Comic relief

It all began in a hot tub full of strangers under a supermoon in small town America.

That is where Rydalmere comedian Madeleine Culp found the inspiration for her show Supermoon Hot Tub which she will perform at the Sydney Comedy Festival in May.

"I've been travelling for the past two years, so the show is full of all the little stories I've accumulated along the way," the 29-year-old said.

"Everyone goes through that time when they try to find themselves and figure out who they are and this is kind of making fun of that and all the angst," she said.

"It has a bit of story telling, stand-up and some different characters."

Culp began performing at festivals and doing stand-up in 2007, but started entertaining people at a young age.

"In primary school I used to do a Smurf parody. Papa Smurf was a big hit," she said.

"I wanted to be an actor so I went to a performing arts school and trained at NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Arts)," Culp said.

"But I found myself always making fun of the scripts, so I eventually realised I should just do comedy."

That decision has so fair paid off for Culp who has already won a number of awards and toured Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

"I would love to write and star in my own TV show or even act in comedy films one day," she said.

Catch her show on May 7 and May 9 at 8.15 pm at The Factory Theatre in Marrickville.

■ Details: facebook.com/MadeleineCulpComedy and sydneycomedyfest.com.au.

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