Don't you dare call me brave! | Juliette Burton recalls her most memorable gigs

Don't you dare call me brave!

Juliette Burton recalls her most memorable gigs

Gig that taught me the biggest lesson

Always check if the flats nearby can somehow access and hijack your video projection.

In the middle of one gig, my projection was suddenly interrupted by something that looked like Ski Sunday, even though that hasn’t been on TV for years.

Generally, my 2018/19 tour taught me so much. By the end of that tour, I felt more than ever I needn’t stress as much as I used to. No matter what happens, I’ll cope and make it work.

Gig that changed my life

There was a preview last month that suddenly felt like everything clicked into place. It’s been a great year professionally and a shit one personally. Suddenly the combination seems to have helped me up my on-stage game. I’m fully intent on having fun now.

Most exotic gig

Peebles and Havant on tour were pretty weird and wonderful places I’d never have discovered without the excuse of a tour. And I’m forever grateful for seeing some of the country’s hidden gems.

Even better in many ways than New Zealand or Australia – although I’ll never turn down an opportunity to perform out there again.

Worst journey to a gig

On tour this past year the first gig was on the Scottish borders, the second gig was in Oxford and I was driving between every show. In one day I think it was a nine-hour car journey. It was tiring but at the service station I met the cutest wire-haired dachshund puppy and got a video cuddling it. That kept me going.

Least welcome post-show comment

‘That was very brave.’ Whether that comment is in reference to doing comedy generally or talking about mental health on stage, it always gets me fired up. It implies there’s something to be scared of.

Comedy isn’t scary. It’s my survival technique. And talking openly about mental health is not scary. It’s normal for me. I call it normal. My friends call it repetitive and my therapist calls it lucrative.

Juliette Burton: Defined is on at Gilded Balloon Teviot at 17:30

Published: 18 Aug 2019

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