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When I’m gigging, there’s an uneasy shift when I pull a puppet out. People look at me aghast and I feel I have about 20…
The most satisfaction I get is from doing a good gig, which really makes you feel in control. If you’ve worked a room really well,…
So many actors are lively-minded, creative people who just tread water in this awful way, waiting for the phone to ring and doing their hair…
I’m training to become a giggle doctor. It’s a kind of hospital clown who changes the atmosphere on the ward and helps recovery. It’s about…
I will remember the night I won the New Comedy Awards, as I was young and unformed, so that sticks in the mind. I’ve also…
I was really awful at auditions. There’s something about sitting down and saying into the camera: ‘I’m Nina and this is the name of my…
I think I’ve got it pretty easy compared with somebody who works at a desk nine to five. I’m just working for an hour in…
I think acting is overrated. I’m not sure I enjoyed it. You never get to write your own roles. It’s wonderful for some people, but…
I don’t want to tie myself into one area or the other. I think its important not to rely heavily on either TV or stand-up,…
I had a terrible dream when I was pregnant; I dreamt the baby had a ventriloquial mouth, but there was no hand hole; I had…
I do laugh when I hear myself saying, ‘I am a ventriloquist.’ I am definitely suited to it, though. I took it and ran with…
Acting is seductive. It looks so much fun. I did dally with other things. I did pupillage in a law firm, but I didn’t like…
The character of the monkey just grew from something out of his face and my granddad’s personality. They fused, and that’s what I ended up…
If I’m on my own, I’ll speak to ‘Monkey’ to generate new stuff for the act. I mean, I don’t do it for moral support,…
I looked into studying psychoanalysis, wrote to the governing body and was about to start the year where they psychoanalyse you, four times a week,…
With acting, I always felt like I didn’t have control of it. It was all about other people giving me a job.
The way I talk to the puppets is real, and it’s in the moment, and it’s seeing what will happen. It’s not something that is…
Once I’m on stage, there’s just no time for a sip of water – I’ve always got my hands in puppets! My voice is raw…
My puppets are far more liberated than I am. Ventriloquism is a useful way of expressing myself.
It’s sad, the lottery. Good projects get funded by it, but there’s an air of desperation about it.
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