Susie McCabe: My comedy career is basically 'a gig that got out of hand'

Susie transferred from a job in the construction industry to a career in comedy after accepting a dare.

Glasgow comedian Susie McCabe is ready for a return to the Fringe.

She says that acts from all over the world dream of Edinburgh – just like an actor wants to do Broadway, comics want the Fringe. And she is delighted to be back.

It was a dare that took Susie from a job in the construction industry to a career in comedy and it’s a move that’s paying off.

“I was asked to take part in a comedy course by a friend when we were drunk, to do a gig, and my comedy career is basically a gig that got out of hand.”

Susie says she used humour as a defence mechanism when she was a kid for being a “bit different”.

“I was a bit overweight at school and always wanted to play football and this was the 80s, so girls’ football was not allowed.

“I would never have thought I would make a career out of being an idiot.”

Susie turned 40 during the pandemic and says it made her reassess her life.

She said: “Turning 40 was quite a seminal moment for me. Once you’re in your 20s you start to strive for where you’re going to be when you’re 30.

“Then you hit your 30s and you go ‘this is like being a proper grown up but I can still have a bit of fun’ and then you hit your 40s and you think, ‘I’m basically old’.

“Life is more fun though. No-one can give you into trouble for anything, apart from maybe your other half.”

Susie’s new stand-up show “Born Believer” is all about finding the positives in life.

She added: “I talk about the challenges that come from trying to be a better person and how we all need to have a little bit of hope, because if we all have hope, the bad things won’t go away forever but we can make the world a better place for everybody.”

Susie McCabe: Born Believer is at Assembly George Square Studios, August 3-28