The Women of #JFL42: Gina Yashere

Just For Laughs 42 is descending on Toronto from September 21 to 30, and we’ve decided to quiz the funniest comedians from this year’s event. Don’t miss out on seeing them perform live – get tickets here.

Gina Yashere has been a stand up and TV star in the UK for several years now, with appearances on iconic TV shows such as Live At The Apollo and Mock The Week. She broke onto the American comedy scene with her appearances on Last Comic Standing, where she made it to the final 10 and then never went home! We also love watching her on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

SDTC: What should we be paying more attention to?

GY: Besides global warming and Trump becoming more like an eighty-year-old King Joffrey…actually, that’s it.

What was the last Netflix series you binged on?

Too many! The latest season of Narcos, this genius show with Jason Bateman called Ozark, and I’m now halfway through this great Australian comedy called Rake. All in the last week!

One new thing you learned this year?

That there is no limit to crazy.

Describe 2017 so far in one word.

NUTS. 

Describe the funniest thing you’ve experienced in recent memory.

Taking my girlfriend’s seventy-five-year-old dad on tour with me around Asia last year, and making him ride with me on the back of motorbikes in Vietnam, and making him eat spiders. His reactions were priceless!

Best advice you’ve been given?

Don’t compare yourself to other people. 

What is the best part of being your current age?

I’m past caring what people think of me.

What word or phrase should we use more often?

“Fuck it!”

What’s on your night stand?

Kindle. Water, CPAP machine – yeah, really.

What one item would you be lost without (besides your phone)?

Probably Kindle. If I can’t listen to music, or stare at people’s Instagram profiles for hours at a time, then I have to read a book. Preferably anything by Stephen King.

What bugs you most about humanity?

The fact that we make the same mistakes over and over again.

What trends are you loving right now?

Any trend that means I can wear stuff I bought twenty years ago…again. 

Who was your celebrity crush when you were a kid?

The Bionic Woman, Lindsay Wagner and all of New Edition.

Describe your ideal Saturday.

Eat, get half beaten to death with Thai massage, watch a great film, eat, go do great comedy, eat.

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