The Spotlight on ... Wendy Wason

Monday, April 25 2011

She's a London-based Scot who loves naughty jokes, dressing up for her Edinburgh posters and giving Cheryl Cole a pasting – it's Wendy Wason

Wendy Wason

Where in London do you live?:
I live just off Holloway Road so I fall asleep to the soundtrack of police cars and ambulances. That said, my corner shop is Waitrose so the quality of biscuits in my house is very high.

How long have you been gigging for?:
It will be seven years in October. I started gigging when my son was eight weeks old and he will be seven soon. It's very thoughtful of my children to mark the passage of time for me otherwise I wouldn't have a clue. I don't gig as much as other comics on account of the kiddies but I'm fairly sure I am one of the only comics up at 7am every day. I'm always surprised when I meet people who don't have to get up early and do. Why would you do that? Why?

What do we need to know about you?:
I'm London-based Scot who loves swearing and naughty jokes. I also find it difficult not to laugh at funerals. I still get a kick out of that kind of giggling you do in school when you might get a bollocking from the teacher.

What do we not need to know about you, but you're going to tell us anyway?:
I'm obsessed with sharks and will watch shark documentaries above everything else on TV. They have been the top predator in the sea for millions of years, I appreciate that kind of consistency.

Who makes you laugh?:
I love it when my kids ask inappropriate questions, like the time in a swimming pool once when my son pointed at a fat man and said at the top of his voice: "Why does that man have boobies?" Among comics I love Rich Hall and Lewis CK. Andre Vincent makes me cry with laughter. He can be so deliciously bitchy.

What are your favourite London venues?:
I love the Comedy Cafe. It's the first club I saw comedy at in London so it's great to go there and actually be onstage. I'm also a big fan of Comedy Camp. it's a brilliant gig and the audience are so up for it.

Who is your celebrity doppelganger?:
Raquel Welch. Obviously. Failing that it's whoever I'm dressing up as for my Edinburgh poster. Last year it was Joanne Whalley, the year before it was Audrey Hepburn. This year it's Jennifer Beale's – no relation to Ian Beale.

What are you/should you be famous for?:
I'm famous for being in the new rice crispies commercial with my far more talented children and being the voice of Cara in the advert.

Can you dance?:
YES! I love to dance. When I was pregnant I used to copy the sexy ladies taking their clothes off on Men and Motors but I'm not sure I had the same effect.

Whose sex face would you least like to see?
Lembit Opik. Oh god no. Please no.

Audiences love it when I ... go all ranty and nasty. Cheryl Cole and Myleene Klass have come in for a bit of a pasting lately.

Audiences hate it when I ... don't turn up. That can be seen as quite rude.

Wendy's monthly mixed bill show is on tonight at the Albany pub, and the line-up is well tasty ... You can also find her on Twitter at @wendy_wason.

And here is a clip of Wendy in action ...


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