Please tell us about your brand of comedy- what can audiences expect?

Juliette Burton

Juliette Burton

Honesty and feelings wrapped in the cocoon of cheekiness. Comedy is a way of talking about bigger subjects and breaking down walls; my shows are sledgehammers but really fun and uplifting sledgehammers.

Which comedians have been your biggest influence?

Indirectly; Stephen Fry. Directly; Dawn French, Daniel Kitson, Tape Face. However many of my comedy friends inspire me every time I watch them; Felicity Ward's energy, Nish Kumar's delivery, Matthew Crosby's loveliness.

What random things make you laugh in everyday life?

My friends, puppies and anthropomorphizing animals.

Please tell us about your best and worst moment on stage so far.

Best moment - getting a standing ovation on my last night performing at the Adelaide Fringe 2016. But I bet the best moment is yet to come - maybe at Edinburgh Fringe 2016! Worst moment - I want to say something cheesy like "The worst moment is leaving the stage because I love it there!" But that is truly cringe-worthy… My worst moment - earlier in the show that ended with a standing ovation, the projector bulb blew and I was left without any of the graphics that I thought the show relied upon - but that turned into one of the best gigs of my life! Good life lesson there; when what you rely upon fails, rely upon yourself! And focus on giving the audience a good time; we'll get through it together!

Do you still get nervous when you do a gig?

Of course! Being nervous just means I want to do a good job - I want every audience to have a great time.

Why is Edinburgh Fringe Festival such a great platform for comedians?

It's the world's biggest arts festival so you have some of the most avid comedy fans in the world right there ready to enjoy your show. Performing every day is also great. And having the opportunity to hang out with fellow performers every day is a support system we lack at other times of the year!

Who are you looking forward to seeing as an audience member?

I've already seen previews of Felicity Ward and Spencer Jones at ARGfest in early July. I saw James Acaster and Nish Kumar's shows when we were all on tour in New Zealand in May. All of them were fantastic.

What is your advice to aspiring comedians?

Don't do it, don't do it, don't do it. If you still do it, you were always going to.

What is the oddest heckle you've ever received?

In Auckland in May a man shouted out "Do you own a house?" I couldn't figure out whether he was building up to a punchline of his own, which he never delivered, or whether he was an estate agent trying to sell me property or whether he was looking for a place to stay that night. Either way, it was pretty left-field.

What is next for you?

A holiday in September, I hope! After Edinburgh Fringe I have some shows planned in the UK, developing future shows, writing articles and hoping to return to Adelaide and New Zealand next year. If you want to follow whatever adventure I end up choosing then please do follow me! On social media or in real life - either way is fine.

Juliette Burton's new comedy show 'Decision Time' will be at the Gilded Balloon Wee Room at 4.30pm each day for tickets go to www.edfringe.com


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