Comedy Cues #5:Felicity Ward - Irregardless
[Image courtesy of MIKE BAKER PHOTOGRAPHY]
2012 was certainly Felicity Ward’s year with her profoundly personal yet hilarious show The Hedgehog Dilemma which set both critics and audiences alight receiving a nomination, if not the award, at every major Australian festival.
During her short stay in the UK last year she put in a welcome appearance on Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC) and, following her success at the Edinburgh Fringe, was invited to take The Hedgehog Dilemma to Los Angeles to perform at the Hollywood Improv. And when it appeared things couldn’t get any better, she went on to appear at many of her prestigious family barbeques.
Amidst the accolades, the self-congratulations and the tearstained Angus beef burgers, it dawned on here that when all is said and done, this was a ridiculous job. Can you think of anyone else who gets rounds of applause before even setting foot in the office in the morning? Who make people pay them upfront before putting in their work? The simple answer is comedians!
This is where Felicity will be taking audiences this year with her straight-up stand-up show, as she sets out to take us on a journey with big intros, autotune, her love for junkies, language butchering, anxiety attacks, holding a duck and big finishes. When describing the show she claims she’s putting her cards on the table and her dick on her sleeve.
With the Edinburgh Fringe right around the corner here’s what Felicity had to say when we asked her to provide a bit of insight into how she went about making her mark on the comedy circuit…
My top tips to new comedians (if I am in any way in that position to do so)
1. No gig is your last.
2. Your job is to be as funny as you can be. (Excellent Australian comic Daniel Townes taught me that.)
4. Write and gig as much as you can, as often as you can.
5. Be punctual to gigs and get a stopwatch.
6. Sometimes you’re lucky enough to get everyone who hates you in the one room at the one time. Every comedian has experienced this. Promise.
7. Sometimes you’re lucky enough to get everyone who loves you in the one room at the one time. Every comedian has experienced this. Promise.
8. If you judge your career based on the careers of others you’ll kill yourself, or become very bitter in the meantime
9. Learn how to hold a mic so that the audience can hear you & learn how to stand on stage without looking like you’ve never had these legs before.
10. Write what you think is funny and (oh god, I’m actually going to say this) find your voice.
Be sure to catch Felicity at the Edinburgh Fringe at The Dairy Room in the bustling Udderbelly Pasture at 10 pm.
DATES & PRICES:
Previews: 31stJuly – 2nd August @ £7
3rd, 4th, 7th, 8th, 13th-15th, 19th-22nd, 26th August @ £11/£10
5th, 6th, 9th-11th, 16th-18th, 23rd-25th August @ £13/£12
0844 545 8252 / www.underbelly.co.uk
AGE RESTRICTION: 16+
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