You have to be joking? Bryony Twydle


The joke that you loved but no one else did?

I have one character – an aging Hollywood starlet – which used to contain a lot of lines revolving around her inviting successful Hollywood men to have sex with her. The jokes weren’t terrible but and went down fairly well until the allegations about Harvey Weinstein began to surface, and understandably no one found them funny anymore. Me included.

The joke that worked but you are not so proud that it had?

There’s a moment in my show where I’m playing a sex therapist and I tell two audience members they need to masturbate more by using the phrase “you need to jerk the turkey and you need to be the fiddler on your own roof”. It’s not exactly my most intelligent material, but it works every time.

The comedian(s) that made you want to be a comedian?

Dawn French, not just because she’s incredibly funny and I spent my childhood watching The Vicar of Dibley and her parodies with Jennifer Saunders religiously, but she never takes herself too seriously and you just want to be her best friend.

The last thing that made you cry with laughter?

This morning I watched an old French and Saunders parody of Monarch of the Glen, called Monarch of the Glum. I’m not sure why it made me cry with laughter, but when I was 12 I was strangely obsessed with Susan Hampshire. An obsession that I clearly have never quite got over.


Bryony Twydle: Flamingo 


Underbelly Bristo Square

1st – 27th (not 15th)


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