She’s been described as ‘Mrs Overall meets Beyonce’ and ‘surreal and wonderful’. On Friday, June 19, you can experience Tina T-Urner, Tea Lady – the alter-ego of Tracey Collins. Join her on a rollercoaster ride through Tina’s old songs, and go on a journey to hear about her new career as a tea lady when she opens proceedings at the next Spinnaker Tower Comedy Club. Tracey spoke to CHRIS BROOM about her life in comedy.
When did you first realise you were funny?
Doing my extreme Michael Jackson impersonation for my friends when I was young. It was then that I realised I have a very rubbery face and could do lots of funny voices.
What would you be if you weren’t a comedian?
I would be a singer-songwriter in a band because I love singing and making music, or I would like to train as a nurse and work with the elderly or in palliative care.
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
Writing, producing and performing my debut Edinburgh Fringe Festival show to a full house everyday and not losing my voice. It was a wonderful and challenging experience.
Tell us about three things that make you laugh.
Rick Mayall in everything he did – The Young Ones, Bottom, his Flasheart in Blackadder. I really love the anarchy that he brought to his characters. Dogs make me laugh and always cheer me up, it’s their innocence and boundless energy – I especially find pug dogs hilarious. And my mates make me laugh because they’re all loons.
Tell us a joke.
A man walked into a bar... Ouch.
Who’s your biggest hero?
Julie Walters. A uniquely talented British comedian and actress still creating great work today. She’s very inspirational. I remember watching her Mrs Overall in tears of laughter with my late mother, who is also my hero.
What was the last gig you went to?
I like going to Angel Comedy. It’s my favourite comedy night in London. The host Barry Ferns is awesome. Last time I was there I saw John Robbins and he was excellent.
What have you got in the pipeline?
I’m currently performing as Lady Brinkatore in Knightmare Live, filming my first short film and writing my debut solo character show which I’ll be previewing at Bestival on the Isle of Wight this summer and taking to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016.
The Spinnaker Comedy Club is in the cafe at the foot of the tower on Friday, June 19. The bar opens at 7pm, and the comedy starts 8pm. The evening is headlined by Mike Gunn with Guide Award-winning comic James Alderson as compere, and one more act to be confirmed. Tickets cost £12.50. Go to spinnakertower.co.uk