Laugh Out Loud: Funny women on tour


by ASJAD NAZIR

TALENTED STAND-UP COMEDY TALENTS UNITE TO EXPRESS THEIR HUMOROUS VIEWS OF MODERN LIFE

The Ladies Of Laughter (LOL) tour has fine female stand-up comedy talent entertaining audiences with their unique brand of humour.

Hosted by BBC Asian Network presenter Noreen Khan, who has also ventured into stand-up herself, the action-packed shows are filled with laughter.

The fierce females are showing they can be just as funny as their male counterparts.
Eastern Eye put some of the featured acts in the hot seat to talk comedy, and not surprisingly there was plenty of fun…

NOREEN KHAN 

Who is the funniest person that you know in real life? 

It has to be my mum with her deadly one-liners and absolute truth with everything! 

Has comedy ever got you out of trouble? 

Yes it has done, with my mum! 

Tell us a really funny thing that has happened to you in everyday life? 

Me running up to John Craven and saying: ‘Can I have a selfie?’ He looked at me smiled, paused and said: ‘No, I don’t think so’. 

What can we expect from the shows? 

Loads of truths; we don’t hold back! Just hilari­ous observations about life and plenty of giggles.  

What’s the one thing about men you find funny? 

Have you got two days? 

What kind of comedy don’t you find funny? 

Comedy that is overly offensive for the sake of it, but not even funny. 

Tell us about anything funny that has happened to you on social media… 

Oh gosh, you should check my Twitter feed. I get so many funny Tweets from blokes. It’s just entertainment in itself! 

Where do you draw your comic inspiration from? 

(Laughs) It all comes from the prism of bril­liance that is myself!  

Who is your comedy hero? 

I really do love Russell Brand.  

Why do you love comedy? 

Because for me it’s just a great expression of life and feelings. Plus in the world we’re in, we need as much humour as possible.  

SINDHU VEE  

Who is the funniest person that you know in real life? 

My mother! 

Has comedy got you out of trouble? 

Yes, in school every single day be­tween the ages of 5-10. I made jokes to distract the class bully from pummel­ling me, which happened because I had a really strong stammer and it an­noyed the bully a lot. Why she didn’t get upset that every joke took 20 min­utes thanks to my stammer I have never figured out. 

Tell us a really funny thing that has happened to you in everyday life… 

When I pretended to be someone else so I could have a one on one meeting with the late Anita Roddick, the founder of Body Shop, because I wanted her advice on starting up my own fashion business, DeviDoll.  

When I finally got in the room with her and she kept calling me Nicole, which is the name I had used to lie my way in, I got guilty and came clean. For the first five minutes, she looked terrified because I guess she thought I might be a psycho stalker. 

But she was cool after and we talked about how as a woman you need to sometimes go to extremes to get what you want.  

What can we expect from the shows? 

Laughing till you will want to pee, so go beforehand. 

What is the one thing about men you find really funny? 

I don’t really think of funniness as a gender thing so can’t answer this, soz. 

What comedy don’t you find funny? 

Achingly over-intellectual super-sar­castic ‘jokes’ with no surprises or punchlines that could be a Ted Talk. 

Tell us about anything funny that has happened to you on social media… 

The duck of the day tweets on Twitter. 

Where do you draw your comic inspiration from? 

Everything around me! Life is weird.  

Who is your comedy hero? 

Carol Burnett, Amitabh Bachchan and my mother! 

Why do you love comedy? 

Who in their right mind doesn’t like to laugh? 

EMILY LLOYD-SAINI 

Who is the funniest person you know in real life? 

My mum. We have the same dark sense of humour and she has absolutely no filter on what she says.  

Has comedy ever got you out of trouble? 

Yes, I definitely think humour has helped me out of some sit­uations. If you can make peo­ple laugh, they struggle to stay angry with you! 

Tell us a really funny thing that has happened to you in everyday life… 

Brixton. 

What can we expect from the shows? 

I think the key to having fun is not to expect anything. Just come ready and willing to be highly amused. 

What is the one thing about men you find really funny? 

I like it when they come to a fe­male only comedy show think­ing they’re not meant to like it, but they accidentally find themselves having a great time. That’s fun and funny to watch. 

What kind of comedy don’t you find funny? 

Aggressive comedy isn’t my thing. I watched a comedian shout at the audience for about 10 minutes a few months ago and it was just awkward! The person that I was with loved it though so it’s different for everyone! 

Tell us about anything funny that has happened to you on social media? 

Somebody commented on a Facebook video that they would rather drink grass than sleep with me. It’s my favourite put down ever. How do you even drink grass? Why is that the first thing in your head and who asked you/dared you to sleep with me? So many ques­tions on that one! 

Where do you draw your com­ic inspiration from? 

My childhood, family, life in London, and the strange peo­ple around me. 

Who is your comedy hero? 

Jennifer Saunders and my mum. 

Why do you love comedy? 

Because there is no better feel­ing than making people laugh. 

JUDI LOVE  

Who is the funniest person you know in real life?  

My children; they have no filter. Their innocence just allows them to say what they feel and see.  

Has comedy ever got you out of trouble?  

Yes, when I was a child. In jun­ior and secondary school I used it to distract the teacher and class. Maybe that was my acting ability.  

Tell us a really funny thing that has happened to you in everyday life?  

Once I was sleeping and could hear clampers outside my house. So being the nosy neighbour, I decided to have a peep. To my disbelief, it was my car. So I threw my clothes on and ran downstairs; full morn­ing face and headscarf!  

When I held up my arms to stop them, I hadn’t done up my trousers and they began to fall down. I had to put a hand in the pocket to hold up the trousers, which were on back to front. I had the other hand holding up my breast! I looked a right mess.  

The bailiffs started to back up and one stood there laugh­ing. Meanwhile my kids were at the window shouting: ‘Mum, we can see your knickers!’ Guess what? They still clamped me.  

What can we expect from the shows?  

A fantastic mix of vibrant wom­en that gives you an insight to their world.  

What is the one thing about men you find funny?  

They never can see when they are wrong. Their ability to lose all form of memory of what they promised and losing any form of romance they showed at the beginning of a relation­ship. Oh and of course, how they fall asleep straight after sex, and in fact anywhere, all the time once they reach 35!  

What kind of comedy don’t you find funny?  

Bullying.  

Tell us about anything funny that has happened to you on social media…  

When I uploaded the wrong vid­eo on YouTube, the one where I was practicing. The video with me starting, stopping, talking to myself, walking off leaving the video recording and coming back. I deleted it as soon as I real­ised; amazingly it had 300 views.  

Where do you draw your com­ic inspiration from?  

My life, my late mother, culture, observation and reality.  

Who is your comedy hero?  

Whoopi Goldberg, Tiffany Had­dish and Dave Chappelle.  

Why do you love comedy?  

Laughter is healing and can touch so many people from dif­ferent backgrounds. 

ANNETTE FAGON  

Who is the funniest person you know in real life?  

My mum. She doesn’t mean or try to be funny, but she just is very abrupt, straightforward and often insulting. She’s got Alzheimer’s now and still has everyone in stitches.  

Has comedy ever got you out of trouble?  

Comedy has got me through everything in life. When I used to get cussed out in school by people, I’d add in further in­sults they forgot to include so the insult became a joke. Being able to laugh at myself (flaws and all) has made my life so much simpler than others.  

Tell us a really funny thing that has happened to you in everyday life?  

I struggled to think of anything funny I could share as most funny things that have hap­pened to me are quite rude. I tried calling my friends for help, who had lots of sugges­tions, but even they agreed they were all too rude to share.  

What can we expect from the shows?  

Jokes, honesty, embarrassment, bitching and moaning.  

What is the one thing about men you find funny?  

Their willys.  

What kind of comedy don’t you find funny?  

Jokes that insult someone with no humour involved.  

Tell us something funny that has happened to you online…  

Anytime I’m feeling down I watch this 20-second clip called: ‘Cat beats itself up’ and it never fails to crack me up. Sometimes I dribble and cry I’m laughing so hard. And it makes no sense as it’s not even that funny.  

It’s basically a cat kicking it­self in the face repeatedly. I think it’s the noise the cat makes that cracks me up the most. My mum kind of spoilt it for me because when I showed it to her she didn’t laugh.  

In fact she was quite con­cerned for the mental wellbe­ing of the cat stating: ‘It’s obvi­ously not right in the head’, which came from someone with Alzheimer’s (ironic). I told you my mum’s funny.  

Where do you draw your comic inspiration from?  

My family are all a bunch of jokers. My brother was a big fan of comedy and once gave me a tape of Richard Pryor’s Wanted show. I was about sev­en and laughed my backside off, even though I didn’t under­stand a lot of it till I was older.  

My sister is extremely funny and also does character come­dy. Every comedy on TV I would watch like French & Saunders, The Real McCoy, The Fast Show, Desmonds, Black­adder, Father Ted and Comic Strip. There are shows I’ve watched and still quote today most people ain’t even heard of.  

Who is your comedy hero?  

Richard Pryor, point blank. He changed the face of comedy  

Why do you love comedy?  

I don’t love comedy! I love laughter as it’s the best free gift that we have. It heals and unites people.