“Imagine being in a room with Lily Allen without the fear of being glassed. Except she’s funny and actually really talented”.
This is how Vikki Stone’s show was first described to me by a colleague.
I first became aware of her when I tweeted that she looked a bit like a young Josie Lawrence. She didn’t tell me to get fucked. In fact, she said something nice back about the Big Comedy Gala.
Last year, I finally met her at a fundraiser where she absolutely charmed the room, and I fell in love. (But in a gay man to pop diva way. Not the creepy ‘I’m in your garden’ sort of way).
For those of you living under a rock, Vikki Stone is a multi-talented comedian, actress, singer and musician and winner of The Soho Theatre One Night Stand Up Award.
Her unique mix of stand up and musical comedy has made her one of the fastest rising stars of British comedy. She performs regularly across the country at major clubs, festivals and theatres, as well as appearing regularly on television.
Her debut Edinburgh show, Big Neon Letters, played to sell-out audiences and received critical acclaim, including The Observer’s Comedy Top 5 Edinburgh Shows 2011.
Her follow up show, Hot Mess, sold out its entire run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2012, and four extra shows were added due to phenomenal public demand.
This year she’s back with ‘Definitely’.
Her Phillip Schofield Song became an internet hit and was listed in The Huffington Post as The Top Ten Viral Videos in 2012.
You may also recognise her from fronting major ad campaigns for Yakult, Fiat and…..Tena Lady!
Hot off the stage at Latitude, she took a minute to answer a few quick questions for the Big C.
What is your involvement in The Big C?
I’m going to be doing ‘my thing’, and if you’d like to know what that ‘thing’ is, then you best get booking!
Who is your favourite comedy hero, act or actor?
Bette Midler. Don’t think I need to explain why.
Favourite comedy moment (your own or someone else’s)?
This is a tough one, but I think it has to be the time my friend, who is a grown man, accidentally shat himself on Clapham Common. I couldn’t stop laughing for days.
What in your everyday life always makes you laugh?
Who is your secret celebrity crush?
Phillip Schofield – but I don’t make a secret of this. I wrote a song about him, which I ended up performing right to his face on ITV’s This Morning last year!
In five words, why should people come to (or support) The Big Comedy Gala?
Good laughs and good cause!
Joining Vikki on the night are The Boy with Tape on his Face, Sean Hughes, Greg Proops, Caroline Rhea, Joe Lycett, East End Cabaret & Patrick Monahan. Other acts will be confirmed in the coming weeks.
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