Edinburgh intros #12: Meet one of this year’s hotly tipped newcomers, Evelyn Mok, whose show will be a look at her life through the eyes of her child self
1. Evelyn bloody Mok. As we live and breathe. Tell us a bit about the show?
“This show is about what adult Evelyn thinks child Evelyn would think of adult Evelyn. I think.”
– Blurb from London is Funny’s list “Top 10 International Comedians to Catch at the Fringe” [cheeky! – Ed]
2. What’s your favourite bit?
My favourite is a routine about a bad date, that I have been performing in Sweden but have never been able to make work in my set in the UK, but in the show, it is one of the routines that seem to be more appreaciated. (Hint: it’s not really about a bad date, it’s about something different, you will have to come see the show to find out) PLUG DONE.
3. If your show were a dog, what breed would it be?
An idiot. So ANY DOG. I wish my show was a cat.
4. What’s your walk-on music going to be and why?
The cable to my iPod is broken and I will most likely not replace it, so people can expect an shuffle between Sleater-Kinney, Bastille, Taylor Swift and recordings of myself from previous gigs to get them in the mood.
5. Who will you be living with?
I will be shacking up with the Comedy Reserve gang from last year, Chris Betts and Phil Jerrod. We all liked each other so much that we are coming back for what will be a much less tantalising sequel. We’ve also lost one of the original cast members, Brennan Reese, to another house share. To try and redeem his absence, we’ve added two greats John Hastings and Ian Smith. We are hopeful.
6. What will your Edinburgh daily routine be?
I want to be a little healthier this year so I will be starting my day with a walk, come back and have breakfast and then sit for an hour or three to work on the show. After lunch I might try and catch a show, before going to perform mine. Then dinner and a drink with a friend before returning home.
SIKE! Audiences will be lucky if I’ve showered.
7. How would your child self review your actual show, do you think?
“I learned some new things today.”
8. What aspects of your adult life will your 10-year-old self be critiquing?
If I’m married yet, what I’m working as and if I’ve managed to complete super Mario Bros yet (answer is no).
9. What’s the comedy scene like in Sweden? What sort of thing to people like?
Swedes do NOT like puns. I repeat, we do NOT like puns. I know this from running the Swedish Pun Championships. There is a varied scene with traditional observational comedy as a core, and a big wave of political and alternative storytelling-based comedy on the rise.
10. Does doing stand-up in Swedish feel any different to doing it in English? Are there certain types of comedy/joke that work better in each language?
It’s very different. There are themes that are universal and translate without problem, but comedy is often tied to cultural references and societal attitudes and in the case of Sweden, longer routines on sensitive, alternative subjects can be appreciated, while in the UK audiences appreciate quicker mainstream gags.
11. How have you found it settling in the UK? Does doing comedy help at all?
If anything I think comedy prohibits a regular lifestyle. After three years in the UK I feel like I am starting to understand British culture a bit more, but I still have many questions, like what is the purpose of the Yorkshire pudding? Is it really necessary or is it just a dry piece of dough.
• Evelyn Mok: Idiot, is at the Laughing Horse @ Counting House at 5pm, follow her on Twitter at @EvelynMok