The Spotlight on … Suzi Ruffell

She’s one of our brightest young stand-ups, she’s a heavy cryer and she might have brought down a PR firm single-handedly … it’s Suzi Ruffell!

Suzi_Ruffell2Where in London do you live?
Bow, East London, with the cool kids.

How long have you been gigging for?
Four years in December.

What do we need to know about you?
The last time I had to introduce myself with the basics I was doing my french oral, so I will give you the answers I gave them (but in English).

Hello, I am Suzi Ruffell I am 15 (26 now), I live in Portsmouth which is by the seaside (London now), I have a brother called Joe (still a fact), my mother is a housewife (she’ll love that), my father works with horses (more pikey than posh its worth noting). I go to St Edmunds School (not any more), I want to live in London when I am older (nailed it) and earn lots of money (didn’t). At the weekend I play football (lie then, lie now). I have a poodle called Cocoa (RIP Cocoa). My favourite author is Judy Bloom (still a legend).

The only difference is that these days I drink a lot more coffee and have friends (some, one).

What do we not need to know about you, but you’re going to tell us anyway?
I cry a lot. Films, TV, somedays the cancer research advert.

What would you like to achieve most in your comedy career?
I would like to be the voice of my generation (in joke to anyone thats watching HBO’s “Girls”, if you aren’t watching Girls, watch it now, like this minute … stop reading).

Just to carry on making people laugh, it’s so I never have to do an office job again, mainly because I was really bad at it, the PR firm I worked in went into administration just after I left. I completely took the piss on expenses and I am still using the stationary I stole. I am pretty sure I played a major role (the largest role of my career to date).

What one thing about comedy do you wish people had told you before you started it?
You will be asked constantly what it is like to be a woman, think of funnier responses. That it is completely addictive, will take over your life, make your non-comedy friends hate you but it is totally worth it.

What do your family think of your act?
They like it. My mum once said “don’t bang on about your gayness, it will put some people off”.

Who makes you laugh?
So many people, Wanda Sykes, Maria Bamford, Jen Kirkman, Sarah Kendall, Josh Widdicombe, James Acaster, Jen Brister, Zoe Lyons, Sara Pascoe, Luisa Omelian, Seann Walsh, Mitt Romney. There are so many.

If you were to appear on Parkinson as a guest, what would be your walk-on music?
“I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts”, for the irony.

Describe your dancing.
The drunker I am the better it gets. Ask any comic who went to Hot Dub Time Machine in Edinburgh. I threw the shapes so hard I left with an injury.

Whose sex face would you least like to see?
Any other comic. Don’t dip you nib in the office ink (read: dont shag co-workers, especially if you then want to do material about it, it would make for a very awkward car journey home … I’ve heard).

Are you funnier off or onstage?
Hopefully on … I am a hoot off stage though. I have had 4 coffees today, I am off my face.


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