On Tuesday, The Comedy Store is opening to do it’s first ever gig since Lockdown with a very special event, The Funny Women Awards 2020 Final. Since the 1st of April this years event has been running online with 320 entrants all competing to win in a place in the final that has seen comedians such as Katherine Ryan, Sara Pasco, Desiree Bunch, Sarah Millican and Kerry Godliman all make it and gone onto become household names. Over the next few days we have exclusive interviews with the finalists! The first comedian we talk to today is Mary O’Connell.
Hello Mary tell us a little bit about yourself!
I’m a comedian from North London
How did you get into comedy?
It was actually a school project, it’s the only thing I got an A* in
You are one of the finalists of The Funny Women Awards 2020! How did you react when you found out?
I was really happy, told the whole family
Why is it important to have awards such as this one?
It’s important to recognise female performers in a dick dominated industry.
You have the live final coming up – how are you feeling about it?
A bit nervous because the stakes are high, but it should be a fun night.
And it is in a venue! That must be exciting to be performing back on stage?
Yeah I’ve done a few live gigs now and it is really nice to be back on stage.
What one of your jokes are you most proud of?
I have one about having housemates that don’t clean that is particularly good.
Who are your comedy heroes and why?
Dave Chappelle, Richard Pryor, Eddie Peptione, Michelle Wolf, Mariah Carey – they’re all really themselves.
Tell us about the writing process for your shows – do you have any specific ways to motivate yourself?
Nothing super specific, I like to listen to music whilst I’m writing because I think the rhythm helps with thinking about your own rhythm when you perform those jokes
With everything happening in the world this year have you been able to do any shows or content online?
Yeah. I’ve done a few zoom gigs and the odd Instagram video.
What three things have you learnt about adapting to performing online?
Good lighting is pretty important, so is a good internet connection and you definitely need to be expressive with your face.
What are your plans for 2021?
I’d like to just gig and write loads
If people want to find out more about you, where can they go on social media?
Finally in three words, why should you win the Award?
Hilarious. Beautiful. Modest.