Rosie Wilby’s new show Rosie’s Pop Diary comes to Birmingham Comedy Festival hot on the heels of Edinburgh Fringe run
“With her self-deprecation and spiteful bitchy asides, Rosie Wilby's Pop Diary blended delicious volumes of vocals and sparkling stand-up humour.” Western Daily Press
“Good music, good comedy and a feelgood show - a winning combination.” Oxford Times
“Rosie Wilby is the most genuine comic I've seen this year... Rosie's Pop Diary is a delicate, endearing delight...” Fringe Guru (4 stars)
“an altogether generally lovely experience” Three Weeks (4 stars)
“fabulous songs and entertaining anecdotes” Edinburgh 247 (5 stars)
“A lovely show with a lot of heart” Remote Goat (4 stars)
“Wilby is an accomplished singer, lyricist, comedian and story teller... I loved it” ScotsGay (4 stars)
From playing Glastonbury and Ronnie Scott’s to miming on children’s television, musician turned comedian Rosie Wilby looks back at the emotional rollercoaster of chasing stardom at the heady height of Britpop in her new show, Rosie’s Pop Diary, at the Old Joint Stock Theatre on 7 Oct.
Mixing stand up, storytelling and acoustic versions of her songs, Rosie delves into a personal treasure trove of old photos, fan letters, reviews and the original ‘Rosie’s Pop Diary’ (her ‘90s column in the now defunct music magazine, Making Music) for this funny and touching new show that explores the nature of nostalgia.
Rosie’s Pop Diary traces the weird and wonderful story of a singer that nearly made it - from bizarre auditions, supporting Bob Geldof and Jamie Cullum to walking barefoot along one of London’s busiest roads just because it would make a good album cover.
As Pulp, Blur and Oasis were making headlines, Rosie’s house and belongings were literally going up in smoke, just days before her big album launch, as her house caught fire. Homeless and without any Cool Britannia clothes, Rosie thought it couldn’t get worse until a friend donated an old Brownie uniform for her to wear at her own gig…
Rosie has appeared as a roving reporter on 5 Live and as a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends and Woman’s Hour, LBC and BBC London. She was a finalist at Funny Women 2006 and Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2007. Her previous solo show The Science Of Sex won a Fringe Report Award and was a sell-out at Cambridge Comedy Festival, Camden Fringe and Liverpool Comedy Festival and was a hit at Birmingham Comedy Festival 2010. Still a passionate music lover, she writes for award winning website musicOMH.com and has previously written for the NME, Time Out, Ham &High and The Pink Paper. She now lives in a smoke free house.
Rosie’s Pop Diary, The Old Joint Stock Theatre, 4 Temple Row West, Birmingham, B2 5NY on Fri 7 Oct at 8pm. Tickets £10 from 0121 200 0946. www.oldjointstocktheatre.co.uk
Rosie Wilby is available for authored pieces and for interview. For hi res pics, press tickets or interview requests, please contact Liz Hyder on 07939 372 865, liz(at)lizhyder.co.uk or on Twitter @LondonBessie or for more info see www.rosiewilby.com or www.bhamcomfest.co.uk