Comedian who grew up in Redbridge reaches contest final

PUBLISHED: 11:00 14 September 2015 | UPDATED: 12:23 14 September 2015

Comedian Julie Oliver. Picture: Ed Moore

Comedian Julie Oliver. Picture: Ed Moore


A comedian has out-laughed 160 competitors across London to make it to a comedy final.

Julie Oliver, who lives in Brighton but grew up in Redbridge, will be performing her funniest jokes in a bid to be crowned Comedy Knights: Fresh Comedian of 2015:

Area you most associate with?

Gants Hill. Louise Weiner from Sleeper and Penny Lancaster (Rod Stewart’s wife) went to my school. Hard acts to follow.

What is your day job?

Marketing officer, which is excellent as I am surrounded by comedy all day.

Why do you love comedy?

I always loved the ability of comedy to take an ordinary situation and see the farcical in it. A good stand-up can take you out of yourself.

Why did you start performing?

I was in a counselling session for anxiety (not the funniest anecdote). Somehow we conjured up the idea that I should try it as I loved it.

What was your first gig like?

Fine... There were only eight people to disappoint.

Biggest achievement?

I’m really excited when I get into a final as it makes me think I must be am doing something right.

Worst experience?

A restaurant for a 50th. No one told the them there was comedy. They wanted to go and I bumbled on. Their heads were in their hands.

Best thing about performing?

When the whole room is laughing. It’s great that I have contributed to a good night of comedy (as opposed to hindering it).

Biggest lesson you’ve learnt?

You can’t please everybody. If a crowd loves knob gags they may not get a quirky Essex girl talking about Concorde. If you’re pleasing some people you might be onto something. If you’re never pleasing anyone, maybe it’s not for you.

Where will you be in 10 years?

I take each day at a time. I’d love to make a living out of it, but there are a few stages to go .

Any other aspirations?

I would like every single person that has ever dumped or upset me to hear that I am doing well and looking great!

Apart from that I would like to have a glass of wine with Steve Coogan and appear with Harry Hill. Is that too much to ask?

The final takes place at The Hackney Attic, Mare Street, Hackney, on September 24 at 7.30pm. To book tickets call 08719 025734.

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