Tell us about your show, Bully. What made you want to write a show about bullying?
My life experiences.
How does your show differ from the stories typically told about bullying?
My angle isn’t the typical angle – it explores all sides of bullying
Was it difficult looking back of times in your life that can’t have been all that fun to go through and make them funny?
Nope! Life is there to be lived and looking back on my life confirms that that’s exactly what I’ve been doing. And I’ve always done it unapologetically.
You took a version of the show on a split bill to Edinburgh this year. How did the run go?
My run at Edinburgh was amazing. It was my first time there so I didn’t know what to expect. But I was pleasantly surprised with everything. The venues, people, atmosphere, energy, the love! It was just the best. I can’t wait for next year!
The full show is due to go to Edinburgh in 2020. Do you see it developing much over the next year?
Well, of course! I only did half an hour this year and in order for me to get to an hour, one must develop it!
What made you want to perform the show at the Women in Comedy Festival?
I was offered a spot, is the first reason. I also think it’s wise to perform in as many locations as possible – it means you don’t become a one trick pony.
Are there any other shows at the Festival that you recommend people catch?
How do you think comedy as an industry could improve to be more supportive of women?
Mostly, I think having female only events helps with the hindering – it keeps us separated. On the other hand, if we didn’t have these events we wouldn’t be seen.
So yeah, less men.
Do you have any advice for other women looking to break into comedy?
Don’t! Nah, I’m playing – just enjoy it hun. Seriously, the only thing I can say is, live in the moment and enjoy it. Comedy is just like life, you have ups and downs and at the end of the day, you go home and have a cup of tea. You got this babes!
Thanyia is performing her show Bully on October 11th as part of the Women In Comedy Festival.