Beyoncé-inspired graduate is latest comedy talent

Thursday 1 August 2013

A University of Salford graduate is taking the comedy world by storm with her unique blend of stand-up and improvisation.

Luisa Omielan has been hailed as one of the most original newcomers to the UK comedy scene since her show What Would Beyoncé Do?!  was a smash hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012. London-based Luisa will return to the festival for 10 nights from 2-11 August with her act which is inspired by the queen of pop herself.

Luisa first showed her potential as a performing arts student at Salford, graduating with a first class degree in 2005. She has been in stand-up since 2008 and in 2010 travelled to Chicago to spend three months studying at the Comedy Sportz Theatre, The Second City and Improv Olympic. Luisa gigged all over Illinois and in early 2012 she returned to the US to perform a series of gigs across LA.

When she was 28 years old Luisa was feeling down on her luck after splitting from her boyfriend and moving back home with her mum. She asked herself what Beyoncé would do in the same situation, and the rest is history.

She said: “I’ve been playing the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the last five years and have performed 10 shows in that time, my most recent being my debut solo show WWBD?!

“Well, if like me you are an independent woman who still lives with your mumma, come check up on it.”

Luisa’s fellow Salford graduates on the comedy circuit are Peter Kay and Jason Manford, both of whom have given comedy masterclasses for Salford students. The University has invited Luisa to give her own talk to performance students when the new academic year starts in the autumn.

Lisa Moore, who leads the BA Performance Comedy Practices degree, said: “I remember seeing Luisa's first gig before she graduated - she was intensely brave back then, hugely inspiring and with enormous energy. Her work just gets better and stronger as she avidly smashes the way forward for women in comedy!  We await her masterclass!

For more information about Luisa's Edinburgh performances, go to the Festival website.