“Once you do one stand-up gig you’re in stand-up because you’re emotionally compelled to figure out how to do it well.”
Q: How did you first get into comedy?
A: I got into comedy because I was doing acting and then there was a little bit of crossover with improv, a lot of actors improvise and a lot of comedians do improv as well. Then I started going out with a guy that was starting to do stand-up and I went along to a night of his, and I think I thought, I can do that, and then I did, and I did it. Once you do one stand-up gig you’re in stand-up because you’re emotionally compelled to figure out how to do it well.
Q: How do you know what comedy to do on stage?
A: I don’t know what to do really, I suppose it just arises naturally. To get the most out of an idea or a joke, you set it up, or you say it. Then you act it out to find where the funny moment is. Sometimes I like to do character sketches, sometimes it feels like comedy by numbers, when it feels right you do it, other times you don’t, it’s not an exact science with me.
Q: How long were you a civil engineer for?
A: I was a civil engineer for 6 years.
Q: And stand up?
A: I have been a stand-up comedienne for 8 years, so longer.
Q: What was the worst thing about being a civil engineer?
A: The pressure to get it right all the time…
Q: And you don’t feel that with comedy?
A: No because nobody’s going to die. The worst thing that could happen is people would think I’m a bad comedienne, and I can live with that. I can’t live with children being left fatherless. That’s worse.
Q: Have you mainly been touring?
A: Yes, around Ireland really and any other work I can get, little comedy clubs, different writing jobs and a bit of radio and television, just to keep myself going, so far so good anyway.
Q: And is this your first Edinburgh?
A: This is my fourth Edinburgh. First time I came here I did a play that I wrote with my cousins, we did it, and then second year and third year I did stand-up and then this year I did stand-up again. I took a couple of years off though, I haven’t done four in a row.
Q: What have you enjoyed seeing the most this Fringe?
A: I really loved Gavin Webster’s show here, he’s a comedian from Newcastle and he’s excellent and has a really good show. I saw Will Franken, the American, his show was also excellent. I also saw a musical that I wouldn’t normally go to, but this was absolutely brilliant, The Trap is the name of it, definitely recommend that.
Q: Thank you Eleanor for you time.
by Looby Loo and Goubba