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! This morning we speak to Eryn Tett.
Hello there tell us a little bit about yourself!
Hey, I’m Eryn. I’m an alternative comedian born and raised in Singapore, now living in Manchester. I work as a hair model alongside stand up comedy, and making silly videos.
How did you get into comedy?
Being the youngest in my family I always got away with being quite cheeky, and enjoyed making people laugh. When I was 18 I moved to the UK to study comedy writing and performance at Southampton Solent. I’ve been doing bits here and there since then!
You are one of the finalists of The Funny Women Awards 2020! How did you react when you found out?
I’ve entered the awards a few times so I was pretty stoked to get to this stage!
Why is it important to have awards such as this one?
Awards are always a great way to be seen and Funny Women is perfect for showcasing female talent
You have the live final coming up – how are you feeling about it?
I’m looking forward to it! It’s pretty much always nerve-racking getting on stage, so happy to report the anxiety has not disappeared over lockdown
And it is in a venue! That must be exciting to be performing back on stage?
Haha yes! A real stage and mic is always a luxury
What one of your jokes are you most proud of?
I have a joke about baby oil and I’m just proud of it because it’s the shortest joke I have- only 8 words!
Who are your comedy heroes and why?
The comedian I look up to the most is Tig Notaro. I just love her style, and I’m in a fit of laughter every time. She twists all the rules and I love it. Nobody bathes in the silence like she does. Apart from maybe Nathan Fielder. Who I look up to but would never want to be. Cos man, it’s just so much.
Tell us about the writing process for your shows – do you have any specific ways to motivate yourself?
I write my jokes in my head, which after 5 months of a pandemic, I’m starting to realise is not a very reliable storage system. I’m also annoyingly one of those people who comes up with most of my ideas when I’m trying to sleep. Which I feel like would not come as such a surprise as most of my jokes have a very ‘epiphany at 4am’ kind of feel.
With everything happening in the world this year have you been able to do any shows or content online?
I’ve not done any shows online but I’ve been uploading sketches and content. When we were deep in lockdown I really took it as opportunity to just go full time comedy. I was writing and making stuff every day. It was either that or a full spiral into existential dread, and now one of my little stock animations is in the Funny Women Comedy Shorts Shortlist. So I picked well.
What three things have you learnt about adapting to performing online?
I only did that one gig for Funny Women but I learnt, it’s not that bad! I learnt that I move around much more than I thought and that the brick wallpaper in my living while ridiculous and an interior design nightmare, is actually a great back drop for comedy.
What are your plans for 2021?
In 2021 I plan to develop my solo show ‘Eryn Tett Finds Her Audience’. With a style that toes the line between straight stand up and absurdism, it can be hard to find my place. As a newly proactive misfit, I’m creating an alternative stand up comedy show which takes a more literal, ‘data collecting’ approach to the common advice to comedians- ‘find your audience and build from there’ Hopefully I’ll be taking it to some Fringes- covid allowing!
I also plan to continue writing and producing sketches, as well as finishing the first season of my sitcom I’m writing. There’s lots to look forward to in 2021!
If people want to find out more about you, where can they go on social media?
You can find me across all platforms @eryntettcomedy
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Finally in three words, why should you win the Award?
Comedy needs oddballs