My Newham: Stand-up comic Alice Frick talks hidden canals and male-dominated comedy clubs in this week’s Q&A

PUBLISHED: 15:55 06 November 2018 | UPDATED: 15:55 06 November 2018

Alick Frick. Picture: Wow PR

Alick Frick. Picture: Wow PR

Wow PR

Austrian stand-up comic Alice Frick speaks to reporter Alex Shaw about hidden canals, her inspirations and male-dominated comedy clubs.

Alick Frick. Picture: Wow PRAlick Frick. Picture: Wow PR

What’s your connection with the borough?

I have lived here most of the time I have lived in the UK.

What’s the best thing about working or living in the borough?

I love that there are so many sides to Newham. It is on the one hand very busy and city-like but then there are all these hidden canals near Three Mills. It is very inspiring to just wander around and dive into an area that has such a different feeling to it.

And obviously the transport is fantastic – as a comedian I gig a lot in and around London and it is really easy to get to almost everywhere.

What one thing would you change?

The bike lanes, but they are changing right now so it seems I have been heard.

Use three words to describe the area.

Alive, diverse, colourful.

Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?

This is really difficult to say as I have met many people who inspired me on different levels. I really look up to people who make a change, who have a passion and make something happen.

I have once met Dr Comfort Momoh, who established one of the UK’s first clinics to work with FGM victims. I also feel very inspired by comedian Ellen DeGeneres, who was able to pursue her career after her coming out almost destroyed it. Then I also look up to people like my parents who built up their own business out of nowhere, just with hard work and dedication. This list goes on and on, I think there are very many beautiful and inspiring people out there.

What new law would you introduce if you were the prime minister?

Off the top of my head, I’d probably make a law where every comedy club has to have as many female comedians as male comedians in every show.

If you were the editor of this paper, what issues in the borough would you focus on?

I think I would focus on the talent and diversity of people living here and making a change to this borough.

Alice’s next solo show is on November 21 at The Bill Murray pub in Islington. Her sitcom, What The Frick, is available online via

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