"I hated my office job, and would constantly be counting the hours" Idle chit-chat with Michelle Christine
Hey Michelle, how the heck are you?
Jetlagged, but alive haha!
What have you been up to today?
I was up all night watching Graham Norton videos on youtube.
And where are you right now?
At the Travelodge on St. Mary’s street in downtown Edinburgh
So, gotta check, you all ready for the Fringe?
I’m getting there.
Tell us what you can about your new show for the Fringe, ‘50% Canadian, 100% Crazy, Let's Laugh’, in two sentences?
It’s a show about my life as a touring comedian. I take you on a journey about all the crazy things I’ve done and people I’ve met along the way.
What’s your other 50%?
Tell us more about you.
It’s hard to see yourself accurately from the inside looking out, but overall I would say that I am an adventure seeker, who loves to travel, and make people laugh.
Describe your comedy style.
I am a storyteller, I draw material from my life and experiences.
You’ve got a YouTube series where you show you’re still learning comedy, is it getting any easier for you?
I still get nervous before I perform. I have improved over the years, but it’s like with aging, you know you must be getting better, but day to day it’s hard to notice.
You got laid off and then did a comedy course, was that the best thing that happened to you?
It would be right up there. I hated my office job, and would constantly be counting the hours. With my life now, I have a purpose and a passion and am working harder than I ever have.
You’ve been riding around Canada with a documentary crew following you, why on earth did you do that?
I figured there are few people who book their own tours on that scale while riding a motorbike, and why not capture this as a memory. I rode almost 16,000kms and did 41 shows from St. John’s Newfoundland to Dawson City near Alaska. I hope it might be able to inspire people to create their own path if one does not appear.
What makes you laugh most in life?
The absurdity of life in general. There have been times where I have just laughed in the shower about something I had witnessed earlier in the day. The truth is stranger than fiction. On tour something happened to the crew while I wasn’t there and it was taking a long time for them to meet up with me. I got two different texts from each guy, one was “This is a fucking disaster”, and the other was “This is going to take some time”. It was the perfect description of their two personalities and it really had me laughing alone in the shower.
Tell us something stupid.
I love lamp.
There’s a lot of talk about female comedians on TV and comedy bills, what’s your experience of being a women in the comedy world?
I think it has made it easier to be honest. People love variety and if you are more rare it has a strong appeal.
Tell us a charity we should support. And why.
Rainforest Trust protects rainforests around the world. Climate change is the largest threat to the planet right now and we need to protect it.
When was the last time you were starstruck?
The fact I can’t remember is a good thing. It was Tim Horton all the way the past two months in Canada.
What other comedian(s) is/are worth checking out?
Elf Lyons is doing a show here and I haven’t seen it but heard great things from folks who saw her at Fringe World.
What’s the question we should have asked you today but haven’t?
How do I like my tea?
Finally, how do you take your coffee?
With a bit of milk until it is a light beige.
To catch Michelle's show at the Fringe, '50% Canadian, 100% Crazy; Let's Laugh' go to Just The Tonic At The Caves at 9:20pm each day (not the 13th). Tickets are on sale now.
For more info on Michelle you can visit her website, follow her on Twitter, like her on Facebook, or slightly stalk her on Instagram.