A Piggy Interview WithLubna Kerr (Asian Ellen DeGeneres)

Performer: Lubna Kerr
Photograph by: Robert Pereira Hind
Show: Asian Ellen DeGeneres
Venue: Laughing Horse @ The Cuckoo’s Nest
Promoter: Indie
Online: Box Office Facebook


Tell me about your Edinburgh show.

It’s a stand-up chat show which pays homage to Ellen DeGeneres. Similar but different, there will be different guests each night, letters from celebrities as well eclectic entertainment from singing to magicians.


Tell me about your first gig.

It was part of the Laughing horse comedy course in 2013. I didn’t realise that there was a gig to do on the Sunday night! Oops should have read the fine print. Learned my lesson!


Do you have any rituals before going on stage?

Apart from telling myself I am funny! I try and get a look at the audience to see if I can get a feel for the audience. I also always get there for the start to see what the MC can find out about the audience. Its’ important to be prepared. Also try and find out what the local rivalries there are between the local towns and cities. I usually take 3 deep breaths just before I go on stage.


Tell me about your best and worst review.

My best review was a 5 star from a comedy club in New Orleans called Local Uproar at Allways Lounge last weekend. Worst review was from the Stand in Edinburgh Nov 2015 who said I was not for development. Not sure who gives the feedback at the Stand, rumour is that sometimes it’s the bartenders. Love a challenge!


During this Edinburgh run, do you plan to read reviews of your show?

Yes, as that’s the only way I can learn and progress as a performer. However, at the same time being aware that comedy is subjective and that I will not be everyone’s cup of tea.


How do you feel about reviewers generally?

I think reviews can play an important role to help the guide the punter to good shows of any discipline, and like performers they have a reputation to look after. I think the comedian can be helped by looking closely at what the reviewer is trying to say.


In April 2018, YouTube comedian, Markus Meechan (aka Count Dankula) was fined £800 for training his girlfriend’s pug dog to do a Nazi salute with its paw, in response to the phrase ‘Gas the Jews’. Do you believe Meechan committed a criminal offence, and why?  

I feel there is no place for racism, bigotry, sexism, hatred and discrimination in comedy.


Are there any subjects that are not suitable for comedy?

There are certain subjects that I feel are not suitable for comedy however the next comedian will say there is nothing. I feel go with your own morals and know what you would feel comfortable listening to with your friends and family.


Have you ever gone too far?

No, I have a conscious and would never want to do anything that would give someone else pain except for Trump.


Looking back over your time as a comedian, tell me about the best gig of your career.

I recently did a gig in New Orleans and its always tricky to gig to an audience who have different expectations about comedy as well as different humour. However, my gig at the Clutha bar in Glasgow the week before I feel was my best gig. As a Glasgow girl who has crossed the cultural barrier and moved to Edinburgh its always scary to go home!! But they loved me, and I have not had so many applause breaks before.

Lubna Kerr was talking to Wrigley Worm.

Published Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

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