Tell us about the show you’re bringing to the Vault Festival.
In 2008 Katie Holmes did not reprise her role as Rachel Dawes in the acclaimed sequel to Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, choosing instead to star in the critically derided and commercial flop Mad Money. In this show I argue she made the right decision.
This is a show about gender, class and capitalism.
What inspired you to write a show about Mad Money?
The show isn’t so much about the movie Mad Money, as it is about how mad money is. We’re living at a point right now where the wealth inequality is so so big. There are too many billionaires, and not enough accountability. I’ve typically stayed away from politics in comedy but capitalism is a passion of mine.
What drew you to Katie Holmes’s role as a focal point for your show?
It’s a big career leap… The Dark Knight was huge, and I feel like she got a lot of flack for not returning to such a beloved franchise. I think about it ALL THE TIME.
Why do you think the critics that called Mad Money a flop couldn’t see the value in the movie that you do?
To be honest, the movie Mad Money stinks, although I think a lot of the criticism around it was very gendered. It was poorly edited and shouldn’t have been written by a man…. But it was the right decision and to find out the answer come see my show!
This is a work-in-progress show. How much do you expect it to change between the Vault Festival performance and the finished product?
I’m really enjoying writing this show and hope it’ll be the funniest show in the entire world when I’ve finished. So funny that it dismantles capitalism.
Where do you plan to take the show after Vault Festival?
Just before VAULT I’m at Leicester Comedy Festival, and then I’ll be taking it to Brighton Fringe, a few other places and then hopefully the Edinburgh Fringe.
What do you hope people take away from your show?
That billionaires are not going to save us.
Are there any other shows you’re looking forward to at the Vault Festival?
I missed George Fouraces: Gentlemon, Ladylikes, and Anna & Helen in Edinburgh, so will be sure to see them. THERE’S SO MANY GREAT SHOWS TO SEE! LOL Word, Olga Koch, Charlie Dinkin, Eddy Hare, are all a hoot,
Do you have any advice for anyone looking to break into comedy?
Have fun with it and don’t take it too seriously. Watch as much as you can – at every level – clubs, open mics, weekend bills, clown, shows, alternative.
Maddie is performing Mad Money on 26th February.