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‘Not Your Ex’ is Emily Tresidder’s third solo show and promises to be her best and “favourite show so far”. “It’s all come together really nicely”, says Emily. The show’s central theme is the “three part process” of getting over a relationship with some added topics and zingers interlaced throughout. “It’s not necessarily a show purely for people getting over a breakup…that would be really specific”, rather the show covers a range of issues through this lens.
Emily appears proud of how this show has come together, noting the strong structure and overall feel of the show. While the universe provided a relationship that was “super chaotic” and “emotionally intense”, Emily has been able to “rise like a phoenix”, find the humour in it and put her energy into making her audience’s laugh. She repeats the phrase “energy exchange” in the context of the give and take between an audience; “the more fun I have, the more fun the audience has and vice versa… this show particularly is very fun for me”!
Emily loves a quality cold brew, “this shit tastes so much better than a long black”, but her real passion is stand-up comedy. “Comedy is my passion and will be forever… if I had the means… I would gig every day… the more you do it, the better you get at it… 10,000 hours…that business”. She particularly enjoys stand-up in what she calls “warm” rooms. “I love rooms that are warm without people in them…if I get to a gig early and I feel warmth in the room, that makes me really happy”.
The former Sydney-sider turned honorary Melbournian, has taken her comedy professionalism to a new level. Emily’s “focus has shifted” away from the alcohol-driven elements of the comedy scene to work hard on her stand-up. The industry occasionally rewards in alcohol, which is not necessarily conducive to putting together quality comedy.
Gigging locally, interstate and abroad appears to have also significantly added to Emily’s experience and improvement as a comedian. She has performed in “Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth” as well as a month of shows in Edinburgh. Emily describes her experience overseas as “incredible… any artist needs to go”. “From 8am til literally 3am… there is something on… this buzz… this energy”! Emily expresses the “great feeling” of selling out her shows “halfway across the world”, and the joy of seeing people appreciating her comedy.
‘Not Your Ex’ is “a good show for people to come in and have a really fun big laugh, then go about their day… having been just in a bubble of happiness”. This sweet concept of the ‘bubble’ is particularly endearing, as Emily genuinely want her audiences to be happy. “I care about my comedy… a lot… I put a lot of work and energy into it… I hope that translates on stage… I have a lot of fun with it… my want and desire is for the audience to have a lot of fun with it as well… that’s what I try and create”.
You can see Emily Tresidder in ‘Not Your Ex’ at The Imperial Hotel from 30 March to 22 April 2017 [but not Sundays]. Click here for more information and to book tickets!
For Sydney-siders, Emily is also performing ‘Not Your Ex’ at the Enmore Theatre, Sydney from 27 to 30 April 2017, for information and tickets – click here!
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