This article is from our archive. It was published in 2010.

Rosie Wilby Interview

Published October 2010

The British Comedy Guide chats to Rosie Wilby, who performs a show called 'The Further Science Of Sex'...

Rosie Wilby. Hi Rosie. Following an Edinburgh run, you're now bringing your show to the Manchester Comedy Festival. What can the audience expect?

It's a spoofy lecture all about love, attraction, the dynamics of relationships and sexuality. I learned a lot whilst researching for both versions of the show, The Science Of Sex and the sequel The Further Science Of Sex (for more advanced students).

So is it a rude show?

Aside from the odd saucy joke to keep the audience on their toes, it's mostly a charming and sweet show. My persona is a bit of a prim lecturer in her lab coat and safely goggles.

What caused you to choose the subject of 'sex' for the show then?

I've always been fascinated by sexuality and why we're attracted to the people we're attracted to. I think my own identity as a lesbian and the fact that I found it hard to come out shapes some of this interest.

That does sound interesting. During your show, you talk about what makes people straight or gay. The answer isn't yet known is it?

Not really. However some experiments being done at Queen Mary University London point to sexuality being determined by hormonal exposure in the womb. Gay men and straight women perform similarly in certain tasks relating to shapes, navigation, words and memory. So their brains are similar - particularly in the areas associated with these tasks. These areas are formed during early pregnancy. Meanwhile, lesbians seem to sometimes align with straight men and sometimes with straight women.

Rosie Wilby. Do you have a scientific background then?

Of sorts, yes. I was a star pupil at Physics and Maths at school and used to get sent on 'Women in Physics' courses by the school. I went on to do an Electronic Engineering degree at York University... which I hated.

So how much of the show is based on real scientific facts, and how much of it is made up?

I have read some fascinating books on the topic and participated in some real experiments. While this background does inform the show, I saw my main priority as that of being entertaining. So it is primarily a comedy show. However, some people say they have learned things and some have been really moved. One woman has seen the show about 4 times. Maybe she's my new stalker. But she seems quite normal...

You mention experiments. There's a bit about aphrodisiacs in your show...

Ha ha, yeah, I ate a lot of chocolate and force fed my partner with it too!

Ha ha. Do you have a top tip for dating? It is possible to get someone to fall in love with you?

I wish! Of course, confidence always helps. But that is a hard thing to fake. The irony is that many of us are at our most attractive when we're in the throes of a new relationship. We're having lots of sex and giving off lots of pheromones. Suddenly everyone wants us and we're not available!

Bit of a Catch-22 situation then! Damn. Are you thinking of doing another show next year? If so, what do you think you might talk about? Sex again?

I'm developing a new show - Rosie's Pop Diary - which I premiered in very rough form at the Camden Fringe just before Edinburgh. A complete change of direction, it weaves my old songs into a storytelling show detailing my experiences trying to make it in the music business in the 1990s before I switched to stand-up.

Sounds good. Well, in the meantime best of luck with the Manchester gig Rosie and thanks for sharing some of those interesting facts.

Rosie Wilby's Further Science Of Sex is at The Comedy Store as part of the Manchester Comedy Festival on Friday 29th October 2010. More Details

 
No more Up The Women

No more Up The Women

Jessica Hynes's suffragette sitcom Up The Women will not return for a third series. Read

'This Made Me Laugh' films

'This Made Me Laugh' films

The Barbican has invited eight stars from the world of comedy to select their favourite classic comedy films. Read

ITV's Play To The Whistle

ITV's Play To The Whistle

Holly Willoughby has signed up to present Play To The Whistle, a sports-based comedy panel show for ITV. Read

Ray Peacock: taboo comedy

Ray Peacock: taboo comedy

Ray Peacock explains why he has decided to open up about his suicide attempt in his latest stand-up show. Read

Dad's Army only just made

Dad's Army only just made

A speech by TV executive Huw Wheldon revealed that the BBC nearly didn't make the Dad's Army series. Read

Lemon is Back To The Future

Lemon is Back To The Future

Keith Lemon is to star in a one-off special on ITV2 celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Back To The Future film. Read

Charlie Brooker special

Charlie Brooker special

Charlie Brooker will return to BBC Two in the run-up to the Election with a new hour-long Wipe special. Read

Graham Fellows interview

Graham Fellows interview

Graham Fellows will celebrate his 30th year as John Shuttleworth with a big gig - but could it be his last hurrah? Read

Russell Howard's new show

Russell Howard's new show

Russell Howard's Stand Up Central, which launches in April, will feature guests including Joe Wilkinson. Read

Frankie Boyle's new show

Frankie Boyle's new show

Frankie Boyle will follow his 2014 Scottish independence referendum special with a new iPlayer election show. Read

Doc Martin Series 7 filming

Doc Martin Series 7 filming

Martin Clunes and the rest of the Doc Martin cast are now in Cornwall to film Series 7 of the hit ITV show. Read

Laura Aikman interview

Laura Aikman interview

Laura Aikman talks about joining the cast of Bluestone 42, and how she was 'liquid sweat' filming the show. Read

ITV2 orders Plebs Series 3

ITV2 orders Plebs Series 3

ITV2 has ordered more Plebs, the Ancient Rome sitcom starring Tom Rosenthal, Joel Fry and Ryan Sampson. Read

Nathan Caton interview

Nathan Caton interview

Stand-up comedian Nathan Caton talks to us about various topics, including his ideal comedians football squad. Read

Jack Dee's Help Desk on TV

Jack Dee's Help Desk on TV

BBC Two has ordered Jack Dee's Help Desk, a series starring Jack Dee and a panel of comedians. Read