Lizzy Hoo performed her first ever solo show Hoo Am I? (What’s My Name?) to sold out audiences at the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival where she had to put on extra shows.
This year, Lizzy is proving to everyone and even herself that even though the world might seem a little weird, everything is going to be ok.
Read on to spend 5 minutes with Lizzy Hoo:
How would you describe your show to someone who knew nothing about it?
My show looks back at my childhood through rose-coloured Oakley wraparounds. I also delve into how I’m feeling about the world now and wrap it up by looking into the future. It’s quite personal and topical (but it’s not a show about COVID!).
What/Who was its inspiration?
I guess I am the inspiration. Does that sound lame? Me and my amazing life. No! I’m inspired by how we live now – our 24-hour news cycle and the horrors we’re exposed to everyday and then the activities we use to distract ourselves like VR escape rooms and triathlons (I don’t do triathlons). And despite the weird world we live in, we’re still making babies. Lots of ‘em!
What do you think its best quality is?
There’s a lot of nostalgia in the show that I think audiences will relate to, especially for 80/90s kids. Also, my show is at 6pm so it’s very convenient for large groups of people (hint hint) who want to have dinner after the show.
Why should people see it?
To have a laugh! Look, Melbourne friends, you spent a large part of last year inside. Now’s the time to get out of the house, have a margarita and laugh at this weird world we live in.
If there is one thing you would like to say to your fans, what is it?
What are your Melbourne restaurant recommendations? From cheap eats to fancy. I want to know the best places for everything. Slide into my DMs – with restaurant recos not your dicks.
Who or what has been the greatest influence on your career?
It’s been fear driven mostly. The fear of being shit on stage runs deep. Secondly my peers – there are some really hard-working comics in Sydney. Lots of people are hustling and I think if I’m not showing up, I won’t get better.
Who makes you want to create
I love to create because I get really sick of saying the same jokes over and over. So me, I am my greatest inspiration.
When did it become clear to you that comedy and entertainment were your passions?
I’m quite addicted to comedy. When you’re turning up to open mics with 4 people in the crowd on a Sunday night for “career progression” that’s when you know something might be wrong with you.
What does comedy, creation and entertainment mean to you?
What are 3 words that describe you?
Pie eating oddball
What are 3 things that would surprise people to learn about you?
I’m 50% Irish DNA
I can cook literally anything on a sandwich press
I lived in Mongolia
How excited are you to be performing in front of a live audience again after last year’s covid shut down?
Sydney comedy was shut down for about three months, so it wasn’t too bad. I had some pretty special gigs last year. I performed at the Opera House three times – one time there was no audience, which was weird. But when there’s an audience, there’s always a risk that they won’t like you.
What is next for you?
Covid makes it really hard to plan too much. But I would like to sleep for a week after MICF then see what happens. You never know what opportunities come up doing comedy – it’s one of my favourite things about it.
Lizzy Hoo – Hoo Dis
Lizzy Hoo’s debut show saw Lizzy introduce herself to the world, discussing her Chinese Malaysian/Irish Australian mixed-race heritage, and most notably her one-of-a-kind father (and premier Brisbane ukulele personality) Chan. The show also explored Lizzy’s experiences growing up in suburban Brisbane, shark attacks, Keep Cups, and dating white guys.
Lizzy Hoo is a writer, noodle enthusiast, designer, actor, rugby lover, a rescue greyhound owner and a stand-up comedian who has rapidly become one of Australia’s most exciting new voices. On top of being able to catch Lizzy perform regularly at comedy clubs around the country, she frequently writes and features for websites such as SBS Voices, ABC Life and Whimn.
March 25 – April 18