I have been hoping to interview Suzi Ruffell for some time, after suggestions from Fans and seeing her perform, and I was thrilled when I was able to talk to her. She started doing Stand up at the age of twenty three after someone suggested she do it. Once finding the love for it she packed in the acting and toured around winning award after award to show off on the mantelpiece.
She tells detailed stories about growing up, and delivers line after line of laugh-your-tights-off hilarity making your sides hurt and your eyes water. Even when I spoke to her I kept forgetting what I was meant to be asking her once she’d gone off on some funny tangent. Through the laughter I got a bit more info on the comedienne’s work, what she does in her spare time and her dream of looking after baby monkeys.
Tell us about the Edinburgh show?
It’s about growing up and fitting in. How I’ve always been desperately trying to fit in, still am actually, and learning how to be ok with that. I’m embracing being a big kid so enjoying being silly and all that stuff. Finding joy in the little things too. And then a part of the show is about howpeople fall in love? And manage not to cock things up.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Everything comes from real life. If something happens I’ll quickly write it down and try squeeze the humour out of things.
Yes, but I think that’s a good thing. I always have a lot of nerves before a show but I think it shows I always care.
Do you have a favourite place to perform?
Oh there’s so many clubs I’ve loved playing at. The Komedia in Brighton, The Banana cabaret in London, the Glees everywhere, they’re lovely. The funny bone in Bournemouth, they just care so much. And you get pizza so winner! Comedy, pizza and a shandy.
What else do you need! What’s the best thing about being a comedian?
Making people laugh. I’ve had a lot of fun touring about all over the UK. When there’s a lot of people it can be scary, but I love it.
Do you have any crazy fans yet?
Not like fanmail as such but a few messages over Twitter and Facebook saying things like ‘You and me would be great together,’ and ‘Can I take you out,’ and you just have to say sorry I’m spoken for. It’s very flattering, and never happened before I did stand-up.
I get ‘I can cure you,’ a lot.
Yeah a lot of let me fix you comments. I wasn’t aware I was broken! And from men that have bigger boobs than me.
How did you get into Comedy?
I was an actress, and I always did the funny parts. It was suggested that I tried Stand-up at a charity night. I’d had a couple of beers and was in a positive mood, I probably would have said yes to running around in my underwear. There was about fifty people in the audience that night and I had a go and loved it. That was about three and a half years ago. Then I gave up the acting to focus on the funny.
Would you have done anything else?
Maybe someone who looks after baby monkeys. And has to behave like a monkey with it. I won’t shave my legs or anything. Something like that. Then people will say ‘you know Suzi? Suzi the monkey girl.’ That might have to stay a dream though.
You never know! So you’re signed to Off the Kerb Productions. How did that happen?
They saw me at a gig a couple of years ago. They are amazing.
Who are your favourite comedians?
There are so many! Eddie Izzard, Alan Carr, John Richardson, Sarah Pasco, Kevin Bridges who I’m touring with soon. There’s so many I don’t think I can name all of them. American comedians too like Wanda Sykes. You’ve opened a can of worms now!
I genuinely thought you had just said you’ve opened a can of women!
A can of women? I have a can of women in my garage. Secret can of women!
And I’ve told everyone now! What makes you laugh personally?
I saw a sign somewhere that said ‘Psychic fair cancelled due to unforeseen events,’ I mean how didn’t they see it coming! That made me laugh a lot.
What do you do in your spare time?
Um I don’t have much! I like riding my bike, that sounds like I’m a small child. I like to sit in Coffee shops and work, I can pretend I’m writing a novel. When I get a bit of time off I’ll go see the mum and dad and just chill out in their garden and drink copious amounts of tea.
It’s like having time off all the time when you love your job. I once had seven nights off which was the longest I’d ever had and by the last few nights I had to see some comedy. It’s addictive.
What’s next for you?
I have the tour with Kevin Bridges so that will be two weeks with him. Going to Jersey with that, I’ve never been there before. Then I’m in Edinburgh for the whole of August. I have a TV spot in the Edinburgh Gala! And hopefully just become a better comic!
Find more info about gigs at www.suziruffell.co.uk or follow suzi on @suziruffell