Punchline Quizzes Felicity Ward

10 Jul

Photograph of Felicity WardWho puts your pants in the washing machine?

Me. Why? What have you heard?

Which words make you giggle or give you an inner flip of amusement?

Cockfosters. Pianist. You know, all the classics.

Tell us about your favourite addictions.

I’m embarrassed to say Candy Crush. I’ve deleted it and downloaded it four times in one week before. It’s the terrible lover I can’t stay mad at.

What’s your favourite comedy routine of all time?

One is stand up and one is from a movie:

Stand Up is Maria Bamford’s “Road Comic” – she basically explains that she doesn’t come across as accessible in her current form so she has a “relatable” comedian persona she adopts when doing shows in middle America. I’ve seen slightly different versions of it, but the one on John Oliver’s stand up series is unbelievably good. She gets more and more manic and ends up singing Star Spangled Banner and plugging her merch at the same time.

The other scene is Steve Martin playing Ruprect in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. From the line “May I hold your trident, Sir?” to “May I please go to the toilet?” it is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. My Mum was pretty strict on the rubbish we were allowed to watch, but this one somehow slipped through the net at an alarmingly young age.

Where is your favourite place to go for food during the Edinburgh Fringe?

I love the breakfast at Urban Angel. Being the whingeing Australian that I am, I was delighted when I found someone that did an excellent and late breakfast and it had all the wanky coffee too. Yes please.

What’s the weirdest thing an audience member has ever said to you?

Jesus, there have been so many. Years ago I remember a woman storming out of my show, inexplicably, and when I made a joke and said she was very offended by all this chat of pineapples (I was obviously trying to lighten the mood) she yelled very angrily back at me “YOU ARE.” I’ve had old friends resurface after years of no contact, get absolutely plastered and then yell out corrections to any joke I’ve written that they think they could improve with slurred accuracy. I’m pretty sure one of them called me a liar. They kind of all blend in after a decade.

What have you learned about life through performing at the Fringe?

That it is possible to come back from the dead.

If you could be in a sketch with any two living comedians, who would they be and what would the sketch be about?

It would be with Maria Bamford and Steve Martin and the sketch would be how they really would both love to adopt an Australian comedian who’s much smaller in real life than she appears on stage because they’re both just dying for a mentee/child.

Tell us about a coincidence or piece of luck that led you to where you are today.

I went out with a guy who knew Adam Hills. We went to see one of Adam’s shows and afterwards Adam found out I didn’t drink and said if I could be half this funny on TV, he’d get me on his panel show in Australia. He did. I’d never done stand up at that point. When his wife Ali asked me onto her variety show at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, I was going to ask trivia questions to an audience member, and we were going to shock each other with these infrared toy tanks, depending on who got the answer right. The tanks got stolen two days before the gig and I ended up having to write my first stand up set. And that is literally why I’m doing it today.

Who are you most excited about seeing this year?

I wasn’t there last year to perform so I’m excited about EVERYONE! The amount of talented comics doing their debut hour is incredible: Sindhu Vee, Catherine Bohart, Sarah Keyworth, Rosie Jones, Micky Overman. It’s very exciting. Oh and Kate Berlant is finally coming to Fringe from America. She’s fantastic. Oh, and then there are my excellent mates like Suzi Ruffell, and Rose Matafeo and Rhys Nicholson and Nish Kumar and it goes on and on. I’m just happy to be back there.

What can you definitely advise us against doing in Edinburgh?

Getting drunk in high heels then trying to run on the cobblestones.


Catch Felicity Ward: Busting A Nut at The Pleasance Courtyard at 9pm, 1 – 26 August (not 13)

Fresh off the back of her new BBC Radio 4 series Appisodes, a Netflix special Live from the BBC, and regular co-host of The Guilty Feminist Podcast, Felicity Ward returns to the Edinburgh Fringe after a two-year hiatus. She’s back and ready to bust a nut-ful of jokes. ‘A killer show… tremendous… unrelenting… she’s so bloody funny‘ ***** (List). ‘Felicity Ward is rocking Edinburgh again… one of the finest stand-ups dashing across comedy stages today’ **** (Fest).

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