Holly on Bristol Community FM

Oct 26 2018

Holly Stoppit
Image credit: Joe Rosser

This week I was invited onto BCFM's comedy chat show, 'Stood Up' to talk about my life as a clown - from my circus roots to my upcoming Clown Residency at the Bristol Museum.

'Stood Up' is a weekly radio show that celebrates the Bristol comedy scene. Each week the charming rabble of contributors talk about comedy, interview local comedy superstars, offer their comedy hot tips for the week ahead and gently rip the piss out of each other.

Last Wednesday, team 'Stood up' were celebrating 250 years of circus. You can listen to the podcast here (look for the episode from 24/10/2018). 

Regular host / contributor Sarah Slater (who also happens to be one of my students) offers a brilliant whistle-stop history of circus (from 17 mins 23), before asking me about my work (from 31 mins 18).

It was a lovely interview, I felt very well looked after, which makes a big difference for my stage fright. This is my 4th radio interview in a very short amount of time and I'm now realising that when I'm put on the spot, or being interviewed by judgemental or disinterested people, they'll get the gabbling and wittering version of me, but if the hosts take time before the interview to tell me what I'm letting myself in for, explaining the format of the show and giving me the questions in advance, they'll get the relaxed and playful version of me.

I'm learning what I need and how to ask for it. It can be tricky when I'm going into other people's environments, but it's worth going through the awkward negotiations- the world gets a better version of me when I feel safe, clear and in my power. 

If you want to find out more about Bristol's thriving comedy scene, keep an ear out for Stood Up on BCFM - live on Wednesday nights 8-9 pm or find podcasts on the BCFM website.

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