It’s not difficult to see why Vikki Stone is one of the fastest rising stars of British comedy.
The award winning stand-up star has had much talked about appearances on ITV This Morning, ITV2’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now and BBC Three’s Britain in Bed.
Her Phillip Schofield Song became an internet hit and was listed in The Huffington Post as one of the Top Ten Viral Videos in 2012.
You may also recognise her from fronting major ad campaigns for Yakult, Cadbury, and Tena Lady.
Vikki’s also had sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe and a string of television appearances.
And she’s chosen next month’s Comedy Night at the Benn Hall to perform her first home town show.
“I’m looking forward to performing in my home town,” said Vikki, 28.
“My show is aimed at people of all ages although it is over 18s only!”
Highlights of Vikki’s career include being invited onto This Morning to perform her song about Phillip Schofield and coming face to face with one of her idols, Victoria Wood, at a show.
“There I was, sat at my piano, when I saw Victoria,” she said.
“She is a heroine of mine so you can imagine the pressure I felt performing in front of her.”
Vikki, who went to Rugby High School and has been in comedy for five years, doesn’t come from a musical background but says “it was always going to be music”.
“My parents don’t know anything about music – my dad’s a mechanic and my mum worked in environmental health – but I was singing and dancing from the age of six.
“They had a piano given to them and I wanted lessons so my dad asked the bloke who played the piano in the pub to teach me. I learnt the theme tune to Lawrence Of Arabia and would play that.”
She also won a scholarship to Wells Cathedral School, a specialist music school, then trained at Rose Bruford College and did a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music.
She was flautist for the National Children’s Orchestra and a member of the National Youth Music Theatre. As musically talented and exciting as she is funny, expect big laughs from this girl with a big voice.
“Going into musical comedy was risqué but it was the right decision for me,” she said.
Vikki, who is moving back to Rugby in the summer, added: “I’ll always have a soft spot for Rugby. I hope lots of people come along to the Benn Hall and enjoy the show.”
The Rugby Advertiser has two pairs of tickets to give away on Thursday, February 20. Email your name and telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org by next Thursday.
Tickets, priced £8, can be booked online at www.bennhall.com or at the box office on (01788) 533719. The comedy starts at 8pm. Over 18s only.