SP-Podcast #40: Fay Walsh and the unattractive man

Berlin-based stand-up comedienne Fay Walsh
Berlin-based stand-up comedienne Fay Walsh
Berlin-based stand-up comic Fay Walsh (Collage: s/p)

Fay Walsh Gopal is an English-German stand-up comic, kind of accidentally born in Berlin, where she now lives again, after some moving around with her family. Fay talks about a bit which she played very recently at the Berlin show Laughing Spree. In the bit she tackles the fact that, over time, she got asked quite frequently whether she is a man or a woman.

While it could be considered conceivable that the question is asked with no malicious intentions (e.g. when asked by a former classmate of Fay’s), the message it entails and the effect it has are fully different. However, Fay finds a way to bring all this together in just under a minute. Apart from that we talk about conveying experiences as a comic onstage. How can a comic’s set give the audience an insight into a whole different world? And what’s the deal of building a joke with various layers?

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About the Podcast

Why do we laugh after all, can we agree on that one? Possibly not. Sometimes it’s just easier to talk about why we are not laughing right now. Setup/Punchline is a podcast about stand-up comedy as a craft. In each episode, comedians talk about one of their comic bits, that is a short topical sequence of jokes. By doing so, they explain how they found their topics, how they arrange punchlines and breaks, when they are loud, when they are acting reserved. Which lines do never get laughs? And why are they still sticking to them? Here you can find all episodes.

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