Five minutes with Sofie Hagen

Sofie Hagen

Ahead of her appearance at Glasgow's The Strand for Comic Relief Live, Sofie Hagen tells us about her stand-up beginnings, her thoughts on heckling, and her favourite Comic Relief moments.

Hi Sofie, it's not long until you hit the stage for Glasgow's Comic Relief Live gig, how do you prepare before a show?
I laugh at the M.C. or whoever is on stage before me to get my voice going. If i'm nervous I take off my shoes because I think I can trick my body into thinking it's at home and then there's no need to be concerned.

What’s the best heckle you’ve had?
I've never had a good heckle! A heckle is, at best, not totally awful. Comedy isn't meant to be heckled. I find it so rude. I had a woman in Royal Tunbridge Wells, ten minutes into my gig, shout, "We all might want to leave". In retrospect, that's a bit funny - as an anecdote - but whilst it was happening, I wanted to die.

If you weren’t a comedian, what would you be doing?
I'd probably have ended up working in a comedy club or at festivals, just so I could be close to comedy. I would have happily waited tables in a comedy club if it meant that I could shake the comedians' hands and ask them questions about stand-up.

How did you get your start in stand-up?
I thought you could either NOT be a comedian, or only do stadiums. I didn't know that there were little basements in Copenhagen where amateurs could go up and test jokes. As soon as I discovered that, I was beyond happy. I started doing stand-up a few weeks later.

What’s your favourite Comic Relief sketch?
Ricky Gervais' spoof appeal film - I watched it years before I moved to England and I remember laughing till I cried.

Finish the classic joke:

Knock-knock. Who’s there? Either way, I'm not answering because who turns up out of the blue without texting first? I'm wearing my pyjamas and I'm eating in bed, go away.

Why did the chicken cross the road? Is a sentence that's never made anyone excited to hear the rest.

A man walks into a bar… and he isn't at all afraid of getting groped by strange men. And he lived happily ever after.

An englishman, an irishman and a scotsman... seem to think that I can easily tell their accents apart.

What do you call a... you don't call anyone. You have severe anxiety and never pick up the phone.

Catch Sofie Hagen at Glasgow's The Strand on Wednesday 1 March for Comic Relief Live.