April 2013 – Writer, Commediene – Emma Kennedy



Kennedy first met close friend Mel Giedroyc, who was appearing with the Cambridge Footlights, at the Edinburgh Festival in 1988. Later she became a script editor for Giedroyc’s double act with Sue Perkins, and for the Mel and Sue series Late Lunch, Kennedy worked as a writer. Kennedy presented the last series of The Real Holiday Show on Channel 4 in 2000.

She has since made appearances in TV comedies Goodness Gracious MeThis Morning With Richard Not Judy (again with Lee and Herring), Jonathan Creek alongside Alan Davies and Caroline Quentin, People Like Us (with Chris Langham) and hit BBC comedy The Smoking Room, along with appearing in several of The Mark Steel Lectures, as well as in several plays and radio shows. She was also a movie reviewer on Five’s Terry and Gaby Show. In addition to this, she has made several appearances on Big Brother’s Little Brother.

She provided voices for The Comic Side of 7 Days and was a regular on the BBC Radio 2 comedy That Was Then, This Is Now with Richard Herring (in which she was routinely referred to as “TV’s Emma Kennedy”). She appeared in the film Notes on a Scandal and also appears in the Five series Suburban Shootout and Suburban Shootout 2: Clackers at Dawn. She appeared as a regular on the popular podcast As It Occurs To Me until June 2011, when the series ended. Active in Comic Relief, Kennedy, with Emma Freud, was involved in setting up the kazoo orchestra concert at the Royal Albert Hall, on 14 March 2011, which broke the Guinness World record for the largest such ensemble.

Kennedy has written for radio, television and the theatre. Her first book, How To Bring Up Your Parents, loosely based on her blog, came out in August 2007, while her second, The Tent, The Bucket and Me, recounting her childhood camping experiences, was published in April 2009. Kennedy has also written children’s books. Three books in the Wilma Tenderfoot series have appeared: Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Frozen Hearts (published July 2009),Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Putrid Poison and Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Fatal Phantom . I Left My Tent In San Francisco, the follow-up to The Tent, The Bucket and Me, appeared in May 2011. Kennedy is currently working on a new project called Strange Hill High, a new animated series.

Abridged from wikipedia

Lnl Questionnaire

Your favourite virtue?

Your favourite qualities in a man?
The ability to fix anything to do with drains, boilers and leaks without being asked

Your favourite qualities in a woman?
The endless capacity to chat

Your main characteristic?
Eternal optimist

What draws you most to your friends?
All of my friends are incredibly clever and incredibly funny. I suspect that’s not a coincidence

Given the opportunity what would you most like to change?
The present government.

Who would you most like to take out for dinner?
Sofie Grabol. Actually I have been out with her for dinner many times but she’s so brilliant she’s the person I’d most like to have dinner with again.

Your idea of happiness?
Pressing send to my editor.

What is your favourite way of spending the day?
Long walks in the country with anyone who’s engaging and hilarious

Whose life other than yours would you most like to have lived?
Elizabeth Taylor. Wow she had fun

Where would you most like to live?
I lived in San Francisco for a while which I liked. I wish I spoke Italian so probably just outside Siena. But I have a lot of Danish friends now so I’ll split my time between Italy and Copenhagen

Who is your favourite author?
Roald Dahl. He was the first person to make me laugh

Who is your favourite poet?
E. E. Cummings

Your favourite heroes in fiction?
If I’m allowed a character I’ve written then it’s Inspector Lemone in the Wilma Tenderfoot series. He’s the most noble man. If it’s a character written by someone else then it’s Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird. It is always better to do what is right rather than what is popular

Your favourite heroines in fiction?
So again, if I’m allowed a character from my own books then, hands down no contest, it’s Wilma Tenderfoot. She may be small but she’s very determined. From another book it has to be one of literature’s first feminists – Lizzie Bennett

Your favourite painters?
I am a sucker for Edward Hopper

Who is your favourite composer?
Michael Nyman

What is your favourite Film?
This is impossible to answer. So I’m cheating. For laughs – Withnail and I, for eccentricity The Royal Tenanbaums, for childhood nostalgia – The Empire Strikes Back, for the plot to end all plots – Oldboy

Your favourite food?
I love all food except beetroot and marzipan but if I was going to have one last meal it would have to be a roasted lemon and garlic poussin with buttered savoy cabbage

Your favourite drink?
Champagne. I’m unapologetic about this.

Who do you most admire?
My best friend Mouse. He thinks up cures for cancer. Now that’s a proper job.

What is your present state of mind?

For what fault have you most toleration?
I will forgive anything as long as people are making an effort

Your favourite motto?
Never give up



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