Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Emma Sidi

Emma Sidi is a comedian on the way up. In the last couple of years she has been busy establishing herself as a formidable personality in all the right places. She has been in TV's Drunk History and online YouTuber satire Pls Like to name two excellent things. And she recently picked up a Chortle Award nomination for Best Character/Variety Act. Sidi currently has her own live show too, Telenovela, which comes to London this week. Think Mexican passion, soap operatic pain, transglobal heartache and dancing. Find out more about Emma Sidi below and go and see the show. You won't be disappointed. Emma Sidi is at Soho Theatre from March 16 - 18. Details here.



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)?


I say these same 12 words or so under my breath - unfortunately I can’t tell you what they are because they’re too naff . It’s of course bollocks but has become an unnecessary superstition that I now cannot shake. 


2. What irritates you?


Egomania and non-listeners, and printers. Humans have come so far vis a vis technology but how can we still not have come far enough that if you can just trust that your printer will work? Really though, why are they so shit 50% of the time?! I mean it doesn’t IRRITATE ME, I just want to know WHY.


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


Let’s just say I spent a long time in Mexico one year and there were a few too many things that came my way. 


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


Sometimes I try to kiss people on the lips because my mind mistakes them for my boyfriend and is too slow to distinguish between what level of intimacy you should go for.  Sure, that might be something a bit more niche than stupidity. I’ll look into it.


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


Bad surprise: the number of female audience members who say “Well done - I don’t usually like female comedians!”  Of course it’s not loads of women who say that, but it’s enough to be surprising (and massively upsetting). 


Good surprise: how much better you can get with sheer time and experience. Edinburgh is amazing for that - the difference in my performance and understanding of how to say what I mean in a funny way between the first night in Edinburgh and that 26th night or whatever it is is enough to keep making you go back for as long as you can bare it. 

Interview continues here.

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