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Lil Wenker: Bangtail - Interview

Bangtail is a one-woman clown adaptation of the classic spaghetti Western, exploring the modern man’s Wild West: the middle American office space. 

Expect riding, roping, and bureaucratic showdowns as our hero Alan straddles a desire to crunch the numbers on time, impress a local cowgirl, and unleash his inner Eastwood. Bangtail marks the first collaboration between Lil Wenker and Cecily Nash, creators of Ed Fringe hits Crap Ballet and Troll.

The show is playing as part of the Leicester Comedy Festival at Phoenix on Sunday 18th February at 3.30pm. Ahead of the show we caught up with Lil Wenker to discuss the show and her comedy journey.

Where did your comedy journey begin?
My uncle Gay is the funniest person I've ever met. He used to cut my hair as a little girl and show me old clips from SNL, The Simpsons, and teach me lots of inappropriate words much to my mother's chagrin.

I hardly spoke—I was terribly shy—but I loved being in that hair salon recreating SNL's Lawrence Welk Show parody for the old ladies drying their hair in those big domes.

How did you approach a career in comedy?
I'll let you know when I figure it out!  When I moved to London in September of 2023, I made it my goal to perform at least once a week. Even in just six months, it has become easier to know about gigs, shows, and to feel that I am part of the community here. I try, not always successfully, to keep career stuff in perspective. After all, my job is to try and make people laugh for a living. This is silly and light, and I try my best not to lose this outlook.

How would you describe your comedy style to those who don’t know you?
I make comedy about the small tragedies of the everyday.

What can you me about your show?
Baddest Cowboy Texas. These are just a few words to describe the Baddest Cowboy in Texas. He roots n’ toots n’ rides from the highest mountain to the booziest saloon. That’s his God-given purpose. But what happens when a Badder Cowboy-er Texas-er (AKA his nemesis) rides into town and steals his title?

Saddle up for this wild cowboy clown romp, following Alan, a man in search of his manhood, from the desert to the desk.

How do you prepare for a show?
I listen to music that makes me feel like a man: Johnny Cash, Elvis, Bruce (Springsteen), Willie Nelson. I put on my boots, my leather chaps, and I sing rather loudly. I also try not to vomit.

If you could have dinner with 3 fellow comedians who would you invite and why?
Mark Silcox, for his excellent cooking skills and uncanny ability to always make me laugh.

My uncle Gary, for his love of excellent cooking and uncanny ability to make everyone laugh.

And Mikey Bligh-Smith, because he is really a gosh-darn lovely boy!

If you were a biscuit, what biscuit would you be and why?
I would be a flaky buttermilk biscuit, because I am a delicate young 
lady and also American where biscuit means a doughy, delicious, buttery bread.

Where can people see your show and follow you beyond?

Feb 18, Leicester Comedy Festival, Leicester
At the Phoenix at 3:30 PM

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