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

Taylor Glenn by Karla Gowlett

Taylor Glenn by Karla Gowlett

It's been described as feisty, acerbic, thought-provoking, honest, dark, and empathic. It relies on a lot of confessional storytelling and pathos without being sappy. And I definitely like to say some things out loud which a lot of people are thinking, but are afraid to say without being shocking for the sake of it.

Which comedians have been your biggest influence?

Louis CK is my comedy hero - he slices through any number of heavy topics with amazing insight and a great mix of self-deprecation and biting humour. Also, Tig Notaro has been a real inspiration, as she showed how being brave and confessional about a personal issue (in her case, cancer) can be a success in stand up. On this side of the pond: I love Daniel Kitson and I think Katherine Ryan and Ava Vidal are both brilliant.

What random things make you laugh in everyday life?

I love awkwardness. I love seeing someone stumble, or mess up their words, or drop something. Anything which shows human fallibility.

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

One of my favourite gigs ever was in Rjeka, Croatia, in this outdoor venue amidst a castle and ruins. It was just so unusual to be in this beautiful outdoor setting as the sun was setting and the audience were absolutely brilliant.

Worst moment: oh, man, how to choose. I got heckled by a guy who was being really gross and insinuating he was my incestuous father. I lost it and just started shouting and swearing at him because I was furious, and I wish I'd kept my cool and taken him down, but ah, well.

Do you still get nervous when you do a gig?

Before I had my daughter and took a bit of a break from performing, I didn't get nervous any more. Now, I shake with anxiety a lot of the time! I tell myself it adds to my persona up there.

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

It's the greatest festival in the world, and still the most important "trade show" for comedy. The buzz and excitement is amazing.

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

There are so many shows I want to see this year - Grainne Maguire's Great People Making Great Choices, and Andrea Hubert's show "Week" looks great. She's hilarious.

What is your advice to aspiring comedians?

Do it if you love the work of it. If you don't love the work - don't do it.

What is the oddest heckle you've ever received?

"Now with Brexit you won't be allowed to stay! Oh, wait. . .will you?"

What is next for you?

I have a sitcom in development which I'm excited about and a production company are pitching my Edinburgh show for a special + documentary so fingers crossed!

Taylor Glenn: A Billion Days of Parenthood

Just the Tonic at The Caves

4-28 Aug (Not 15)

21:20 (22:20)

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