Gail Porter on comedy Has anyone here been sectioned?
Gail’s new venture is comedy. Her one-woman show Hung, Drawn and Portered just finished its run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
She appears to be liberated by the show, which documents her life experiences.
Gail told the Gail that if she has a problem, she likes to share it – whether it’s homelessness or losing her hair. That moment preceded several mental health challenges and periods of homelessness that have been well documented.
She also developed alopecia in 2005, and her TV career practically ended overnight.
“It happened so quickly,” she says. I used to have long blonde hair, and then four weeks later I was completely bald. People didn’t want to be near me because I looked different.
Early on, she decided not to wear a wig.
I thought I would be the sort of person who would take off my wig in a bar, scratch my head, put it back on, and then everyone in the bar would be traumatized when I did that.
The only thing I was good at was talking about being bald – even after being bald for 18 years.
It’s a scenario that many disabled people face in the media environment, and Gail is infuriated by it, and I just think ‘you know what?’ Here’s what I’ll tell you. Could there be anything worse?'”
Last year, she teamed up with stand-ups John Bishop and Tony Pitts for their Fringe show, Three Little Words.
“We couldn’t stop laughing,” she says. She wrote her own show after the duo made a throwaway comment.
It wasn’t until it was all organized that I realized how much work goes into these things, and how much money you lose.”
Gail has a bone of contention with money. She rose to fame as a lively 25-year-old host of TV shows such as Fully Booked, Top Of The Pops, and Wish You Were Here in the 1990s.
In 1999, she posed naked for FHM magazine, changing the course of her career. It was assured to her that the image wouldn’t go anywhere, but instead was projected onto the Houses of Parliament, standing at 18 meters (60 feet). Her name was mentioned on the news for the first time when she heard about it.