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Jennifer Saunders: Live webchat, Thursday 10 October, 12.15-1.15pm

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 07-Oct-13 17:30:18

Jennifer Saunders is joining us this Thursday (10 October) between 12.15 and 1.15 pm to tell us about her memoir: Bonkers, My Life in Laughs.

Jennifer has been making us laugh since the early 80's; from Comic Strip through to French and Saunders, to the universally acclaimed Ab Fab with plenty of hilarious sketches thrown in (remember Comic Relief's take on Mama Mia?). We're delighted that we've been allowed access to some of the fabulous pics from the book which you can now see in our Gallery: The Many Faces of Jennifer Saunders.

Join us at 12.15 on Thursday to speak to Jennifer LIVE or if you're unable to make that time, post a question to her in advance on this thread.

DoItTooJulia Mon 07-Oct-13 20:05:31

Wow! How exciting!

My question is: how did you realise you were funny?

PuzzleRocks Mon 07-Oct-13 20:32:51

What was your proudest career moment? Do you think you get the recognition you deserve for proving women are just as far more hilarious than men. Do you think it's harder for women comics now or when you were starting out?

What advice do you have for mothers of girls?
Did you find your girls never had any shortage of "friends" and was it an issue sorting the genuine from the starstruck?

Did you think Ade would win Masterchef? Who is the better cook in the Saunders/Edmondson household.

Kudos to you for your laptime on TopGear. What's your favourite car?

Screw the one question limit, this is Jennifer friggin Saunders.

offtogetmesomebrains Mon 07-Oct-13 20:36:35

Hi Jennifer,

I read your interview in the Guardian last week and was quite taken by the bit about you appearing frightening or aloof to other people. I was lucky enough to inherit my mother's 'face like a slapped arse'. I've been told it's quite intimidating to outsiders even when I'm merely contemplating what I'm going to have for my tea. I'm really quite a gentle person inside. To counteract my mean exterior I work really hard contorting my facial muscles into what I think is a mood-neutral shape when I'm meeting new folk. It's pretty exhausting, and quite probably I look a tad on the constipated side.

Basically I was wondering if your blank/frightening/aloof expression bothers you or has been a hindrance to you?

(God…that's sounds pretty rude. Sorry! Clearly it's not just my facial expression that is inappropriate…)

Oh I have the scary face problem too.

I am more interested in your return to the saddle. Are you still riding?

owlface Mon 07-Oct-13 21:01:23

Are you still doing ballet? It was really inspiring for me to see your At The Barre documentary.

member Mon 07-Oct-13 21:01:36

Did you feel your hand was forced into writing your memoir after the release of an unauthorised biography which was cobbled together from press reports already in the public domain?

I used to frequent a pub in Aberdeen with one of your brothers 25 years shockago - I hope S is well!

buttermellow Mon 07-Oct-13 21:13:12

Of all the television shows and films that you've done, which was the most enjoyable to star in?

cocoleBOO Mon 07-Oct-13 22:06:20

God how exciting!

Any chance of any more Jam And Jerusalem?

And on a shallow note you have fabulous skin smile

midwifeandmum Mon 07-Oct-13 22:40:56

Oh dear if i wrote my memoirs. I think ppl would go blind if they read it dont tell my bosses at the nhs lol

Sooo excited to ask u a question jennifer, im a big fan.
I see ur daughter was born on same day and year as me 1986.
Sorry im rambling, just im a mega fan.
Some of my best laughs have been from your acting.
How do u keep a straight face when acting out those scenes?
Xx

Devoncalling123 Mon 07-Oct-13 22:42:15

Now that you and Adrian are grandparents, how do you both find this new role for you?

Ledkr Mon 07-Oct-13 23:09:03

Hi Jennifer.
I just want to thank you for making Ab Fab.
It has truly given my friends and I such a laugh, I've even been in a similar wine tasting "Inccident" to you and Patsy.
As I fellow breast cancer survivor I was sad when you had your diagnosis, I noticed you kept very quiet about it, was that deliberate because do many celebrities are very public about it, I actually found it refreshing that you didn't.
Btw you are looking fabulous.

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Tue 08-Oct-13 01:04:50

I'm hoping I can claim to be one of your earliest fans ( as opposed to oldest) having seen you and Dawn at the Pavilion Theatre, Brighton, in 1977/78?
I'm not sure I really have a question to ask, but I would love to know how you teased Patsy out of Joanna Lumley.

Huge admiration and respect for your determined privacy.

Am actually choking a bit here, I think you are amazing.

xxx

Sparklingbrook Tue 08-Oct-13 12:18:48

Brilliant!!
Jennifer, my favourite sketch ever was the Wagon Wheel one when Dawn is trying to get the huge Wagon Wheel. Plus the school trip one 'this is sensible footwear for geography field trip Miss'. grin
Oh, and the chambermaid sketch.

Oh and envy at being married to Ade Edmonson.

Ooh bit gushy there. Sorry!

merlin Tue 08-Oct-13 12:27:43

Jennifer just wanted to say that Five Go Mad in Dorset is still one of my all time faves! "Ooh Timmy you're so licky" and "bags of tomatoes and lashings of ginger beer" are often quoted in this house!!

I loved the more recent 'grown up ' version too!

Carlammc1 Tue 08-Oct-13 15:12:28

I am am a brand new fan. I saw a few Ab Fab episodes 10 years ago on BBC America, and looked it up again on Youtube recently. Only to discover the actress behind the character! Now I am discovering more and more hilarious skits and shows! I am in love with French and Saunders!

My question is: Have you every been badly hurt from any of the comedy tripping over things or falls to the ground?

ICameOnTheJitney Tue 08-Oct-13 15:14:53

Hi Jennifer....I'd like to ask a question about being a female comedy writer. I was commissioned to write for the team of a BBC radio comedy series... which I won't name and I have to say it was SUCH hard work. Being the only female in the room with a bunch of loud mouthed, confident men was enough to reduce me to a very unfunny state. Maybe my skin is very thin but sometimes, I felt that some of them were deliberately poking at me with a shitty stick. I used to leave the studio and collapse in tears...with relief or disappointment I can't say.

Can you advise me on your coping strategies? What do you DO when men make you feel uncomfortable professionally...? If that's ever happened to you.

MrsBramleyApple Tue 08-Oct-13 17:28:14

Hi Jennifer.
Why do you think Viva Forever didn't take off like Mama Mia did?

headlesslambrini Tue 08-Oct-13 20:25:24

<curtsies in presence of greatness>

Hi
Who do you think is funnier - Dawn or Ade?

southeastdweller Tue 08-Oct-13 20:34:27

The Sunday Times review of your book mentioned you 'having digs at Mumsnet types'. Could you comment on that please?

invicta Tue 08-Oct-13 20:48:37

Hi,

Just read your recent Daily Mail article, after being recommended it by my twin sister. We both had breast cancer, with me getting it literally as she finished her treatment. Some of the comments your article rang true - missing the radiotherapy routine and the nurses you saw daily, finding things pointless at times and how it always seems to loom large in your life. I'm coming up to the hear's anniversary of my treatment finishing. The weird thing about cancer is that I only had it for a few weeks, from diagnosis to operation. However, the treatment and mental thought process lasts a lot longer.

Confuseddd Tue 08-Oct-13 22:58:03

Hi Jennifer, thanks for speaking out about the BBC. All the old school tie, institutional sexism and golden handshakes for execs have got right up my nose too.

What changes would you make if you were made Director General of the BBC???

kodak15 Wed 09-Oct-13 00:40:38

Hello, Jennifer. I first saw you on BBC America in 1997, not long after my mother had died from breast cancer. You and Dawn made me laugh, and I am still thankful for that. The rhetoric used with illness seems to be increasingly combative in tone (here in the U.S., one always has to fight illness), and I was just wondering what you think about it.

cassieandchloe Wed 09-Oct-13 02:10:08

Hi Jennifer,

I am a writer too, and often aspects of my dreams make it into my stories. Have you ever incorporated any scenes from your actual dreams into your writing? If so, are there any examples you would care to share with us? Thank you lovely lady, for a million and one laughs! thanks cake wine

Gigondas Wed 09-Oct-13 06:24:55

In a recent Times interview you commented on cancer survivors as attention seeking-"You suddenly get so much attention, and if you're not used to that, I bet it can sway you a little bit."

These comments caused a lot of controversy ( including on here).
I don't think anyone would think attention would make up for having cancer and particularly coping with the fear of spread or recurrence.

You have since tweeted that this was a twisted representation of what you said.

Have you any comment on what you meant to say?

PrivatePeaceful Wed 09-Oct-13 10:12:58

I would love to see a Girls On Top modern day reunion, what are the chances?

OddSockMonster Wed 09-Oct-13 10:47:27

Hello, my question is...

Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?

Shootingatpigeons Wed 09-Oct-13 11:54:20

What gigs asked? In particular the suggestion that people might enjoy wearing Cancer like a badge. It is the badge no one wants surely? As others have commented you coped with your Breast cancer your way, I coped with mine a different way, personally I find all the "pink" stuff patronising and frustrating, but don't you think you should respect others for coping with their Cancer in whatever works best for them, not how others think they should cope?

johnworf Wed 09-Oct-13 15:05:59

Hi Jennifer, what's in the pipeline for you (and Dawn, dare I dream of you together again?)

Hope to see you back on our screens v v v soon.

xx

IshefromGabon Wed 09-Oct-13 21:46:19

Hi Jennifer. I wish you well with your book. I'm getting it in hard book and audio disk. My question is; do you see yourself acting in dramas or films playing straight roles in the future? I watched you play Lady Hester Stanhope and thought you were excellent in that role. I personally hope you continue with comedy as you are wonderful and it really brightens my day watching a half hour or an hour of one of you shows.

Cammelia Wed 09-Oct-13 23:40:05

Jennifer I saw you at the de la warr pavilion in Bexhill last night - you were fabulous smile

Reenypip Thu 10-Oct-13 02:07:34

Will you ever go on tour again with dawn French?
Or is it definitely over?
We loved French and Saunders live.

Mirage Thu 10-Oct-13 08:19:27

Both my girls are keen riders and I showed them the 'Peter Pan ' sketch on Youtube,which they absolutely loved.grin

Do you still ride,and what is your favourite discipline?

SandWitch Thu 10-Oct-13 09:06:02

Hello Jennifer,
Really excited that you are answering questions today but gutted that I will be in a meeting from 12.00 to 14.00 so will miss you confused

I was just wondering how it felt when the critics panned Viva Forever and what you might have done differently? I took my 8 year old Spice Girls obsessed daughter to see the show in its last week and we both loved it. It was very 'Ab Fab' and all those around me seemed to be having a great time too. The critics just didn't seem to 'get it' which kind of set it up for failure before it began.

One last thing...It's my birthday today - any chance of sharing your favourite joke?

Theyremybiscuits Thu 10-Oct-13 09:29:09

Hello lovely Jennifer!

Thank you for giving me plenty of laughs over your career.

My question is: Were you the class clown at school?

Your new book is my birthday pressie from my Auntie. Really looking forward to it and thanks again.

When you see Dawn, can you tell her we love her too? Xxx

Madlizzy Thu 10-Oct-13 11:25:36

Hi Jennifer. How do you feel about Beattie going into the comedy scene? I saw her sketch group last month and thought they were fab.

morethanpotatoprints Thu 10-Oct-13 11:44:27

Hi Jennifer.

I can remember you and Dawn in Bad News, many years ago, in fact.... too many to remember.
Had you worked together much prior to this and what was it like filming such a classic.
It is watched by many musicians, both present and past who love the subtle jokes, I still laugh now.

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:00:23

Hello. Lovely to finally be on Mumsnet! I am not pregnant at this moment.

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 10-Oct-13 12:00:35

Jennifer Saunders is in the building. Welcome Jennifer...

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:01:04

DoItTooJulia

Wow! How exciting!

My question is: how did you realise you were funny?

People laughed, and once that happens you just keep going. The general default mode in my family was laughter.

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:01:55

Carlammc1

I am am a brand new fan. I saw a few Ab Fab episodes 10 years ago on BBC America, and looked it up again on Youtube recently. Only to discover the actress behind the character! Now I am discovering more and more hilarious skits and shows! I am in love with French and Saunders!

My question is: Have you every been badly hurt from any of the comedy tripping over things or falls to the ground?

I have bruised various parts of my body and it was in the last few Ab Fabs that I decided it would be funny for Edina to fall over and didn't realise it was a concrete floor. I hurt myself very badly but pretended I was fine because pretending to do that is a sort of badge of honour!

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:02:20

cocoleBOO

God how exciting!

Any chance of any more Jam And Jerusalem?

And on a shallow note you have fabulous skin smile

I would love to do more Jam and Jerusalem and so would all the cast. So if there's anyone out there who would like it I'd do it in a second!

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:03:06

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered

I'm hoping I can claim to be one of your earliest fans ( as opposed to oldest) having seen you and Dawn at the Pavilion Theatre, Brighton, in 1977/78?
I'm not sure I really have a question to ask, but I would love to know how you teased Patsy out of Joanna Lumley.

Huge admiration and respect for your determined privacy.

Am actually choking a bit here, I think you are amazing.

xxx

With a lot of backcombing!

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:03:32

johnworf

Hi Jennifer, what's in the pipeline for you (and Dawn, dare I dream of you together again?)

Hope to see you back on our screens v v v soon.

xx

Dare to dream John and I shall join you in that dream. I'm sure we will work together in the near future.

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:03:54

Theyremybiscuits

Hello lovely Jennifer!

Thank you for giving me plenty of laughs over your career.

My question is: Were you the class clown at school?

Your new book is my birthday pressie from my Auntie. Really looking forward to it and thanks again.

When you see Dawn, can you tell her we love her too? Xxx

No. I was quite quiet and spent my time trying to blend in and not be noticed.

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:04:33

Devoncalling123

Now that you and Adrian are grandparents, how do you both find this new role for you?

It's more enjoyable than I ever imagined it could be. We're totally besotted with Freddie and if he's not in the room then we're just looking at photos of him. He's taken over our lives. It's a joy.

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:04:53

ExitPursuedByABear

Oh I have the scary face problem too.

I am more interested in your return to the saddle. Are you still riding?

No I'm not still riding and I wish I was and that's one thing I'm definitely going to start again next year!

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:05:22

Madlizzy

Hi Jennifer. How do you feel about Beattie going into the comedy scene? I saw her sketch group last month and thought they were fab.

It makes me very happy and very very proud. I feel a bit too old to give her advice and luckily she's hilarious.

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:05:39

OddSockMonster

Hello, my question is...

Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?

I'd like Cher to play me!

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:07:06

cassieandchloe

Hi Jennifer,

I am a writer too, and often aspects of my dreams make it into my stories. Have you ever incorporated any scenes from your actual dreams into your writing? If so, are there any examples you would care to share with us? Thank you lovely lady, for a million and one laughs! thanks cake wine

All my dreams tend to be panic dreams about not remembering lines or not having done my homework. It would be very dangerous of me to incorporate these thoughts into any writing I do.

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:07:38

PuzzleRocks

What was your proudest career moment? Do you think you get the recognition you deserve for proving women are just as far more hilarious than men. Do you think it's harder for women comics now or when you were starting out?

What advice do you have for mothers of girls?
Did you find your girls never had any shortage of "friends" and was it an issue sorting the genuine from the starstruck?

Did you think Ade would win Masterchef? Who is the better cook in the Saunders/Edmondson household.

Kudos to you for your laptime on TopGear. What's your favourite car?

Screw the one question limit, this is Jennifer friggin Saunders.

I think my favourite car would be a 1950's Bentley Continental!

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:07:56

JenniferSaunders

PuzzleRocks

What was your proudest career moment? Do you think you get the recognition you deserve for proving women are just as far more hilarious than men. Do you think it's harder for women comics now or when you were starting out?

What advice do you have for mothers of girls?
Did you find your girls never had any shortage of "friends" and was it an issue sorting the genuine from the starstruck?

Did you think Ade would win Masterchef? Who is the better cook in the Saunders/Edmondson household.

Kudos to you for your laptime on TopGear. What's your favourite car?

Screw the one question limit, this is Jennifer friggin Saunders.

I think my favourite car would be a 1950's Bentley Continental!

It's got such a glamourous style about it.

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:09:41

Shootingatpigeons

What gigs asked? In particular the suggestion that people might enjoy wearing Cancer like a badge. It is the badge no one wants surely? As others have commented you coped with your Breast cancer your way, I coped with mine a different way, personally I find all the "pink" stuff patronising and frustrating, but don't you think you should respect others for coping with their Cancer in whatever works best for them, not how others think they should cope?

The conversation about people wearing cancer like a badge came out of a part that I write about in the book and was only relevant to the people who critised me for being positive. It wasn't a generalisation and I completely agree with you. Everyone copes in their own way.

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:10:28

midwifeandmum

Oh dear if i wrote my memoirs. I think ppl would go blind if they read it dont tell my bosses at the nhs lol

Sooo excited to ask u a question jennifer, im a big fan.
I see ur daughter was born on same day and year as me 1986.
Sorry im rambling, just im a mega fan.
Some of my best laughs have been from your acting.
How do u keep a straight face when acting out those scenes?
Xx

You hope you've done all of the laughing you can do by the time rehearsals end so that you can keep a straight face, but if you look at the outtakes you'll see that we're not always successful.

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:11:54

southeastdweller

The Sunday Times review of your book mentioned you 'having digs at Mumsnet types'. Could you comment on that please?

I don't make digs at Mumsnet types! It's all done in a very light-hearted way and all I'm doing is apologising for moments in my life when I haven't been the perfect mother! If you look in the book, I tell the story of misplacing my baby, having had her in the bed breastfeeding one night, which I know isn't recommended practice.

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:12:11

JenniferSaunders

southeastdweller

The Sunday Times review of your book mentioned you 'having digs at Mumsnet types'. Could you comment on that please?

I don't make digs at Mumsnet types! It's all done in a very light-hearted way and all I'm doing is apologising for moments in my life when I haven't been the perfect mother! If you look in the book, I tell the story of misplacing my baby, having had her in the bed breastfeeding one night, which I know isn't recommended practice.

I think Mumsnet is marvellous!

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:12:52

Reenypip

Will you ever go on tour again with dawn French?
Or is it definitely over?
We loved French and Saunders live.

No... and yes. I'm not saying we won't do anything live again, but it won't be in a French and Saunders format.

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:13:15

PrivatePeaceful

I would love to see a Girls On Top modern day reunion, what are the chances?

Very slim!

nowit Thu 10-Oct-13 12:13:38

Hi Jennifer <swoon>

Absolutely love you. French and Saunders and Ab Fab are my comfort blankets. Thank you.

I have a mini comedian in the making, she is but four but everyone she meets says she should be on the telly. She likes to do voices and has done from a young age - she is very funny and does an excellent Daddy Chubby in a northern accent.

How can I encourage her without turning her into a madam? Confidence is not an issue and i'm all for letting her be a child but her natural charisma is commented on a lot. Any advice?

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:14:45

buttermellow

Of all the television shows and films that you've done, which was the most enjoyable to star in?

Well, it's really hard to choose. I couldn't choose between the stuff I've written myself – between French and Saunders and Ab Fab. Stuff I've been in... gosh! I think doing a voice in Shrek was the most enjoyable job I've done, even the singing. I had to sit next to Julie Andrews at the premier in Cannes, and I was very nervous when my singing came on, but afterwards she turned to me and said, "well done, dear."

Crumblemum Thu 10-Oct-13 12:14:49

A really silly question but was it hard to still fancy Ade when you saw him in Bottom? I loved that show but I have to say it made all the boys in my class (at the time) instantly less attractive.

alicethecactus Thu 10-Oct-13 12:15:00

Hi Jennifer!

What's the worst, and the best bit of parenthood? Thanks!

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:15:37

owlface

Are you still doing ballet? It was really inspiring for me to see your At The Barre documentary.

No I'm not still doing ballet, and I no longer have a barre. But I have to say, I do miss it and I have the utmost respect for dancers. My posture at the moment could do with a bit of barre work.

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:16:15

member

Did you feel your hand was forced into writing your memoir after the release of an unauthorised biography which was cobbled together from press reports already in the public domain?

I used to frequent a pub in Aberdeen with one of your brothers 25 years shockago - I hope S is well!

No I didn't feel that at all, because the unauthorised biography was surprisingly kind and nice about me, and very useful in the writing of mine with it's facts and chronology!

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:17:06

offtogetmesomebrains

Hi Jennifer,

I read your interview in the Guardian last week and was quite taken by the bit about you appearing frightening or aloof to other people. I was lucky enough to inherit my mother's 'face like a slapped arse'. I've been told it's quite intimidating to outsiders even when I'm merely contemplating what I'm going to have for my tea. I'm really quite a gentle person inside. To counteract my mean exterior I work really hard contorting my facial muscles into what I think is a mood-neutral shape when I'm meeting new folk. It's pretty exhausting, and quite probably I look a tad on the constipated side.

Basically I was wondering if your blank/frightening/aloof expression bothers you or has been a hindrance to you?

(God&that's sounds pretty rude. Sorry! Clearly it's not just my facial expression that is inappropriate&)

No, don't change your expression, it's very useful. Keep them guessing.

surreygirl Thu 10-Oct-13 12:17:39

Another big fan here Jennifer! And I'm also someone who is quite quiet and spends my time trying to blend in and not be noticed...

Have you ever been asked to do "Strictly" and if not, would you ever think of doing it if asked one year?! Or do you think Edina would ever do a "Comic Relief" one? smile

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:18:00

JenniferSaunders

offtogetmesomebrains

Hi Jennifer,

I read your interview in the Guardian last week and was quite taken by the bit about you appearing frightening or aloof to other people. I was lucky enough to inherit my mother's 'face like a slapped arse'. I've been told it's quite intimidating to outsiders even when I'm merely contemplating what I'm going to have for my tea. I'm really quite a gentle person inside. To counteract my mean exterior I work really hard contorting my facial muscles into what I think is a mood-neutral shape when I'm meeting new folk. It's pretty exhausting, and quite probably I look a tad on the constipated side.

Basically I was wondering if your blank/frightening/aloof expression bothers you or has been a hindrance to you?

(God&that's sounds pretty rude. Sorry! Clearly it's not just my facial expression that is inappropriate&)

No, don't change your expression, it's very useful. Keep them guessing.

I don't think it's ever been a hinderence but it was very useful in the double act that I was always seen as the quiet intimidating one and Dawn was seen as the jolly sociable one. She could say things to people like, "Jen's not happy" and get things changed and moved about. I was always held up as a threat.

duffy Thu 10-Oct-13 12:18:39

So, I suppose someone's got to ask so it might as well be me, do you by any chance use a penisbeaker in your house?

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:18:55

IshefromGabon

Hi Jennifer. I wish you well with your book. I'm getting it in hard book and audio disk. My question is; do you see yourself acting in dramas or films playing straight roles in the future? I watched you play Lady Hester Stanhope and thought you were excellent in that role. I personally hope you continue with comedy as you are wonderful and it really brightens my day watching a half hour or an hour of one of you shows.

I don't mind doing straight stuff as long as it's fairly light-weight. The trouble is I can't take my serious face seriously and even the thought of me being serious makes me laugh. Dawn is much better at acting than me.

GoldFeather Thu 10-Oct-13 12:19:21

Hi Jennifer, what would you say has been your career highlight? I've always imagined working on Ab Fab would be the best job ever! And I for one would love to see a film of it... Thanks for years of laughs.

motherofmuddles Thu 10-Oct-13 12:19:42

Hi Jennifer
V v hard to stick to one questions, so many I could ask - you are on my
" if you could invite anyone to dinner who would it be list"
Why is it that there are less female comedians than male - hoping you'll know from your insider vantage point so to speak?
And thank you for making me laugh so so much from the Comic Strip to Ad Fab- I've loved it all

laurensween Thu 10-Oct-13 12:19:46

Hi Jennifer!

Did you enjoy the experience writing your memoir - which I am very excited to read! And would you ever consider becoming an author?

Big RESPECT!! Lauren :D

Mimstar Thu 10-Oct-13 12:20:01

My daughter is 4 and she's just been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. I've not been sleeping very well and I've been watching Ab Fab in bed to cheer myself up, I absolutely love it and have been watching it since I was probably too young to do so! So I just want to say thank you, thank you for creating something which is making me smile during a difficult time smile

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:20:12

surreygirl

Another big fan here Jennifer! And I'm also someone who is quite quiet and spends my time trying to blend in and not be noticed...

Have you ever been asked to do "Strictly" and if not, would you ever think of doing it if asked one year?! Or do you think Edina would ever do a "Comic Relief" one? smile

I was asked to do Strictly at the beginning, and if I was ever going to do it I should have done it at the beginning when there wasn't quite the expectation that people could dance at all. I wouldn't do it now because I've looked in the mirror and I know what I would look like dancing. I'm sure most people go on it just to lose weight.

tripethelightfantastic Thu 10-Oct-13 12:20:23

<waves>

How do you feel about your husband winning materchef? Are your proud or a tiny bit jel? Would you ever want to do something like that? You would be brilliant on Strictly!

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:20:47

duffy

So, I suppose someone's got to ask so it might as well be me, do you by any chance use a penisbeaker in your house?

I do have a beaker by my bed. I don't call it a beaker - I call it a glass of water and if I ever found my husband putting his penis in it I'd probably divorce him immediately.

tripethelightfantastic Thu 10-Oct-13 12:20:49

ahh, x post with surreygirl!

Halexlo Thu 10-Oct-13 12:21:08

Hello Jennifer!!!

I'm such a big fan. Your shows were always on in the house growing up (my mum is a fan too) I loved Ab Fab. What was your inspiration for Eddy Monsoon? And the plot in general? do you know any similar characters in real life!

xx

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:23:29

alicethecactus

Hi Jennifer!

What's the worst, and the best bit of parenthood? Thanks!

Well I have to say I enjoyed my kids at all ages and I still enjoy them now. The best moments are when everyone's round the table having a meal and the girls take it upon themselves to entertain us with impressions and stories and we're all laughing and having fun. It's one of the best feelings. One of the worst things is when your children start treating you like a child.

Angeleno Thu 10-Oct-13 12:25:04

Hiya Jennifer,

In the new Bridget Jones book, Bridget wonders if the best way to raise normal, good children is to be as badly behaved as possible as a parent, and references Saffy in Absolutely Fabulous! Would you agree?

xx

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:25:50

Halexlo

Hello Jennifer!!!

I'm such a big fan. Your shows were always on in the house growing up (my mum is a fan too) I loved Ab Fab. What was your inspiration for Eddy Monsoon? And the plot in general? do you know any similar characters in real life!

xx

No, I thank god I don't know any similar characters in real life. I think they'd be a nightmare to know! Eddy was inspired by various people I'd known, one who was in PR, one who had a very straight daughter but who was herself crazy, the rest of it comes from imagination and bits of me. Sometimes Eddy's a great way of getting away with saying things I wouldn't say myself, and in my book I have a few rants and say them as myself and take the flack.

Sparklingbrook Thu 10-Oct-13 12:25:51

Hello.How about getting Ade to do Strictly? He would be fab-and he would get my vote. smile

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:26:56

nowit

Hi Jennifer <swoon>

Absolutely love you. French and Saunders and Ab Fab are my comfort blankets. Thank you.

I have a mini comedian in the making, she is but four but everyone she meets says she should be on the telly. She likes to do voices and has done from a young age - she is very funny and does an excellent Daddy Chubby in a northern accent.

How can I encourage her without turning her into a madam? Confidence is not an issue and i'm all for letting her be a child but her natural charisma is commented on a lot. Any advice?

I think that the way to encourage her is to keep being a good audience, which you obviously are being. Don't try and get her to repeat really funny things too often, let her just enjoy the reaction she's getting and she'll work it out for herself.

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:27:26

Sparklingbrook

Hello.How about getting Ade to do Strictly? He would be fab-and he would get my vote. smile

Well... I'll tell him! He's actually quite a good mover Ade.

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:28:11

Angeleno

Hiya Jennifer,

In the new Bridget Jones book, Bridget wonders if the best way to raise normal, good children is to be as badly behaved as possible as a parent, and references Saffy in Absolutely Fabulous! Would you agree?

xx

No because Saffy is just as damaged as Edina and Patsy, she just exhibits it in a different way. It's a terrible menage-et-trois of psychological torture!

twogiraffes Thu 10-Oct-13 12:28:34

Hi Jennifer

What would your 'alternative career' be? And if there was anything in your life you'd have done differently what would it be?

cm22v077 Thu 10-Oct-13 12:28:58

Hi Jennifer,

Great to have you on Mumsnet! I've only recently found out that you're married to Ade! I loved celebrity masterchef and knew he would win! <smug>
So what's it like living with a masterchef champion? Are you treated to fine dining every evening?

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:29:23

tripethelightfantastic

<waves>

How do you feel about your husband winning materchef? Are your proud or a tiny bit jel? Would you ever want to do something like that? You would be brilliant on Strictly!

Not jealous at all because I saw how much hard work it was and Ade's very good at putting his mind to something and giving it everything and he's very clever. I think I'd just get very tired and grumpy. However, the upside of Masterchef is we have a marvellously equipped kitchen and lovely food to eat.

KatMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 10-Oct-13 12:30:18

Hi Jennifer! Wondering if we could be cheeky and ask you a few questions from Gransnet...

- We heard you became a grandmother in August last year, what's your top grandparenting tip?
- What does Freddie call you? And Adrian? Were you given a choice?

Thank you! GNHQ cake xx

Sparklingbrook Thu 10-Oct-13 12:30:24

Ooh dancing and cooking. envy

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:31:53

laurensween

Hi Jennifer!

Did you enjoy the experience writing your memoir - which I am very excited to read! And would you ever consider becoming an author?

Big RESPECT!! Lauren :D

I did enjoy it and I enjoyed it the moment I discovered how to write it in my own voice and stopped trying to pretend to be a writer. I'm not a natural author, and I certainly shan't be trying out novel writing, although of course I'm expecting to win Booker prize and the Nobel prize for my book. And of course the most prestigious, Richard and Judy. I actually think I deserve the prize for best book note... Which refers to Dolly Parton's breasts.

RubyRR Thu 10-Oct-13 12:32:34

The fastest responses ever on a web chat! I loved watching you and Dawn as a teen, we had a great dance routine to the theme of girls on top! If I tried it now I think I'd end up at A&E. I really enjoy listening to you and Dawn on radio 2, do you have any more dates lined up? Or could you take over Sunday mornings please? That would be perfect!

CinnamonStix Thu 10-Oct-13 12:33:08

Hi Jennifer! In hindsight, is there anything you would have changed about Viva Forever?

CanCanSal Thu 10-Oct-13 12:33:53

Hi Jennifer smile

A hypothetical question - if you didn't have the opportunities that were presented to you at the start of your career, and something like Britain's Got Talent existed, would you have applied to perform for the judges or would you have persisted with another career? If so, what would that other career have been? Also, what is your opinion of such shows? I'm glad your career did go the way it went, couldn't imagine comedy without you!

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:35:59

motherofmuddles

Hi Jennifer
V v hard to stick to one questions, so many I could ask - you are on my
" if you could invite anyone to dinner who would it be list"
Why is it that there are less female comedians than male - hoping you'll know from your insider vantage point so to speak?
And thank you for making me laugh so so much from the Comic Strip to Ad Fab- I've loved it all

I think stand-up is quite different to what I do and there are definitely in the UK less female stand-ups because it takes quite a lot of competitive energy and I think often women don't want to aggressively compete in the same way. I think the ones that have made are of extraordinary comedy. There are an awful lot of men out there who are basically crap, but they're fuelled by enough testosterone and fake confidence to get away with it.

I think David Sedaris would be a great perfect to have a meal with.

Mimstar Thu 10-Oct-13 12:36:35

Oh I didn't actually ask a question in my previous post, can I post one please MN?!

I loved your cameo in Friends, really funny. What current TV Show would you love to appear in?

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:36:54

RubyRR

The fastest responses ever on a web chat! I loved watching you and Dawn as a teen, we had a great dance routine to the theme of girls on top! If I tried it now I think I'd end up at A&E. I really enjoy listening to you and Dawn on radio 2, do you have any more dates lined up? Or could you take over Sunday mornings please? That would be perfect!

Yes we're doing more radio at Christmas. Because Dawn lives in Cornwall and I live in London and generally being busy we tend to do it occasionally.

achiltibuie Thu 10-Oct-13 12:37:25

Hi Jennifer!

How do you feel modern TV comedy compares to when you were first starting out?

OmNom Thu 10-Oct-13 12:38:04

Hello Jennifer <swoons>

I grew up in the eighties, and you and Dawn French were brilliant role models for young women - funny, clever, confident, attractive but not in a way that defined your public personae.

Would you say you're a feminist? And do you think there was something about the DIY, punk-influenced ethos of the eighties that was particularly liberating for women like you? Or was it the same old seething mass of prejudice underneath a thin veneer of radicalism?

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:39:20

CanCanSal

Hi Jennifer smile

A hypothetical question - if you didn't have the opportunities that were presented to you at the start of your career, and something like Britain's Got Talent existed, would you have applied to perform for the judges or would you have persisted with another career? If so, what would that other career have been? Also, what is your opinion of such shows? I'm glad your career did go the way it went, couldn't imagine comedy without you!

What a brilliant question! I do believe that people who are talented and are willing to work really hard will make it anyway, and it's the hours that you have to put in that the contestants on the talent shows don't realise. I think if you're serious about a singing career, I don't think that not winning X Factor should mean your life is over and it's the end of opportunity. And also you shouldn't just want to be famous. I have no idea what I would have done if I Britain's Got Talent was around when I was starting out, but I don't think we would have seriously auditioned.

laurensween Thu 10-Oct-13 12:42:23

"Dolly Parton's breasts" ?! I am intrigued.... !! Good luck with it all and can't wait for any subsequent projects, whatever they may be!

PS, I'm not even a mum. Signed up just for this! Shhhh don't tell anyone!!

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:42:54

achiltibuie

Hi Jennifer!

How do you feel modern TV comedy compares to when you were first starting out?

Well there's a lot more of it for a start. There seems to be 10 times more channels but half the television. The budgets for comedy are tiny now compared to in my day. There was a lot of traditional comedy shows around when we first started out, and it was shows like The Young Ones that cut through all of that, but then of course there had been Monty Python. One of the problems nowadays is that TV isn't always a common experience and therefore audiences are much smaller. I think nowadays there's a lot more younger people on TV.

Sparklingbrook Thu 10-Oct-13 12:43:08

You have to stay now lauren. Tis the rules. grin

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Thu 10-Oct-13 12:43:24

"Backcombing!" Of course grin. Thank you.

I'm going to sneak another one as you're getting though them so quickly.

Who makes you laugh the most?

hairtwiddler Thu 10-Oct-13 12:43:50

Hi Jennifer. Apologies if this has been asked already, jumping in here!
Who do you think are the best up and coming female comedians/writers?

Sparklingbrook Thu 10-Oct-13 12:44:50

10 times more channels but half the television. That right there sums it up nicely Jennifer. It's depressing. sad

midwifeandmum Thu 10-Oct-13 12:46:19

Thanx for ur reply jennifer.
There has been alot of bad press at the moment about how bad our maternity service is. And alot of bad birth stories.
As a midwife, I aim to provide the best care possible.

How was ur birthing experiences (apart from being agony LOL)

Zoe xx

CanCanSal Thu 10-Oct-13 12:46:34

So my next question would be, as you ARE famous, whether or not that was your intention at the beginning, is there anything about being famous that you do/don't enjoy in particular? And, have your opinions of fame changed over the years and as you have got older?

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:46:49

OmNom

Hello Jennifer <swoons>

I grew up in the eighties, and you and Dawn French were brilliant role models for young women - funny, clever, confident, attractive but not in a way that defined your public personae.

Would you say you're a feminist? And do you think there was something about the DIY, punk-influenced ethos of the eighties that was particularly liberating for women like you? Or was it the same old seething mass of prejudice underneath a thin veneer of radicalism?

Crikey!! <Reaches for dictionary> growing up in the seventies, I wouldn't have called myself a feminist because we got the tail-end of the women's lib and strident feminists of the day, and I think that put a lot of young girls off. But I think now I definitely would call myself a feminist, and I think feminism is being revived in a very great way, and I would encourage my girls to think of themselves as feminists. The irony is that when we started out our career, Dawn and I were part of a group of men, and I think it would have been a lot harder if we were on our own. Ironically, we were supported by men. I think there's been a huge regression, certainly in the TV world, in how women are allowed to be represented on TV. There is a kind of view that women are allowed to be on if they're somehow linked to, attached to or with a man, and that single strong-minded women aren't really what's called for, which is why female comedians who are a little bit different find it hard. Men are expected to be weird and crazy but if a woman does that she's considered actually mad.

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:48:44

Mimstar

Oh I didn't actually ask a question in my previous post, can I post one please MN?!

I loved your cameo in Friends, really funny. What current TV Show would you love to appear in?

I'd love to be on The Great British Bake Off. I'd love to be in Girls... I wouldn't even have to be in the show, just hang out. I'd love to be in The Killing –or any Danish drama involving murder. I'd like to be in a murder show. If you're going to be serious you have to be really serious... Like death. I'd like to play a psychopath!

YouTheCat Thu 10-Oct-13 12:50:13

Hi Jennifer. grin

Out of all the Comic Strip series, which was your favourite?

Mimstar Thu 10-Oct-13 12:51:03

Oh thank you for answering, Girls is my favourite thing on TV right now. I think you would be great as one of Jessa's relatives grin

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:51:16

midwifeandmum

Thanx for ur reply jennifer.
There has been alot of bad press at the moment about how bad our maternity service is. And alot of bad birth stories.
As a midwife, I aim to provide the best care possible.

How was ur birthing experiences (apart from being agony LOL)

Zoe xx

I had three children and each was different. The first one I prepared for massively - I went to classes, I sat cross-legged with hippies in Hampstead and discussed the eating of the placenta. I prepared my bag with the correct music, candles, clothing changes and massage oils, but when it actually came to it the only thing I used was the lip-salve! She was born in about eight hours straight in hospital using gas and air, that would be my drug of choice.

My second one I had at home and it was a bit longer and a bit more painful. And the third one I started at home, but she refused to come out so I had to go to hospital where I had an epidural and more gas and air! They got longer and longer, the idea of them getting easier is nonsense! The third one I screamed so loud that the other children asked if there was a dragon in the house <does lovely dragon impression>

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:51:56

hairtwiddler

Hi Jennifer. Apologies if this has been asked already, jumping in here!
Who do you think are the best up and coming female comedians/writers?

Beattie Edmondson is a brilliant comedian, incredibly funny, a wonderful writer and actress. She works with two others called The Birthday Girls. If they're gigging with you - catch them!

hairtwiddler Thu 10-Oct-13 12:52:38

Thank you. I will!

Gigglesworth Thu 10-Oct-13 12:54:44

I heard it's something a lot of celebs do, so I was wondering whether you have ever "Google'd" yourself? Or read comments on YouTube where people have uploaded clips of your shows? If you were to come across negative feedback, how would you take it? I really hope you wouldn't give two tits!

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:54:45

CanCanSal

So my next question would be, as you ARE famous, whether or not that was your intention at the beginning, is there anything about being famous that you do/don't enjoy in particular? And, have your opinions of fame changed over the years and as you have got older?

I think that the idea of fame is very different now to what it was when I started out. I think I probably did want to become famous, because I think everyone has a fantasy about being a rockstar or a famous actress or something like that. I didn't go into the job I was doing thinking I was going to be famous, because I didn't know if it would last more than six months. I basically love doing my job and making people laugh, and being famous has its good points <thinks hard... fails>. Disadvantages... the lack of places I can go and just have a good old stare, because it's very disconcerting if they're staring back. I have to go abroad.

Icelollycraving Thu 10-Oct-13 12:55:24

So which parts of mumsnet do you read? Are you an Aibu fab? Would it make great comedy?

morethanpotatoprints Thu 10-Oct-13 12:56:11

Hi Jennifer, I posted right before you came on.

What was it like filming Bad News? Can you remember that far back and had you and Dawn worked together much before this?

Icelollycraving Thu 10-Oct-13 12:56:39

And do you still wear a turban when dodging Dawn at home? grin

midwifeandmum Thu 10-Oct-13 12:56:40

Thankyou for reply

Dragon noises -so funny. I advocate gas and air lol. Altho i had 2 emer cs with dds.

The art of home birth is dying out in my area of scotland. So well done u on homebirth!!!

I feel things are becoming more medicalised again.

My mum had me in 86 ( same day as ur daughter). Things have changed since then and NOT for the better

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:56:42

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered

"Backcombing!" Of course grin. Thank you.

I'm going to sneak another one as you're getting though them so quickly.

Who makes you laugh the most?

Well... My father used to make us laugh a lot, and even though he's no longer with us we still tell his jokes a lot.

gussiegrips Thu 10-Oct-13 12:59:10

Hi Jennifer <curtseys>

Dawn French is a knitter, I know that because I have knitting books written by her.

Did you two knit together, or was she simply annoying with the constant click-click-click? I believe those are the only possible scenarios between obsessive knitters/non knitters

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 12:59:14

Gigglesworth

I heard it's something a lot of celebs do, so I was wondering whether you have ever "Google'd" yourself? Or read comments on YouTube where people have uploaded clips of your shows? If you were to come across negative feedback, how would you take it? I really hope you wouldn't give two tits!

I have Googled myself to see what comes up. Often if you're researching photos, you go back and you find things you weren't expecting. For the book I went back to look at photos of me in the eighties. I try not to Google myself. I don't know - it's quite depressing sometimes. I have looked at clips on Youtube. I started looking at clips of Ab Fab and I found myself missing it terrible, that's the worst thing. I don't read a lot of comments because criticism because you either don't like it or you get cross...

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 13:00:31

YouTheCat

Hi Jennifer. grin

Out of all the Comic Strip series, which was your favourite?

I think one of my favourites is The Beat Generation because when we made it we didn't know what we were doing but it seemed to be quite weird and enjoyable.

YouTheCat Thu 10-Oct-13 13:01:43

I did enjoy that one. It reminds me of my daughter's friends a bit. grin

Thanks

GforT Thu 10-Oct-13 13:01:54

Jennifer, give us your best joke! You know, like "Knock, knock.."

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 13:02:04

gussiegrips

Hi Jennifer <curtseys>

Dawn French is a knitter, I know that because I have knitting books written by her.

Did you two knit together, or was she simply annoying with the constant click-click-click? --I believe those are the only possible scenarios between obsessive knitters/non knitters--

She's always annoying, especially when she's click-click-clicking. I can honestly say I have never seen her knit anything. She once had a book called Big Knits in the eighties, and I can assure you she didn't knit any of it. The only clicking in our relationship is of my knees.... Still available on Amazon... Five star reviews!

Badgerous Thu 10-Oct-13 13:02:57

Hi Jennifer,
My mum introduced me to ab fab and French and Saunders (apologies for awful typing I'm dodging peas aimed at my head by a toddler with a terrifying throwing arm).
As a new mother I'm learning about competitive parenting, having been previously oblivious!
My question is: did you ever come up against competitive parenting and how did you deal with it?

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 13:03:02

Icelollycraving

And do you still wear a turban when dodging Dawn at home? grin

I'm wearing one now. It's a very useful accessory on a bad hair day. I learnt all I know about wearing turbans from Joan Collins.

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 13:03:41

morethanpotatoprints

Hi Jennifer, I posted right before you came on.

What was it like filming Bad News? Can you remember that far back and had you and Dawn worked together much before this?

Dawn and I had been working together for at least two years before Bad News and we all had live work in the comic strip.

gussiegrips Thu 10-Oct-13 13:04:31

your knees are available on Amazon? Ooooh, and Christmas is coming up...

Rebecca879294 Thu 10-Oct-13 13:05:03

Hi Jennifer smile

You have worked with Helena Bonham Carter back in the 'Hospital' episode of Ab Fab. I was wondering, would you like to work with her again in the future?

xoxo

Icelollycraving Thu 10-Oct-13 13:05:08

I love Joan Collins. There's nothing that woman can't do with a turban & some scarlet lipgloss.

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 13:05:13

Badgerous

Hi Jennifer,
My mum introduced me to ab fab and French and Saunders (apologies for awful typing I'm dodging peas aimed at my head by a toddler with a terrifying throwing arm).
As a new mother I'm learning about competitive parenting, having been previously oblivious!
My question is: did you ever come up against competitive parenting and how did you deal with it?

You come across it at school gates often and it's generally from people you don't know very well. I try to avoid talking to any other mothers at all costs at all times. The ones that annoyed me the most were the ones who blamed the children, the small toddlers, for the fact that they had been late to school. That sometime, a four-year-old hadn't got himself dressed and to school on time! It's attention-seeking parenting I don't like I think.

YouTheCat Thu 10-Oct-13 13:05:24

Puts knees into Wishlist grin

morethanpotatoprints Thu 10-Oct-13 13:05:43

Thank you for your reply. I still have my copy of the film and it is so funny.

Sparklingbrook Thu 10-Oct-13 13:06:00

I love a towelling turban. blush

Badgerous Thu 10-Oct-13 13:07:17

Excellent strategy thank you! Also please do make more Jam and Jerusalem

<puts towelling turban on Christmas wish list>

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 13:08:23

Rebecca879294

Hi Jennifer smile

You have worked with Helena Bonham Carter back in the 'Hospital' episode of Ab Fab. I was wondering, would you like to work with her again in the future?

xoxo

Yes I would love to! I meet her all the time and beg to be in any of the award-winning stuff she's in... Not the shit though! The award winning stuff.

Icelollycraving Thu 10-Oct-13 13:08:37

The real question sparkling is if Jennifer would consider appearing on Doctors?

JenniferSaunders Thu 10-Oct-13 13:11:06

What a joy to be finally considered worthy of Mumsnet!

midwifeandmum Thu 10-Oct-13 13:11:39

Xmas for Eastenders.......

Id love for Edina and Patsy to take over The Queen Vic. Patsy would drink it dry.

YouTheCat Thu 10-Oct-13 13:12:45

The written exam is easy... it's the practical that stings a bit. Plus there's the initiation. grin

betty211 Thu 10-Oct-13 13:12:58

As a mother, which of your traits do you think your daughters have inherited?

Sparklingbrook Thu 10-Oct-13 13:13:12

smile ice. That really would be the pinnacle.

treena45 Thu 10-Oct-13 13:13:50

Hello Jennifer!
Such a pleasure to meet you on the interweb!
I discovered your work in 2011 and haven't stopped watching it since!
I was quite disappointed when I realised you had only been in Australia for your farewell tour two years previous to my slight F&S obsession.

I just wanted to say, that I think Jam and Jerusalem has probably been my favourite show, such great writing, comedy, and characters! Was there any particular show you have enjoyed writing for more than another?

So excited for your book btw... I had my parents pre-order it for me as a late birthday present.

Treena

DSJamesHathaway Thu 10-Oct-13 13:13:55

I think I saw above that you are a fan of the Great British Bake Off. Who do you think should win this year and who would you like to win?

ToysRLuv Thu 10-Oct-13 13:14:11

Just popped in to say, I love your work and spend a sizeable part of last night watching old French and Saunders sketches, so was knackered this morning.

I would like to ask, what would be the biggest lesson you've learned about being a mum and a partner?

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Thu 10-Oct-13 13:14:47

Yes, GForT I was going to ask if Jennifer would tell us one of her father's jokes?

SleeplessInBedfordshire Thu 10-Oct-13 13:20:08

Jennifer, what's your favourite French and Saunders comedy sketch?

Mine is the parody of Shakespeare's Sister, Stay. It still pops into my head now and then, all these years later. I showed my husband the YouTube video compared to the original and we were both in stitches!
I also loved Ab Fab. Thank you for all the laughs smile

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Thu 10-Oct-13 13:23:00

Oh, has she gone?

<deflates>

MotherOfSoupDragon Thu 10-Oct-13 13:38:28

Hi Jennifer, I hope you are well? Great to meet you here!

I would like to know if you are funny with your children or "just another mum"?! What do you children think of your sketches?

ICameOnTheJitney Thu 10-Oct-13 13:56:48

My question wasn't answered. sad

MolehillAlchemy Thu 10-Oct-13 15:53:00

ICameOnTheJitney - I thought your question was great and was looking forward to seeing Jennifer's answer :-(

It brought a tear (well, several) to my eye when she said that although her father has passed away, they still tell his jokes. So touching. And what a lovely way to be remembered.

ICameOnTheJitney Thu 10-Oct-13 15:56:14

That was a nice sentiment and one I relate to as well. I think people are often remembered best when remembered for their humour. Comedy is what keeps us going in the darkest of times isn't it?

MrsBramleyApple Thu 10-Oct-13 16:04:08

She didn't answer my question re Viva Forever! She obviously doesn't want to be reminded about it! grin

Rachelpeglerartistwifenmummy24 Thu 10-Oct-13 17:03:36

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Rachelpeglerartistwifenmummy24 Thu 10-Oct-13 17:06:11

Ah i also forgot to mention that i record my life in laughs too ...... its blimmin good therapy ;0)

Rachelpeglerartistwifenmummy24 Thu 10-Oct-13 17:07:30

Oh crap!! i just noticed the date ........ duh missed that then :0/

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 10-Oct-13 18:05:33

You can now read the FULL ARCHIVED webchat along with EXCLUSIVE VIDEO FOOTAGE of Jennifer at MNHQ here:

Jennifer Saunders webchat

SandWitch Thu 10-Oct-13 19:43:56

Didn't answer my question, or even wish me happy birthday hmm

Not the lovely end that I might have hoped for to what has been a piss poor day.

Ignore me, feeling sorry for myself.

Madlizzy Thu 10-Oct-13 21:41:27

I got a question answered :D I'm chuffed, cos that sort of thing never happens for me.

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Sierra753 Sun 13-Oct-13 10:04:33

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What can someone have posted that would be deleted?

<shocked>

Sparklingbrook Sun 13-Oct-13 22:26:22

Spambot Exit. Twice!

Sparklingbrook Sun 13-Oct-13 22:26:53

I really wish the deletion message would differentiate between vileness and spam.

Spam. What was that all about?

Sparklingbrook Sun 13-Oct-13 22:34:12

It's usually automated and loads of threads get the same ad-I think it was about earning some extra $$$$s or something.

I meant the tinned stuff.

Sparklingbrook Sun 13-Oct-13 22:35:33

Ooh my two love a Spam Fritter still. grin

<channels Monty Python>

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