Alison Spittle: 'Writing jokes about my worries is like finding out the mechanics of a magic trick that scares me'
- Brian Donaldson
- 20 June 2018
Irish comic confronts the nature of worrying in her new show
It seems like a good time to be a worrier. There's plenty to fret about in the news and all around us, but while this can result in a heap of raw material for a comedian, it must be a little wearing being concerned so much of the time. With Worrier Princess, Irish comic Alison Spittle tracks her anxiety back to her roots. 'My mum would ring me up with her favourite game, "guess who's dead?" I'd name members of my village who have health difficulties until I guessed the correct one. We then critiqued funerals like people do with holiday destinations.'
It's a curious coincidence that Jon Richardson has a new show on Dave called Ultimate Worrier. Is Spittle aware of this spot of serendipity? 'I now worry that people might think I've stolen his pun. I hope Jon doesn't think that. I'm now worrying about the wrath of Jon Richardson.'
Spittle will appear in Glasgow ahead of a full run of Worrier Princess at the Gilded Balloon during August. She's keen to point out that it's not all about furrowed brows and troubled minds. 'It's a fun show. I like laughing at my worries as, truthfully, that's the way I deal with them. You have to analyse them to see why they're funny and it takes away the mystery and comforts me. Writing jokes about my worries is like finding out the mechanics of a magic trick that scares me.'
The Stand, Glasgow, Sun 24 Jun.