Performer: Lucy Pearman Photograph by: Ed Moore Show: Fruit Loop Venue: The Monkey Barrel Promoter: United Agents and Heroes of the Fringe
Tell me about your Edinburgh show.
It’s about a worm that has misunderstood who she is and what her limits are. She has heard all about how caterpillars turn into butterflies and thinks, ‘Yeah, I’d like to do that too’
Tell me about your first gig.
The first gig that I did on my own was to about 6 people in Leicester, I was dressed as an egg.
I got someone to chase me with a spoon and then left.
Do you have any rituals before going on stage?
I try and lie down if there’s space and sleep if there’s time (rare)
Tell me about your best and worst review.
The best review I’ve had was probably from Harry Hill. He said, “I’m jealous of the telephone bit”.
The worst was when a man got up during the show, walked towards me and said, “I feel sick I need to leave”.
During this Edinburgh run, do you plan to read reviews of your show?
Um yes, probably. I’m not desperate to see them, I try and stay calm about that stuff. As long as people are coming and not throwing stuff at me, it’s ok.
How do you feel about reviewers generally?
Well, if you get a great review it absolutely helps to sell a show. I like it when they wear a lanyard as a sign to not pick on them but it makes you want to get them on stage in a way. It’s like a ‘do not press’ button
In April 2018, YouTube comedian, Markus Meechan (aka Count Dankula) was fined £800 for training his girlfriend’s pug dog to do a Nazi salute with its paw, in response to the phrase ‘Gas the Jews’. Do you believe Meechan committed a criminal offence, and why?
Ah, I didn’t know anything about this. I think you should only teach dogs good things as a rule.
Are there any subjects that are not suitable for comedy?
I’m sure there are. I tend to stay away from tricky topics and just shove on a grape costume and a moustache
Have you ever gone too far?
Yes absolutely both on stage and off. I remember thinking my story about a dead pig would go down well once at a dinner party but it didn’t. Not at all. I forget that growing up on a farm will give you some quite unrelatable experiences
Looking back over your time as a comedian, tell me about the best gig of your career.
Probably when I did my show, ‘Maid of Cabbage’ at Soho Theatre. The whole run sold out and all my friends and family came to watch. I remembered all the bits and my cousins didn’t hate it.