The 5-minute Interview: Jocelyn Jee Esien, Comedian - Profiles - People - The Independent

The 5-minute Interview: Jocelyn Jee Esien, Comedian

'I giggled nervously when I met the Queen and my belt fell off'


In 2006, the former '3 Non Blondes' actress Jocelyn Jee Esien, 28, earned a Bafta nomination for her self-written sketch show 'Little Miss Jocelyn'. It can be seen every Thursday on BBC2 at 9.30 pm.

If I weren't talking to you right now I'd be...

I would be running around in the street half naked shouting: "Oh my God! My show's going out on BBC2."

A phrase I use far too often...

I've started saying "fabu" – as in fabulous. I kick out my leg and point my toe as I say it. I have to stop.

I wish people would take more notice of...

Invisible people. They give me a lot of inspiration. Like the people giving out free papers in the street or the girl who helps out in the changing room.

The most surprising thing that happened to me was...

Meeting the Queen. I was giggling because I was nervous and I apologised. She said it was OK because I'm a comedian so I really started cackling and my belt popped off and fell on the floor.

A common misperception of me is....

I've always got a hidden camera in my rucksack.

I am not a politician but...

I have many issues with the politics behind reality shows. Only very rarely does the right person win.

I'm good at...

Eating food which is past its sell-by date. Just put a bit of lemon on it or cook it for a very long time.

I'm very bad at...

Waiting in a queue.

The ideal night out is...

Lots of dancing and then lots of meat.

In moments of weakness I...

Promise everything. I'm at my weakest when I'm having a good time

In another life I'd have been ...

A spider. I used to kill any I could find but then a friend of mine told me I would come back as a spider. Now I use a glass and a Chinese takeaway menu to trap them and I put them outside.

The best age to be is...

Nineteen. I thought that I suddenly knew how to run the world. I know less now.

In a nutshell, my philosophy is this:

To do everything in threes – dream, write down and do.

Cormac Bakewell

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