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luisa omielan: interview

Image Courtesy of Kristian Dowling

Image Courtesy of Kristian Dowling

Luisa Omielan, hailing from the UK, has brought her stand-up show, What Would Beyoncé Do? to Australia. Starting at the Adelaide Fringe, then Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and now in Sydney from the 22nd April until the 26th, the show is critically acclaimed. If you’re after an upbeat evening and are looking for the answers to all your burning questions about life, love, and being an independent women, then I’d suggest booking yourself in for the last leg of Omielan’s tour.

I caught up with Luisa and discovered she’s had the comedy bug from very early on, and is passionate about continuing to make her career all about making others laugh.
How did you get started in comedy and performing?

I have always wanted to be in comedy. From the age of about 4 I loved showing off and making people laugh. I pursued it throughout education but it’s not until I performed my first solo show at 28 that I was able to make a living from it.

What was it like to become such a quick success after the Edinburgh Fringe Festival?

Haha it wasn’t quick, I’ve been working for a long time, it was wonderful to get recognition and I felt like it was ten years worth of achieving things all rolled into one!

Have you drawn heavily on experiences from your personal life for What Would Beyoncé Do?

It’s only life experiences, that’s my kinda comedy, just being honest about stuff that happens and connecting with people over it.

Leading on from the last question, what does the show say about women or about your experience as a woman?

It’s not something I’ve thought about, I am a woman. And I am performing from experiences as a woman, in the same way that a man performs from experiences as a man

What is your favourite part about performing and touring this show?

I get to stand on stage, show off and make people laugh for 80 minutes and I get to explore beautiful places like Australia!

 How has your Australian tour been so far? Is it your first time down under?

Yes it is and I have loved it! No wonder so many Brits move here, the food is amazing, weather is gorgeous and people are so friendly  and relaxed!

What are your hopes for the future of the show What Would Beyoncé Do? and for your career in general?

Well, I have just gotten a book deal off the back of the show. I want my shows to be massive and have sell out tours around the world, I would love to turn it into a movie and I just hope to continue to grow and perform and play all over the world.

What advice do you have for those who are looking to get into the comedy scene?

Just gig and be yourself, don’t copy other people or avenues, just do you.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Thank you and come party.

Book tickets to Louisa’s Sydney shows here.

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