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Comedy Club: An Interview with Clare Ferguson-Walker

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Thursday 15 June, our fantastic Comedy Club returns to The Queen’s Hall with an incredible trio of pure comedic talent!

“One of the brightest stars to be zooming upwards in Wales at the moment” – Buzz Magazine
This perfectly encaptures our headliner for the event, Clare Ferguson-Walker.
Described as “Absurdly Talented” by Phill Jupitus, whom she has supported at the Edinburgh Fringe, and
“Funny as F*ck” by John Cooper Clarke, she is tender and funny with a wicked bite and by the end of the evening, will have you crying with laughter guaranteed!

We recently had the pleasure of catching up with Clare and managed to squeeze in a few cheeky questions!

 

Where do you get your inspiration for your comedy from?

I think I learned to be a clown at home as my Dad was a depressive and difficult man – when I made him laugh, life was easier. It’s been a coping mechanism ever since, so I am probably at my most funny when life is at its shittiest.

Who are your biggest inspirations when it comes to fellow comedians?

I love Robin Williams, and early Jim Carey, I’m also a big Monty Python fan.

Since what age have you wanted to become a comedian?

I was always being told I should be on stage, but I wanted to be a pop star!! (Still do!) I got into comedy after a performance poetry gig where someone said they could get me a comedy gig, that was only a few years ago. I was so nervous I virtually had an out of body experience.

What made you want to be a comedian in the first place?

I was already writing funny poems and it is a great feeling making people laugh. It’s a bit addictive really.

What are the best top 3 events you’ve ever performed at and why?

Supporting Phil Jupitus at the Edinburgh Fringe, first really big crowd I’d ever done and he massively bigged me up before I went on stage, I just sat there lapping it up and thought “God I wish I was recording this”. Secondly when I supported John Cooper Clarke for the first time. It was surreal and I couldn’t quite believe I was there. He’s such great company too and I was made to feel part of the family. Thirdly being on the JC4PM tour, the first night in Bristol was awesome, such a rowdy crowd who were totally up for it, I’d written a bespoke piece and the crowd went nuts, there were 1300 people in the audience!

What is the worst event you’ve ever performed at and why?

A local hog roast type fun family day, I turned up and knew instantly that I was going to bomb, my material is pretty close to the bone and they just weren’t my audience. I got heckled off stage by a drunk woman, I left a greasy smear of self-doubt in my wake.

A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

“Does my head look big in this?”…..he’s getting ready for his mates beach wedding.

Describe yourself in three words…

Ambitious, kind, bewildered.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a comedian?

Lining up for my medication.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever been told?

Gig wise: it was to imagine I was going out into a room full of friends. Life advice: to remember that you’re good enough without having to prove yourself.

If this was your last day on earth, what would you do?

Throw a massive party and get off my face.

What things on your bucket list do you still have left to do?

My buckets small and the pen keeps rubbing off….but I still want to perform in Vegas, write a novel and make a movie (see answer 8, it speaks for itself!).

If you could be an animal, what would you be and why?

I’d be some kind of tiny parasite that lives on the human body, you’d have an easy ride, literally and no worries at all.

 

This is a small insight into the mind that is Clare Ferguson-Walker, and you can experience the majesty of her stage presence yourself when she appears on the June 15th! Clare will also be joined by two other incredible and hilarious comedians to create a fantastic line-up, and a surefire night of quality jokes, banter and laughter!
Angie Belcher is an award-winning stand-up and spoken-word performer, a finalist at “What The Frock” and winner of Best Comedy National Newcomer 2015. Having recently supported John Hegley, Ian Cognito, Alan Francis, Shappi Khorsandi, Shazia Mirza and Byron Vincent on tour, and performed at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival and, and Bath Comedy Festival, she is a fantastic comedian that makes up the night’s line-up.

“Part stand-up, part poet part stylised storytelling, all hugely entertaining” – John Fleming

Highly recommended… go see her!– Phil Jupitus

Dan Mitchell, who’s supported Eddie Izzard will also be present, armed with his own arsenal of wit and humour!

A self-confessed Beer swiller, animal lover, movie watcher, joke teller, beard owner, spectacle wearer, comedy man, Dan makes up this trio of comedic talent, for what is sure to be an incredible and hilarious evening!

Don’t forget that Clare Ferguson-Walker will also be hosting the Comedy Workshop at the Unearthed in a Field Festival in Solva! If you’re going to the festival, why not pop down and give it a try!

 

Starts 8pm. Members entry from 7pm, general public from 7:30pm.

Advance: £10/8 (members and concessions)

Door: £12/10

Discounts available for groups. Buy 10, get 1 free.

Food is available from Sospan Fach. Order on arrival to be ready for the interval. Menus are on tables.

 

Tickets are purchasable on the door at the night of the event,  but to secure your seats at this event, pre-book now!

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