|Toyah Willcox reveals comedy streak
She's already gained fame for her singing and
acting talents, and now Toyah Willcox is venturing into the world of comedy.
Currently rehearsing for The Best Of The 1980s
nostalgia tour in October, Toyah is also planning a one-woman stand-up
show to tour next year.
She tells Teletext: "The show is humorous, it's
irreverent and it's naughty. It's certainly not for the over-60s."
In addition to her own material, Toyah says her
new stand-up show will include extracts from musicals she has appeared
in such as Calamity Jane.
She also hopes to perform some of her late '70s
and early '80s rock songs to raw musical accompaniment.
"It's in the workshop stage at the moment and
I'm working on a musical accompaniment," she says. "I'd love to perform
with just a harp player."
Toyah is busy preparing the set for October's
tour with Nick Heyward, Altered Images and Curiosity Killed the Cat. The
'80s tour kicks off at Kings Lynn's Corn Exchange on October 6, before
moving on around the UK.
"It will be a 40-minute set with predominantly
Toyah material but I want to add two influential anthems from the 1980s,"
she tells Teletext. "It's very high energy and I want the whole audience
to feel involved."
She is also busy writing several books: "I'm writing
two books and one of them is a diary. I can't tell you the subject matter
of the other because it will outrage people.
"It's something that's on everyone's mind and
in the newspapers. I've written it because I think it's hilariously funny
but everyone who's read it thinks it's challenging."
Toyah says since releasing her autobiography in
2000, she's had the busiest four years of her life.
"Maybe it's time to update my career," she tells
Teletext. "I always aimed at having this renaissance and here it is.
"It can be dirty work. The way things work in
this country you can just go round and round in circles. But I've got plenty
of ideas left."
The singer found fame once again when she appeared
on I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here. And she says she'd love to do another
reality TV show.
"I wouldn't go into the jungle again but I'd love
to do something like Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Hell," she says. "I like reality
TV because it's so entertaining.
"But I wouldn't do a reality show to try and get
my name back in the papers. I'm happy with my profile as it is."