Interview: Evelyn Mok

Evelyn has taken the comedy world by storm in recent years and was nominated for Female Comedian of the Year and Show of the Year at the 2017 Swedish Stand-Up Gala, whilst she won Best Comedy Newcomer at The Pleasance’s Indies Awards. She’s also already appeared on tv a fair deal, including on Chris Ramsey’s Stand Up Central for Comedy Central, Nick Helm’s Eat Your Heart Out for Dave and opposite Rhys Darby in the C4 Comedy Blap Furious Andrew. Here she talks about why she got in to comedy, her forthcoming sitcom and acting appearances, and the comedy she really loves.

Comedy To Watch: What inspired you to get in to comedy?

Evelyn: I’ve always been a fan of comedy since I was a kid, watching all the American shows such as SNL, Fresh Prince of Bel Air etc. And I always wanted to perform on stage, but it wasn’t until after uni that I mustered the courage to try my hand at stand-up. But once I did, it was all I wanted to do.

CTW: You’ve supported Josie Long and Paul Foot on their European tours, what was that like, and did you find European audiences differed to English ones?

Evelyn: It was lovely to open for both of them, they are both the most generous and lovely people I’ve met. We toured in Scandinavia which is also where I got my start in comedy. Scandinavian audiences are lovely, they are quite generous and quick to applause as well.

CTW: We’re aware that your currently developing a sitcom with Emmy Award winning production company ME&YOU, how has that been going and what can you tell us about it?

Evelyn: It’s been going well, but it is a lengthy process as is the case with development for television. We have a channel interested and I’m in the middle of what I hope will the final re-write before we get it off to them.

CTW: What’s your favourite thing about performing stand up?

Evelyn: The immediacy of response from the audience is great. In stand-up you basically workshop your jokes together with a live audience, having an idea, gauging their response and then going home and polishing / tightening the idea before it’s next outing.. Hopefully after a few times of this process, you’ll have a good joke that can play most rooms.

CTW: Apart from stand up and script writing is there anything else you’d like to do in the comedy world?

Evelyn: I would love to do some more acting as I’ve had the opportunity to be involved in some projects this year and really enjoyed it, Julia Davis’ new show ‘The Turning’ (SKY), Romesh Ranganathan’s ‘The Pub Landlord’ (SKY) and my first feature film that will be coming out in cinema’s next year.

I would also love to try my hand at directing as it would be fun to be able to be involved in the creative direction from idea, script and then ultimately how the project will look on screen.

CTW: This site is all about celebrating the best comedy around – So what other stand up comedians would you recommend people check out?

Evelyn: Norwegian Daniel Simonsen is one of my favourite comics. His perspective is so unique and he is probably the purest stand-up I know. It’s so exciting following him in his career from London to New York where he is killing it at the moment.

CTW: And what tv or film comedy are you passionate about?

Evelyn: I’m a big fan of Taika Waititi and Tina Fey and I am always in the middle of a season of 30 Rock (Season 3 currently). I also think Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s ‘Killing Eve’ is one of the greatest new shows, exploring female protagonists in a nuanced and interesting new way.

CTW: And finally, can you tell us what your plans are for the future?

Evelyn: I’m focusing on writing at the moment, mostly stand-up and also getting treatments and scripts together. Hopefully I’ll be able to go in for some more castings and maybe get the opportunity to act some more.

Related Links:
Evelyn’s Official Site.
Chris Ramsey’s Stand Up Central clip.

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