Isy Suttie: “I was sick in my housemate’s shoe on a first date”
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Starting university, with all its awkwardness and pretence, can probably be likened to stand-up comedy. Awkward moments abound in both situations, and Isy Suttie agrees that “there are certainly similarities.” Best known as Dobby in Peep Show, Isy Suttie is in fact many things – a stand-up comedian, radio broadcaster, musician and writer amongst them. Before any of that, though, she was a student – specifically, a Hull-born, Derbyshire-raised student, parachuted into the salubrious surroundings of the Guildford School of Acting. It’s an experience that taught her a lot – about being yourself, and about cutting through the noise to discover the people who do, actually, find you hilarious. As it turns out, there are more than a few moments in Issy’s recent-ish experience that are worthy of any cringey uni night out (or indeed any of Peep Show’s 54 episodes.) What’s the most awkward thing that’s happened to her on stage? As we might imagine, “there have been a few things. When I got paid £20 to get off, at Edinburgh Festival. That was really hard.” Ouch... “The gig that I was doing wasn’t the right kind of gig for me,” she says, diplomatically. But of course, there’s an upside: “It’s important to make those mistakes because that’s how you learn what you should be doing. You’ve got to do everything at the beginning... I learnt so much from it at the time that I’m not sorry it happened.” Coincidentally Russell Howard, whose Comedy Central UK stand-up she’s currently featuring in, was sharing a billing with her that night – and afterwards advised her to try and up her price should the unfortunate situation ever happen again.
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