Rachel Jackson – 'I was advised to keep being weird'

Scottish comic talks legends of comedy, offensive material and her first gig

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Interview: Rachel Jackson – 'I was advised to keep being weird'

Edinburgh comedian and actress Rachel Jackson takes on our Q&A aimed at rising stars of the Scottish comedy scene. We find out what might happen if you try heckling her and which RuPaul quote is her mantra.

Can you tell us about the moment when you thought: 'stand-up is for me'?
When people kept laughing at my life so I thought, 'I may as well get paid for this'.

Do you have any pre-show rituals you can tell us about?
Pacing up and down the corridor. Every time. Even if there's not a corridor.

How do you handle hecklers?
I date them.

Where do you draw the line when it comes to 'offensive comedy'?
I truly live by RuPaul's message: 'if it's funny you can get away with anything'.

What's the one thing you remember about your very first stand-up gig?
Hard to remember when my first actual stand-up gig was because my first solo show Memoirs of a Bunny Boiler was a sort of stand-up / one-woman play mash-up. I just remember being terrified as it's just you up there. If it's good, all on you. If it's bad, all on you. It's this constant ego boost / bash that makes stand-up comedians the most insecure nutters to be around.

What's the best piece of advice you've received from another comedian so far?
I was told to keep being weird. I have always been told I'm weird anyway and I have a bit of a persona I like to play around with. He said: 'people will always be drawn to weird'. At the end of the day, we're all freaks right?

You're curating your own 'legends of comedy' line-up. Tell us the bill's top three acts
Chris D'Elia: probably the funniest special I've seen. Annie Lederman: a brilliant comic I saw on Ari Shaffir's This is Not Happening. Christian Bale: he's the most underrated comic genius of his generation.

Which comedian's memoir would you recommend to someone?
I liked Steve Coogan's a lot because his career is a bit of an inspiration to me. I don't want to be pigeonholed or known as just one thing. I want to be known as a comic, actress, writer and living legend. I want to keep creating mad characters people know and love, and then a few years down the line shock everyone with how good my straight acting is too.

Rachel Jackson: Force of Nature, Wild Cabaret, Glasgow, Wed 15 Mar; Bunny Boiler's Dating Vlog can be seen on BBC Three online.

Rachel Jackson: Force of Nature

The second solo show from Rachel Jackson telling tales of dating and drama school.

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