Women vs Comedy – Introducing comedian Jenny Collier


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Fresh from performing at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, we caught up with fresh face of comedy, Jenny Collier to discuss women and comedy, and what it takes to be a comedian. Here’s what she had to say:

What first got you into comedy?

Jenny: I’ve always enjoyed it as a punter and have loved performing since I was little. When I found out there were comedy nights where you could just SHOW UP and tit around, I thought ‘I’m home’.

Where do you get your inspiration for your material?

Jenny: Things that happen to me. Things that happen near me. Before I started doing comedy my friends often used the phrase ‘How do these things always happen to you?’

If you had to describe yourself in 3 words, what would they be?

Jenny: Drummer from Hanson

It’s inspiring to see a younger female role model in comedy, what message would you give to other young females looking to get into the industry?

Jenny: Just get out there and gig as much as is physically possible. This is what I would say to all new comics. Stage time is really important. Go and do the 6 hour road trips where you get no money and you have to pay petrol. You’ll be knackered from your day job and there’ll only be 7 people in the audience but you’ll learn something every time. And chat to the other people in the car. They will have advice and wisdom and sometimes sweets.

Have you ever received any weird and wonderful gifts from fans? If so, what?

Jenny: In Adelaide Festival last year I got given some poetry. At first I thought it was quite sweet and then it took an unexpected turn into offerings of a ‘sensual massage’ and subsequent intercourse. I enjoy reading them out to friends to watch their faces go from, ‘She’s so cruel to be reading this out, poor man’ to ‘Oh my god what an hilariously gross creep.’

The world definitely needs more comedy, if you could be prime minister for a month – what would be the first three things you would do?

Jenny: Make being Nigel Farage illegal.
Make womanly sanitary items free (not just for the month of my reign).
Sort out whatever’s gone wrong with the housing market (I’m sure it can’t be that complicated).

What are your plans for the next 6 months?

Jenny: Got some Welsh language gigs coming up in the near future, gonna be on Welsh TV! So I have to learn Welsh.

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