"In the style of French and Saunders with added dollops of filth and feminism on the side" Idle chit-chat with Bryony Twydle
Hey Bryony, how the heck are you?
I’m good thanks, a little anxious, but nothing a bottle of Rescue Remedy can’t fix.
What have you been up to today?
Travelling back from a wedding.
Where are you right now?
Still travelling back from the wedding. Spending fivwe hours in traffic isn’t ideal the day before going to Edinburgh, but at least the food at the wedding was good.
Describe your comedy style.
I guess my characters are in the style of French and Saunders with added dollops of filth and feminism on the side.
Now I normally take you comedian types to task about the uselessness of your website, but yours is ace. I also normally moan about how dull the ‘About’ section is, but yours is very funny. But still I’m going to ask (for the purposes of filling a question), in the style of a haiku, tell us about you.
Blonde river of hair
Masks the blackness of my soul
See website for more
Tell us what you can about your new show for the Fringe, ‘Flamingo’, in two sentences?
I’m a character comedian, so I play six different characters over the course of the show, ranging from a deluded Hollywood actress, to a Greek sex therapist, to a crazed unorthodox speed awareness instructor. It’s fun, fiery and, at times, filthy.
How were your preview shows?
They went well thanks. Most of the previews I’ve done I’ve shared the bill with other comedians, so I’ve also got to see loads of other great acts (for free, don’t tell them or they’ll cotton on)
Is answering questions like these the most boring part of your day? If not, what is?
You clearly underestimate how boring my days are. I would name some details about one of the part-time jobs I do, but I don’t want to be sacked. Fortunately, I do so many different jobs if my manager does read this interview, they’ll just think I’m talking about a different job.
And, be honest now, how do my questions rank? 1 is dull as f*ck, 10 is the most awesomest.
Nine-point-banging. It’s always nice to chat to someone who’s taking an interest in you, rather than someone who is just asking you the same three questions they ask everyone, although fortunately I’ve not come up against many of those.
What is it with comedians and Love Island?
I know! I just love it. Maybe I’m attracted to the range of different characters, honestly I wish I’d created some of them - they’re so ridiculous, but also layered enough that you do genuinely end up with an emotional connection to them. Or maybe I’m just attracted to all the sex.
You’ve got a range of facial poses on your website, which is your best look?
I think it’s the picture where I look sultry, but my boyfriend describes it as the one where I look bloated.
Talk to me about your Kickstarter.
Edinburgh is so expensive, and what little money you get doesn’t arrive for a few weeks after the festival, so in order to be able to eat, I decided to try crowdfunding. I toyed with the idea for a while, because so many people support me by coming to watch my gigs, and I didn’t want to take the p*ss, but ultimately I was overwhelmed by people’s support.
I see someone’s taken you up on the £50 level, which is you cooking them tea. You regretting that offer now?
Absolutely not! I love cooking, I come from a family of chefs - my mum used to be a caterer and my brother was on 2016 series of Masterchef: The Professionals, so I’ve picked up a thing or two. Plus I’m so happy to be able to thank someone who has offered me that support, I just hope they like what I cook for them!
There are a whole bunch of comedy panel shows these days which one do you never want to appear on?
I’d definitely struggle with A League of Their Own, I’m not really interested in sport and have even less ability.
Tell us a charity we should support. And why.
CoppaFeel! They do amazing work raising breast cancer awareness amongst young women, for example they send me a text every month reminding me to check my boobs. It was set up by Kris, who’s the most amazing woman and if you get the chance please read up about them and, if you can, support them. I’ve done fundraising for them before and intend to do more in the future.
When was the last time you were starstruck?
When I saw Barbra Streisand in concert. She is my absolute idol. I wept on several occasions.
What other comedian is worth checking out?
There are so many incredible comedians up at the fringe, but if I had to pick just one (and it’s a tough choice), I’d plump for Alison Thea-Skot, she’s an amazing character comedian and has been so supportive of me.
What’s the question we should have asked you today but haven’t?
You should have asked what my dogs think about the show. But sadly you didn’t, and so you’ll never know the depths of their intellectualising about each of my characters (they mainly think it should contain more ham).
Finally, how do you take your coffee?
I take my coffee back to the coffee shop where I exchange it for a peppermint tea. I don’t really drink hot drinks that much though. Oh on second thoughts can I have that coffee iced?
You can see Bryony's show, Flamingo, in Edinburgh at Underbelly in Bristo Square, she's on every night (bar the 15th) at 8:30pm. Tickets are available now.
To find our more about Bryony you can visit her website, follow her on Twitter, like her on Facebook, or see what she gets up to on Instagram.