"Not all comics are sad clowns. Some of us are the ones with the cars that backfire glitter" - hmv.com talks to Sarah Millican
Beloved stand-up Sarah Millican has just released a brand new DVD named Homebird and sat down with us to tell us all about it. We also touched on her excellent 2014, finding comedy in domestic bliss and why Eddie Izzard was her stand-up idol.
How has 2014 been for you?
"Lovely! I did the second half of my tour, had a good break over the summer and I'm now popping up on telly and radio doing shows I love. Cannot complain at all. And I've got a bird table now. I still haven't learnt to knit but there's time yet."
You’ve just released your third live DVD, are you well practised at making them now?
"Oh it still terrifies me! When you do a tour show, anything could happen and you roll with it and it's great fun. But you want the DVD recording to be as good as it can be so I'm always super nervous. I'm well practised in that I know what I need. Imodium and comfy shoes. They are key."
Which comedians did you grow up watching on TV? Did they inspire you when it came to putting the DVD together?
"I had a video of Eddie Izzard's Definite Article that I played so much it squeaked. I do like a DVD extra when I'm watching DVDs so I try to put lots of stuff on there for the comedy nerds like me. This one has some cracking extras including an interview with my dad who tells my two favourite stories of his."
You taped your hometown show in Newcastle, are those shows always the best ones to film?
"I love a home gig. DVD audiences are generally a bit more excitable so always fun to play but there was something special about filming this one in Newcastle and at the wonderful Tyne theatre too which is such a glorious building. A beautiful building full of awesome locals, what's not to like?"
Your latest tour is a celebration of domestic bliss, why did you decide to go down that route?
"My stand up generally comes from my life so the shows reflect where I'm at personally too. So this show kicked in at a time when I was questioning my work/life balance and settling into a new house. A proper home this time with hanging baskets and everything. Though I refuse to have matching cups or mugs. Life's too short."
How easy was it to find humour in domestic bliss? Being happy doesn’t necessarily make for great comedy…
"Ah I disagree. Not all comics are sad clowns. Some of us are the ones with the horns and the cars that backfire glitter."
What have you got lined up for 2015 already?
"I'll be going back on tour late 2015 so there'll be a lot of preparation for that. I have other bits and bobs of writing I'd like to do. I'm going to learn to knit and try to get some bloody raspberries off my raspberry plant. Even if I have to Sellotape some Asda ones on myself."
Have you discovered any new comedians recently? Anyone you’d recommend as a star of the future?
"Sadly I don't get to see new comics as much as I'd like as I'm not on the circuit much. But some of my favourite comics are Joe Lycett, Tom Allen, Andy Robinson, Andy Askins, Felicity Ward and Angela Barnes."
Finally, what’s been your moment of 2014?
"Doing Desert Island Discs. Is it discs or disks? Are Disks the floppy disks? That would be a totally different show. Here are some old spreadsheets I can't look at as the hardware is obsolete. Thanks Kirsty."
Sarah Millican's new DVD Homebird is out now.