How the devil are you, Danielle Walker?

Danielle Walker

Who is your favourite cartoon character and why? 

I like that dumb rooster from Moana, it’s so stupid.

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

My Grandad once said ‘That’s the Mitchell in her’ about me (he’s a Mitchell), I loved that because I’ve always wanted to be like him, and it felt like he could see himself reflected back.

Also Anne Edmonds told me I have Funny Bones and I think she is the funniest person.

I just need approval I guess.

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

I’ve always told stories but some self awareness clicked in when I was 20ish around why people were laughing at the stories. I think I was telling a story about my mum and our vicious rooster (maybe that’s why I liked the dumb rooster from Moana, helped take away my fear)

Describe your ideal front row audience member. 

Laughing, smiling, not too hot so I don’t get flustered

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

Technically not a comedy routine but in school one of the girls who wanted to be a country music singer would go from class to class singing this song about turkeys. She sang it everywhere for years and now I just think about that a lot, you have to sing it with the most extreme country twang.

Yeaaaahhhhh I hate turkeys

They gobble and peck

And gee and all heck

I’m really scared of turkeys

Yeaaaahhhhh I hate turkeys

That just repeats infinitely, you just get louder. I always think it’s the best comedy sketch I’ve ever seen.

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

I missed the buzz of new material, and seeing my friends bomb, nothing greater in the world than seeing your friend bomb terrifically.

I value my family and my time more now. 

What is comedy’s greatest benefit for the world? 


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

Dan Rath: Cockroach Party

Tell us about your Fringe show. 

My Fringe show is about the process of trying to document my family. Every single one of them is a character, I have videos throughout the show of them because if not people don’t believe me when I talk about them.

Anything else you want to tell us?

My show hopefully has animatronics (pending everything travels well)

Click here for more information about Danielle Walker: Nostalgia

3.35pm | Assembly George Square Studios (Studio Four) | 3-28 August (not 15)


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