SW: I’ve been doing stand-up comedy for just over a year. My background is in Theatre, Live Art and Cabaret.
CB: How would you describe your comedy?
SW: I think it’s quite anarchic – I like to be in the moment with the audience so anything can happen. I think it’s darkly optimistic – I like to talk honestly about dark, taboo subjects/experiences (i.e. growing up with a heroin addict mother) in a way that is accessible and ultimately comes from a positive place.
CB: Which comedians influence your comedy?
SW: I wouldn’t say I have comedians who influence my comedy but many comedians inspire me. My favorites have to be Richard Prior, Robin Williams, Billy Connelly, Zoe Lyons, Joe Lycett, Louis CK, Doug Stanhope, Aisling Bea, Susan Calman and Victoria Wood.
CB: Did you always want to go into comedy?
SW: When I was a little girl I always wanted to write and perform comedy for screen- I always wanted to make films and comedy-drama. Stand-up came about sort of by accident but I love it!
CB: How do you go about writing your material?
SW: I like to come up with themes of interest/things I want to talk about then find anecdotes around them. I often improv perform/chat and record myself then transcribe the bits that I like.
CB: Do you gig as a comedy performer full time or is it more of a part-time hobby? If so, do you find that your main job influences your material?
SW: Performing is a full time thing for me – this month I’ve done twenty gigs. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do since I was a little girl… I’m not really very good at the normal working world!
CB: What’s your favourite type of audience to perform to?
SW: I love big audiences, loud audiences, audiences that really get into it– I would actually prefer to be in a big room with loud and boisterous audience members than a small room with quiet, Guardian reader types.
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?
SW: I have quite a conversational style which can often invite input/heckles from audience. They sometimes forget they’re not in the pub with their mate having a two way conversation. It can often make things more interesting but if it is distracting I’m quite happy to shut them down with a funny dig!
CB: What advice would you give to new acts thinking of starting out in comedy?
SW: Find your own unique voice; carbon copies are boring and hearing a Tim Vine joke slightly re-worded is infuriating – Be yourself! Trust your instincts, find a way of working that suites you and HAVE FUN (otherwise what’s the point?!)!
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