We only have 5 more sleeps until the return of Luscious Cabaret! So today we meet the marvellous Paulus. Ever wondered how Paulus came to be? Read on to find out more …
Why did you start performing?
1802. Talking Pictures had just been invented and they needed someone in the background of country and western saloon bars to say ‘oh missus’ every time a gun pistol was fired.
Do you remember your first time on stage? How did that go?
I was in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves aged seven. I played a Magic Man, whatever the heck that is, and my costume was a triangle of purple felt and a conical hat with matching purple tights. I found the tights in the local supermarket. My father was so proud. My crowning mime moment was animating the cardboard fish in ‘three little fishes’ singalong and having to make them ‘swim’ in midair. My felt triangle kept riding up to show my boxer shorts beneath cos my dance partner was being a little heavy handed with our cardboard fish. He’s dead now. The dance partner, not the fish. I have had chemfuelled dreams along these lines, yes, but that actually all happened.
Of all of your acts, which is your favourite to perform?
Other than showing my knickers with the aid of a cardboard fish? What do you people want from me?! I guess feeding my entire audience buttered toast whilst singing Desree’s ‘Life’ on a loop is a high point…
What sets you apart from other performers?
My Coke habit.
What do you think is people’s first impression of you?
That if Miss Piggy were to mysteriously disappear I could probably replace her and no one would notice
What’s your favourite thing about cabaret?
How did you choose your stage name?
Paulus is the name of a French music hall performer from the late 1800s who regularly performed in London. It was also the nickname that fellow cabarettist Sarah-Louise Young gave me when we met aged 13.
What’s your next challenge in life or in performing?
There’s a stain on my best cashmere blanket that I can’t get out and I need to get my housekeys off the cleaner without her realising I’m firing her before I do it.
You can catch Paulus and his magical assistant (you’ll have to come along to find out who or what that is) on Friday at The Albany, Great Portland St. Click Here for tickets.