Ellie Taylor: Edinburgh Fringe Spotlight

Now Ellie Taylor is married, society wants to know when she is having kids. Ahead of her show at Pleasance Courtyard, Taylor answers another set of assumptive and impertinent questions

Feature by Jenni Ajderian | 10 Jul 2017
  • Ellie Taylor

You recently got married and did a fantastic second Fringe show! Congrats! Is married life all it’s cracked up to be then?

It’s very nice thanks. You get to say things like ‘My HUSBAND and I ’ which makes you sound just the right mix of smug and utterly dull.

You've been all over telly too with Snog Marry Avoid, Mock the Week, and CBBC and Disney shows The Dog Ate My Homework and The Lodge. Sounds exhausting. Is doing kids TV much different from grown-up TV?

There’s fewer cock jokes but aside from that it’s still essentially me showing off.

Speaking of kids, do you think your husband would be a good dad? Would he keep working? How is he in the kitchen?

I have no idea how either of us would be as parents. It’s a bit of a major flaw in biology that there’s no ‘try before you buy’ kind of option with kids. You just have to do it and hope for the best, I imagine. It’s a bit like going ice skating for the first time, wondering if you're any good but then never ever being allowed to get off the ice, and instead you spend the rest of your life scrabbling around the outside of the rink feeling nervous for everyone involved and in dire need of a hot chocolate.

What about you – the late nights, constant change and loud noises; is comedy good preparation for parenthood?

I don't think comedy is a good prep for anything in life apart from being a self-obsessed twat, so from that POV me and babies have a lot in common.

Apparently it is all about instinct. You make it up as you go along. Does all that maternal stuff just appear in your brain once you're married?

I have the maternal instinct of a pitta bread, mate. Not interested at all in babies. Cats on the other hand….

So... now you're married do you think you'll... you know ... *raises eyebrows, points to belly* ... do even more telly stuff?

I hope so! I’m in a new BBC Two show called The Mash Report which starts airing in July which I’m super excited about.

Ellie Taylor: This Guy, Pleasance Courtyard (Beneath), 2-27 Aug (not 5, 16), 5.45pm, £8.50-£12