How the devil are you, Helen Bauer?

Helen Bauer, Photograph by James Deacon

Who is your favourite cartoon character and why?

Do you remember the Disney pixar short ‘The Birds’, well the Big Bird in that that tries to make friends with all the little birds but get bullied by them then ends up surrounded by all of them naked (bird naked aka no feathers) yeah that bird is me.

What’s one of the best compliments you’ve received and what was it that made it significant for you?

Anytime someone says I am smart, like at the end of a pub quiz when you get an obscure 00s pop culture reference. That I love because I was never the ‘smart’ one at school so it feels great. Also when people say I have nice tits, yeah they are big and therefore can be annoying but it’s still great to be appreciated. THIS IS NOT A RESQUEST FOR MEN TO SLIDE INTO MY DMs THOUGH!

How old were you when you started telling jokes and can you remember the first one?

I can’t remember not doing it, it’s always something I loved doing, not exactly telling jokes but being the ‘funny’ one. I do remember very clearly not wanting to be funny one, thinking it wasn’t cute to guys so trying to be more serious and it never works out for me.

Describe your ideal front row audience member?

A row of completely basic babes with rosé in hand.

Which comedy routines have you watched until you know them by heart?

I am one of those weird stand-up comics who has not watched much comedy apart from live in clubs. I can quote ‘Ab Fab’ though from heart!

What did you miss most about comedy in the last two years? What do you value more now because of it?

The attention of course. I value every part of it more now. I really love people and the best thing for me to do with people is make them laugh. I’m so happy to be back.

Which podcast(s) can you not live without?

Such a cliché but a love a true crime moment, every Monday when ‘Crime Junkie’ comes out I feel so excited at the prospect of a new horrific crime to listen to that I am genuinely concerned for my loved ones.

What is comedy’s greatest benefit for the world?

Making people smile about things that thought they were alone in feeling. It sounds so self-righteous but when you find out through a joke that your bizarre thoughts and habits are common it feels great. Everything from anxiety to finding hairs in your butt crack when you leave the shower after washing your hair!

Which shows do you have a great feeling about at this year’s Fringe?

Looking forward to seeing Jordan Brookes’ new show and excited to see Catherine Bohart, Andrew White and Sophie Duker they are all amazing and I am obsessed. Also Jayde Adams new show looks incredible and she is always the queen of fringe for me.

Tell us about your Fringe show.

Madam Good Tit is my second full show. It is an hour about self-confidence, self-esteem and self-care. It’s the year of ‘self’ so I am taking it very literally. Taking care of yourself has never been more ‘in’. Inspirational quotes and facemasks are a big industry and, like all my basic friends, I am trying to ‘be the change I want to see’. However self-care like everything else is a money-making business. These self-care influencers get you when you are down and you are truly stuck. I have lost so many hours watching ‘Yoga With Adriene’ and I am really not convinced ‘putting yourself first’ is the best option for wellness.

Anything else you want to tell us?

Ahhhhh I am going on my first ever tour this September to November and I am so excited. ‘Madam Good Tit’ is heading to the Edinburgh Fringe and then going all over the country ending with a week at Soho Theatre. I cannot wait to take my own show around and see if I have a crowd in all the towns. Please come and say Hello! It’s more than a show, it is self care baby!

Click here to buy tickets for Helen Bauer: Madam Good Tit

5.40pm | Pleasance Courtyard (Bunker Two) | 3-28 August (not 15)

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