London-dwelling Aussie comic Celia Pacquola returns to 2012 Edinburgh Fringe

This article is from 2012

Celia Pacquola

Show taking travel and relationships as starting point

‘It was like walking into a fairytale. There’s a castle!’ Celia Pacquola fondly remembers arriving in Edinburgh for her first Fringe in 2009. ‘We have castles in Australia but they’re made of sand.’ Since moving to London two years ago, Pacquola has had a frenzied itinerary which feeds into this year’s show, Delayed. ‘After a while my body physically rejected the thought of getting on a plane,’ she shudders. ‘I saw the airport, and everything inside me went, “turn around!” It was like tricking a dog and taking them to the vets. I got out of the cab and was like, “hang on, this isn’t the park!”’

Although travel is this year’s focus, relationships have always formed the backbone of her material. ‘All my stand-up is personal because that way no one else can be doing it. Also, I can make fun of it and not hurt anyone’s feelings.’ Once described as ‘Adam Hills with ovaries’, the supremely affable Pacquola is particularly keen to mother the new kids on the block. ‘I’m looking forward to being the one who’s done it a couple of times now. I’ve got friends coming over for their first year and I’m going to turn up at their flats with water and fruit.’

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 4–27 Aug (not 14), 7pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8.50–£9.50). Previews until 3 Aug, £5.

Celia Pacquola - Delayed

  • 4 stars

The smallest thing can change a life. In 2010, the award-winning Aussie comic moved to London and learned the word 'bellend'. This and other stories. As seen on the Rob Brydon Show and Russell Howard's Good News. 'One of the more uplifting, delightfully funny hours at the festival' (Scotsman). 'A rare gift for comic…

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