Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Wendy Wason

Wendy Wason's latest show Tiny Me is about attempting to make the world a better place when we are such a small part of it. The Scottish comedian is doing her bit, however, by making people laugh, which has got to be a Good Thing. As a busy working mum touring the country and fitting in acting jobs she has lots on her plate but those things certainly give her plenty to talk about onstage, from parenting issues to relationship issues. Here's an interview with Wason which gives you an idea of who she is, but to get the full, funny picture get down to the Soho Theatre.   

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

Picture by Idil Sukan.



                     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 do a lot of yawning just before I go on. This can look very rude to who ever I’m talking to before the show but I think my brain needs me to have extra oxygen so I yawn like crazy, then I do a bit of pacing back and forth and then I’m good to go.

2. What irritates you?

Meanness irritates me. I don’t mean not spending money. I’m talking about mean-spirited, nasty behaviour. Kindness doesn’t get the credit it deserves. I’m a huge fan of kindness. Meanness spreads through your body and onto your face. It’s very ageing. So meanness irritates me. That and the fact they close roads at night when I’m driving home from gigs. A midnight diversion is pretty irritating.

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

In hindsight I’ve done a lot of dangerous things. Starting comedy when my middle son was 6 weeks old was pretty dangerous. I used to drive to gigs, get a sitter to be with the kids whilst I performed and then drive home again, stopping on the way to breast-feed the baby. That was a bit reckless. I also jumped 200 ft  off the Sky Tower in Auckland for a friend because she really fancied the guy who ran the Sky Jump.

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

The most stupid thing was in Paris in 1998. I went to see Scotland play in the World Cup. I ended up on the cover of The Sun newspaper with the caption: “Who won? Who cares?" After a few drinks I got separated from my friends on the Metro and this guy offered to help me get back to my hotel. I got into a cab with him, he pulled out a video camera and was filming me. Thank god I speak French because I heard where he told the driver to go - the opposite direction to where I was staying. When he got out to go to a cashpoint, I told the driver I’d only just met this chap and now I was scared. He sped off leaving the guy behind. That was very stupid.

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

I’m surprised by a few things. Comics are really nice and supportive of each other. Also - I didn’t realise how quickly I speak when I’m in full flow. I regularly have to tell myself to slow down.

Interview continues here.

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