The Verse’s Louise Conway previews Felicity Ward’s ‘50% More Likely To Die’ show on the 12th October at Brighton’s Komedia (main photo credit: Claire Thomas).
In a recent phone interview with Australian comedian Felicity Ward she told me that she comes up with the title and the image for the show first, then worries about the material later. So imagine a picture of Felicity Ward doing an energetic, spirited jump with arms and legs in the air with the title 50% More Likely to Die written across it. The show follows from there.
Many of Felicity’s past successes come from usual mixing of mental illness and comedy. Felicity does this to combat her own anxiety and to break down the stigmas around mental illness. Her most recent show comes from the statistic that people with anxiety and depression are 50% more likely to die in any number of circumstances. However, she assured me that her upcoming show is a lot lighter than her previous shows. Explaining this show is fundamentally about a woman losing her bag. Having already started writing a show about mental health statistics, she merged the two together.
Felicity started her quest to break down the stigmas and challenges of mental health in her TV documentary, Felicity’s Mental Mission that aired on ABC as part of their Mental As series during mental health week. Felicity continued on this path with her 2015 show What If There Is No Toilet? Which did incredibly well at the Edinburgh Fringe being the third-best reviewed comedy show. The show combined Felicity’s IBS and the subject of mental health. When asked how she felt about sharing her most intimate stories Felicity chirpily explained it’s her “favourite subject, which is me.”
Felicity explained, “pity is the death of comedy” and although she is talking about serious subjects, she relaxes her audiences into her topics of anxiety to ensure stigmas are broken as well as awkward silences.
Felicity Ward will be performing at the Komedia on the 12th October. Tickets are £10 for students, so grab yourself one now as her previous shows have been sell-outs and you don’t want to miss your chance to see what is bound to be another highly acclaimed show.