Scottish comedian Susie McCabe took her first steps into stand up as part of a drunken dare; she had to choose between stripping off her clothes or downing shots. Susie chose the latter. Little did she know, once the shots went down, she would realise that comedy was her calling.
After a successful formative career working in the construction industry, Susie has now cemented herself as one of rising stars of UK stand up. Her rise through the ranks has been nothing short of meteoric.
Born in 1980 to a Catholic family in Garrowhill in Glasgow's East End, she was nurtured with rigid Catholic rudiments, but that did not interfere with how she felt about herself.
Susie was eight years old when she discovered that she was a lesbian. She took her time and eventually revealed her sexual orientation to her family at the age of 17. Though many were worried, upset, and disappointed by the news, she started living with the identity that made her feel comfortable.
She initially trained as an electrician and later advanced to the position of an estimator, firmly establishing herself in the construction industry. However, following her drunken dare, she took the prospect of a comedy career seriously and enrolled in Viv Gee's comedy class.
The bookings started to flow thick and fast, and established acts such as Dylan Moran, Janey Godley and Kevin Bridges backed her all the way — the latter of whom took her on tour as his support act and commented that she was “a naturally funny storyteller and a genuine stand up”.
Susie McCabe continues to be one of the fastest selling acts at the Glasgow international comedy festival, with multiple Scottish comedy awards under her belt for Best Headliner and Best Show which she collected for her Solo show Domestic Disaster.
Susie’s brilliant raconteur-style storytelling, acute observations and killer punchlines have made her one of the most sought-after performers in the UK. She has supported the likes of Ardal O’Hanlon, John Bishop and Stewart Francis on their national tours.
She is a well-known Scottish nationalist who has made appearance on BBC1's Question Time and BBC Scotland's Debate Night supporting the SNP.