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WITH LUCY SUZE TAYLOR
When did you discover that you could
be a funny lady?
When I was born I came out, looked my fa-
ther in the eye and said ‘How does that feel!’
while poking him on the forehead. No that is
not true, impossible situation really, but this
scenario introduces you to my character.
What in your upbringing, childhood or
adolescence made a career in comic
When I was six my grandfather passed away,
and when I was at his church service, as soon
as I saw the candles I said in front of eve-
ryone, very loudly, “When is the party going to start?” Actually that didn’t
happen to me, it happened to my friend, but I thought it was such a good story
and is funnier than any of my childhood stories. Well, almost.
Do you have any comic role models?
Female comics that are unafraid to push boundaries, can play different charac-
ters and prove themselves in a ‘man’s world’. Jane Turner, Magda Szubanski,
Gina Riley and Marg Downey were major influences. When I was around 17,
I remember seeing Marg Downey in Myer in Hobart (where I am originally
from), and I was so excited I stalked her for an hour or so. I am sure she was
trying to get away from me, and I don’t blame her. I also like Catherine Tate,
Margaret Cho. The women of Six Quick Chicks have also been role models
to me. They are all unique, clever and unafraid.
What is the funniest thing you have ever said or done?
Performing in New York at the Public Theatre for a cabaret night as two char-
acters. I was really nervous before the show, starting my first act as my yoga
character. My worries were eliminated when I saw all these faces that I did not
recognise wiping away tears of laughter and recognition.
Describe your approach to comedy.
Firstly I get the idea of the type of character I would like to play and then I
script the entire piece. I prefer that to improvising on the night or being too
loose, unless I am MC’ing.
Why did you become part of Six Quick Chicks?
Vashti Hughes, my good friend and our Six Quick Chicks founder, was frus-
trated at the lack of opportunities for women performers, let alone female
comics. So she got six of her friends together. She had the idea of creating a
show which showcased our solo acts mixed with comedy. What I love most
about the Six Quick Chicks is that the group includes a handful of very in-
dependent, clever and strong women, who are very supportive of each other.
Also I think the audience really loves seeing an all-women team having fun,
making people laugh, getting a bit sexy sometimes, being ugly, taking the piss
out of their bodies and stereotypes, but at the end of the day entertaining the
crowd and driving their own car (I have never used that metaphor before, but
I think it fits).
What will you be doing as part of World’s Funniest Island?
I will be performing Susanna Esquisito who is a Spanish Frida Kahlo-esque
character, with a fabulous Barcelonian lisp. She is looking for her trew lub
(true love). Let me just say ... there is a song, a dance and perhaps a puppet...
or blow up... Hmmm...
World’s Funniest Island is on October 17-18 at Cockatoo Island.
Go to worldsfunniestisland.com.
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