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Lou Sanders’ Feelgood Guide

The writer, stand-up and podcast host shares her joy-sparking formula, from re-watching Succession to soothing podcasts

16.04.2020 | Emma Firth
 

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Life has given you lemons, what do you do? Make lem- Ah yes, positive thinking. Of course, when it comes to seeing the brighter side, we all need a helping hand. With that in mind, welcome to our new virtual comedy club, where we ask some of our favourite breakout female comics to share what makes them feel good - from films, songs, podcasts and much more.

Hugging is one of those things you don’t properly miss until you’re told you can’t do it anymore. We’ll take a guess there’s lots of people you are craving to wrap your arms around right now (though, please: virtual hugs until further notice). Each week the writer and stand-up, Lou Sanders, explores this under-celebrated language of love in her new podcast the Cuddle Club; inviting equally hilarious guests, from Katherine Ryan to Mark Watson, to talk cuddling, acts of intimacy and humanity. Similarly, her own stand-up delves deep into her dating history (she once went on a year-long 'man ban', as advised by a healer) and desires. In 2018, her show Shame Pig was the joint winner of the Comedians' Choice Award for Best Show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and she returned to the Festival last year with Say Hello To Your New Step Mummy. From re-watching Succession to downloading soothing podcasts, scroll down to enjoy Lou’s feel-good formula. Over to you Lou.

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THE PERSON WHO MAKES ME LAUGH THE MOST

Online: Nathan Foad, Al Green, and Olga Koch are all very funny on Insta-stories and Twitter. And Catherine Cohen on Insta-live is the best. In real life: Luke McQueen, Brett Goldstein, Lucy Pearman, Ray Badran, Adam Hess…all of my friends really.

I NEED CHEERING UP, SO I’LL STREAM

Mae Martin's new sitcom Feel Good is exceptional. And my friends Megan Ganz and Humphrey Ker have just written something called Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet (available on Apple TV+), which I am really getting in to.

#1 FEEL-GOOD PODCAST

How Do You Cope..? with Elis and John on Radio 5 Live. It's so effortlessly funny, they are so themselves and John is so petty. It's so comforting. So I listen to that and then I call John up for financial advice because he's such a massive square.

AN UNUSAL THING THAT ELEVATES MY MOOD

Honestly, at the moment, anything spiritual: meditation, prayer etc. And NO, it is not clutching at straws, thank you.

self-care is-

LOVELY.

MY DESERT ISLAND TV SHOW

The Luke McQueen Pilots were phenomenal, maybe that or First Dates. Or something with loads of episodes like Succession because there are loads of episodes and it is outstanding. I have seen them all, but I'd watch it again, I can't be sunbathing on the island all the time.

The song that makes ME happy 

Go To Town by Doja Cat. It's so upbeat. I play it before I come on stage. Sorry, I used to play it before I came on stage.

MOST UPLIFTING FILM

Bridesmaids, because it's funny and when do you see so many women in a film? Also, it's a feel-good film. NO SPOILERS BUT I THINK IT ENDS WELL.

THE INSTAGRAM I LOOK AT WHEN I’M FEELING SAD

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No one too aspirational that's for sure. Nathan Foad is very funny on Instagram so maybe his or Al Green.

if I were a Friends character, I WOULD BE

I'd like to be Joey, because he's too dumb for anything to bother him, and I am a bit like that. For example: I once called the gas people around because I could smell gas, but it’s because I was painting, and it was the paint I could smell. Although in reality, I'm probably soppy old Ross.

MY OWN INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT IN THREE WORDS

You love it.

The best/worst thing about group video chats

The best thing is on Houseparty you can crash calls, so you just end up breaking into the parties. I don’t do that, but I've watched my flatmate do it on people's family chats. Sometimes strangers just come into the chats, and they don't know why they're there – it’s pretty funny but this is also the worst thing about it. Plus, the connection is often really bad and everyone's shouting.

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