Tell us about your show, Faith, Hope and Garrity.
It’s follow my journey over the last couple of years. I focus on the trouble that I’ve been in, the trouble I’ve caused for other people and the trouble that other people have caused me, and how I’ve managed to overcome it.
What kind of trouble are we talking?
So I discuss some things that have happened in the past, some stuff I’ve done to other people, like family members or people I would consider to be my friends. I don’t really want to give too much away. But basically it’s stories about my life.
What made you want to explore these personal stories on stage?
Something happened around two years ago which massively changed the events in my life. I think when you do stand-up comedy, most of the comedians just talk about what’s going on in their life and what significant things have happened. This was a particular subject I just didn’t want to brush over.
It’s quite a nice story, don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad story. And I think it fills people with hope and encouragement, which is why I wanted to share it.
Was it difficult trying to make some of more personal topics funny?
Not really. I don’t try to find things and then make them funny. I tend to talk about things that I find funny and hope that other people find them funny as well. I’ve done this show a few times now, about ten times, and I’ve had seven sell-outs so far. So I think, pretty much from the reaction I’ve got, that people do quite like it.
I think it can be difficult sometimes, when you’re approaching certain subjects, to try to make it funny. But the thing is I don’t really try to make it funny. If it is funny, I’ll include it. And if it’s not funny, I won’t.
The trailer for your show says that you should’ve written this ages ago. Why?
Yes. Well most of the stuff, apart from this one certain thing that happened, most of it has already happened to me but I never would’ve thought about doing a show about if this other thing hadn’t happened. If that makes sense.
The actual story itself, the majority of it, is stuff isn’t something that’s happened recently. Perhaps I should’ve written about it quite a few years ago. But it’s done now. It’s fine, it’s alright. I put that in so that people know I have a bit of a history and that’s something that I’d like to talk about.
What do you hope people take away from your show?
In the show itself, I do talk about the fact that it’s not the circumstances you find yourself in, but it’s how you deal with them, how you go about processing things that happen to you. So I try to give people hope at the end of the show and give people encouragement. Although it sometimes can be a bit of a tricky subject, some of the trouble I talk about, I try to reverse that and bring out some positivity. I hope people will leave either being encouraged or possibly hopeful or they’ll have a more of a positive outlook on life.
Are there any other shows you’re looking forward to at the Funny Things festival?
There are loads of shows I’d like to go and see. There are loads of theatre workshops, as well, not only for myself, but if other people want to go and get involved. There’s an improv one, which I think will be interesting to do.
In regards to comedy itself, I know there are a couple of shows on for kids. What I would try to advise people to do is to find someone they haven’t seen before. You’ve obviously got the likes of Gary Delaney and the Lost Voice Guy and people like that, but for myself I would try to go see somebody I don’t know that much about, just to support them, I think that would be nice.
Do you have any advice for anyone looking to break into comedy?
I only started doing stand-up comedy because somebody dared to me. Someone asked me once if there was anything I could do once in my life that I’ve never done before, what would I do? And I said stand-up comedy. So I would recommend that if you think you’re funny, you probably are funny, then you should genuinely give it a go because you never know what’s going to happen.
Fran is performing Faith, Hope and Garrity on 31st October.