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By Nadia Sam-Daliri
Friday, November 2, 2012
“Internet dating is like getting a box of chocolates where you don’t get an index card,” east London funny girl Andi Osho deadpans. “You could get anything.”
Best known for her quick-witted takes on everything from city escapades to her Nigerian background, in her latest show - set to hit Barking’s Broadway theatre this month - Andi is taking on the world of dating.
And, she tells the Post, she’s had her fair share of memorable encounters.
“Good experiences are never going to be funny,” she explains, hinting at the show’s cringe levels. “My own experiences weren’t necessary bad but it’s more that they have been odd.”
“This show is a mixture of two things,” she goes on. “One was the fact that I’ve had a lot of experiences that could lend themselves to being funny, like internet dating, blind dates, friends’ recommendations.
“The other is that in the last show I’d done there was a fair bit about race, growing up in the East End and being Nigerian.
“I’m proud of that first show and race still comes up every now and again but it was nice this time to do a show that wasn’t about race. This has broader appeal.”
Born and bred a stone’s throw from the Barking and Dagenham border in Newham’s Plaistow, Andi started out in television production and then acting before deciding she wanted to take the reigns on her vocation.
“I wasn’t getting a lot of work. I spent a lot of time on reception desks and I thought, I need to have control of my career,” she says.
But, ironically, TV beckoned more vigorously than before and, before long, she earned herself regular spots on popular panel shows such as Mock The Week and Stand Up For The Week.
The shows made a name for themselves, not only as a great platform for aspiring comics but also as a fiercely competitive arena where the mild-tempered could find themselves failing to get a word in edgeways as ambitious comedians vied for airtime.
These days the TV work is a lot tamer, the 39-year-old reckons.
“It’s scary for everyone. The regular comedians have a fan-base and feel the pressure to deliver.
“But as time’s gone on the show’s developed in a nice way and everyone’s now a bit more supportive of each other.”
While she has embraced the TV work and has turned her attentions to script writing, stand-up is still where her heart is, Andi insists.
“I write all my stand-up but when you’re getting ready for a panel show you have to sift through all the newspapers and think of topics that may come up. It’s not a labour of love. It’s a kind of prepare to order comedy.
“Doing stand up is more satisfying in an artistic way.”
Her audiences, no doubt, would second that.
Andi Osho’s All The Single Ladies is at the Broadway theatre on Saturday November 17. Tickets are £15.00
Call the box office on 020 8507 5607 or go to thebroadwaybarking.com