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Stewart Francis has been all over the news lately regarding a new sitcom he is writing so naturally this was out next question for him. He is quietly optimistic and can see it in his mind’s eye on the television. For him, the hardest task involves getting a production company into the picture simply given the sheer quantity of scripts they have to sift through before picking up the ones they think will be a hit although he does imply that some higher profile comedians can cut out the middleman.
Loretta Maine won ‘most’ of our hearts last Christmas as she captivated us with her duet Happy Goddamn Christmas with Matt Roper. Fresh from a plethora of dates across the comedy clubs of Britain, Loretta now brings her new songs, new tales and new pain to the Soho Theatre, London until the 16th of March. Featuring tracks like “These Ain’t My Tits” and the world famous “Chicken Shop” what more do you need to know to be enticed into grabbing a ticket. We managed to have a chat with her to find out if she really does know that much about chicken and if she’s ready to tackle a surfboard at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival…
Why did you decide to pick up and move over here? Was it hard breaking into the US entertainment industry?
NoOnE wOUld LiSteN To ME OVEr TheRe! I couLdn’T BelieVE iT. I aM aMAzinG! aLso mY TheraPisT saiD iT wouLd bE goOd tO moVe soMEwheRe wiTh tighTer GuN coNTrOL.
I hear you feel much more at home in the UK because we like our dark stuff. Why do you think Brits get off on all this dismay?
BecauSe ThE sUn doEsn’T ShiNe HerE. DarK hUmOR WoRkS foR BriTs anD EskIMoS. ArE yOu aLLoWeD tO caLL thEm thaT? AlSo BriTisH PeoPlE HaTe TheMseLVeS So AnyOne WhO HateS theMselVes MoRE ThaN theM iS Ok BY theM.
What inspires the lyrics to your songs? I have read that Eastenders plots play a very important role.
PaiN, driNk anD MasOOd. I LoVE MasOOd. HoW coULd ZaInAB LEaVe HiM? ShE MusT havE goT a ParT iN a PlaY oR SomEthING.
Last December you released the song Happy Goddamn Christmas with a good friend of ours Matt Roper. It got right up to number 6 on the iTunes UK Comedy Charts. How did you meet Matt and are you as infatuated with him in real life as you appear in the video?
LeT’S gEt OnE thINg StraIGhT, MATt RoPEr Is a CliT TeasE. He waS aLL LikE “If We makE THis VidEo wE caN TotaLLy hoOk uP afTEr” anD theN foR Some REasON He moVEd To IndiA. I seEm tO havE thaT affEcT On MEn. My LasT BoyFriEnd MovEd to HeavEn.
This leads me to my next question. Could I ask you why Matt issued a restraining order against you?
HeY If My preSEncE Is FrightEninG to HiM aT 2aM ouTsiDE HIs WinDOW theN thaT is His proBLEM noT MinE
So you’re performing in London, followed up by a trip down under to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. What can people expect from your show compared to your Fringe show?
A BeTTeR screEn foR ProjEctIONs anD a ShoRteR skiRt.
So you’re heading over to Melbourne too. I imagine you’ll be pleased to hear that Chardonnay comes from that part of the world.
I lOvE CharDoNNay. The YeLLoWeR thE BetTeR.
Also, have you ever been surfing? Your music certainly has has an edge of surfer sound… for the surfer girls, obviously…
NoPE. I WouLD RaTHEr bE thE GirL iN thE biG haT WhinINg abOUt WhY We havE to Go To ThE BEaCh anYwaY.
And what do you want audiences to walk away with when they leave your shows?
BleEdinG earDrumS, a WaRm soUl anD thaT feeLinG of “WeLL aT LeasT I’m nOT aS fUCkED uP as HeR”
You recently wrote some rather unique health tips to help us live longer for Spoonfed. First question regarding that. What makes Pimms a superior nightcap to a hot chocolate or Horlicks?
It waRmS thE CoCKlEs aND knoCKS yOU RighT Out. And YoU havE to BruSh your TeEtH aFteR thE OthEr tWo.
The other point you were strong about is that chicken is the best source of protein and you have been heard saying that you know the names of all the chicken shops in the UK. The recent horsegate scandal must have shocked you to say the least and what actions have you taken to ensure your chicken cravings are put to rest with 100% chicken?
I mEaN, THis qUEStiON ShOwS YoUR NAiviTy wHEn It coMEs To FrieD ChicKEn. aNy SelF-REspEcTiNG ChiCKEn eaTEr iS awaRe thaT iT iS RaRElY 100% puRe ChICkEN. I oNCe FoUnD a BiT oF PiGEoN iN My 1.99 BoX oF FuN. If YoU baTtEr It, IT tasTEs GoOd WhatEvEr the BeasT
One final question I’m sure many have wondered for quite some time. Is Pimms to blame for your typing method or is it down to something else?
WHaT TyPINg MEthOd? WhaT yOU chaTTinG aBouT? JEeZ. JouRnaLIStS
You can catch Loretta’s hour of amazing sexy woe by getting your tickets here. We’ll be chatting to her again soon to find out all about her adventures at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Stewart Francis‘ rapid rise to fame owes to several factors. Being funny always helps and Stewart’s sense of humour is hard to rival on today’s comedy circuit but what really rocketed him to household name status was his arrival on these shores when the UK stand-up scene was experiencing something of a boom. Comedy venues were raking it in and shows like ‘Live at the Apollo’ and ‘Mock the Week’ were bringing acts to the public eye that might have otherwise flown inconspicuously under the radar.
Now such a highly sought after act, we spoke to Stewart to find out where it all began. Unsurprisingly, he set foot in the entertainment world as a cartoonist but, after sending his cartoons out, he gave it up as a bad job as he couldn’t handle all the sadness of rejection in his life. This was the turning point when he realised it was time to fall back on plan B, stand-up, back in 1989, which is what he’s been doing ever since.
Following the hilarious first eight heats of The Amused Moose Laugh Off hosted by Ian Smith (BBC2′s Popatron) at The Albany’s Comedy Cellar, London, its time to head over to the Scotland final which will be held on Sunday 17 March at 7.15pm and hosted by Janey Godley.
ComComedy’s Arnie Party will take place on Wednesday, March 13th at The Queen of Hoxton, 1 Curtain Road, London. The night boasts a top line up with Spencer Brown, James Acaster, Holly Burn, Karl Schultz, Paul Harry Allen, This Glorious Monster and MC for the night is Luke Benson.
An A to Z of comedy’s top performers featuring the likes of Jo Caulfield, Jenny Éclair, Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden, Phill Jupitus and Stewart Lee willl all be gracing the same stage for a not-to-be-missed gala evening of comedy and music with Carol Grimes and Dorian Ford at the Rose Theatre in Kingston-upon-Thames on Sunday 12th May.
Most well-known for his work with superstar-comedian and fellow Welshman Rhod Gilbert, stepping out of this man’s shadow would always prove an interesting journey – but Lloyd Langford is going for it, with his first solo stand-up tour.
Chris Mayo, comedian, actor, writer, producer and founder of Cuckoo Bang, has penned the new dark comedy play “BETWEEN TEN AND SIX” with additional material by Owen Llewelyn. Cuckoo Bang Productions are a new London based theatre company focusing on producing and performing exciting new work, whilst showcasing some of the best emerging talent from across the UK.