How the devil are you, Sasha Ellen?

Sasha Ellen

Who is your favourite cartoon character and why?

I’ve always loved Princess Carolyn from Bojack. Amy Sedaris is great, I love a pun that isn’t a dad joke and her character was one that truly deserved a happy ending and got one. Sorry if that’s a spoiler; don’t worry, the rest of Bojack is impressively bleak.

If we’re talking children’s cartoons, as a kid I had a soft spot for Helga from ‘Hey Arnold’. There was just something about that blond, scruffy ball of rage and her complete inability to express her feelings for the object of her affection that just vibed with 10 year-old me… wait.

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

When I was in primary school my favourite joke was “What’s the worst thing to be in the world? An egg: you only get laid once, you only get smashed once and the only bird who sits on your face is your mother”. I heard it from a friend at school and told that it a lot at parties. I had no idea what it meant. I think I just enjoyed watching adults trying to stifle a laugh. 

Describe your perfect front row audience member.

“I’d have to say April 25th. Because it’s not too hot and it’s not too cold. All you need is a light jacket.”

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

As a teenager, I watched Dylan Moran: Monster on repeat. I think I could probably still recite passages from that show.

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

I missed just being on stage, in front of an audience. I don’t think I’m gonna take stage-time for granted again. That and running into comedians I hadn’t seen in ages. I’ve learned that everyone has either left their partner of 100 years, got married to someone they met in lockdown or acquired a small person or animal. I’m quite enjoying running into people and playing baby, puppy or Fringe show.

Tell us about your Fringe show.

I’m doing a couple of shows this year: A solo show called Sasha Ellen: Creeps and Geeks and a comedy game show called Character Building Experience.

Creeps and Geeks is a one-woman stand-up show. In a nutshell, it’s a whimsical look at some creepy, creepy stuff. Mainly women’s safety. But in a fun way, I promise.

Character Building Experience is a joyful, quirky show that’s kinda like Dungeons and Dragons, but super simple version played for laughs. It’s pretty much comedians playing silly characters going on an adventure, occasionally making some questionable choices… constantly making questionable choices.

Click here to buy tickets for Sasha Ellen: Creeps and Geeks

4.15pm | Underbelly Bristo Square (Daisy) | 3-29 August (not 16)

You can also see Sasha in Character Building Experience

1.45pm | Laughing Horse @ The Counting House | 4 – 28 August (not 9, 16, 23)


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