Rachel Fairburn: 'I like to dress up on stage but you can do a podcast in your pyjamas'
- Suzanne Black
- 26 July 2019
This article is from 2019
While Fairburn's cynical worldview may have altered slightly since last year's tale of woe, she's still confident of delivering another strong hour of stand-up
It's a truism that heartache and misery lend themselves to heightened creativity. The image of the tortured artist has endured, especially when it comes to the idea that comedians mine their pain to make others laugh. Rachel Fairburn's 2018 Fringe show, The Wolf at the Door, covered a difficult period in her life, while between live gigs she co-hosts the true-crime podcast All Killa No Filla, alongside Kiri Pritchard- McLean. But she's keen not to be pigeonholed as solely a purveyor of doom and gloom.
'I get described as "dark" and "macabre" quite often, but I don't think I am really. I just have a cynical outlook.' It is just as well she isn't relying on misery for material, since things in Fairburn's life have been going well since August: 'My show last year was written at a time when I was really miserable and cynical about the world. Now I'm really happy, enjoying life and have a lovely boyfriend.' This year, with The People's Princess, she promises 'a funny hour of comedy that I can't wait to perform' with 'lots of jokes' on topics like ageism, friendship, and why she is the new Princess Diana (hence the show's title).
While podcasting is an increasingly popular medium for comedy, amongst other genres, Fairburn assures us that All Killa No Filla is very separate from her live stand-up; so don't go along to her show expecting any material on Jack the Ripper or Burke and Hare. On the topic of how her approaches to podcasting and live comedy differ, Fairburn stresses the visual angle: 'I like to dress up on stage but you can do a podcast in your pyjamas.' Once she's got the outfit sorted, everything else is pretty straightforward. 'My approach was to just write a funny hour of comedy, and I think I've done that.'
Rachel Fairburn: The People's Princess, Underbelly Bristo Square, 3–25 Aug, 9.35pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8.50–£9.50). Previews 31 Jul–2 Aug, £6.50.