Laughing, eating and drinking with friends must be high on the list of ingredients for a good night out. Our year end party brings it. A 3 course meal by the fabulous chefs, Laura and Emma of The Clerkenwell Kitchen, (from Modern Pantry fame) and comedy, with other citypinkers.
Citypink has been on the case to find the perfect girl to entertain you, (Beyonce is still touring Australia) and we have succeeded. Our favourite female comic, Rosie Wilby, who recently stole the show at the Stonewall Comedy Night. As a comedian she has played many places including The Comedy Store, Sydney Mardi Gras, Latitude, Radio 4. She is also a talented singer song-writer, a radio broadcaster, a writer and just plain funny.
Citypink posed some obscure and immature questions to Rosie:
How would you describe your type of comedy?
Inclusive, conversational, slightly whimsical and surreal.
What is your favourite critique of your work and why?
I liked Jane Czyselska's (editor of Diva Magazine) description of me as 'a lesbian Eddie Izzard'. He's one of my favourite acts.
Which was better, on the stage at Glastonbury or on the stage at Edinburgh Fringe Festival?
They are both quite challenging as there's so many other distractions, noise etc my favourite festivals I've performed at are Larmer Tree, Green Man and End of the Road.
You were a hit at the Stonewall Charity Comedy Night, congratulations. What's the difference, if any, performing to an all lesbian audience?
It was a fun night! Thanks! I can do gay material and not worry about anyone feeling excluded. Though I try to make some of my gay material universal enough to work with a straight audience and point out the common threads in our relationship troubles.
Having been a music journalist for Time Out and yourself a singer song writer , what would your desert island disc be?
Oh It's too hard to pick one!! For classic female vocals, maybe a Dusty Springfield best of.
With a great voice, yet self proclaimed 'maverick' could you audition, and if so which - The Voice or X Factor?
Ha ha I have considered this in the past but then thought better of it.
You were born in the People's Republic of Liverpool, what do you consider to be its greatest export?
I was indeed. Pretty tough to look beyond the Beatles. I actually grew up not far away in Ormskirk, famous for its gingerbread.
You went to the same university as comic, Zoe Lyons, did you know each other there? And did you get a better grade than her?
Ha, we had different subjects and I was a science geek. I think she did psychology. We didn't know each other but we crossed paths fleetingly as we both joined a feminist group as we both had a crush on the woman who ran it. I found out recently Zoe did better than me and I actually kissed her once. Though I did get a poem from her which I kept.
What's your favourite moment of 2013?
Performing in New York in July.
What are you doing for Christmas? Do your family and friends make you entertain them on Christmas day?
Ha, ha NO. My Christmas is very quiet in Ormskirk with my dad. Fortunately, my amazingly patient girlfriend Wendy is coming with me so we will have a giggle at his charmingly eccentric ways.
So you have a girlfriend…oh
What have you got planned for 2014 that you can share with us?
I'm developing a few book ideas and want to do more writing. I've had a few bits published lately such as a piece in the anthology 'It's OK To Be Gay'. My storytelling and multimedia show, Nineties Woman, that looks back at my feminist Uni days with Zoe et al will be on tour. I may well be doing Edinburgh again, though can't confirm yet.