On the Couch with Robyn Perkins

Robyn-Perkins-AAR-On-the-CouchWho is Robyn Perkins?
I am a scientist turned comedian by trade, and personally, I am a really outgoing human who loves to cook (and eat), create, travel and talk. I am originally American, and now also British. I have been on the comedy scene for 11-12 years, and only now feel like I am coming into my own. I am very studious and passionate about everything I do, including excel.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
I love my job so much. Making people laugh, and think, is the best feeling in the world. I think if I could, I would hire someone to do all of my admin and social media so I could just write and perform, AND have a better work life balance, so I could actually see the world with my fiancé. But that is at least 6 months / 20 years away.

Who inspires you and why?
There are many. Paul Hugill of The Serendipity Initiative in the UK is one of the most selfless people I have ever met. He just gives and gives and helps people in whatever way they need. When the pandemic started, he immediately started making meal for people who could cook for themselves. This inspired Neighbours Kitchen, which is now a very successful charity (which also led him to being awarded an MBE for his charity work). I think most of all, he inspires people to keep paying it forward, follow your dreams, and be the best version of yourself.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I am trying to create comedy that makes people think. So far, I have been told that Million Dollar Maybe has positively changed people’s lives. I used to be quite involved with a charity called Ocean Matters, who inspire and educate teenagers (and kids of all kind) about the ocean. I am hoping to return soon to work with them again. It’s a great program that raises stewards of the ocean, even if the teens do not go into careers in conservation.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
San Sebastian in northern Spain. The food (if you know where to go) is amazing. The weather is wonderful. The city is fantastic. And some really great hiking. Just epic.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
If you are a diver, I would say go to see the leafy sea dragons! Or if not, McLaren Valley? Or, of course, my Fringe Show

What are you currently reading?
I mean ‘currently’ is a relative phrase at Fringe… my ticket sale reports?! But usually I read a bunch of fun science stuff. I think the last stuff I read was about Cognitive Bias? Or Bi by Julia Shaw

What are you currently listening to?
I’m all over the shop. I mean, what’s always on the rotation is 90s hip-hop, Sean Paul (I know) and Pink. Also The Greatest Showman soundtrack. And a bit of Nashville.

Happiness is?
Happiness is living life, in whatever way that means: loving who you are with, loving what you do (job or hobby) and constantly challenging yourself. Also crisps. Sparkling water and crisps.

What does the future hold for you?
Personally, I am getting married. Don’t worry, she knows. We have a wedding planned for September. Professionally, I really want Million Dollar Maybe to have a life-span after Adelaide Fringe. It has such a great message, and is hilarious. So looking to push that further.

Robyn presents her award-winning one-woman-show, Million Dollar Maybe at Gluttony – Rymill Park, as part of the 2023 Adelaide Fringe, until 5 March. For more information, visit: www.adelaidefringe.com.au for details.

Image: Robyn Perkins (supplied)