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      Gina Yashere

      Gina Yashere
      From repairing lifts to touring the international comedy circuit the award winning comedian Gina Yashere’s career just keeps getting higher and higher. We managed to track her down and speak to her inbetween flights at LAX.

      TELL US ABOUT THE POP UP COMIC TOUR...
      There is no real theme to this tour show as such, it really is a stand up show. I do talk about a few odd places I have “popped up” in the last few months

      YOU SEEM TO BE PERMANENTLY ON TOUR ALL OVER THE WORLD. WHAT DRIVES YOU TO WORK SO MUCH? IS IT A FINANCIAL THING OR DO YOU JUST LOVE DOING IT?
      It’s not about the money. Sometimes i don’t even make that much money. As long as there is enough to keep me going and keep me happy I’m good. I’m very driven and i haven’t reached where i want to be so I’m still striving for that.

      SO WHERE DO YOU WANT TO BE?
      At the point where i don’t have to work unless i really feel like it. I want to get to the point where I’m making millions...

      YOU USED TO BE A LIFT ENGINEER. THE LIFT IN OUR BUILDING IS BROKEN. COULD YOU STILL FIX IT?
      It’s been a long time since i did it but i reckon i probably could...

      ONE OF YOUR CHARACTERS WHO FEATURES ON THE JAY LENO SHOW IS MADAME YASHERE - THE CRAP PSYCHIC. HAVE YOU EVER HAD ANY REAL PSYCHIC EXPERIENCES FOR REAL AND WHAT DO YOU REALLY THINK ABOUT IT?

      I definitely believe in it and I know people who have got some psychic ability. All of us have got a little bit but some people are a lot more enhanced. I’ve had little flashes of it from time to time but nothing major. But obviously there are a lot of charlatans out there but I definitely believe in it.

      WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO MOVE TO LA.?
      I wanted to do comedy in the sunshine. I’m a sun worshipper and I love the sun. The world is getting so much smaller now that it doesn’t matter where you live so why not live somewhere where I can have a nice chilled sunny lifestyle.

      YOU MAKE REFERENCE IN YOUR ROUTINE ABOUT BEING TREATED DIFFERENTLY BECAUSE OF YOUR ACCENT ESPECIALLY WITH THE POLICE. IS THERE A REAL DIFFERENCE?
      I walk into high end stores and immediately attract the attention of security but as soon as I open my mouth they are like “Oh she’s British, she’s not one of ours.”

      WHAT DOES THAT FEEL LIKE?
      Well you get the racism straight up at the beginning and then they are like “Oh!” to me it’s actually worse, because I don’t speak like the black people in their country that means I’m better than them. It’s very weird but I use it to my advantage.

      YOU BATTLED LUPUS AND BEAT IT WITH DIET AND EATING RAW FOOD. DO YOU STILL KEEP THAT UP?
      I’m not 100% raw any more because it’s difficult when you travel as much as I do. I was in Wyoming last night which is in the middle of nowhere and I was lucky because I found a decent vegetarian restaurant but a lot of places I got to you’re not gonna find that. The closest you can get is a pizza without pepperoni on it. But I still eat a vegetarian diet and try to eat as much raw food as possible. My symptoms have been held back and I’m still in remission.

      HAVE YOU BEEN FOLLOWED ANY OF THE BRITISH POLITICS RECENTLY? ED MAKING A STAND AND ALL THAT.
      Some of it but it bores me stupid. I still get my newspaper delivered so I can keep up with what’s going on. You know it’s a terrible thing but I just don’t trust any politician. They’re all liars and bullshitters. It’s like watching a school fight between a load of posh kids.

      YOU’VE MADE A BIG IMPACT IN THE US WITH SELL OUT SHOWS AND MAJOR TV APPEARANCES. DOES HOLLYWOOD BECKON?
      I ain’t saying I’d say no to a Hollywood Movie but it’s not something that interests me that much. I love doing stand up and I’m more than happy filling up theatres and arenas doing my stand up. I’ve enjoyed the acting stuff and it’s great but that to me is not my calling. That’s the thing I do in order to get more people to know who I am so that they will come and see my stand up.

      WHAT CAN PEOPLE EXPECT AT YOUR EPSTEIN SHOW.
      A good hour and a half of continuous laughter and that’s basically it. I’m not educating people, I’m not trying to sway people to my political ideals, nothing like that. I just want to make you laugh.

      Gina Yashere is at The Epstein Theatre on 23rd October 2013

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