Susan Murray: Q&A

SUSAN MURRAY is a woman of many talents – comedian, regular writer for The Now Show and the impresario of a regular comedy and cabaret night. A rising star of the UK comedy circuit, we chatted to her about her projects, inspirations and influences.

What 3 words best describe you?

Cheeky, loyal, insomniac

How did you get into your area of work/become a comedian?

Started as a 3D animation camera assistant. A director told me about a Jacksons Lane stand up course. Gathered 5 mins of material. Went from there.

Are there any artists you'd cite as an inspiration?

Rick Mayall, Wanda Sykes, Al Murray, Lee Mack, David Sedaris, Stewart Lee, Jo Caulfield, Sarah Millican

Are there comedians, past or current, who explore the taboo, or say 'the unsayable'?

Stewart Lee, Bill Hicks, Steve Hughes, Frankie Boyle

Any upcoming projects or events you're excited by?

My next Edinburgh show is based on my passport photo collection of friends, family, lovers, killers, randoms. It will be anecdotal so a different but exciting step for me. Also excited about another stint of writing for radio 4's The Now Show. A different stretch for me that hurts my brain so much I like it.

What do you like most about being a comedian?

Late nights and lazy mornings. I like to play whilst others work and vice versa. Plus the people I work with are the normal people on this earth. Everyone else is mental. I've found my spiritual home.

What's the best aspect of the career you've created?

At the mo (March 2011) it's the tour of Asia - Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bali, Jakarta. A paid holiday.  Also I run, book and MC my own gig in Walthamstow, it's very popular and going really well.

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

Don't worry about what other people do. Follow your own path.

What creative masterpiece do you wish you'd written or created?

Anything said by Wanda Sykes. Damn that woman is damn funny.