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Karen Sherrard

What comedy most inspires you?

I'm inspired by many styles of comedy but I love things to have a dark edge that borders on tragedy. I enjoy straight stand-up but prefer characters and a through story but don't particularly like mainstream, joke-heavy sitcoms. One of my favourite series is Pulling - I think Sharon Horgan is stupendous. I also loved Spaced, The Royle Family, Father Ted, Alan Partridge....oh, the list goes on. I recently liked This Country and Fleabag too.

Which comedian most inspires you?

Victoria Wood and Steve Coogan. Both of them are masters of finding the perfect words.

Which comedian scares the shit out of you because you know you'll never be that good?

The League of Gentlemen have a delicious darkness that only they can do.

Why and how did you get into comedy?

I trained as an actor but wanted to eat once in a while, so worked in different fields, namely radio broadcasting and tourism overseas. I missed performing and started writing comic monologues that I performed with the Cardiff Cafe Writers once in a while. I then signed up to do a 5 minute spot on Rhod Gilbert's Comedy Playground (known as the Dickabout) and it went well, so I started to look for gigs and it grew from there.

What drives you to do what you do?

It's the thing I feel most comfortable doing.

Describe your perfect Tuesday.

I'd go to Ponty Lido for a swim, then have a nice long dog walk. Lunch with some pals then a local gig with a decent fee and a lovely audience. Home by 11 (Obviously it's perpetual summer in this scenario).

Describe your worst experience on a coach.

Whilst working in South America I was on a 48 hour bus journey from Lima to Tacna in Peru. However, we got to a small village called Fiscal where they had set up a blockade to protest about their lack of running water, so we were trapped there for an additional 48 hours. One toilet block, no water, a closed snooker hall and a restaurant serving only limpets. Megabus is a luxury.

Best sofa you've ever slept on?

My friend Kathy in Bristol has an awesome sofa and a wonderful welcome. But the prize goes to my cousin Jeff and his partner Devon in Edinburgh. They put me up for the whole of August last year and were the best hosts imaginable. Technically a sofa-bed, buy hey.

Best piece of advice a comedian ever gave you?