Show and Tell #28 - Debra-Jane Appelby

Debra-Jane Appelby
21 January 2018

Winner of both The Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year,  and Funny Women Comedy Award, Debra-Jane has appeared BBC's 28 Acts in 28 Minutes  and on Comedy Central's The World Stands Up  as well as regular appearances on BBC Radio 5 Live,  and as a guest on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour. Debra performs up and down the country with her Northern no-nonsense take on the world, gaining accolades wherever she goes. She will perform at our Barnstormers Comedy event on Friday 26 January.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A lie in with my fiancee

What lies at the heart of your own desire to write and perform standup comedy?
I’ve always loved it and never dreamed I could do it myself but I just got lucky I guess and now i’m hooked.

Who’s your favourite comedian and why?
Of all time? Probably Eric Morecambe. Now? Jen Kirkman.

Choose 1, 2 or 3 of your all-time favourite music tracks.
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” by George Harrison. The cover by Peter Frampton is near perfection.

From your favourite poem – could you give us a few lines that mean something to you?
"And on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

If you were to die and come back as a person, animal or a thing, what would it be?
An AI that takes control of humanity and makes Star Trek a reality

What is your greatest extravagance?
Toys

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Angry disappointment at human weakness

Which artwork/film/book has most inspired you?
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Favourite website/blog?
WWE Network

Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Be what you want to be not what you think others want you to be.

Best recent read?
The Expanse Novels

What is your final word?
Yes.