Manchester Pride Meets: Zoe Lyons

Thursday 10 November 2011

This week we caught up with friend of Manchester Pride and comedienne Zoe Lyons, before her upcoming gigs across the country, including Manchester's own Sound Control (November 22). We talk to Zoe about her favourite word, the experience of her comedy, Manchester Pride and much more. We are currently running a competition where you can win tickets for the Sound Control gig; more information on how to enter for this prize follows after the interview.

Zoe Lyons

So, Zoe, for anyone who is unfamiliar with you, tell us a little bit more about yourself...

I am a stand up comedian who occasionally pops up on TV or radio but mostly I can be found selling my wares at comedy clubs all over the country. I am a pretty physical comedian onstage and I am not afraid to make a tit of myself. I am in a civil partnership with my very patient other half, I have a dog and a cat and I like my steak medium rare. Snow is my favourite word.

This season yourself, Jen Brister and Suzi Ruffell are embarking on the UK's first ever all-female comedy show - how did this come about?

I know Jen and Suzi from the comedy circuit and we all performed at the GoGo festival this summer together. We had such a fun afternoon and the comedy tent was a great success. Jen had the idea of perhaps doing a short tour together. Touring can be a very lonely existence, I did a solo tour earlier this year and I spent weeks on my own and staying in drab B and B’s. It really can be quite soul destroying. So it is going to be so refreshing to have company on teh road. It will make the shows more interesting too.

How would you describe the experience of your stand up shows for anyone who has not seen them before?

I don’t really know how to describe my comedy, I do a mixture of jokes and stories and I tend to lark about quite a lot. I am not a comedian who picks on the audience, tis pretty fluffy really.

You performed over the summer at Manchester's Frog and The Bucket as a part of a Manchester Pride fundraiser. Why do you think Manchester Pride is an important organisation and heritage for the city to have?

Manchester Pride is a very important and well run organisation. They organise a huge number of events and Pride attracts thousands to the city every year. Not only is there the Parade and of course the Big Weekend but there are also theatre and comedy events. Manchester Pride should make Manchester proud!

What makes you proud?

I am very proud of my family and girlfriend. I also get a tiny burst of pride when my dog does his dancing trick!

We understand that you are giving a pair of tickets away as a part of a competition with Manchester Pride, but for those who aren't lucky winners, how can people get a hold of them? Lee has this info

And finally, what do you have lined up for the future?

I am appearing on a Christmas Special of University Challenge on BBC 2. I am currently swotting up on everything that has ever happened...ever.

You can purchase tickets for Zoe, Jen and Suzi's show, on TicketWeb here. 

For information on how to enter our competition to win tickets to the show, see the Manchester Pride website's competition page.

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