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Sarah Millican on the art of stand-up

Sidd Khajuria | 15:52 UK time, Friday, 11 March 2011

An interview with the lovely stand-up comedian and writer Sarah Millican (a finalist in the 2005 BBC New Comedy Awards). 

What's the one thing she has to do before every show? Who are her stand-up heroes? And why does she know so much about showers?

You don't need any more words from me, just watch. (When you're done, tell everyone you know to apply). 



  • Comment number 1.

    As a new-ish comedian who uses 'tricks' and a 'six string applause machine'(well a 88 key version) both in stuffy arts centres and rowdy stag and hen do's - the 'heroes' section has made me feel utterly unworthy. As well as appreciation from an audience, all comics seek respect from their peers.

    The BBC should be actively encouraging all forms of stand-up comedy to enter this competition, rather than leave it to those who can do it with 'words alone'.

    So, no juggling, no music. I reckon magic's out too. What about those that do it without words? What about those that use movement to aid their comedy? Presumably character acts are okay - but pull out a prop for a punchline and you're back on the pile with all the other spesh acts.

    Those that are trying to make people laugh using something other than just words, use more than 'tricks' to bring an audience onside.

  • Comment number 2.

    I have to agree with the comment above. - It seems to be quite a friendly-and chirpy but nonetheless pointed attack on other types of live comedy.

    I guess Tim Minchin, Bill Bailey, Lee Evans, et al are just using "tricks" ( whatever that actually means ) when making people laugh by using more than 'words' in their performances.

    Good to know that the BBC considers Millican's somewhat dismissive take on anything other than her own style, to be the thing to encourage the next generation of performers to apply for this competition!

  • Comment number 3.

    Sarah has paid her dues. She is qualified to express a considered opinion.

    I'm not, but you can have my opinion anyway.

    The only comedians I am prepared to part with hard earned cash to see live are Rich Hall and Sarah Millican.

  • Comment number 4.

    Rich Hall is also a musical comedian. He won the prestigious Perrier Award for an entirely musically based character show.

    According to Sarah Millican, he wouldn't be considered to be a proper comedian.

    I really like her stand-up, but I disagree with her opinion entirely on this matter. Musical comedy is not an easy thing to write or perform.

  • Comment number 5.



    "According to Sarah Millican, he wouldn't be considered to be a proper comedian."

    The ability to write and perform musical comedy and the ability to control a room with just words are not mutually exclusive.

    Rich Hall can do both.


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