Australia has a fine heritage of exporting great comedians to the UK (see Brendon Burns, Adam Hills, Bec Hill etc). One of the more recent additions is Celia Pacquola, who has charmed audiences at shows and festivals across the world with a laidback, effortless style of comedy that isn’t afraid to delve into the personal.
After another acclaimed Fringe run Celia is taking her latest show Let Me Know How It All Works Out to the Soho Theatre in London this week.
Hi Celia. How are you today?
Molto bene, grazie. I’ve bought an app today to learn Italian. Yep. I’ve become THAT person.
You’re taking your show Let Me Know How It All Works Out to Soho Theatre soon. Are you excited?
Totally. I mean, I’m excited in general. I was in a hotel over the weekend and I remembered to retrieve my socks that I’d taken off in bed before I left and I was pretty excited about that. BUT I bloody love performing at Soho Theatre, it’s a great room, always lovely crowds and I’m proud of this show so yes, very excited.
The show’s blurb says: “Celia has always been obsessed with the future, but planned for none of it.” Have you always been someone that’s hoped for the best?
Uhm. I guess. I mean I don’t think many people ‘hope’ things will go wrong. But I’ve always known that they could. I used to spend a lot of time thinking about that. One of the questions I found really annoying was ‘What’s the worst that could happen?’
Heaps of things. So many things. Now I’m thinking about all of the things that can go wrong thanks. I thought you were trying to make me feel better. For me, it’s more that I like having the answers, I’ve always wanted to know what’s going to happen in the end. Like, fax machines ended up becoming obsolete! Who would have seen that coming at the time? They sent paper through the air?!
How has planning for the show gone?
I’ve put more work into this than any show I’ve done, I found it tricky to talk about psychics in a way that’s inclusive of everyone and doesn’t make people think it’s 55 minutes about dream catchers with a group hug at the end. I’m really happy with how it came together and as I’ve been performing it since the Melbourne Comedy Festival in March it feels finished now and I can just have fun performing.
The show did very well at the Edinburgh Fringe this year. Did you enjoy the festival?
I really did. I just wish my stupid body could’ve kept up with my will to party. Dare I say, I’m getting too old for this shit?
You perform at festivals all over the world. What are the essentials you always take with you?
Notebook, pen, sneakers and eye drops.
Have there been any instances where poor planning has let you down?
At primary school you were sent on a lot of swimming lessons and I don’t think I ever remembered to pack underwear which meant a lot of full school days in soggy bathers (I think that’s the most Australian sentence I’ve written in ages).
Any fun comedy plans coming up that you want to share?
I’m trying to keep gigging as much as possible and finding new things that I’m excited to talk about. At the moment most of my new material keeps coming out about being single and even I’m bored hearing me talk about that topic. Also, I’ve being doing more acting in Australia which I could be lying about because they don’t let you watch it outside of Australia. I’m not lying, it’s called Utopia. No, it’s not the torture one.