit darker with my comedy but it doesn’t really suit the onstage me. I also adore Alan Carr I think he’s a naturally very funny man.Jack Daniel’s and citalopram also influence my comedy greatly.
CB: Did you always want to go into comedy?
HE: I used to want to be an actress but I wasn’t very good at that. I turned every role I was given into a comedy role. No one wants to see a comical Lady Macbeth. “Out damn spot… not even Cillit Bang can remove thee”.
CB: How do you go about writing your material?
HE: I visit my mum and granddad and write down stuff they say.
CB: Do you gig as a comedy performer full time or is it more of a part-time hobby?
HE: In the past year it’s been more of a full time job mainly because I was finding it increasingly difficult to go into work the next morning, after I’d been gigging in upper end creek the night before until 4am.
CB: What do you find the most enjoyable and frustrating parts of the comedy circuit?
HE: Most enjoyable is being surrounded by funny people.Frustrating part is probably the endless traveling, sitting in traffic and general megabus blocked toilet woes.
CB: What’s your favourite type of audience to perform to?
HE: One that laughs and consists of more than one person and a pub dog. Although that dog loved my material.
CB: Have you been heckled a lot since you’ve started gigging? Do you enjoy being heckled? What’s the best heckle you’ve had?
HE: Heckling doesn’t tend to happen that frequently. My favourite heckle wasn’t to me. Mark Cooper-Jones was opening in Hereford and was telling the crowd about how he had spent £10 to view this historical map in a museum. A person from the crowd then shouted with quite some gusto “You should have visited on a Tuesday, it’s free to view it on a Tuesday”.
CB: What advice would you give to new acts thinking of starting out in comedy?
HE: Don’t, especially if you’re funnier than me.
Hayley Ellis will be performing her show ‘We Need To Talk About Kevin’ at the Underbelly at 16:10 from 30th July – 24th August. Tickets.