I'd hadn't heard of the Museum of Comedy's Old Comedian of the Year competition until ten minutes ago, but I've been searching for an opportunity to show you folks more of the amazing Ada Campe since I came across her back in march, so it's now a prestigious award worthy of a news article.
The alter ego of Dr. Naomi Paxton, Campe is a hilariously unhinged magician whose shtick is pitched somewhere between a classic theatre dame and that crazy aunt who always turns up to Thanksgiving with three cats, two bottles of brandy and a loaded revolver. Her twitchy intensity and throaty vocal delivery are enough to get me laughing, even before she breaks out her psychic duck.
So what counts as "old," in this business? 35, apparently. Hands up if you suddenly feel ancient. The competition was open to anyone over the age of 35 who has been performing non-professionally for at least five years. Dr. Paxton makes her living as a public speaker, academic, and author.
If you were hoping to see Campe live, you're in luck. She'll be performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August.