CB: How long have you been gigging in comedy?
TC: Since the glorious summer of 2012.
CB: How would you describe your comedy?
TC: Camp and grotesque musical character comedy.
CB: Which comedians influence your comedy?
TC: Andy Kauffman, League Of Gentleman, Julie Walters, Dave Chappelle.
CB: Did you always want to go into comedy?
TC: Yes, especially cabaret comedy. I wanted to merge comedy, singing, dancing, dressing up, crap wigs, impersonation and smoke machines together to create something different.
CB: How do you go about writing your material?
TC: I improvise around my set routine at my regular gigs. Its best when I’m in character feeding off an audience rather than sitting at home at the laptop.
CB: Do you gig as a stand-up full time or is it more of a part-time hobby? If so, do you find that your main job influences your material?
TC: I gig full time and compere cabaret shows, perform office tea runs, afternoon tea parties and events. I also host a Bingo show as various characters including my take on Bowie, Bassey, Grace Jones and Cher.
CB: What do you find the most enjoyable and frustrating parts of the comedy circuit?
TC: I love performing and hanging out with the other performers and the level of talent out there is so high it’s very inspiring. I find the PA systems can be frustrating as they are not always set up for a musical act.
CB: What’s your favourite type of audience to perform to?
TC: Those who are happy to be there, tea drinkers, fans of Tina, open minded, in the party mood and who want to join in.
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?
TC: I haven’t experienced lots of heckling. Tina is pretty fierce but also a vulnerable figure…sometimes I’ve had audience members shout out things about Ike!! I never mention Ike. Tina gets very angry.
CB: What advice would you give to new acts thinking of starting out in comedy?
TC: Be brave, do exactly what you want and there will be somebody who enjoys it. It may not be for everyone but that’s ok. Find what is unique about you.