So it looks like it must be Monday again! It’s definitely not Sunday, because that was yesterday. I’m pretty sure it’s not Tuesday yet, because that would have meant Monday went incredibly quickly – and Monday never goes incredibly quickly.
So let’s assume it’s Monday. And we all know that Mondays are inextricably linked with our weekly comedy interview series, So You Think You’re Funny?
When I say, ‘we all know’ I’m largely referring to myself, given that no one out there probably has a special diary set up to track all of the awesomeness that exudes from this website like a stench of decay from a teenager’s bedroom. Even Fran forgets occasionally that we do interviews on a Monday – no mean feat given how awesome Fran’s memory is…
Today we feature someone that we like a lot and who has appeared on our site a few times. Her blog is super ace and she even does weekly wine reviews – what’s not to like?! You will spot that she has also done a post about Fireman Sam since mentioning in her interview that she needs to write a post about kids’ TV, so I like to feel that we played a key role in that post and that we have helped her achieve one of her life goals. Go team.
So why not sit back, drink something invigorating and suck up the joy of our interview with the lovely Anna from Me, Annie Bee.
1. Tell us about yourself in 20 words or less:
A middle aged, overweight, once cool long term girlfriend and mum of two.
Hilarious, like proper funny, and wine. Fin.
2. How would your child(ren) describe you?
“Lovely, beautiful, the best mummy in the world. Well, sometimes a bit cross….” Aoife (6). She wanted to stay up to watch Len Goodman’s Partners in Rhyme so she may have hammed it up a bit at first there.
Seth (3) would probably say “try again”.
3. When and why did you last properly laugh out loud?
The other day I accidentally spilt Aoife’s drink all over her dinner. I felt terrible. Alas, my default setting when something goes wrong is to laugh so I started to giggle and Aoife got cross. The more cross she got the more I laughed, then she said in a really sad voice:
“Now the dove of peace is soggy”
4. Do you try to be funny when you are writing? Tell us a bit about your blogging ‘process’.
I suppose I try to be funny in that I consider the way I tell something. As parents we all have very similar stories. To us they are the most important and hilarious stories ever. If you tell it wrong, especially in print, you’re just another mum with a yawn tale about their child. No one wants to be THAT parent.
5. What is the funniest thing you’ve read in the past few months?
Anytime I read in a blogging group “I’ve been doing my blog for 3 weeks now. I’ve had 50 views so when will people offer to pay me to do stuff?”
HAHA Oh my sweet! If you’re in it just for the money you may want to just go ahead and sell your soul.
Cracks me up every time.
6. What are the best and worst things about becoming a parent?
The whole growing and nurturing a human or two. It’s amazing, like really amazing when you think about it, but if you think too hard and can get a bit too WTF and lead to guilt, tears and despair.
The worst thing? Exhaustion, vom, poo, tears, baby groups, judgey mums, not being able to laugh/sneeze without fear.
7. Do your friends/family find you funny in ‘real life’?
I think most of them do. I used to be told I should do stand up but I’d be too nervous. I’d have to get really drunk first.
8. Go on, say something funny!
Cockshot Lane, Cocking Lane, Game Cock. Cat flaps.
I’m sniggering now, these always crack me up.
9. How did you get into writing and why?
I used to put a lot of effort into my Facebook statuses (stati) and everyone used to be like “Oh you should write a book”. That sounded like really hard work so I thought I’d start a blog.
Bizarrely my Facebook is most unpopular now.
10. If you could only have one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
Minted Lamb and Cauliflower cheese…..Hmmmmm wonder why I’m fat!
11. Complete the sentence; ‘Since having a child…’
I find it hard to focus on….ooohhhh wine.
12. In your opinion, what is the worst children’s TV show, and why?
I hate them all, I find them massively flawed and I hate that my children don’t see how flawed they are. I keep meaning to write about it but it makes me rage.
At present Fireman Sam is gripping my tits. The same four fire officers on shift all the time, they must be knackered! It’s not safe. Also, there’s like a chip pan fire so they call the fire engine, the water plane, coast guard and send the quad bike. What a waste of tax payers’ money! It’s always Norman too. He’s a knob.
13. Please tell us about your blog and why we should visit:
My blog www.meanniebee.com is an amazing, hilarious, award winning blog.
OK, it isn’t.
It’s OK and can be pretty funny, not ALL the time, sometimes I can be serious. I’ve never won an award. I won a bottle of Blasé perfume once when I was 8.
I could really do with some views though, and then if you all get three other people to look at it then, well, that’d be four whole views.
I’d be over the moon.
ALSO every Friday drink wine and chat to you via the power of Youtube.
I’m also equally as funny on Facebook (facebook.com/meanniebee) and Twitter (@meanniebee).
Well I’m sure you’ll agree that that was another cracking interview. What I’m less sure about is using the word ‘that’ twice in succession, but given I’m still recovering from my peanut allergy and have also just written my usual bizarre intro to our weekly highlights I’m forgiving myself just this once.
If you would like to be interviewed, or even if you are willing to be interviewed, or even if you would agree to be interviewed under duress, please give us a shout to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will hit you up with the questions. We might even throw in some new ones and call it Season 3. We might even tie it up in black lace and call it Barbara, Anything is possible at this stage in proceedings.
If you haven’t done it yet, please pop along to Anna’s lovely blog. Just click on her face above and you’ll be there within seconds. Magic, eh?! Laterzzzzzz