“A Trailblazer”…

Who am I?

Hi, I’m Luisa, I am a dog Mummy to Bernie, a consumer of Cher, hoi sin sauce, and an unwavering passion for Sister Act 1 & 2, the Lion King and Mask ( the one with Cher in.) I make amazing one woman shows, I’ve created my own genre, It’s no big deal. I got BDE. 

Many moons ago, after ten years of performing I was a nobody in the world of stand up, and then, in 2012 I stopped trying to do what I thought people wanted. And instead played out what I found funny.

I created a stand up show which was way too personal and way too honest and really stupidly vulnerable, it was raw as fuck,  married with a killer soundtrack. That made for a phenomenal, life changing show.

It morphed from being just another stand up show into an anthemic party with Jokes in. Celebrated and known around the world with the only mantra anyone ever needs ‘What Would Beyonce Do?!’

That show ‘launched’ my career, I say launched, in my mind I had a career since the age of 4 but no one else took me seriously until I was 27.  But alas I digress, I earnt enough money to sustain a size 14 pants. I toured that show for 5 years and it became a book, a BBC special and a meme on a wall in every room in my house.

The difficult task then came with, how to do a follow up?! How can I get people who didn’t normally go to stand up shows, groups of women who would go bat shit mental and be up on their feet at the end of the show going absolutely crazy, how do I repeat that? 

So, I topped it the only way I knew how. By pulling my trousers down and showing everyone my pants. Classic. Simple. Hilarious. Someone said to me, that should be my show ending. But I realised, thats not the joke. My body is not the punchline. So I opened the show with that joke instead. 

It worked. My Thigh gap routine became a viral sensation and has had over 50 million views across Facebook and Youtube. (If I only I had said yes to advertising!)

The clip that went viral was from my short spot at the Melbourne International Comedy festival.  Which is ironic because on the night of filming of the gala, I bombed, but that’s why the old saying is true, always perform like you are killing it, especially if there are cameras and your pants are around your ankles.  

Am I right Ladies?! was a show which tackled mental health, body image and self love. And was part of a movement. TV wasn’t offering the opportunity to reflect what I did live. So i stayed true to my voice and focused on what I could control. Live Shows. I crowdfunded the filming of this show and released it to my audiences in 2015. 

To complete the trilogy, my third comedy instalment was meant to be called ‘Famous with a Baby’ but life happens. In 2017 my mother sadly passed away after a brief but brutal battle with cancer following a misdiagnosis. As a call to arms, a cry for equality and recognition, I created ‘Politics For Bitches’, It felt imperative to make Politics accessible.

It wasn’t the direction I expected either, but I was so grateful, comedy and my audiences, who allowed me to navigate grief and anger and use my work to make a difference. We raised money for hospices and the BBC reached out and I was able to make a documentary of the same name. 

It’s true what they say about time, and now I am so thankful life is much kinder. I started doing some reading, about life, death,  horoscopes, religion and rituals. Seeing a rollback on women’s rights around the world. Phenomenal movements in Iran, America, France, Poland, Ukraine. Seeing how throughout history, women are behind GREAT movements, Black Lives Matter, Me Too, Pride. Women were behind them. So that became the focus of my work. My third show was called ‘God is a Woman’ and is so relevant to the global conversation.

It’s about life after pain, after trauma, how connected we are and what life could look like if we worked together. 

My goal has always been to be authentic and honest in my work. I have never wanted my audiences to feel belittled, patronized or lied to, so I have spent the last ten years focusing on what I can control, which is my conversation with my audiences. The live circuit.  I was the first comedian to receive a BAFTA breakthrough accolade. I recently was asked to rerecord Politics for Bitches. So created the second version to comment on the lockdown and the pandemic. It’s currently streaming on Amazon Prime UK.

In 2022, I recorded the first Live Stream stand up show from Soho Theatre on Tik Tok. And recorded 2 episodes for Radio 4 looking at women who have been written out of history.

I can do jokes about Beyonce and about body image. I can do jokes about cancer and about euthanasia. I can do jokes about Pop culture and about Religion. Jokes I got. But if my content doesn’t have purpose then I am not into it. Comedy is the only way. 

Big Love.


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