You have to be joking? Rosie Jones


The joke that you loved but no one else did?

I feel like I have to tone down any jokes about my birth. For some reason, the general public don’t like jokes about newborn babies being starved of oxygen, who knew? I’m so at ease with my disability I have no problem joking about it, but I understand that for some of audience, disability is still quite a taboo subject, and something that they aren’t completely comfortable with, especially when I wobble on stage!

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

Mmm, not really. For a joke to make it to the point where I am happy to say it on stage, it has already gone through several levels in my vetting process. Although I like to portray the idea that everything I say is spontaneous, I do construct every sentence very carefully. Because I speak slowly, every syllable counts. I don’t think I would spend that amount of time working on a joke that I wasn’t proud of.

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

Two great comedians in my childhood were Victoria Wood and Caroline Aherne, both of whom are sadly no longer with us. They both found a musicality in language which I try to emanate in my stand up.

But the comedian that gave me the final push into the stand up world was Tig Notaro; a Canadian comedian who is famous for her long, drawn-out style. She made me realise that I didn’t need to speak quickly to be a comedian. As long as you make it worth it, the audience will wait as long as it takes.

The last thing that made you cry with laughter?

“Dear Joan and Jericha”. It’s a podcast where Julia Davis and Vicki Pepperdine play naughty, naughty agony aunts, and I urge everybody to listen to it. I’m not one to laugh out loud on my own, but this series has made me howl on the tube, with tears streaming down my face. I’ve got a few strange looks from my fellow commuters!

Rosie Jones: Fifteen Minutes
Pleasance This
1st-26th (Not 13th)

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