Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Ashley Storrie: Page 2 of 2

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

My parents were relieved - this is the one thing I’m relatively good at. I think they were worried given the sheer number of jobs I’d had and failed at before getting onstage, that I’d never find my ‘thing’. Now I’ve found it they just want me to do my best, they’re supportive and understanding and the best parents a comedian could have. 

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

The travel. It’s the best thing too because you get to see parts of the world you wouldn’t usually, but I’m an anxious person naturally and it makes me weird. I’m constantly fearful that I’ve lost my passport or my tickets. I worry when I get to where I’m going that it’ll turn out to be a scary catfish situation and there’ll be no gig, just a guy wearing a mask of my face telling me what’s wrong with my jokes. That’s not happened, yet… which statistically means it’s more likely with every journey I take. 

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?

Thanks, I think I could do better, I could work harder and be less lazy. I could take fewer naps and write smarter jokes… I could be more organised and less slap dash. 

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

I earn enough to live comfortably at home with my parents… I’d like to earn enough to buy my parents’ house so I could tell people they live with me. 

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

Luck is certainly a factor. I made a YouTube video called ‘If Harry Potter was Scottish’ and it languished on that platform for two years with maybe 300 hits… then when Facebook started to become a more active video platform we moved it, it got shared a bit more and then LadBible asked to buy it…. The original video now has 25 million views, and when it was posted again a year later it got another 3 million in a day. 

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 a bit self-destructive, but I’ve seen enough self-sabotage in comedy that I’ve learned from other people’s mistakes and take pause when I recognise those bad behaviours in myself… I think.

When I started comedy I really wanted to be in amongst it all. For years I’d just been Janey’s daughter and now I had a valid reason to be in it… I got bored of the drama and the clique’s quite quickly and now it’s just a job. I have my friends, none of whom work in comedy and I have my little schedule, so I’m probably a golfer with a pinch of self-harmer, but I’m aware of it and try to shut it down. 

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

Philip Defranco, he’s a Youtuber that I’ve watched for most of my adult life - he built a thriving business from being true to himself. He believes in the hustle and in getting things done, rather than just talking about them… I’m a talker. There have been moments in my life when he’s said in a video how important it is to just ‘do something’ and it’s forced me to act. When I started the podcast with my mother 7 years ago it was, in part, because of him. Also, I feel really sceptical of most MSM news sources and he always seems to deliver a balanced news show with a healthy dollop of common sense. I’ve never met him, but I really want to! I have this same recurring nightmare that I turn up at his house with Britney Spears to try and impress him but Cristiano Ronaldo is already there, and he trumps Britney so we leave…

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.

Did my mum ask you to ask me this? She’s always going on about my drawers… No they’re not tidy! They are sliding boxes for hiding things-you-don’t-need-right-now in… I keep bras, pants, t-shirts and Playstation games in one drawer, clothes I don’t wear but can’t throw out and my Star Wars marbles in another drawer. There’s a drawer in my room that’s just full of wires… hundreds of wires. Some of them are from a video camera bought in 1989, some of them don’t work… but I keep them Just In Case. I have a drawer full of origami paper I bought that one time I was really into origami… It will probably never be opened again, and I’m okay with all of that… because I can’t see it.

 

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