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TGt Meets...Emily Atack
Meet our latest TGt Meets...Emily Atack! That's right, Total Guide to interviewed Emily Atack so we could find out all her tips and tricks on how she creates the most hilarious comedy shows. Plus, she's coming down to the Wyvern Theatre very soon so we found out exactly what we can expect for this brilliant show.
What three words would your friends/family use to describe you?
They would probably describe me as … in a world of my own (ok that’s 6 words).
You’re coming to Swindon Arts Centre on the 7th of October, what can people expect to see from this fantastic show?
It’s definitely going to be a bit of raucous night out for a couple of hours. I want people to feel like they’re ‘out out’ with me and part of my little gang and just have lovely time. There’s going to be lots of wild stories, anecdotes, impressions as we will explore the trials of building a life, love, identity and conforming in the high-pressure times we live in.
Name your top 3 favourite comedians?
Gosh that is such a difficult question because there’s so many incredible comedians that I absolutely love. I am old school and love character actresses that ripped up the rule book like Kathy Burke and Dawn French. I love how the American’s do it, like Amy Schumer and Kristen Wiig. I recently went to watch Ricky Gervais do his latest show, I’ve loved all of his live stuff.
How do you come up with/create your material for shows?
I always try and draw from personal experiences as much as I can. I naturally just want to pick apart the failings and mishaps in my life and find the comedy among the low points, I think it’s better that way, I am very realistic about my imperfections and find that to laugh at yourself is the best thing you can do. My mum is also an amazing comedienne in her own right, so she is a good sounding board for me.
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
I’m incredibly lucky to say this but there’s been a couple actually. I would say one highlight was when my first tour sold out. It was my first live show, that was so surreal seeing that splashed across my tour poster. Which now hangs in my bathroom. And then to make The Emily Atack Show for ITV2. We’ve just finished filming series two, and to be given the chance to create, write and perform my own sketches is just a dream come true for me, I enjoy it so much, and I don’t think many women have been given that chance and I’m so grateful.
What’s one of the funniest moments you’ve experienced from a previous show?
I spent the best part of the summer dressed as a green goblin for my sketch show, it’s all fun and games until you go to work a little bit hungover, and you have to spend 2 hours being painted green and having warts stuck on your face. So actually, it’s less funny and more upsetting.
Do you have an unpopular opinion?
I really don’t like croissants.
What’s the best audience?
My audiences are honestly like my best friends for the hour or so I’m on stage, I feel like we’re all in it together. it goes without saying that to see a theatre full of girls laughing
their heads off about my dating mishaps and holiday antics warms my soul, but I also love that so many men come too. And dads, and a few grandads…
Has anything embarrassing every happened to you on stage?
Most gigs, something embarrassing happens to me.
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