Comedian’s Corner: Karen Sherrard

Who are you?

Woman, comedian, actor, animal-lover, gardener, traveller and drummer.

Describe your humour in three words. 

“Hopefully it’s funny”. Or does that count as 4 words? This is why I can’t cope with Twitter.

Most embarrassing moment on stage?

I once wet myself trying not to laugh performing in a dreadful play about Vikings. It was a theatre in education project in a school, so thankfully many of the audience had also soiled themselves. I also tripped up as I walked on at a comedy night in Builth Wells, launching myself face first onto the stage. It got a laugh, though.

Best compliment you’ve been given from an audience member?

“You should be on telly”. I’m still not on telly.

Worst job you’ve ever had?

I’m lucky that I’ve mostly done interesting jobs that I’ve loved, but when I was still looking for acting work, I had a job wrapping roses in cellophane (the kind that people used to go round selling in restaurants or at traffic lights in the 90’s). I got £12 a day, thorns in my thumbs and a real sense of failure for my troubles.

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Favourite Cardiff venue?

The Glee is set up perfectly – no empty seats at the front, you can see the audience and they can see you, great sound, free food and you’re well looked after. All you need to do is perform well. I’m also fond of Drones at Chapter and Fun at the Flute at the Flute and Tankard.

Why do you do comedy? (Oooh philosophical)

Unlike acting, you can get out there and get spots on a comedy bill fairly easily. So I’ve been able to develop my act and build up a profile, make contacts and build an audience on my own terms, without having to wait for someone to cast me in a role. The way a gig works is that you are often performing with acts you have never met before and you are all equally responsible for putting on a good show. There’s no rehearsal, just a lot of respect and a bit of magic. There’s no separation from the audience, you’re seeking an immediate and direct response from them and there has to be a collaboration between all the acts and the audience to make the night work. It’s extremely compelling and without it, I feel pretty empty!

What’s your tipple?

Rum. Havana Club 7 year. A nice ale if I’m in a pub. But if I need to party til dawn, rum it is.

New Year’s Resolution?

I don’t really do resolutions. I often try to get stuff sorted out in September as I think that’s an easier time of year to make changes. However, I want to counteract the Trump / Brexit atmosphere with positivity. I feel really fired up with the challenge of re-uniting people again, getting people together with shared experiences and understanding each other better. And what better way to do this than with comedy?

Where can we watch you be funny?

Come along to Fun at the Flute (Flute and Tankard) on January 19th where I’ll be headlining with my character Eirys Evans. There will be a raffle.

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Comedian’s Corner: Chris Chopping

Who are you?

I’m Chris Chopping, things go well for me when I remember that.

Describe your humour in three words.

Playful, wordy and self-deprecating.

Most embarrassing moment on stage?

My most embarrassing moment on stage was dying on my arse for 10 minutes at a gig in Southampton. The guy who booked me was sat at the front and he was the only one laughing. I couldn’t tell if he was enjoying my jokes or my discomfort.

Best compliment you’ve been given from an audience member?

An audience member once told me I look like Harry Potter if he was in the Rolling Stones, is that a compliment?

Worst job you’ve ever had?

The worst job I ever had was working in a call centre. Then they fired me. I don’t want to sound bitter buy I still talk about it most nights on stage. Apparently I’m not good at letting things go.

Snog, marry, avoid: Macaulay Culkin (the drug addict version), Nigella Lawson (the drug addict version), Honey G 

I would snog Macaulay Culkin for the story, marry Nigela for the food and avoid Honey G. I had to google who she was but I’m not keen on sunglasses indoors.

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Favourite Cardiff venue?

My favourite Cardiff venue is Drones Comedy Club at Chapter Arts Centre. It’s where I had my first gig and still my favourite place to try new material.

Why do you do comedy? (Oooh philosphical)

I do comedy because I’ve always loved making people laugh one on one or in a group, making a room full of people is even better. Plus if I have a microphone it’s harder for them to interrupt. Let’s not overanalyse what that answer says about me.

What’s your tipple?

I like red wine, good cider(not strongbow for starters) or rum and coke.

Where can we watch you be funny?

You can see me being funny as my various alter egos at Face 11 this money, Smoke and Mirrors Christmas Party in Bristol on the 19th and on Gwerthu Allan live from The Richard Burton Theatre on S4C, 9.30 5th January or catch up after on the S4C Website.

You can follow Chris on Twitter @MrChrisChopping

 

Comedian’s corner: Tanya Spence-Kelly

Who are you?

I’m Tanya Spence-Kelly.

Describe your humour in three words

Dirty, daring, delightful.

Most embarrassing moment on stage?

When the button on my top popped open and revealed my bra – but I didn’t notice until I got off stage and went to the toilet.

Best compliment you’ve been given from an audience member?

Someone once said I have busted the myth that women aren’t funny, so I called him a sexist prick and walked off. Still accepted the compliment though.

Worst job you’ve ever had?

I used to sell cosmetic surgery, all day everyday I’d have to look at boobs.

Snog, marry, avoid: Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Tulisa

Snog Tulisa, marry Boris, and avoid Donald.

 

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Favourite Cardiff venue?

For comedy I loved Masa Comedia that was once in Chapel, but that’s moved venues now. Otherwise Porters is brilliant! And for non-comedy I love live lounge.

Why do you do comedy? (Oooh philosphical)

I’ve always wanted to perform, but I can’t dance, sing or act, so my way of performing has always been by entertaining people through comedy. In February 2016 I stepped up on stage for the first time and have loved it ever since!

What’s your tipple?

Vodka & monster ultra. I work for Coca Cola who own monster so…

Where can we watch you be funny?

I’ve just finished doing 7 gigs in 6 days – 2 in Cardiff, 3 in Swansea, 1 in stoke and I appeared as a guest on Radio Cardiff! My next gig is Friday 25th November in The Handpost, Newport. Then I’m really excited to be supporting The Death Hillarious in Nolton Corner on 10th December, and I’m opening the Parrot in Camarthen on 14th December.

Comedian’s corner: Drew Taylor

Who are you?

Drew Taylor, Rhondda based stand up comedian.

Describe your humour in three words.

Observational, silly, rude.

Most embarrassing moment on stage?

I did a charity gig when I’d only been performing for about 2 months. The room was terrible for comedy and the audience really couldn’t have cared less if I was there or not, I died on my arse for 10 long minutes. But I learned far more from that than the gigs that went really well. It’s the bad ones that help you grow as an act.

Best compliment you’ve been given from an audience member?

“Can I have a selfie with you?” It’s only a subjective throw away request but it made me feel like a real comedian for the first time.

Worst job you’ve ever had?

I’ve been quite lucky with jobs really but during the summer, whilst at school, I used to deliver milk at 5am every day for £2.50 an hour. We used to ride on the back on the van and how I didn’t fall off at 30 mph going over bumps between stops is a mystery!

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Snog, marry, avoid: Theresa May, Kay Burley, Wayne Rooney.

Umm, snog Kay Burley? (I don’t know who she is, so will be a nice surprise). Avoid Teresa May because I can’t warm to her in any way at all. And marry Wayne Rooney because he’s a bit older than me so it would be nice to have a rich sugar daddy I could play Fifa with.

Favourite Cardiff venue?

Glee at Mermaid Quay is of course a great purpose built club and always a pleasure to perform at but as far as regular venues that double up as a comedy club go, it has to be Porters. They have a great free entry night called Comedy Den that always has a great line up and just works really well for comedy (when it probably shouldn’t!)

Why do you do comedy? (Oooh philosophical)

I’ve always enjoyed making people laugh and if you can make a few friends laugh, you can make a room laugh. Comedy is great fun and anyone thinking of giving it a try should go for it!

What’s your tipple?

At the risk of sounding boring, just a nice cold bottle of lager.

Where can we watch you be funny?

Along with Steffan Evans and Col Howarth, I’m touring our show ‘Tales from Wales’ at theatres, arts centres and anywhere that will have us really through 2017. Check out my Twitter page for updates of where we’ll be and when! @drewtaylorlite