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5 minutes with Emily Atack

Actress/comedian Emily Atack brings her new show to the West Country and squeezes in a quick chat with Muddy

Muddy Sussex Ed Maddy takes five with Emily Atack…

What three words would your friend and family use to describe you?

They would probably describe me as … in a world of my own (OK, that’s six words).

Name your top three favourite comedians?

Gosh that is such a difficult question because there are so many incredible comedians that I absolutely love! I am old school and love character actresses that ripped up the rule book like Kathy Burke and Dawn French. I love how the Americans do it, like Amy Schumer and Kristen Wiig and I saw Ricky Gervais do his latest show. I’ve loved all of his live stuff.

How do you come up with material for shows?

I always try and draw from personal experiences as much as I can. I naturally just want to pick apart the failings and mishaps in my life and find the comedy among the low points, I think it’s better that way. I’m very realistic about my imperfections and find that to laugh at yourself is the best thing you can do. My mum is also an amazing comedian in her own right, so she’s a good sounding board for me.

What’s been the highlight of your career so far?

I’m incredibly lucky to say there have been a couple actually. One highlight was when my first tour sold out. It was my first live show – that was so surreal seeing that splashed across my tour poster – which now hangs in my bathroom! And then to make The Emily Atack Show for ITV2 (we’ve just finished filming series two). To be given the chance to create, write and perform my own sketches is just a dream come true for me. I enjoy it so much, and I don’t think many women have been given that chance and I’m so grateful.

What’s one of the funniest moments you’ve experienced from a previous show?

I spent the best part of the summer dressed as a green goblin for my sketch show. It’s all fun and games until you go to work a little bit hungover, and you have to spend two hours being painted green and having warts stuck on your face. So actually, it’s less funny and more upsetting.

Do you have an unpopular opinion?

I really don’t like croissants.

What’s the best audience?

My audiences are honestly like my best friends for the hour or so I’m on stage. I feel like we’re all in it together. it goes without saying that to see a theatre full of girls laughing their heads off about my dating mishaps and holiday antics warms my soul, but I also love that so many men come too. And dads, and a few grandads!

Has anything embarrassing every happened to you on stage?

Most gigs, something embarrassing happens to me.


Emily Atack is appearing at the The McMillan Theatre in Bridgwater on Thurs 14 Oct and at The Marble Factory in Bristol on Weds 20 Oct.

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