Interview with Sarah Keyworth

"I get the sense that when Brexit or Trump is brought up in a club setting people are quite exhausted by it."

Interview with Sarah Keyworth

Could you first introduce yourself to the reader?

Hi I'm Sarah, I'm a stand up comedian and writer.

How would you describe your show?

It's about strength and masculinity and It's about how I'm a small girl who wants to be a big boy.

Why do you want to perform at Edinburgh Festival Fringe?
This made me laugh, what a good question. I just love bagpipes I suppose. 

What differentiates it from other festivals?

It's like youtube came alive and roamed all over Edinburgh. It's an invasion. 

What first motivated you to enter the industry? Who were your inspirations?
I mostly just love making people laugh and I've always been a little show off. Inspiration wise... my dad is very silly and I wanted to be like him. 

If you didn’t have your current job, what would you probably be doing?
Lots of things I could be doing! Teaching or working in marketing or travelling. Who knows? I was 21 when I started stand up so I could have fallen in any direction really.

If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?
I'd like to own a farm in France and grow Lavender. 

What is your earliest childhood art memory?
I remember being about 5 or 6 and thinking I'd mastered riding a bike and then immediately flipping over the handle bars and there was so much blood.

Do you ever feel any pressure to be a social commentator, or constantly update material to respond to events?
Not really, I make very silly jokes so nobody is waiting for my take on the tory leadership debate. 

Equally, do you think there has been a shift in public sentiment that has affected your work?
I think there are more people using comedy to escape from what's happening in the UK, I get the sense that when Brexit or Trump is brought up in a club setting people are quite exhausted by it.  

Describe the last year in 5 words or less?
Busy, surreal, fast. 

If you could work with anybody, from any point in history, who would you pick and why?
Victoria Wood. She was the reason I got into comedy.

Why would a performer opt to do either a ticketed event or participate in the free fringe? What are the benefits and limitations of both?

Ticketed venues provide slightly more security but you stand to make a lot more money on the free fringe. There's also something nice about anybody being able to see the show regardless of their financial circumstances.

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

Buy waterproof shoes. 

When and where can people see your show?
Pleasance Courtyard, Baby Grand, 5:45pm

And where can people find, follow and like you online?
Twitter: @sarahkcomedy
Insta: sarah_keyworth
Facebook: sarahkeyworthcomedian

See Sarah Keyworth: Pacific at the Pleasance throughout Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 31stJuly to 25thAugust 2019. For tickets

Header Image Credit: Provided


Tom Inniss

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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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