This month we caught up with Emily Atack, former Inbetweeners it-girl who is swiftly becoming a comedy legend! Her raucous stand up and hilarious life lessons are for girls like you and me… “girls who sometimes find themselves at the butt of the joke rather than being in on the joke”.
You were so funny and genuinely likeable on I’m a Celeb… – how does it feel to have had such a great reception and following now that you’ve Got Outta There?
The whole experience just meant so much to me, it was one of the most incredible things I have ever done and I will never, ever forget or regret going into the jungle. It reminded me of who I was and all I took from that experience was just endless amounts of happy memories, I will be forever grateful to have been part of that series.
I saw you got a lockdown puppy! So cute, what breed is she? Apart from being a full-time dog-mum, what else did you get up to during lockdown?
My little Penny! She’s a King Charles Cavalier, she’s tiny, she’s an absolute dream! I would love to say that I picked up loads of new skills during lockdown and call myself a pro at making banana bread, but I actually worked from home quite a lot. We recorded a few eps of celeb juice from my living room which was like the best zoom quiz ever.
You have a stand-up tour coming up soon! “Emily Atack Has Left the Group…” – what’s behind the name?
Well, a funny story was before the pandemic the tour was meant to be called ‘can’t wait to cancel’, which kind of bit me on the arse a little but I’m so excited to get back on the road and to just have a good laugh with everyone, something that we’ve all needed for such a long time. The tour is all about life, love, identity and navigating our way through these high-pressured times we live in. There’s a lot of antics, funny stories. I want everyone to come and have a raucous night out with me.
Who are you speaking to in your comedy?
I feel there’s not enough comedy for those girls like me, who might watch love island, like dating and wear fake tan and makeup. My comedy is for the girls who sometimes find themselves at the butt of the joke rather than being in on the joke.
You’ve opened up recently about the sexual harassment you receive online. It’s so disgusting that this is still going on in 2021! Is there anything you wish you could say to the men who think it’s OK to harass you?
I have nothing to say to them, however it’s not allowed on the street so why should it be allowed online? It’s a huge blind spot that is going under the radar and I want to see it stop. The conversation is really starting to ramp up around this, there’s a lot of people coming forward and sharing their experiences which really helps.
You have been an inspiration to women everywhere with your 100% on point, and much-needed reminder: “Let’s stop making women feel like they’re failing if they aren’t in a relationship”. How have your fans reacted?
I think it’s important to remember that being single can be shit and being single can also be great. Same as being in a relationship. You are not failing if you are single. The fans get it and I am so grateful that so many people feel on my side.
Do you have anything else you would like to say to your fans before they see you on tour?
Maybe don’t bring your parents!
What else do you have in the works? It seems like you’ve got your finger in a lot of pies at the moment – I love that!
My second series of the Emily Atack show is back this autumn on ITV2. I’ve had such a wonderful time making this series, there’s a lot more raucous stand up, hilarious sketches and of course a few new celebrity impressions thrown in there too.