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Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2015 Finalist SARAH KEYWORTH

InterviewPosted by Bobby Carroll Fri, August 14, 2015 10:30:18

What area of London do you currently live in or most associate yourself with?

I currently live in South London... Which is a really vague answer but I am about to move from one bit of South London to another bit of South London so South London is actually as accurate an answer as I can give you... South London.

How would you describe your act in five words?

Cheeky, deadpan, sinister, likable, oxymoron.

How long have you been doing comedy?

I have been doing comedy on a regular (weekly) basis for 11 months.

What is your day job?

I am currently working in the Marketing and Communications Department at LAMDA (The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art).

What has been your worst job?

I once worked at the Christmas sale in my local Next when I was 17.

I used to think I lived in a nice area, but there's something about a Next sale that just... changes people.

Why do you love comedy?

I have always loved comedy for the simple enjoyment of making people laugh. As I have gotten older I have gained an appreciation of how really intelligent comedy can be used as a tool to shape and change the way you might perceive things. I love that it offers a platform for people to be confident - even if it's just for 10 minutes.

Who are your heroes?

Jennifer Saunders, Diane Spencer, Sara Pascoe & Sandi Toksvig to name just a few, plus the Monty Python boys.

I'm a big fan of female comedians, I find it really admirable that they're able to find time to be funny whilst also having a vagina. I'm still in the habit of leaving mine at home.

What made you bite the bullet and start performing?

A friend of mine was organising a variety show, she knew I had a set written, so she put me in the programme and had it printed. You can't back out if you're in a printed programme.

What was your first gig like?

Wonderful. It was at my old school and the audience was made up of family and friends. It gave me a completely false sense of how funny I was.

What has been your biggest achievement so far?

Over the past year I have opened for a few comedians who I really admire. I think getting positive feedback from them has felt like my greatest achievement to date.

What has been your favourite gig?

I did a gig in Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival called the 'Battle For Leicester'. It was a competition in which two representatives from each of the city's four regular comedy night's battled to win a trophy. The crowd were so great and really up for it. I went to uni in Leicester so it was nice to be there. When we got to the final round we had to do some improvisation on a given subject - I got cunnilingus (and the gig was good too).

And describe your worst?

I once did a gig at my university that was a breakfast event for the launch of Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival. I had to be there at 7:30am. Nothing is funny at that time of day.

Weirdest heckle?

A guy once shouted Heil Hitler during my set. In his defense I was telling a joke about Hitler and there's never really an ideal time to bust out a Nazi Salute these days.

Even more bizarrely he came and apologised afterwards, I told him it was okay... happens to the best of us.

What is the best thing about being a comedian?

The people you meet, the comedy circuit is such a community - I can't go to a gig without bumping into somebody I know. I've made some great friends and people are very supportive. That's definitely the best thing.

What is the biggest lesson you've learnt?

I've definitely learnt that nothing worthwhile should be easy, comedy is a long game and there's always room for improvement.

Where do you hope to be in ten years with your comedy?

In an ideal world I would like to be able to be doing comedy as my full time job. To achieve that in 10 years would be good. To be honest I'd settle for having some money for wine gums after the train fare.

Any other aspirations?

I'd love a retweet from Talyor Swift.

What's you favourite joke by another act or from your childhood?

Twayna Mayne's open letter to Morocco. If you haven't heard it you're missing out.

SARAH KEYWORTH // // @SarahKeyworth1