Sarah Keyworth - On The Mic

Performer: Sarah Keyworth
Photograph by: Matt Crockett
Show: Dark Horse
Venue: The Pleasance Courtyard (Bunker Two)
Promoter: Fight in the Dog in association with United Agents


Tell me about your Edinburgh show.

My Edinburgh show is about what it means to be a girl, it’s about how gender stereotypes affect children quite deeply despite the fact that they’re absolute nonsense.


Tell me about your first gig

My first gig was at my secondary school, it was to friends and family and I absolutely smashed it. It gave me completely false ideas about how good I am at comedy.


Do you have any rituals before going on stage?

I whinge and moan and go to the toilet at least 17 times. I don’t handle nerves well.


Tell me about your best and worst review.

I recently got a lovely review from Chortle. It was very kind and complimentary. It made me feel good. I also recently got really mean review from Chortle, it was not nice. It made me feel bad.


During this Edinburgh run, do you plan to read reviews of your show?

Nope, I already have too many emotions.


How do you feel about reviewers generally?

That’s a strange question, it’s like asking how you feel about the weather. I like it when it’s nice and when it’s not I want to die.


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?

I’m Jewish. My grandmother fled Germany during the war. If it weren’t for strong people like her Markus Meechan’s pug would be speaking German right now.


Are there any subjects that are not suitable for comedy?
I’m not big on controversy for the sake of it, I think if you can add something useful to a conversation you absolutely should be able to but if you think ‘Gas the Jews’ is funny, it’s been done mate.


Have you ever gone too far?


Looking back over your time as a comedian, tell me about the best gig of your career.

I recently did a roast battle against my good pal Ed Night. That was the most fun I’ve had on stage ever because I got to call him names.

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