Interview: Yasmine Day

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If by some tiny chance you don’t know, Yasmine Day is a failed 80s diva and Dorking’s most successful pub singer, a self-proclaimed superstar who’s boldly attempting to revive her flagging career with a last ditch effort to pull off shoulder pads and a cabaret extravaganza with the help of her loyal fans (aka the audience!). She may be somehow linked to the comedian Jay Bennett, but we wouldn’t know about that, though the one thing we are aware of is just how fantastically funny she is, making eighties power ballads even funnier than they already were in the first place, while she also performs world-famous original tracks you’ve never heard of and tells very funny revealing, potentially slanderous (and definitely true) celebrity anecdotes. The Skinny praised her act as being “Skilfully written and well-observed…absurdist humour’, she was nominated for the “Best Comedy Event” at the Buxton Fringe and was a finalist in the London Cabaret Awards, so she’s clearly someone you should see asap, and in this exclusive interview she took the time out to tell us all about her new show, how Dorking in Surrey is the Nashville of England, what the best song ever written is, and a truly scandalous story about Les Dennis.

Comedy To Watch: Hi, Yasmine, could you tell us a little about yourself for those who somehow aren’t yet aware of your good self?

Yasmine: There are people who aren’t aware of me?! I am 80’s diva Yasmine Day and Dorking’s greatest export (for those who have been living under a rock the past 30 years).

CTW: And what do you have planned for your Edinburgh show?

Yasmine: An Audience with Yasmine Day is a concert extravaganza where I will be singing some 80’s classics, plus a few originals. Obviously I’ll be telling some stories about my career too. I’ve invited some of my celebrity friends to come and watch, it’s going to be the highlight of my career. And theirs.

CTW: I’m aware that you’re going to tell some potentially slanderous (but definitely true) celebrity anecdotes, can you tell us one now?

Yasmine: I saw Les Dennis when I was shopping in Waitrose the other day, I was standing right behind him in the cue to the tills and guess what I realised?…He buys the cheap eggs. I couldn’t say anything though as I’m legally not allowed to be within 100 feet of him. That’s a story for another time.

CTW: What’s your favourite eighties song that you perform, and why do you love it so?

Yasmine: My top 200 hit Love Hurts When Eagles Fly. It’s the best song ever written. It’s like ‘Hey Jude’… but better.

CTW: You come from Dorking which I know well as my Sister lives there, do you like the place? And how would you describe it to someone who’s never been?

Yasmine: It’s the Nashville of England, the centre of the music world! Tell your sister to come to the Old House pub on Friday, where I’ll be performing in my once every 6 monthly residency called ‘The Best of Tony Basil’. She only has one hit song, ‘Mickey’, so the night doesn’t last very long.

CTW: What would you say has been the highlight of your career so far?

Yasmine: That’s a tough question! I have lots of very memorable moments. Possibly performing on stage with Bonnie Tyler. I was her backing singer, or as I like to call it ‘co-lead’.

CTW: And is there any part of your career that you now regret?

Yasmine: Of course not!

CTW: You’ve been linked to the acclaimed comedian Jay Bennett, would you say you’re close? And how would you describe her comedy?

Yasmine: She’s a very silly lady and performs very fun, interactive shows (She’s also a model).

CTW: If money were no object, what would you like to do?

Yasmine: I think money is a distraction from creating art. Which is why I have decided to not have much of it. It’s the reason why I’m still so artistic and inspiring to many.

CTW: And finally, if you could interview yourself, what question would you most like to ask? And what would the answer be?

Yasmine: Q. How does it feel to be one of the worlds greatest singers? A.
It’s sometimes lonely at the top.

Alex Finch. Photograph (c) Adrian Takes.
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Related Links:
Tickets to see Yasmine at Edinburgh can be bought here.
Click here to watch a clip of Yasmine performing on Youtube.
You can follow Yasmine on Twitter here.
And you can follow Jay Bennett on Twitter here.

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