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GETTING TO KNOW BRIDGET CHRISTIE

Wed 5 December 2012

Bridget Christie is one of the country’s most exciting comedians, with consistently strange and brilliant shows that are as topical as they are surreal (our newswriter is a big fan – can you tell)? Her current show, WAR DONKEY, is playing Soho Upstairs until Saturday 8 December. She talks to us about the new wave of politically aware comedy, what inspires her, and how she could so nearly have become a private detective…

Your shows are renowned for being very experimental and a mix of stand up, performance art and character comedy. How do you come up with such imaginative material?

I used to do much more experimental stuff when I first started, but none of my shows generated any work for me, so I started adding bits of stand up in to them in an attempt to get paid work. Now my shows are mainly stand up, with a theme, and little indulgent flourishes at the beginning and end. Since I’ve used that approach, I have been getting much more paid work. My material is usually inspired by something I’ve seen, read or heard and then I take it from there. I like to mix serious things with very silly things.

Do you think you’ll ever write and perform an hour of straight observational comedy?

I don’t know. I like to talk about things that interest me.

In your show you talk about feminism and politics – do you think there’s a new wave of comedians today presenting these ideas in new interesting and exciting ways?

Yes. Josie Long and Chris Coltrane spring to mind. It’s thrilling to see.

Are you a regular comedy-goer yourself? Who makes you laugh?

I’m working a lot and I have two small kids, but I try and see as much as I can. Loads of people make me laugh, especially the ones who take risks that don’t always work. Everyone who performs at the ACMS basically.

If you weren’t a comedian, what do you think you’d be doing?

I’d definitely be a private detective.

Do you have any advice for budding comedians and comedy writers?

Do as many gigs as you can. Write a lot. Try to find your own voice. It’s a fine line between flattery and theft. Good luck!

BRIDGET CHRISTIE: WAR DONKEY is at Soho Upstairs now until Saturday 8 December.

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