With her marketing strategy ideas, we had to include Helena Langdon from our London semi-final at Dingwalls in this year’s Funny Women Awards final.
Funny Women: How does it feel to be through to the 2019 Funny Women Awards final?
Helena Langdon: It’s so, so exciting. Before I started doing comedy, I’d always keep an eye on the Funny Women Awards, and I’d watch clips of the final on YouTube and use it to discover new comedians I wanted to go and see. So it feels pretty mad to be in the final myself now.
FW: Describe your comedy to us.
HL: It’s quite weird. I have quite an awkward stage presence and deadpan style of delivery, but I hope my comedy itself is relatable and funny for everyone. I almost want the audience to think I’m going to be terrible, and then surprise them by making them laugh. It’s quite a risky strategy.
FW: What inspired you to start doing stand up?
HL: I’m such a huge fan of comedy, and I’ve always got in trouble throughout my life for distracting people by trying to make them laugh – so eventually I thought I should probably give it a go. Fear stopped me from doing stand up for a long time, but at the end of last year I ran out of excuses not to, and I gave it a try. I haven’t stopped doing it since.
FW: Who are your favourite funny women?
HL: Josie Long, Michelle Wolf, Amy Poehler, Sarah Keyworth, Jessica Fostekew, Natasia Demetriou and Ellie White – and about a million more.
Join us at the Funny Women Awards Grand Final, Thursday 19th September at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London. For tickets click here!