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“Trust you have something to say. Trust your voice.” | Pernilla Holland on telling society’s expectations to fuck off at the Women in Comedy Festival

Tell us about your show.

It’s a silly exploration of the taboo, weird and awkward stuff that happens sometimes. Or maybe too many times… told from the perspective of your favourite Norwegian comic – me!

Your show jumps straight into the personal stuff, centring on friendships, sex and love. What made you want to share usually private stories with rooms full of strangers?

Personal stuff can be quite universal. I want the audience to know they are not alone and we all are a bit messed up so it´s better to laugh! I believe truth is a good thing.

Your show explores and challenges society’s expectations. What inspired you to do this through a comedy show?

I wasn’t really abiding by society’s expectations so I have no other choice. I think we can all pretend to be something we aren’t, I just can’t be bothered, I am 30 – this is it. My eggs are dying, so this is it!

Has writing the show taught you anything about life and relationships you can share with us now?

I poke fun at myself because it teaches me not to take things so seriously. So I think it’s taught me to be more authentic.

What do you hope people take away from the show?

Nothing much, I just want them to laugh and enjoy themselves. I don’t have a message or a hidden agenda, just jokes that happen to be personal.

What made you want to perform the show at the Women in Comedy Festival?

I really wanted to be part of a platform that supports women and gives a chance to new comics.

Are there any other shows at the Festival that you recommend people catch?

I don’t know, I just think pop along and risk seeing someone new cause you might find it really good.

I am doing a few, Hull festival, Prague festival, Hastings festival, Brighton Fringe and Edinburgh of course.

How do you think comedy as an industry could improve to be more supportive of women?

I guess more females on comedy lineups, please!

Do you have any advice for other women looking to break into comedy

Trust you have something to say. Trust your voice and keep writing as well as doing as many gigs as you can.


Pernilla is performing her show on October 13th as part of the Women in Comedy Festival.

Book your ticket here.

Find out more about the Women in Comedy Festival here.

To keep up with other things Pernilla has going on, you can check out her website or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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