Rachel Jackson’s stand up show “Bunny Boiler’ will be at the Pleasance Courtyard Bunker 1 for the month of August so we caught up with her to talk more about her debut. 

Rachel Jackson by Steve Ullathorne

Rachel Jackson by Steve Ullathorne

Please tell us about your brand of comedy.

I think its a bit bizarre but relatable if that makes sense. I have tons and tons of energy too - can be quite manic on stage. Who am I kidding, I'm manic in real life too.

What can audiences expect from your new show?

A laugh, hopefully. It’s about love and all the mad things I've done along the way. Its got a big heart too though amongst all the weirdness,

Which comedians have been your biggest influence since you decided this was your path?

Jim Carey, Melissa McCarthy, Will Ferrell, Ricky Gervais and Steve Coogan.

What random things make you laugh in everyday life?

Things that aren't meant to be funny are the best. You know when you know you'll be in deep shit if you laugh? Its like a euphoria. 

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

Best moment on stage, got a free haircut by a professional hairdresser coz earlier in the day my boyfriend had slagged off my DIY wonky fringe and worst moment on stage was when my comparing myself to Myra Hindley material didn’t go down well. I was like 'too soon??'

Do you still get nervous when you do a gig?

Yes. Yes. Yes. I think people who don't get nervous about going on stage should be doing something else with their lives.  

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

It just is. Its like those adverts for Eastenders in the 90's that were like 'Everyone's talking about it' Everyone knows there is such potential from being seen at the fringe. I got a BBC Three mini series from my very first fringe appearance and I was in some awful venue as part of the free fringe. The pressure is on to top that now I'm going to be at a brilliant venue. 

Who are you looking forward to seeing at the Fringe?

Comedians getting more hungover and lethargic as the run goes on and me running 5ks everyday pre show and being that healthy wanker they all hate. 

What is your advice to aspiring comedians?

Do a gig. Even though it’s the scariest thing in the world. Just get the first one out the way and then take it from there!

What is the oddest heckle you've ever received?

Being offered a 'free Orgasm' was pretty grim.  

What is next for you?

I have a couple of films out soon which I'm very excited about. I'm also working on some comedy pilots too. Exciting times for r jacz. That’s my nickname btw. 

Rachel Jackson’s debut stand up show “Bunny Boiler’ will be at the Pleasance Courtyard Bunker 1 for the month of August for tickets go to www.edfringe.com

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