Sally-Anne Hayward: ‘I’ve just had my pipes cleaned out’

Sally-Anne Hayward
Sally-Anne Hayward
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Sally-Anne Hayward combines the things you shouldn’t like about your best friend’s mum with the sensibilities of Jack the Ripper.

She grew up to reject dizzy incompetence and feminine wiles for a disarming mix of ingratiating charm and unsettling pugnacity that gets more laughs than a hyena’s dawn rally.

She is an accomplished radio presenter with stage and TV acting credentials including Absolutely Fabulous and Why The Long Faces.

She’s also a regular compere on stage at Glastonbury Festival.

When did you first realise you were funny?

When I made my French teacher laugh. I can’t remember what I said but I remember liking the fact he was laughing out loud at something I said.

What would you be if you weren’t a comedian?

Something to do with maths. I like numbers.

What’s been the highlight of your career so far?

Coming to Portsmouth is first and a close second is answering these questions.

Tell us about three things that make you laugh.

My friends – they’re funny.My family – they’re funny. The last time I blew off. And now there are four things – the expression ‘blew off’ has just made me laugh.

Tell us a joke.

What’s round, green and smelly? Kermit’s bottom. This was the first joke that really made me laugh.

Who’s your biggest hero?

My dad.

What have you got in the pipeline?

I’ve just had my pipes cleaned out. Hopefully all my guttering is still clear.

What was the last comedy gig you went to?

Sarah Millican on tour. She was absolutely hilarious.


Sally-Anne will perform at Jongleurs at Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, tonight from 8pm. Also performing will be Pierre Hollins, Barry Castagnola and musical comedy group Rogue 5. Tickets are £15 from 08700 111 960.

Comedy fans can also look forward to an upcoming Havant Comedy Club night at the Spring on February 8. Tickets are £10 from (023) 9247 2700 or £11 on the door. Hosted by Guide Awards best comedy act winner Joe Wells, the show will feature Steve Gribbin from the Comedy Store’s Cutting Edge, Tom Toal and Don Biswas.