Interview with Catherine Bohart

Catherine Bohart talks to Voice about her debut show Immaculate, and gives advice on the industry

Interview with Catherine Bohart

Could you first introduce yourself to the reader?

Hi, I’m Catherine Bohart and I’m taking my debut show Immaculate to the Fringe this year. I’m the bisexual daughter of a Catholic deacon and I have OCD so as you can imagine it was tough to find material for my show…

Tell us about your show?

In many ways my show is an ode to my father. Cliched, I know. We are from very different backgrounds and but our relationship has withstood my coming out, his becoming a deacon and me being very ill with OCD. The show is about the difficulty of us getting through all that, with some of the general absurdities of modern Ireland thrown in for good measure. 

Why do you want to perform at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and is it different from other festivals?

The scale of the Edinburgh Fringe is just immense - I remember coming to the Fringe for the first time as a new comic and just being astounded that you could just turn up and watch comedy in seemingly every pub, alley, shop changing room or public toilet in the city. Plus, Scottish audiences get my Celtic sensibilities more. 

What first motivated you to enter the industry? Who were your inspirations?

Honestly? A lack of work as an actor mainly! I never meant to be a comic but I’m so glad I am! I’m inspired by Sarah Millican, Katherine Ryan, Dylan Moran and Joan Rivers amongst many. 

Do you ever feel any pressure to be a social commentator, or constantly update material to respond to events?

Mainly I feel pressure not to be a social commentator. It’s tough in a room full of attentive people to remind yourself that they’re here to hear you tell jokes, not rant about the state of the modern world. But then, maybe the best way to give a social commentary is through laughter? Learning while we’re laughing, guys. 

Equally, do you feel there has been a shift in public sentiment that has affected your work?

Since I started gigging as a comedian, Ireland has legalised gay marriage, elected a gay Prime Minister and legalised abortion. I talk a lot about where I’m from in my comedy and audience’s perceptions of Ireland have shifted significantly while I’ve been doing this job. Ultimately, I’m thrilled for Ireland but man, the rewrites are killing me. 

Describe the last year in 5 words or less?

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10. 

What advice would you give to someone who wants to take a show up to the fringe?

Open a savings account. 

And what advice do you wish you’d been given when entering the industry?

You should seriously learn to drive. 

When and where can people see your show?

Pleasance Courtyard, Bunker 2, 4.15pm 1-26th (not 14th) 

And where can people find, follow and like you online?

Twitter: @catherinebohart

Facebook: catherinebohartcomedy

Instagram: catherinebohart

Header Image Credit: Matt Crockett

Author

Tom Inniss

Tom Inniss Voice Team

Tom is the Editor of Voice. He is a politics graduate and holds a masters in journalism, with particular interest in youth political engagement and technology. He is also a mentor to our Voice Contributors, and champions our festivals programme, including the reporter team at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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