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Sara Pascoe: ‘I’m Really Rubbish At Proper Jobs… It’s Lucky Comedy Worked Out’
As Sara Pascoe kicks off a series of 'literary salons', we caught up with her to discuss how she made a career as a professional funny person
When did you first decide you wanted to make comedy a career?
It wasn’t a conscious decision, I was doing stand-up because I loved it rather than as a career move, and then gradually it started paying my rent. I was so happy about not having to temp anymore, I am really rubbish at proper jobs. I’m very lucky comedy worked out.
On a scale of one to frozen-with-fear, how nervous were you before your first ever gig, and how did you overcome it?
I couldn’t picture myself onstage, I couldn’t imagine it actually happening. I drank a huge glass of wine and got giddy and nauseous but kept thinking I would leave before they called my name, and then they called my name and up I went and I coped. My left leg was trembling but my voice sounded normal and then it was done and I felt like a one-man-band and I flew home high on purpose and bravery.
What books do you read when you want to laugh out loud?
I love Caitlin Moran’s writing, I read her novel recently which is so funny. Bridget Christie has recently a hilarious book and I can’t wait to read Isy Suttie’s.
What about TV shows?
The Simpsons is my favourite. And Arrested Development which I watch over and over. And The American Office.
Would you like to be a comedian forever, or do you have a secret alternative career plan?
Comedian forever and ever, but occasionally doing other things as well, like writing books or being prime minister.
What advice would you give to women who want to break into stand up?
Get cracking! It’s a great time to start, lots of open mic gigs, lots of appreciative audiences who want to see more women on the bill. Hurry up and join us!
How do you deal with rubbish audiences / people who don’t laugh at your jokes?
Like any rubbish day at work, you feel a bit blue, work out what was your fault and how you can improve and wiggle on to your next gig.
There are so many amazing female comedians out there at the moment – who do you admire the most?
I would say Katherine Ryan, Josie Long, Bridget Christie are all goddesses.
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