An Interview with Sasha Ellen

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In 2010 the island of Herm, a mile long body of land and the smallest island of the Channel Islands, declared a state of emergency. Helicopters went up. Divers went down. And it was all Sasha’s fault…


Hello Sasha, so where ya from and where ya at, geographically speaking?
Sasha: Hey Mumble, I live in London now but I’m originally from Essex. Don’t judge me, I got out!

What do you like to do when you’re not being, well, funny?
Sasha: I play a lot of D&D and boardgames. I’ve just came back from doing stand-up at a boardgames festival, where we camped in the woods. It was intents… was a pun made by everyone there.

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You’ve performed at the Fringe a couple of times before – with Signal Failure & Accidents Happen to Sasha Ellen – how did they go down?
Sasha: Signal Failure was my first show, it was a romantic comedy and that was pretty cool because after the Fringe we got to take it to the Soho Playhouse in New York, which was an experience. Accidents Happen to Sasha Ellen was my first solo stand up show, so it was a huge learning curve but getting to do it at the Soho Theatre afterwards was pretty cool.

You were classically trained in acting, so how did you get into stand up?
Sasha: I started gigging properly while I was doing Signal Failure in NY, just because their stand-up scene is so amazing.

What have you got for us this year?
Sasha: A story telling stand up show about a time I made the island go into a state of emergency.

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When did you decide your experience had enough amusing material for a stand-up show?
Sasha: As is widely acknowledged, comedy is tragedy plus time. Last year enough time has finally passed for me to tell the stupidly long story at a party and realise that it was a weird, unique and hilarious thing to have happened.

Can you describe in a single sentence the experience of performing at the Fringe?
Sasha: To quote Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, it’s like “having your brains smashed in by a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick”.


No Man’s Land

Just The Tonic @ The Caves

Aug 2-12 (14:10)

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