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Warning: may contain high levels up optimism, cynicism and some foul-mouthed enchanted objects. So goes the tagline on Katie Mulgrew’s new Edinburgh Festival Fringe show. Martin Walker finds her wondering if there’s any such thing as a real life Disney princess.

I think most stand ups will say that whenever they are having a really good gig that moment feels like the best experience they’ve had on stage. You feel like you are the best at it ever (even though you are definitely not) you are like "I am the best at the comedy!" It’s similar to how I imagine Kanye West feels on daily basis. When you have a bad gig, it feels like nothing will ever be alright. Stand up is a pendulum swing of emotions.

“My show is called Happily Ever After. I got married this year and went on Honeymoon to Disneyworld. It was amazing but it made me question that whole unrealistic fairy tale notion of Happily Ever Afters.”

Tell us about the Funnygirl podcast.

“It’s a podcast where I talk to my comedian buds about my other great love, musical theatre. I’m aware that’s probably a bit niche.”

How did you get into comedy and what made you want to be a stand-up comedian?

“I got into it because I was working behind the bar of a comedy club and because of that I chose to do stand-up comedy as one of my university modules.”

What’s your best experience on stage?

“I think most stand ups will say that whenever they are having a really good gig that moment feels like the best experience they’ve had on stage. You feel like you are the best at it ever (even though you are definitely not) you are like "I am the best at the comedy!" It’s similar to how I imagine Kanye West feels on daily basis. When you have a bad gig, it feels like nothing will ever be alright. Stand up is a pendulum swing of emotions.”

If you were curating a stand up show for television, who would be your guests?

“Zoe Lyons, Hannah Gadsby, Dan Nightingale, James Acaster, Gein’s Family Giftshop and Carl Donnelly.”

Broadway Baby Listing and Edinburgh Fringe Box Office: http://www.broadwaybaby.com/shows/katie-mulgrew-happily-ever-after/700165

Website: www.katiemulgrew.co.uk

Twitter: @katiemulg

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katiemulgrewcomedian

Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/katie-mulgrew-funnygirl-podcast/id697993361

YouTube Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZhzlDt6td8

Photograph by Steve Ullathorne


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