Rachel Jane Carter is 20 and lives in Fareham. She is a member of local comedy troupe Soop and says of her role: ‘I’m actor, funny girl and cog in the crazy, theatrical machine that is Soop.’
We caught up with her ahead of their show at The Spring to find out what tickles her funnybone.
When did you first realise you were funny?
I ended up with Soop after one of the usual performers had to drop out the day before the show. When I got the email, asking if anyone would possibly be free the next night to take their place, my immediate response was ‘Sure, why not!’. Soon after pressing Send, this assuredness was followed by a despairing ‘What the heck was I thinking?!’ It was quite the relief when I actually rather enjoying the giggles, titters and guffaws from the audience 24 hours later, in response to my funny faces and ridiculous characters and voices. I think I started to realise it then, but I’m still getting to grips with the idea that people find my general silliness amusing to watch.
What would you be if you weren’t a comedian?
A palaeontologist. What? I like dinosaurs.
Which three things make you laugh?
People who really throw themselves into their comedy will always get my laughs. Observational humour too. Oh, and bad jokes. ‘What do you call a fly with no wings? A walk.’ That one had me in stitches for hours.
What’s your favourite one-liner?
I used to be indecisive, but now I’m not sure…
Who’s your hero?
I really admire chameleons. People who can change their voice and physicality to become someone completely unrecognisable as them, or anyone else they’ve played before. Actors like Daniel Day-Lewis and Emma Thompson and comedians like Lee Evans and Michael McIntyre. It’s that commitment to character that I aspire to.
· Rachel is performing in Soop’s live improvisation show, Instant Soop, at The Spring, in Havant on Thursday from 8pm. Tickets cost £8 from (023) 9247 2700.