Our Content Editor, Charlie O’Neill interviews comedian, Eleanor Conway.

Some people talk the talk but don’t walk the walk, one person that puts her money where her mouth is, is comedian Eleanor Conway.  


Happy New Year to you Eleanor! Did you have a nice Christmas? What did you get up to?

Ah thanks, yes I did, I ate my body weight in mince pies and snoozed my way right through it!


Tell me a bit about your 2017 stand up show “Walk of Shame”?

Walk of Shame is a really honest show about my extreme behaviors and the places it takes me. In it I talk about Tinder, sobriety and the modern addict that lies within us all. 


What do you enjoy the most about being on tour?

This is going to sound incredibly soppy… But lovely audiences. I live in London and getting outside of it reminds me how lovely people can be. I cannot wait to get on the road and meet some new people with a show that is so much fun to perform. 


So, I hear you are a bit of party girl and clubber? 

I used to be until I got sober back in 2014, which I touch on in the show. I still party, but it’s for several hours now instead of several days. I used to be a right clubber though back in the day and was a regular at quite a few of the Birmingham clubs including Godskitchen, who I funnily enough ended up presenting for while I was in Asia, as they did quite well over there. 


What was it like working as a music journalist? How did you switch to becoming a comedian?

I went several times around the world interviewing popstars; it genuinely was as amazing as it sounds. I lived in Asia for 6 years working for Ministry of Sound and Godskitchen and when I came back I got sent straight back out again to work for Virgin. Crazy!

I think I just got a bit bored. There’s only so many times you can ask about the inspiration of a new release before you want to go mad. I wouldn’t say no to picking up the interview baton again, but I wanted a new challenge and I think I knew I was funny and I wanted to see what that was all about. I was a big fan of Russell Brand as well and thought if I could pick up comedy I would meet him and he’d fall in love with me and we’d get married. Or at least have sex. (I’m still waiting on all three of those.)  


Being a music presenter, who was the most interesting celebrity profile that you interviewed and why?

To be honest, most music interviews are pretty banal, but seeing where these people have ended up a few years down the line is super interesting. I interviewed Calvin Harris back when he was just starting to get into his dance floor anthem phase. OMG the difference between the pasty, lanky Calvin I interviewed and the buffed up LA living Armani model we now see is so different! Swit swoo people, swit swoo!

Bieber was amazing too; obviously I could tell that Bieber was going to be huge (of course!!). My default reaction around men is to flirt and so, it made interviewing a 15-year-old Bieber quite awkward for me, if I’m quite honest.


I hear you have done quite a bit of travelling? Where would you say is the most memorable or favorite place that you have travelled to?

Crikey, hard to pick. I lived in South Korea which was an amazing experience but tough at the same time. It’s one of the world’s most ethnically homogeneous nations and where I lived I didn’t see a westerner for six months. So it was a bit of a culture shock for sure…My Uni town of Leeds to deepest South Korea; definitely memorable. 


Most Embarrassing moment…

There’s far too many and to be honest, they’re all unsuitable for print. Come see the show and you’ll get a taste!


Apart from being a fantastic comedian? What do you like to do in your spare time? Any Hobbies?

Tinder. 


Who are some of your inspirations in the comedy world?

Soooo many. Stylistically, I’m a massive fan of Jim Jefferies. I love him. I love his bluntness and his gun control sketch is one of my favourite pieces of standup. I love the fact you take in a breath when he goes in hard and then he goes onto justifying it and by the end you totally agree with him. 

I’m a big fan of Chelsea Handler, Amy Schumer and Kevin Hart for their funnies and also their business nouse. I love the fact that Chelsea Handler is redefining the idea of a chat show format with her Netflix show and Kevin and Amy’s move into movies fills me with joy. 


What’s your biggest pet hate?

Lack of humility and a big ego! It’s hard in this business to keep that in check, but a general awareness and willing to hear others out is key for me. The moment someone talks at me and doesn’t ask how I am is reflective of how much respect a person has for me.


Last Question, who’s the funniest person you know?

My brother Alex. He’s very funny. Especially when he’s drunk. And my sister Catherine too. I have to say that, or she’ll ban me from seeing my nephew. 

 

Eleanor Conway’s Walk Of Shame tour takes in 23 dates nationwide, beginning in Brighton Komedia on February 3rd and culminating at Bollington Arts Centre on September 30th.

 

To buy tickets please go to http://www.eleanorconway.com/

 

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