Q&A with Rebekka Turner:
How many gigs have you completed?
649 and counting.
When did you begin?
I officially started in October 2013 but my first ever gig was at a Laughing Horse workshop in September 2010. I had a few gigs scattered in
2011 and 2012 when I was at Uni.
What is your persona like?
A bizarre mix of wordplay and eccentric thoughts. There is also an occasional impression.
What impressions are you currently working on?
I am able to do Su Pollard, Kristen Schaal, Shelagh Turner (Call the Midwife), Julie Walters, Audrey Hepburn, Stacey Soloman and more recently Patricia Routledge.
Who are your main influences?
I have interests in loads of comedic areas and eras. I enjoy Pete and Dud, Monty Python, Fast Show, The League of Gentlemen and Cardinal Burns. I am also inspired by Kristen Schaal,
Morganna Robinson, Jo Neary and Cariad Lloyd.
What topics do you explore?
I am working on topics such as pop culture, food, gender and social awkwardness.
What are your aims in the comedy world?
To develop tip top material to progress into an hour show.
Best heckle moments?
I have two, the first one is more weird than rude. In my set I used to dance to 'I've had the time of my life' from Dirty Dancing but at one venue a rowdy guy stuffed a £5 note down
the top of my trousers like at a strip club. He tried to get the fiver back when I went offstage but I couldn't find it...result was my first paid gig.
The second one is my first ever proper traditional heckle. At a gig there was a group of college kids at the back of the room and as I got on stage they shouted "I hope you're as funny
as you look", to which I quickly retorted "I hope you're as shit as you look". Result - a round of applause.
Worst heckle moments?
I had one quite recently, I was whooping at a crowd for a little too long in my intro and a young lad shouts out 'Is she disabled?' 1. That is very odd and 100% inapropriate, 2. this was right at
the start of my set and I had not had this type of response before and so I was put off my stride. 3. Things where made worse by the fact the comedy night was fundraising for a sports team for people
Secret comedy fact?
I am a huge fangirl - I have my very own autograph tumblr (and have Reece Shearsmith, Greg Proops and Pappy's Fun Club as followers!)
Most famous autograph hunted?
Most definately Ronnie Corbett.
Who is your Mancrush Monday and Womancrush Wednesday?
Ryan Gosling (pudgy phase) and the lovely Susan Sarandon.
Pepsi or Coke?
Pepsi Max...or if feeling particularly exotic - Cherry Pepsi Max.
Pretty much pizza! In terms of sweets I am more a chocolate person than candy.
Favourite 1980s angsty teenager?
Kevin Bacon in Footloose. He had a reason to be angsty, his family had moved into a town that banned dancing.
Worst secret habit?
When I am tense or concentrating I will pick my nose.
Claim to fame?
I won the Friday prize on CBBC when I was younger for doing a drawing of Antony Worrall Thompson as an ant chef on Ready Steady Cook...I was a weird child. But Richard (of Dick and
Dom) fame said my name on air.
Best comedy tip/advice?
Something that really helped me was new material nights, as I learnt to be less upset when a joke didn't work, and I got more experienced at working in improv into my set.
Most interesting audience members?
1. When an m.c. asked someone what they did, they said they where in a rock band. When asked semi-sarcastically "oh yeah, which one?" The audience member replied "Kaiser
Chiefs"...he was Ricky Wilson.
2. Ronnie, who was the writer of the Coco Pops and Flake (only the crumbliest, flakiest) advert jingles.
What is your vice?
What is your top comedy scripted moment?
In series 3 of the League of Gentlemen there is a monolgue by Mark Gatiss and he plays a creepy mortician. It is amazingly acted and written.