Festival fever for busy Isy

Isy Suttie
Isy Suttie

TOP festivals are beckoning award-winning comedienne Isy Suttie who will be road-testing her new material in Derbyshire.

Isy airs her new show at Buxton Fringe on Sunday, July 10, and Saturday, July 23, ahead of a three-week run at the prestigious Edinburgh Festival.

Best-known as Dobby from telly’s The Peep Show, the 32-year-old funny girl said. “I haven’t been to Edinburgh Festival for a couple of years and the show’s new for 2011, so I’m really excited.

“The show is about my penpal from when I used to live in Matlock and his online relationship with a woman. It’s also got little bits of my love life in it and lots of songs.”

Former Highfields School pupil Isy has a great affection for Matlock, where her parents still live. She said: “I always love coming back. The thing I look forward to most is there being loads of lovely food in the fridge and milk that hasn’t gone off.”

It’s been an exciting year for Isy who was voted funniest woman at this year’s comedy equivalent of the BAFTA awards, beating Sarah Millican and Shappi Khorsandi to be crowned best female comedian at the LAFTAs.

Her television credits were boosted by an appearance alongside another colourful comedian. “I did a part in Rab C Nesbitt earlier in the year and I was very excited as I’m half Scottish,” she said.

“It was lovely to meet Gregor Fisher who plays Rab. He’s a really nice guy. When I asked for any tips about acting drunk, he said, ‘Just remember what it’s like to be drunk’!”

Following her tour of the festivals, Isy plans to wind down with a holiday. She said: “I’d like to see a bit of North Wales as I was gigging there recently and it looked really beautiful.

“I love skiing and normally a load of us from Matlock go, but now they’re all having kids so I’m going to have to wait a few years til they can shove the kids on skis and we can do it again.”