Angela Barnes – 'I'm a proud member of the Peter Pan generation'

Angela Barnes – 'I'm a proud member of the Peter Pan generation'

The 2011 BBC New Comedy Award winner is making up for lost time having come to stand-up relatively late in life

November 9th, 2016. A significant day for world politics: the day we found out that the tangerine clown had beaten Clinton to become 'leader of the free world'. For Angela Barnes it was compounded by also being her 40th birthday. Thankfully one of those bombshells was a happy one. 'Actually, it's been pretty good so far,' she insists. 'I love being 40, the pressure is off, nobody cares if the 40-year-old doesn't turn up to their party: I've so much more free time! The show, Fortitude, is about embracing the choices I've made, especially when it comes to having a family of my own, and what growing up means for me. Oh, and it's about nuclear bunkers too.'

Yeah, those nuclear bunkers: here's hoping we won't be needing them any time soon. Talking of the other bombshell, he's a gift to comedians some say. 'To anyone who tells me Trump's "a gift to comedians", I say a) no he's not, I'm still a human first, and quite like not living in a post-apocalyptic wasteland; and b) he's done all the jokes himself, there's nothing left for us. He's given comedians the gift of a box of chocolates and he's only left the orange (skin) creams.'

Barnes came to stand-up later than many of her comedy contemporaries. Already 33 but having lived a 'regular' life, her ability to make funny out of the everyday made her popular with audiences. But despite technically being a grown-up she's still embracing her inner child. 'I'm a proud member of the Peter Pan generation. However, there is something to be said for being a generation that has not had enough to worry about, and maybe the events of 2016 / 2017 will force us to face up to our responsibilities. Or maybe we'll just drink alcopops forever.' Pass the WKD Blue, we'll probably be needing it.

Angela Barnes: Fortitude, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 5–27 Aug (not 14), 7.15pm, £7.50–£10 (£6.50–£9). Previews 2–4 Aug, £6.

Angela Barnes: Fortitude

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Off the Kerb Productions Following sell-out Fringe shows in 2014 and 2015, Angela Barnes (Mock The Week, Alan Davies' As Yet Untitled, Russell Howard's Good News, BBC Radio 4's The News Quiz, host of Newsjack on BBC Radio 4 Extra) is back with her brand new 2017 show, Fortitude. Stand-up and stories from a reluctant 40…

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