Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Wendy Wason: Page 2 of 2

6. What do your parents/children (delete as applicable) think of your job?

As they get older, the kids appreciate what I do. My daughter asked if I could do a proper job like doctor or police-lady when she was about 6. Now they appreciate the perks of my job - the music festivals and the hotel stays. I talk a lot about the kids in my work and last week my middle son found the script for my show. I asked him how he felt about it. He said he was delighted they get so many mentions.

7. What’s the worst thing about being a comedian?

I’m not a big fan of all the driving. There is a lot of driving involved in being a comic. On the upside my knowledge of motorway service stations is vast.

8. I think you are very good at what you do (that’s why I’m asking these questions). What do you think of you?

I think I’m a work in progress. I love my job and I’m getting better and I plan to continue on that path. Balance is really important to me and the great thing about being a comic is that you have a certain level of control. It’s not like acting where you are waiting for the phone to ring - you can book a gig and you can write whenever you like. It’s great job to do as a mum. You can do the school run, write during the day, pick them up and then head off to a gig. I want to succeed in all areas of my life and it all takes a bit of effort and work. 

9. How much do you earn and how much would you like to earn?

I earn a little less than I can waste and more than I thought I would. 

10. How important is luck in terms of career success – have you had lucky breaks?

I think luck is important but you can’t capitalise on lucky breaks if you are not prepared. You have to be ready to pick them up and run with them. I have had lucky breaks but at times have been my own worst enemy because sometimes I've felt unworthy of them. It’s taken a while to realise everyone feels like that. I was shooting a job with a really well-known actor who is very successful. He got an eye-line slightly wrong and the director corrected him. He said: “I’m sorry. I just need a few more jobs to nail this”. He has a career most actors can only dream of and I thought; “Blimey. It never goes away”.

11. Alan Davies has said that comedians fall into two categories - golfers and self-harmers. The former just get on with life, the latter are tortured artists. Which are you – or do you think you fit into a third category?

I’m definitely not a tortured artist. I’m not sure the kids would let me be that. I’m a golfer - if I could find the time. Although I feel like a bit of a CEO organising all aspects of my life and three other people’s lives too. 

12. Who is your favourite person ever and why – not including family or friends or other comedians?


Roald Dahl. As a child I loved the magic in his books and now my children enjoy them too. We’ve visited his museum in Great Missenden a few times and I find it really inspiring. I'm interested in how other writers write and his brain was phenomenal. He had millions of amazing ideas and brought joy to so many. 

13. Do you keep your drawers tidy and if not why not? (please think long and hard about this question, it's to settle an argument with my girlfriend. The future of our relationship could depend on your response).


Hmmmm. This is a tricky one. My drawers exist in a constant state of flux. They start off neat and gradually get messier until I force myself to clear them out and we are back to square one again. Then they are neat and slowly fill up with junk and the cycle begins again.

Wendy Wason is at Soho Theatre from March 30 - April 1. Tickets here.


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