Taylor Glenn brings what she describes as her “honest, unflinching and delightfully dark” show to the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, covering everything from prenatal pandas (yep – you read that right) to postnatal depression.
The US comic’s A Billion Days of Parenthood is on at Just the Tonic at The Caves from 4 to 28th August (excluding 15th). Tickets available here.
We sent some questions her way ahead of the fringe, so you can find a bit more about this charming lady.
Describe what the Edinburgh Festival means to you in no more than three sentences.
It means gradually losing my sanity at the most exciting festival in the world. I’ll be in some very talented, frazzled company.
In that case, what’s your top tip for surviving Edinburgh?
Not taking your show too seriously and just enjoying the ride. Ask me how that’s working out for me mid-fest.
We will! How many fringes have you done?
This will be my fourth Edinburgh Fringe and my second solo stand up show.
Do you think comedy acts feel they “have” to do Edinburgh or they won’t be taken seriously? Can the pressure take the fun out of it?
It’s still the biggest “trade show” in comedy, although there are certainly acts who do just fine without doing Edinburgh. The pressure can take the fun out of anything, including your performance, which I think the audience can sense.
Why did you get into comedy and how long have you been doing it?
I first trained and practiced as a psychotherapist in New York and I did improv and sketch comedy in the evenings.
When I moved to the UK I started doing stand up and wound up winning the WUSA (Welsh Unsigned Stand-up Award) comedy award as part of the Cardiff Comedy Festival and that gave me the confidence to keep going and then I started doing some scriptwriting and blogging.
How much of what we see on stage is you, how much is an onstage persona?
It’s very much me, albeit a revved up version. Stand-up for me is about speaking truthfully and basing my routines on real life inspiration.
Tell us something we don’t know about you.
I do a spot-on Kim Cattrall impersonation, which is useful for defusing tense situations.
Your show’s called A Billion Days of Parenthood. What’s it about, and why should we come along?
It’s a personal show about my own experience of becoming a mother. It’s dark, honest, and so far, has done really well with lots of different audiences, which is great.
It tackles in part my experience with post-natal depression which has resonated with a lot of people. It’s a universal topic and people should come, above all, because it’s funny.
What’s been your biggest success and your biggest challenge in the world of comedy?
I have a sitcom in development which has been great.
Biggest challenge I suppose is returning to the circuit since I had my daughter, but this show has made me remember how much I love being on stage.
Anything else we should know?
I have a real hatred of chimps dressed up as humans. So, you know, leave your chimps at home.
Tickets to the show are available here! No anthropomorphised primates allowed.