Sarah Kendall examines the world as place to raise children
Pole dancing, politics and parenthood in 2012 Edinburgh Fringe show
This article is from 2012.
That she was recently picked as one of Robin Ince’s 11 favourite comedians may yet prove more relevant to Sarah Kendall’s career than being nominated for the Perrier Award in 2004. The Aussie was the first female stand-up to be nominated for the gong since Jenny Éclair’s victory in 1995, but once the milestone had been passed, she said, it was business as usual. ‘I think that it had a shelf-life of about 11 months. It was a nice thing to put on the posters, but I think, ultimately, what happens in Edinburgh stays in Edinburgh.’
What has been more important to Kendall’s career of late, and certainly to her show this year, is the time she spent away from stand-up. ‘I’d had enough of myself and I felt like I had run out of things to say. I started so young and by my early 30s the only thing I had done was stand-up.’
So, to get away from it all (and herself) Kendall travelled, wrote a screenplay (‘that inevitably went nowhere’) and had a baby daughter, an event that has loosely inspired her new show, Get Up, Stand Up. ‘I never wanted to do a show that talked about my kids but she kick-started this one. I am not talking about her as such, but the world in which we are raising girls.’
Pole dancing classes and R’n’B music are two of the comedian’s targets. ‘R’n’B is such a parody of itself now. I find myself thinking “I like this song”, and then I see the video and I realise I have a dilemma.’ Taking a ‘political not polemic’ approach, Kendall promises a show that is as fun for her to do as it is for the audience to hear. ‘This is the best I have felt coming to Edinburgh. I’m just happy to perform, which is really the only reason you should do the Fringe.’
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 4–27 Aug (not 13), 8.30pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10). Previews until 3 Aug, £5.