Elaine C Smith: 'It's about being professional and making sure people have a good time'

Elaine C Smith: 'It's about being professional and making sure people have a good time'

Actress and comedian catches up with us ahead of her Glasgow Comedy Festival appearance

Elaine C Smith may now have reached her 60s, but her recent workload tells you that she has little intention of slowing down. She's done panto, played Miss Hannigan in Annie, appeared in BBC sitcom Two Doors Down (for which she picked up a Scottish BAFTA in November) and filmed a Spanish movie entitled I Love My Mum. Add to that her various charitable work and political activism, and you have someone who is constantly on the move.

As she prepares to bring songs, laughs and stories to the Glasgow Comedy Festival, she does admit to still feeling a little touch of nerves as the curtain gets set to raise. 'When you're 22, it's about being loved by everyone. When you're my age now, it's because you just want to do a good job; it's about being professional and making sure people have a good time. You don't want them walking away and saying "I thought she'd be funnier than that". But if you know your material, and you've got your timing right and you're rehearsed, then it'll all be fine.'

As her King's date looms, she has a fair idea what her audience will be expecting. 'I've been doing a routine for over 20 years about popular song and women and why we're off our heads, and I'm always amazed at the number of people who ask me to do that bit again. I always know how to begin and where the end is, but it's about knowing when to do the politics and where I should put the Mary Nesbitt stuff.'

King's Theatre, Glasgow, Fri 15 Mar.

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