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

Danielle Ward by Karla Gowlett

Danielle Ward by Karla Gowlett

I've never really thought of it as a brand. I just do what I think is funny. Hence my inability to turn it into a career. This show is just a girl, standing in front of an audience, asking them to love her. While saying stupid things about w*nking. And there are three songs.

Which comedians have been your biggest influence?

David Bowie. He was the funniest creature on the planet. Have you seen the Boys Keep Swinging video? I guess in the past few years it has been all about the girls. Christie, Pascoe, Schumer, Fey. I love idiots.

What random things make you laugh in everyday life?

A baby's smile. Rainbows. Whiskers on kittens. Breaking Glass. Hearing a stranger fart in public.

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

Best moment was performing my 2010 musical 'Gutted' with a 24 piece orchestra. Worst was being booed off stage at the comedy cafe. They really hated me. And quite rightly too. I was rubbish and scared. They smelt fear.

Do you still get nervous when you do a gig?

Yes. But good nervous. If you stop being nervous you've stopped caring. I've never gone onstage with the nonchalance I carry to the bathroom, for example. I'm really good at going to the toilet though, so I always smash it.

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

Because telly people come and they can make you famous and you can afford to pay your Council Tax. Also doing that many gigs in a month really does make you a better comic. Until you do a club gig and realise all the jokes that went brilliantly at an arts festival stink out a weekend full of stag & hen parties.

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

Kanye West: The Musical, Three Men and a Rotten Peach and Fizzella reads The Garden Gang.

What is your advice to aspiring comedians?

Get a stage name. I wish I had.

What is the oddest heckle you've ever received?

'It was actually Rhino from Gladiators'

What is next for you?

I'm off to LA in September to see some people about a script. And enjoy all the self- service fro-yo I can manage.

Danielle Ward: Seventeen

Just the Tonic at The Caves

4-28 Aug (Not 15)

14:40 (15:40)

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