Best Scottish Newcomer nominee and Funny Women runner-up Susan Riddell’s debut show champions laziness in an increasingly manic world. The rising star’s sharp observations and sparkling wit have already been highlighted as a must watch show at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, but she meets the Edinburgh Fringe with her Duvet Day. Susan spoke with The Fountain about the new show and her plans for the month.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, are you excited?
I’m so excited! It’s stuff I’ve been working on for the past couple of years and it’s all coming together nicely to make a proper show.
TF: Duvet Day certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
The premise is my love of just lying down doing f**k all. I don’t get people who say they can’t relax and they always have to be on the go. I’m just doing all of this so I can get it out of the way and have a lie down. Human activity is destroying the planet so if everyone has a wee duvet day, it can’t be a bad thing. Human inactivity will save us all.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
Well I’ve always loved writing comedy so what drove the project was just me writing funny stuff and wanting to get it out there and see if people relate. The main people who influence me are my pals and family. I always write with them in mind. If they would find it funny then it’s a pretty solid benchmark.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
I plan to just try and enjoy it and not freak out. First timers should just look at it like a comedy bootcamp. It’s quite a unique experience to gig in the same venue at the same time for almost a month. It definitely makes you a better performer.
TF: Is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
I’m so terrible for getting out seeing shows when I’m performing. It takes a lot out of you even though essentially you’re on stage for an hour. There’s the nerves beforehand and just trying to get in a good mind set for the gigs. I’ll definitely see a couple of shows but I’ll wait and see what tickles my fancy when I get there. I like gimmicky stuff. I went to see comedy in the dark a few years ago. Comedian performed in a pitch black room. It was mental, folk wee freaking out. I love stuff like that.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Duvet Day?
I’m developing a couple of sitcom scripts with the BBC and have just filmed a six part BBC comedy series called State of It, which will be out on the iPlayer later this year. I just plan to keep writing. I love writing and I’ve got ideas for all different mediums. I’d like to go to a bloody silent retreat and just write like f**k. That would be nice. I might actually do that.
You can see Duvet Day at Monkey Barrel Comedy until 25th August at 19:15. For tickets, go to https://tickets.edfringe.com/