Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Rachel Parris

Rachel Parris is a comedian on the cusp. In the last few years she has started cropping up regularly on television and I expect she will be cropping up even more in the future. She was in The IT Crowd and earlier this year Revolting. She was also in Murder In Successville. Or you may know her from the Game Of Thrones spin-off, Thronecast. The versatile performer is also part of stage improvisation group Austentatious. On top of all of this she also has her latest live show, Best Laid Plans which is currently on tour and coming to the Soho Theatre from March 6 - 8. You want songs, stories and jokes about how things never quite work out? Bag a ticket here. Although actually things are working out quite well for Parris.






1. What is the last thing you do before you go onstage (apart from check your flies and/or check your knickers aren't sticking out of your skirt and check for spinach between your teeth)?


Repeat a mantra to myself like "You got this, grrrl" or "You're not an inherently bad person" or "Do it for Sandi Toksvig".


2. What irritates you? 


People who can't apologise and people who refuse to move down the tube carriage at rush hour. People who refuse to move down the tube and won't even apologise for it. 


3. What is the most dangerous thing you have ever done?


It’s usually to do with climbing up big rocks on a mountain or jumping off big rocks into the sea. Rocks. 


4. What is the most stupid thing you have ever done?


Moved to London suddenly with no savings, no job and about £150 in the bank. Stupidest, and best decision I ever made.


5. What has surprised you the most during your career in comedy?


How fast I can talk when I’m nervous. Also how up and down it continues to be – no matter how good a run you’ve had, just one gig can still floor you and make you feel like a total beginner.

Interview continues here.


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