From music journalist to musician performing at Glastonbury; from singer-songwriter to author; my blog guest, comedian and podcaster Rosie Wilby has been wowing audiences with her podcast ”The BreakUp Monologues” and the accompanying book and has toured some major world cities with her solo shows investigating love and relationships. She recently performed at the 2022 Margate Bookie Festival to promote her Break Up Monologues book. I’m so excited to welcome Rosie onto the blog …. hi Rosie!
I’m Rosie Wilby, a comedian and author who has been obsessively investigating the psychology of love for a decade for a trilogy of live shows, two books and a podcast. I’ve conducted surveys asking ‘what counts as cheating?’, participated in a sex lab experiment and even performed comedy at a sex party – all in the name of ‘research’.
People know you as a comedian & the podcaster on your podcast The Break Up Monologues; so what inspired the launch of the “The Break Up Monologues” and the accompanying book that has recently been published?
My fascination with breakups all started when I was dumped by email years ago. I did joke at the time that I felt better after correcting my ex-partner’s spelling. Ha! But in reality, of course, being dumped is such a bewildering experience. You lose yourself. So I really wanted to learn more about how heartbreak actually works – and ask other comedians and friends about how they recovered from it.
You introduced the “The Break Up Monologues” at the recent Margate Bookie Festival; and you have performed solo shows investigating love & relationships with The Science of Sex and The Unconscious Uncoupling around various venues in the UK, New York, Los Angeles, Sydney and Berlin. What do you enjoy most about doing live shows? Any notable incidents or highlights?
There’s something magical about communicating an idea or joke to a live audience. Although performers were glad of online events during the pandemic, it’s really not quite the same. The Breakup Monologues will be continuing to tour to lots of festivals this Summer. So look out for me and say hi!
In the late 1990s you were a music journalist for Time Out London, NME and you had your own column “Rosie’s Pop Diary” in the now defunct Making Music Magazine. Interviewing stars such as Beth Orton, Suzanne Vega, Stereophonics (well jel😀) and the band, Muse; did you interview anyone that made you a bit starstruck? Is there any musician, alive or dead, you would have loved to interview if you had had the chance?
That all feels like a lifetime ago now. I was so young and naive! I once interviewed kd Lang and that was quite scary. She really is such a legend.
Music also plays a big part in your life. What or who inspired you to become a singer-songwriter?
I wrote songs from a very early age and formed my own band when I arrived in London in the 1990s. I think it just seemed like a great way to express myself. Especially for a shy young woman. It was only later in life, I was able to emerge from behind the guitar and do comedy.
You performed at the Left Field Stage at Glastonbury in 2005. What was it like performing at such a prestigious music festival? What moments have personally stood out for you in your musical career?
Performing at Ronnie Scott’s was probably a bit of a highlight. They had us headline the Sunday night there back in 2000 when my album Precious Hours came out.
Having performed on stage musically how easy or hard was it to step on stage to do stand up comedy? What made you take the leap from music into stand up?
My band broke up around the time my album came out. But I didn’t really enjoy performing solo. What I had noticed, however, was people laughing at my self-deprecating comments between the songs. So I entered a few comedy competitions, including Funny Women in 2006, and found myself getting through to the finals.
Growing up Rosie, what were your initial career aspirations?
Initially I wanted to be a cartoonist. I was obsessed with Snoopy and would spend time creating my own characters.
Are your books, “Is Monogamy Dead?” and “The Break Up Monologues” available to purchase worldwide?
They certainly are. You can find them on most book sites or order from most book shops. I also narrated both of the audio books which you can download worldwide on Audible.
Are you a bookworm? If so, do you prefer “actual” books or kindle? What genre(s) do you enjoy reading?
I love actual book.
Personal now – what outfits and shoes would you normally be found wearing?
I love to be comfortable in jeans and a shirt.
Do you have any favourite shops or online sites?
I like getting clothes from All Saints.
What’s next on your clothes/shoe wish list?
A really warm long winter coat. Although it’s the wrong time of year to be thinking about that I suppose. Ha.
Boots or Shoes?
Trainers, particularly Vans. Do they count as shoes??
Links you would like to share e.g. website/facebook/twitter etc
Check out The Breakup Monologues book at https://linktr.ee/breakupmonologues
Check out the podcast at www.podfollow.com/breakupmonologues
Check out my news and gig list at http://rosiewilbynews.blogspot.com/
I’m on Twitter @rosiewilby and on Instagram @breakupmonologues and I’d love to hear from people there.
Thanks for the chat Rosie !
All photographs have been published with kind permission of Rosie Wilby.