Stand Up comic, actress and writer Susan Calman, is visiting The Theatre Royal in Margate next month. Currently in her tenth year of comedy, she returns with a brand new show-The Calman Before The Storm.
We found out some more about the comedienne and what we can expect from her new stand up show!
What can we expect from The Calman Before the Storm?
It’s my tenth anniversary of becoming a stand up and the show is all about the expectations that people might have of me before they come to the shows – after 10 years a lot of people think that they know what to expect from me and I like to surprise people occasionally.
It’s a fun thing to be able to play with the stereotype of a Radio 4 comedian, or a feminist, or a Scottish person! It’s got some politics in there but not too much, a few stories about cats and lots for people to enjoy (hopefully).
It’s fun, it’s funny and its brand new! If you’ve seen a show of mine before it’s all new material.
Where did the title come from?
Well I like a pun for a start but it’s also, partly a result of practical considerations. I had to choose the title of the show in November 2015, previewed it, too it to the Fringe in August 2016, rewrote it and started touring in 2017. It’s important that a title of a show gives people an idea of what it’s like but that it isn’t so specific that the show is inflexible. Over the course of two years it changes and morphs into something quite different. Oh, and I like a pun.
How would you describe your comedy?
I suppose observational would be the best way of describing it. I like to tell stories about my life and what I see going on around me. You get to know a lit bit more about me by the end of the show, that’s for sure!
Do you like being on the road?
The only thing that I dislike about touring is being away from home and staying in budget hotels! I have woken up in the middle of the night in a panic not knowing where I am! It’s important to stay positive and focus on the fact that at some point I’ll get to go back to my house and my cats!
What’s the best heckle you’ve ever had?
I don’t tend to get a lot of heckles but someone shouted at me “I like your shoes!”. Which was nice because my shoes were excellent and I was pleased that they had noticed.
Susan Calman-The Calman Before The Storm is at the Theatre Royal, Margate on June 23
By Jemma Willson of Mayflower Blogs