Queen of dark comedy Julia Davis on humor in 'Sally4Ever': 'It's a slightly heightened reality'
The queen of dark comedy sits down for an exclusive interview with Meaww, where she talks about her inspiration behind the explicit sex-scenes
Julia Davis, the queen of dark comedy brought the cliched but peculiarly not-cliched British sense of humor to American shores when HBO started airing 'Sally4Ever' November 11, and needless to say, all the cringe comedy lovers in the country and beyond have come to worship the British comedian and actress for striking the ingenious note of defining the new-age take on comedy while bending the genre to what we now call Julia Davis's sense of humor.
The 52-year-old comedian's humor is dark. No, not the kind of dark British humor we are used to, so that is why ‘Sally4Ever’ was an extremely uncomfortable watch for even the most well-acquainted cringe-comedy viewers.
In several interviews, Davis openly stated that she, being born in Lambeth, London, with a comfortable upbringing, is not certain from where her dark humor stems from. In an exclusive interview with Meaww, she shared she doesn't think she will ever be able to figure that out. “I don't know if I ever will. I can sort of analyze lots of things from my childhood or whatever, but you know, maybe I was just born with that sort of take on life or something,” she laughed.
Davis admitted her comedy is "really dark," and it's weird for her as she questions "is it really that dark?"
"When I am older, I might as well go 'oh my god!' what was I thinking?' she gleefully said, adding that despite how it comes across as dark or there's a certain bleakness to it, "I do think it has a silliness to it as well."
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"There's some really ridiculous things and some really cartoonish things. So, it's supposed to feel like it's a slightly heightened reality or something." added Davis. In 'Sally4Ever' there's a mixture of a lot of characters. According to Davis, Sally and Nigel are the grounded characters, while Emma is an extreme and so is David, to a certain degree.
"(The characters) sort of inhabits a slightly alternative reality," shared Davis who admitted that most of her characters are based out of the people she's met in her life. (Watch out for another interview on this). While we are on the topic of Julia Davis and her hit 'Sally4Ever', we cannot avoid talking about the groundbreaking "heightened" lesbian sex scene.
Here's what inspired it
Davis’ pilot scene from ‘Sally4Ever’ had viewers astounded, shocked and raving because of the steamiest lesbian sex you've ever witnessed on TV. From breast slapping to extracting tampons with teeth, the new show had everything beyond your wildest imagination.
Davis shares that the inspiration of the scene dawned from the movie 'Blue is the warmest color.' "I just wanted to explore a relationship, in general, between two women, but I also thought it would be interesting to show some sex scene," she said.
In episode two, another baffling sex scene ever to be shown on TV, featured Sally (played by Catherine Shepherd) and Emma (played by Julia Davis) scissoring while Sally's ex-fiance's mother turned back three times to triple-check her eyes.
The inspiration for this scene came from Davis' friend who accidentally saw two women, very much in the position shown in the episode. "It was a bit awkward but she kept looking, which was a very human thing to do," explained Davis.
With four episodes in, and three more to go, we yet have so much to explore of Julia Davis's mind, which conjures the wildest stories featuring the darkest villains in the most every-day kind of way, where the cringe seems normal, but makes you want to cover yourself in a blanket and never come out.