Out Of The Blue ~ Women In Comedy Festival, Manchester

Star rating: ****

Stand Up Comedy is as subjective a performance as Music, Plays, Musicals, you name it, everybody will have an opinion on it and what suits one person’s taste might not necessarily suit the next person’s. It’s a brave individual who takes up a career in Stand Up Comedy, however Sallyann Fellowes has just done that having left careers in both the Police and as a Nurse behind her.

Her one hour long show ‘Out Of The Blue’ made a shorter debut at the Edinburgh Festival this year and was incredibly well received at Women In Comedy Festival in Manchester this week.

It’s clear from the outset that Fellowes has a dry, quick wit and she’s not afraid to pick on members of the audience either. She brings visual elements to her piece and the occasional prop breaks up what could be one hour of talking to the audience about her weird and wonderful experiences as a Nurse, a Copper and indeed her dalliance with internet dating. However, props or no props, I could have listened to more from this talented new Comedian and I feel she has a lot to offer the Stand Up Comedy ‘world’.

I have also worked in the NHS so I could identify with a few of the gags, however you don’t need to have worked in the NHS or indeed the MoD to find the humour in her stories. From the list of in-joke abbreviations in the Casualty Department, to the presentation of a library card instead of Police I.D. – if you listen to the content of the tales, you’ll be able to find an alternative situation in your own life where such silliness, mayhem and chaos has ensued.

Sallyann converses with the audience articulately and is able to get them ‘on side’ from the start. Her material contains stories which she builds upon superbly and I was belly laughing on more than one occasion. She’s one to watch, that’s for sure – a new talent who’s sure to fly out into the blue.

Spotlight On… Stand-Up Comedy Star, Sallyann Fellowes

Sallyann Fellowes is playing her debut stand up comedy show ‘Out Of The Blue’, for one night only – at TriBeCa Bar in Manchester as part of Women In Comedy Festival.

Tuesday 24th October 2017 is the date, 7pm is the time and you get one full hour of the show which Sallyann took to Edinburgh Festival last month.

The full press release is here: Out Of The Blue Press Release

You can click the poster to book your tickets! Book them now to avoid disappointment!

Out Of The Blue Poster Manchester

Sallyann gave an exclusive interview to Break A Leg, here she tells us about her ideas for material and her experience of Edinburgh Festival…

Why stand-up comedy after prolific public sector roles?

I always wanted to be on the stage even at primary school. It just wasn’t a possibility financially though I did get accepted my mum and dad wanted me to be a teacher, I’m dyslexic so not such a great career choice! I became a nurse and loved the job. One day I saw an ad in the paper with someone pointing a gun at a target. It said ‘Could you do this?’ I thought ‘Yes I bloomin could!’ so that’s how I became a copper. I love adrenalin and the rush of driving fast chasing bad people- The adrenalin and excitement of seeing a mic on an empty stage its v addictive. I think I need help.

What are the challenges?

I guess with starting out no-ones knows who you are, getting my name out there isn’t easy. I’m very lucky to have met Helen who is amazing at PR!

What keeps you going?

Purely the absolute love of what I do and a strong sense of self belief ( read massive ego) seriously its a joy I love to chat. My Gran used to say I’d been vaccinated with a gramaphone needle!

How long does it take to write new material?

I have a notebook with me all the time but it varies I find most things funny and funny things do tend to happen to me and or around me! I have a lot of material stored up from my family and previous jobs.

Do you get writer’s block? What helps if you do?

I haven’t in the sense of comedy. I write for children and other scripts so yes sometimes I get it there. I go out into nature and just walking and not trying to hard just seems to work. I also drink way too much coffee!

Who are your comedy heroes?

Ooh so many! Aisling Bea, Sarah Pascoe, Katherine Ryan, Cally Beaton, Viv Groskop, Sean Lock, Tom Allen and so many more!

How was your experience at Edinburgh Festival?

It was just the most fun! I wish I’d booked earlier and got a longer run- next year I definitely will!

Would you go back and do a gig at the Festival again?

Definitely yes! especially now I know more about the planning and admin side needed

What would you say to encourage people to see Out Of The Blue?

I would say if you enjoy stand up comedy and would like to give a new comedian a try please come along and see my show. I talk about all sorts of subjects and there’s lots about my previous careers too. I had really good feedback from the Edinburgh show from the audience.

Thanks so much to Sallyann for her time, I can’t wait to see the show and it’s a joy to work on in my PR capacity too! 


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