The joke that you loved but no one else did?
“When my father died it was like winning the saddest lottery in the world.” I thought that was a funny way to talk about mourning my father and receiving a small inheritance. A paper in Australia gave me a one star review saying I was, “No angel, and probably a little disturbed”.
In all fairness, they weren’t wrong. But it was a shame they didn’t find my disturbed and deviant humour…well, humorous.
The joke that worked but you are not so proud that it had?
“When my father died it was like winning the saddest lottery in the world.”I thought it was a really easy laugh at the passing of my father and the small inheritance that I received. Critics in Edinburgh loved it. One paper gave it a four star review saying it was, “one of the most, most disturbed and most hilarious passages of any show at the Fringe”.
In all fairness, they weren’t wrong. But it was a shame they found my humour so disturbing and…well, humorous. One shouldn’t reward such behaviour.
The comedian that made you want to be a comedian?
As a kid I watched a lot of Lucille Ball’s I Love Lucy re-runs. I like the episode where she’s trying to sell Vitameatavegamin. She was so, so hilarious and so drunk. As a young girl growing up in the mid-west I remember seeing that and thinking, “When I grow up, I want to be that drunk too!”
The last thing that made you cry with laughter?
I saw this tweet online that still makes me laugh when I think of it! I can’t find the screenshot now, but wish I could credit the write. My boyfriend filmed me trying to read it when I first found it. I couldn’t hold myself together.
Abigoliah Schamaun: Namaste, Bitches