If you subscribe to the Big C blog or read it regularly, you will probably be aware that we like to interview people who are involved in the Big Comedy Gala in some way, or who we think are relevant in general.
This week, the turn has come to someone who did her best to escape attention last year, but who as a co-founder of the Gala is both crucial and central to its existence. She’s also very clever and funny, with hair that just won’t quit.
If you haven’t guessed by now, you probably don’t know her – give it up for Big C producer and arts aficionado, Mhari Hetheringtion!
Full name: Mhari Hetherington
Occupation: Arts Administrator
We’ve kind of already covered this, but tell us in your own words; what is your involvement in The Big C?
Barry and I are the producers. It was all Barry’s idea, but I’m very proud to be a part of it and help raise cash for cancer support charities like Macmillan.
Who is your favourite comedy hero, act or actor?
Joanna Lumley for Patsy, Stephen Fry for pith, Nicholas Parsons for the lifetime achievement award, Mark Thomas for inspirational polemic, and Buster Keaton for fall about physicality and romance.
Favourite comedy moment (your own or someone else’s)?
At the first Big Comedy Gala [in 2011], there was a moment when one of the comics forgot to announce the next act, and Roy Walker slowly walked on to stage. My favourite moment was listening to the crowd audibly start to roar as they recognised him. It was a nice wee happy accident. He was brilliant and had everyone giggling at his dark, dead pan gags.
What in your everyday life always makes you laugh?
People falling down.
Who is your secret celebrity crush?
If I told you, it wouldn’t be a secret.
In five words, why should people come to (or support) The Big Comedy Gala?
Be part of something great.
Well said, couldn’t agree more!
You can book tickets now by calling 0844 847 1639 or buy online at: www.edfringe.com
The Big Comedy Gala in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, Monday 13 August 2012 at 21:30 (2hrs): £22 (subject to booking fee of £2 to £2.40 per ticket + postage)