“People are never more honest than in their Google search bars.” | Eleanor Colville on exploring the sinister and the social in Google Me

Tell us about your show, Google Me.

Google Me is the comedy show I imagine a piece of Artificial Intelligence would write about me if I gave it access to all my Google searches and online data. It’s a mix of stand up, character comedy and musical comedy all about growing up with MSN and selfies. 

What made you want to write a show centred around people’s search history?

I genuinely became fascinated with data! I realised that people are never more honest than in their Google search bars, which is funny because people are so keen to present themselves in a certain way on social media. I loved the discrepancy between the girl in the Snapchat dog filter posting her graduation pics and the same girl googling “Am I attractive?” or “how to tell when eggs are done?”. As a character comedian, that insight into people’s inner thoughts and vulnerabilities really appealed to me.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever Googled?

Hmm, well I talk about this in the show! It probably changes daily, just looking at my history today I’ve got “One direction Louis girlfriend breakup?” (sometimes you just gotta know) and “How did I hurt my sternum?” (as if my phone should be able to tell me that?!)

How did you get into doing character comedy?

I started comedy at University where I wrote and performed with the Cambridge Footlights. It was amazing and I really got the bug. I guess I got into character comedy in particular, as opposed to straight stand up, as I came from more of an acting background. It took me ages to feel confident being funny as myself on stage. I love character comedy though because I love people – we’re all so nuts and everyone knows it. 

Did writing this show teach you anything about people’s relationship with the internet?

Yes! That social media actively profits by playing upon our human desires to be ‘liked’. 

Do you have genuine concerns that Google and other big web-based companies know too much about us as individuals?

Elections say what?

What do you hope people take away from your show?

For my sake, I hope they laugh. I hope people enjoy the nostalgia of a Motorola flip phone and Club Penguin, and I hope people find hope in how amazing the internet is despite all the scary shit. Oh, and maybe don’t post nudes online. Or at least make them fit ones. 

Are there any other shows you’re looking forward to at the Vault Festival?

Oh, so many! I would really recommend Tuna by Rosanna Suppa and Jazz Emu by Archie Henderson. 

Do you have any advice for anyone looking to break into comedy?

Just Keep Swimming. Try things you want to try, hold on to what you find funny. Don’t be mean. Get out there. Write as much as you can. Good luck! X 

Eleanor is performing Google Me on 29th and 30th January.

Book your ticket here.

Find out more about the Vault Festival here.

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