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Punchline Quizzes Zoe Lyons

6 Jul

Photograph of Zoe LyonsWho puts your pants in the washing machine?

My wife. I’m not allowed near the laundry these days because I do it wrong apparently. There is always one solo sock left in the drum when I do the washing. I like to think that we haven’t lost one but rather they are breeding in there and we have actually gained one. I can’t fold towels either. It took getting married to discover this awful void in my skill set.

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

I like the word slacks, as in the trousers… slaaaacccks. It sounds so 70’s. Also very fond of the Dutch word for slippers, pontoffel, how cute is that?

Tell us about your favourite addictions.

Cheese is a big one. According to my mother I could say cheese before I could say mama. I can spend a happy hour just browsing in a continental supermarket cheese aisle. And of course cheese wouldn’t be the same without a little wine.

What’s your favourite comedy routine of all time?

Probably Dave Allen’s routine about teaching a kid to tell the time. He was an absolute master of storytelling. A large part of his telly show was him, suited, sitting in a chair with a whisky and cigarette on the go and just talking and it was brilliant. Imagine trying to convince a channel to show that these days.

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

The Witchery has been a favourite over the years, I love its gothic splendour. I imagine I am a vampire on a nice night out.

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

“Can I lift you up”? I politely declined the offer.

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

Don’t get too distracted by what other people are doing. I can guarantee they’re not thinking about what you are doing.

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

John Cleese and Bette Midler dressed as vikings breaking the news to me that I am not their natural daughter but rather they stole me on one of their invasions and me resolutely refusing to accept the news in the most British way.

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

I don’t think luck has played a leading role in this production. I can’t think of one incident where it influenced my future. Who knows, maybe my big lucky break is just around the corner (but probably not).

Who are you most excited about seeing this year?

It’s always good to take a complete punt and see people you have never heard of before so I look forward to being surprised. To be honest I haven’t even flicked through the brochure yet but that is not unusual for me. I am normally in complete denial that the festival is happening and I am part of it until I get off the plane in Edinburgh. Then it becomes very very real.

What can you definitely advise us against doing in Edinburgh?

Staying out until 5am every day. I did that one year in Edinburgh and I was a husk of a human by the end of the Fridge.


Catch Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human at Gilded Balloon at The Museum at 5.15pm, 1 – 26 August

As seen on Live at the Apollo (BBC Two), Mock the Week (BBC Two), Room 101 (BBC One) and regularly heard on BBC Radio 4’s News Quiz, Just a Minute, The Now Show and plenty more. This hugely popular comic returns to the Fringe with a fresh crop of quick-fire observational gags, delivered with utter conviction not to mention ‘proper laugh-out-loud one-liners’ (Herald). ‘Lyons is on top of her game: in command of her material, her audience and her stage’ **** (Chortle.co.uk). ‘An hour of intelligent observations and hilarious character comedy’ **** (ThreeWeeks).

Funny Women Awards 2016 Opens

17 Apr

Are you the next Sarah Millican or Bridget Christie? Here’s your chance to show the world!

The Funny Women Awards began in 2003, and have helped to shape successful careers for many brilliant comedians, writers and filmmakers, such as Bridget Christie, Susan Calman, Katherine Ryan, Sara Pascoe, Zoe Lyons and Sarah Millican.

The awards answer the tired question of ‘are women funny?’ and continue to prove that this isn’t a topic that should need debating. The Funny Women Awards celebrate their fourteenth contest this month, with new categories and a new venue for the final in September.

“This year’s awards are getting a refreshing makeover” explains Funny Women founder, Lynne Parker, “with regional finals replacing semi-finals, and the winners going on to a prestigious final at KOKO in London. Each of the six Stage Award finalists will be mentored by an established comedian, with Sara Pascoe and Ellie Taylor among them.”

Since 2003 Funny Women has explored the country in search of the new female face of comedy, and seen over 2500 contestants go through hundreds of heats. This year the awards will visit Dublin, Edinburgh, Manchester, London and Brighton to scout out the best new talent.

Very funny Sara Pascoe has previously scooped up an award, and is delighted to be a part of this year’s competition: “I love women, I love funny ones the most and I’m so pleased to be part of something encouraging the new exciting generation as well as supporting the important work of Refuge”.

New categories have been added to the contest, including ‘Best Show’ which will highlight the impact women are making on full-length comedy shows. This will show off the 60+% increase in touring female comedians bringing their shows to the Edinburgh Festival.

“With an extra category and record breaking entries of the last couple of years, we are raising the bar even more this year” says Lynne Parker. “The regional finals for the Stage Award gives us the opportunity to present even more great new female talent across the UK and Ireland, and the equal status of both the Comedy Writing and Comedy Shorts Award, alongside the Stage Award, is another important development in terms of the competition. 2016 promises to be a very exciting year for female comedy.”

The Edinburgh heat takes place on 9 June at The Newsroom and the Regional Final takes place on Sunday 14 August, at Big Cave at Just The Tonic, during the Edinburgh Fringe

Register now here

The Funny Women Awards – Categories

Stage Award
Comedy Writing Award
Comedy Shorts Award
Best Show Award

For full details on how to apply, deadlines, and categories, please visit the Funny Women website, or tweet @funnywomean #FWAwa

‘I highly recommend it, it’s a great place for women to hone their act’ – Miranda Hart

‘I can’t wait to see what a great bunch of women this year produces’ – Aisling Bea

An Interview with Zoe Lyons: Edinburgh Fringe 2014 Preview

8 Jul

Words by Susan Ford_MG_3256

You might have seen Zoe Lyons on Live at the Apollo and Mock the Week, but you’ve seen nothing until you see her live.  Zoe Lyons is not just a sharp and brilliant comedian, but also a lovely person.  I was hugely excited to be given the opportunity to speak to her on the build up to her 6th Edinburgh Fringe show ‘Mustard Cutter’…

Hello Zoe Lyons, how are you?
I am splendid. I am in my pre Edinburgh training build up. Doing previews and getting my head around the fact that the year has in fact whizzed around and it is almost festival time again.

Where will people recognise your name from?
Family members may recognise me from various gatherings over the years. Non family members might have seen me larking about on stage or wearing heavy make up on television.

How excited about performing at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe are you?
Very much looking forward to this year’s festival. It might be the last time I do the fringe for a while so I am really going to throw myself into it and enjoy all it has to offer.

We’ve loved your Fringe shows in the past, how many times have you performed in Edinburgh now?
That’s very sweet off you to say! This will be my sixth solo show at the Fringe. I think I am just about getting the hang of it now. This is the most relaxed I have felt pre festival. Let’s see how long that lasts!

Without giving too much away, what is your show about this year? Was there much mustard involved in the making of it?
My show has the very loose theme of being better. The only mustard that was harmed in the making of this show was spread liberally on the many midnight sandwiches that were eaten after gigs. Both mellow yellow and English mustard were used.

Have you been doing many Fringe previews, and how have they been going?
Previews have been going well. There is always one preview thrown into the mix that makes you question your very existence but so far so good.

What do you think is the best thing about the Fringe, and what are your previous highlights?
The festival can be a long month full of ups and downs. My first solo show was a real hard slog. I was getting very low numbers and I thought the month would never end. When the last week of the festival did finally arrive I was nominated for best newcomer and it made the whole thing worthwhile. I have seen some amazing shows at the Fringe over the years and met some brilliant people.

Who else do you recommend from the Fringe programme this year?
Anyone who hasn’t seen Sara Pascoe live really should go and see her show. She did my gig in Brighton recently and she really is brilliant.

Apart from your solo show, will you be involved in any other performances?
I will also be doing a play this year called “Outings”. It is rehearsed readings of people’s real coming out stories inspired by Tom Daley’s YouTube outing. Of course I will also be doing spots at various late night gigs as usual.

Zoe Lyons new stand up show ‘Mustard Cutter’ will be at 7pm at the Gilded Balloon from 30th July ­ 24th August. Book your tickets here

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