Lou Sanders: 'Compassion has been replaced with finger pointing and blame and everyone's gone quite bonko'
- Craig Angus
- 11 March 2019
Stand-up talks through her Fringe hit Shame Pig and new show The Face That Launched 1000 Dicks
Blowing any audience cobwebs away with a show that revelled in its tales of misadventure, Lou Sanders' Shame Pig was a highlight of last August's Edinburgh Fringe, with its star laying some of her least proud moments out in the open for all to hear. A vital distinction was drawn between momentary embarrassment and the kind of shame that can impact on mental health. A relentlessly silly hour, Shame Pig was, at the same time, the sort of poignant comedy we need right now; acknowledging that being imperfect is surely the one thing we all have in common.
Our conversation quickly turns to Jon Ronson's revelatory book So You've Been Publicly Shamed. 'I love Jon Ronson,' Sanders tells me from Sydney where she's gigging and 'squeezing in a lot of beach time. I opened for him in London when he was doing a tour of his new book which I was delighted about as he's the best non-fiction author in the world. That book was life changing and everyone needs to read it and have a think about their actions. Compassion has been replaced with finger pointing and blame and everyone's gone quite bonko.'
Both Shame Pig and a work in progress of new show The Face That Launched 1000 Dicks will get an airing at the Glasgow Comedy Festival. She's still writing it, but has it mapped out conceptually. 'At this stage I want to talk about context. We're so divided and everything's reduced to headlines so it's harder for people to say their truth with depth and nuance because they're worried about being called out or cancelled. It would be better if people could speak from the heart and be allowed space for what they believe at that time and to think differently and make mistakes. But that might be too hard to make funny.' If anyone can accept that challenge, it's Lou Sanders.
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