INTERVIEW WITH COMEDIAN JOSIE LONG
Welcome to Impulse
Gamer and thanks for being part of our Entertainment Magazine!
1. Jodie, why did
you become a comedian?
Itís the only thing
Iíve ever wanted to do and I really love doing it!
2. Who inspires you as a comedian and why?
I really like going
to comedy festivals like Edinburgh and Melbourne to get inspired, I feel like
people bring their a-game to them and watching other peopleís brilliant shows
makes me feel like I need to try and be a better comedian. I like comedians like
Claudia O Doherty and Tony Law who have a great mix of silliness and really
astute, clever stuff.
3. Where do you get your material from?
everywhere I can find it! I totally vampyrise my life when I am writing a show.
I also try and write about what I am passionate about and what I feel is most
important to me at the time, so at the moment when Iím in the UK a lot of it is
reacting to our insane coalition government.
4. Before going onto stage, do you have any rituals that you perform?
Not really, but I
tend to go and have a wee about five times just to make sure.
5. Which country has the funniest comedians?
6. What do you look forward to at the Melbourne Comedy Festival?
Getting to see all
of the bloody brilliant aussie comics that I know and donít see enough like
Lawrence Leung and Andy McClelland and felicity ward! And the fact that
Melbourne is such a lovely city to be in. And people saying ďletís give it a red
hot goĒ I miss that a lot when Iím in London.
7. Why should visitors to the Melbourne Comedy Festival see your show?
Because Iíve come
ever such a long way and thereís a bit in it where I pretend to be some kind of
Godzilla or something.
8. Have you had any horrendous experiences on stage?
Oh goodness me, yes.
But nobodyís thrown anything or punched me yet so I think Iím doing ok, and the
good ones outweigh the bad ones.
9. How do you wind down after a show?
I like to go out for Chinese food with my friends and we can all talk about
our festival shows and muck around. The last time I was in Melbourne we picked
up a habit of going out to the karaoke and that was bloody excellent, Tim Vine
does an incredible falsetto version of the Bee Gees.
10. Tell us a joke about an inappropriate topic?
When the pope
resigned all of the cardinals were really sad and as he was leaving they said to
him ďyou cant resign from being pope! Once you pope you canít stop!Ē it only
works if you say it in a pretty unacceptably bad Italian accent.
11. What happens when you mess up a gag?
I try and muck
around with it and let the audience know that Iíve messed up in the hope that I
can do some kind of good improvisation as compensation.
12. Is there a type of self-inflicted punishment involved when this does
Haha yeah I guess
Iíll tell the audience what a grade a idiot I am, if they havenít already
13. Tell us the first thing that pops into your head when you hear these words
Prime Minister Julia Gillard?
Do you even have these in Australia? How am I so ignorant.-
Alright, rather that than death.
14. Apart from you, who do you want to see at the Melbourne Comedy Festival?
I want to see the
body of Phar Lap in its glass case and the comedy of Greg Fleet.
15. What does the future hold for you?
Oh my how can I
possibly tell. Iím hoping to make a low budget feature film next year and then
take it to film festivals, thatís my dream.
16. Lastly, 10 words or less why we should see your show?
What else have you
got on? Letís bloody do this!
Thanks again and all the best for the Melbourne Comedy Festival for 2013!
Check out Josie Long at the
Melbourne International Comedy Festival