Contrary to popular belief, most comedians are not millionaires. With so much of their money being spent on biros, service station food and those cheap Casio watches, many of them are forced to actually work for a living.
In this new regular feature, we interview local comics to find out how they pay the bills. Does a day job get in the way of comedy or does it provide invaluable inspiration? Will they say too much and get themselves sacked? First up, comedian, compère and nanny Eva Bindeman talks to fellow funny person Martin Pilgrim about being the Mary Poppins of Bristol comedy.
Kettle: Hi, Eva. So tell us a bit about your day job.
Eva: I am a nanny, which is a great job. I get paid to play in the park, laugh about farts and eat reasonable amounts of ice cream. I’ve been a nanny since I left university (so 9 years!). I took my first role in Switzerland to also save up some money and found that I absolutely loved it – so it became my career. There’s no shifting me out of it now.
I mean, what else are you going to do during those nervous hours after you’ve voted, but before any actual results have come in? Why not come out and support your local comedy scene?
We’re throwing a great election party, with a local showcase of some of the best comedians who call Bristol home.
It’s at the Lazy Dog Pub, where we’ve been invited to take over the regular Thursday comedy night slot. You can find all the details of the night and book tickets here.
So far we have a great bill, including Abi Clarke, Liam Pickford, Louise Leigh, James O’Donohugh and many more. There’s even an improv section featuring members from local troupe (do they use that word?) Jazz Police.
All proceeds go to support this very calendar, which you know and love. We’re hoping to cover most of our costs for the year ahead just by having one fun night, and a hot little raffle to boot.
Head on over to Wriggle to book tickets for only six quid. Plus your tickets get you into the raffle where you could win (you guessed it) even more tickets to comedy, some booze, wriggle credit, and some other great surprise prizes. (Thanks to Wriggle for donating the ticketing as well!)
Hob nob with the volunteers who make this thing go, and and enjoy a great showcase that will have you home in time to see what the heck just happened.
Can’t make it, but still want to chuck us a few quid? Yes please!