3 Minutes with Francesca Martinez

Francesca Martinez is a comedian, actress and writer praised world-wide for her insightful and hilarious explorations of modern life. She talks to us this month about creativity, comedy, and being your own boss.

What are you passionate about?

Being alive. Every time I think about the billions of years it took for me to be here now I'm overwhelmed by the magic of it all. I'm well aware that I could have been a pot of humous so I wake up most days being thankful that I exist. It's a great antidote to cynicism and depression!

What are you looking forward to doing in the next few years?

Not dying- on stage and in life.

What has been your greatest professional experience to date?

Ricky Gervais ringing me up to offer me a part in Extras wasn't a bad day. I also love traveling and have been able to perform in some amazing places like New York, Hollywood, Sydney and Cape Town. Mind you, I've also had to perform in Hull, so it's swings and roundabouts!

Tell me a little about your Edinburgh run, either one coming up or a previous experience. Was it eventful and if so why?

I sold out the entire run of my first solo show in 2002 - and lost £12000. Still trying to work that one out! Sure it's got something to do with the Edinburgh Council and my millionaire agent. Ex-agent.

What's the best thing for you about the career you've created?

No early mornings and no boss. Bliss.

What's the most important piece of insider knowledge you have as a writer and performer?

You can never be too much of a perfectionist.

What 3 words would you say best describe you?

Positive, happy, thoughtful, passionate, lazy, - and obviously bad at maths.