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Ahead of her show What Would Beyoncé Do? at Tyne Theatre & Opera House on Thursday 17th November, we caught up with stand-up comedian Luisa Omielan to chat all things comedy and find out a little bit more of what this acclaimed show is all about.

Firstly, how are you?
I am so excited to be coming back to Newcastle, I love that city and can’t wait to play!

How would you describe the show, What Would Beyoncé Do?
It’s my debut stand-up show, but it’s unlike any other stand-up show you have seen; you don’t need to know much about Beyoncé, but it helps! It’s basically a party with jokes in and women and men of all ages love it!

What made you choose Beyoncé?
Have you seen her thighs?!

Who are your role models?
Beyoncé, Cher, Whoopi Goldberg and people who are unequivocally unafraid to be themselves.

Do you think it’s important to have role models?
I think it’s good to have people to look up to and base yourself on. Too often I think we are inclined to be plagued with self-doubt and I think it should be the opposite. If Donald Trump can be a contender for the American Presidency, then why can’t you be in the running for things that you have always wanted?

How did you get started in comedy?
I had always wanted to do it. I started with am-dram clubs after school and then I started getting into sketch groups at the weekend. Stand-up was the natural progression, but only really came through at uni.

You’ve had a lot of success with this show so far, what have been the highlights?
Having a full time career, travelling the world, and most of all, connecting with an audience and them recognising the human emotional condition withing all of us.

What keeps you fresh and performing?
It’s the audiences, I love their responses to the shows and that keeps it fresh.

You first performed this show at the Edinburgh Fringe back in 2012, do you feel you and the show have changed since then?
It’s so special to me this show and it’s just got bigger and bigger in terms of performance. It’s became its own thing. It was my debut stand-up show, but the stand-up show has become bigger than I have.

What’s next for this show?
I would love to record it and release it on television.

What’s next for you?
Hopefully travelling the the US and doing some more shows and just keep coming back to my favourite places and performing. That’s the dream to maintain.

Luisa Omielan brings her show What Would Beyoncé Do? to Tyne Theatre & Opera House on Thursday 17th November.

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