Tell us about the show you’re bringing to the Glasgow Comedy Festival, Ruth Hunter and the Ruth-Hunter.
It’s a spoooooky stand up comedy show about ghosts and anxiety and jokes.
How did you develop the concept of the Ruth-Hunter?
I’ve always been afraid of the dark and worried about supernatural entities trying to murder me. I used to think the devil lived in the toilet and flushing it opened the door to hell. It was a race to flush, wash my hands and get the hell out of there. I never skipped the hand washing part though, I’m not a moron.
You’re known for your observations inspired by inward reflection. How much of that sort of thing can audiences expect from this show?
There’s quite a lot of reflection on why I fear the supernatural but on a rational level, don’t actually believe in any of it. I think it’s a form of diverting anxiety about real life problems on to concepts that are beyond my control. This way I can just blame ghosts for my own lack of personal development. It’s much better than blaming yourself or your parents.
What inspires your subversive comedic style?
I think of good jokes and then I overthink them and then I think about them again and then I forget about them and about six months later I remember I’m supposed to be writing a fringe show or something and I write everything down really quickly.
Tell us about your radio series, It’s Not Raining Blood.
It’s Not Raining Blood is a sci fi/horror buddy comedy. It’s about two friends who live in a town that seems to attract weird things, but if you ask anyone else in the town they’ll just deny all the weirdness. The friends have a Mulder/Scully attitude towards it; one is a skeptic and the other believes. It’s full of very silly characters and plots and it was very fun to make. It’s also full of very funny people like Julie Jay, Hannah Mamalis, Erin Mcgathy and Alison Spittle, sound was by Rachel Ni Chuinn. Produced by Conor O’Toole and Rachel Ni Chuinn. You can listen to it here: https://kclr96fm.com/documentary/its-not-raining-blood/
What do you hope people take away from your show?
Fun and giggling! And perhaps some catharsis resulting from a satisfying narrative structure?
Are there any other shows you’re looking forward to at the Glasgow Comedy Festival?
Hannah Mamalis – Symphony of worms. She’s a genius.
Do you have any advice for anyone looking to get into comedy?
It’s really hard especially if you’re not a cis straight man. I think this is a complaint people have become desensitized to but it’s repetition stems from it being many people’s experience.
In terms of advice, I would probably say don’t do it unless you really want to. The comedy biz is full of some pretty stressful people who are not looking out for your safety or well-being. Also the odds of success are low and unpredictable. If you want to do things like have money then probably don’t do comedy.
Having said that, there are also some amazing talented, generous and wonderful people who I’ve met through comedy. My main advice is this: don’t listen to the assholes, find the good people and look after yourself.
Ruth is performing Ruth Hunter and the Ruth-Hunter at Glasgow Comedy Festival on March 18th.