‘Woo’ and indeed ‘Hoo’ – it’s time for another exciting installment of So You Think You’re Funny? – what some critics are calling the most exciting dramatic series since Downton finished last year.
Last time we learnt a little bit about Kimberly from Media Mummy – this time around it’s another very funny mum – Davina from Motherhood IRL. She described being interviewed as ‘a bit like letting someone into a cluttered attic that may or may not have a mouse problem’ – beautifully put!
So sit back, relax and learn a bit more about the lovely Davina.
1. Tell us about yourself in 20 words or less:
I’m 29 years old, I have a lot of quirks and I am very, very short.
2. Now do the same as if through the eyes of your worst enemy:
Stubborn, vertically-challenged weirdo with loud hair, tramp stamps and a Peter Pan complex.
3. When and why did your child(ren) last make you laugh?
My four year-old just dropped his drink on the floor and said, very emphatically, “For God’s sake!” I take full credit for this use of vocabulary.
4. Do you try to be funny when you are writing? Tell us a bit about your blogging ‘process’.
Sometimes I try to be funny, I’ll put a flippant spin on something that was actually a total fucking nightmare because what else can you do? I mean, life quite often is funny in hindsight. And I figure it’s nice for someone else who might be having a bad day to know that they’re not alone. On the other hand, I have also written some more serious posts. Because I also want to be honest and sincere, and some things just aren’t funny at all.
5. What do you think is the funniest thing you’ve ever written?
I’ve narrowed this down to two posts:
For a true account of my disastrous life, go here:
“Romantic” city break
For an insight into my weird brain, go here:
The troubling world of children’s television
6. What or who do you rate as the funniest…
TV Show? The Big Bang Theory never fails to make me laugh. I love it. It’s the best comedy show on TV right now.
Comedian? Michael McIntyre’s stuff about his kids always resonates with me. Also, that thing he did about the spices in the cupboard? Genius.
Writer/blogger? Abi over at Like Real Life is brilliant.
7. Do your friends/family find you funny in ‘real life’?
As far as I know… Yes? They do tend to laugh a lot around me, but whether it’s with me or at me is anybody’s guess. Making people laugh is usually my go-to when I meet someone new too. The only thing that can be tricky is reining in the sarcastic humour, which just happens to be what I am best at.
8. Go on, tell us a joke.
I told my husband this joke on our first date:
What’s the fastest cake in the world?
I thank you.
9. What’s your tipple?
On the rare occasions when I actually drink (which, I’m sorry to disappoint you, is not very often), I rather enjoy a beer. I live in a houseful of boys, so this penchant will serve me well during the agonies of future World Cup matches, I’m sure.
10. If you could only have one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
I really, really love lentil Dahl… but I suspect that nobody in the house would like me very much after a few weeks…
11. Complete the sentence; ‘Before I had a child…’
I thought I’d be a really good mother. The reality is that I have no idea what I’m doing and I get to the end of almost every day wondering how I managed to avoid disaster and keep my children alive for another 24 hours. Some days it is miraculous.
12. In your opinion, what is the worst children’s TV show, and why?
I really hate In The Night Garden. The characters don’t speak properly, the Ninky Nonk and Pinky Ponk constantly go from toy-sized to MASSIVE and Iggle Piggle scares the shit out of me.
13. Please tell us about your blog and why we should visit:
My blog is an account of my various struggles as a mother. When I set it up, I was determined to be absolutely honest about my experience of parenting, to own my failures and to write in my own “voice”. Which means that, for better or worse, I swear A LOT. In short, a quick skim through my posts will probably make you feel a whole lot better about yourself and your own parenting, even if you’re having a right shitter of a day when there’s crayon on the walls and poo on the carpet.
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