Tell us about your show, Eyecon.
To be honest, it’s changed so much from when I initially wrote and after its Ed fringe run, I’m not sure anymore! It’s essentially a bit about disability, a lot about gossip and a worrying story about a puppy.
What inspired you to write a show exploring disability and celebrity?
I had a week last year where I was doing loads of TV and radio interviews about sight loss and got sick of the whole inspiration/role model/disabled person label we stick on. So wrote a show about how it’s bullshit! The rest of the show is gossip about celebs!
The show addresses the way status and identity was thrust upon you. How personal does this show get?
To be honest, it’s not that personal. Sure, it’s all my experience and my disabled life but I don’t feel you have to spill your entire private life to have an impact in comedy.
Was it ever difficult to encourage audiences to laugh about things that have impacted your life so much?
You would have to ask them but I think some audiences worry about what they can laugh at now because of ‘offense’ culture. It’s just jokes and audience should just go with it their instincts. We don’t all have to feel offended for everyone else.
How do you think discussing topics like disability through comedy can influence the social narrative?
I’m not sure I can but I hope it does or I’m out a job! We just have to keep talking about it until the narrative is seeing the individual and not a disability. Maybe if we’re really lucky the government will hear these stories and stop cutting disability benefits and the NHS… but let’s just start small with a little comedy show.
What do you hope people take away from your show?
I hope they get a chance to see better disabled representation on stage and screen. Or they have a bloody good gossip with me and spread the good word of Morrell.
Are there any other shows you’re looking forward to at the Nottingham Comedy Festival?
Do you have any advice for anyone looking to break into comedy?
If you really want to do it, just do it! You have nothing to lose!
Georgie is performing Eyecon on 1st November