Comedienne, actress, writer, television presenter, podcaster and mama – is there anything Olivia Lee can’t do? Having got her big break on Channel 4’s comedy show Balls of Steel with her cheeky slot, Prank TV with Miss Lee, Olivia hasn’t looked back since. Penning her own Comedy Central UK show Olivia Lee: Dirty, Sexy, Funny, it wasn’t long before the she hit the States with her outlandish humour regularly appearing on NBC’s The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Keep an eye out for Olivia in Series Three of ‘In The Long Run’, the Idris Elba sit-com due to air on Sky early next year.
From script writing to co-hosting Frank The Podcast alongside Maria Shehata, Olivia’s latest project is one we blummin’ love – her brand new comedy mindfulness album “Mindful Mum; How Not To Lose Your Total F*cking Sh*t”. It’s sweary, it’s honest, it’s utterly relatable and totally refreshing as a new mum trying to do it all. Overwhelmed by the daily juggle and pressure to be perfect mama, Olivia wanted to create an album dedicated to those days where you just wanna pause that parenting button devour a family sized tub of ice cream and just have a good, old rant. As Olivia says ‘…it’s about honouring and embracing ALL of your feelings – even the dark pit of rage you have welling up in the very core of your being.’
Between penning new pilots and taking “Mindful Mum: How Not To Lose Your Total S**T” to the stage this winter, we managed to nab ten with Olivia to chat about all thing family food, superfood coffees and how peaceful brunches mean it’s all about the iPad – get ready for our most revealing Table Talk yet…
1. I’d like a table for…
Three, just me any my two boys, the very big one (husbands a tall lad) and the lil one (my son Teddy is three) one of my favourite things after a long work week is to go out for brunch with my boys, one reads the paper, the other stares at his i-pad, while I check Instagram – what’s not to love?
2. Early-birds catch the coffee at…
Planet Organic in Muswell Hill, it’s a short walk from my house and I pass it on my way to do nursery drop off. The superfood coffee is delicious, a caffeinated taste sensation. Not sure what goes in it to make it ‘super’ to be honest? I’m presuming what with it being Planet Organic it’s something Green, and hideously expensive. Either way it’s worth it as it’s quite magnificent.
3. Best brunch with kids?
Bill’s in Muswell Hill. We are in their most weekend. The staff are always so happy and accommodating, especially as my toddler loves to walk around high fiving everyone, pointing at peoples food (up close) and trying to grab random customers phones. But the staff laugh it all off, as do the friendly locals. It’s got quite the vibe. Brunch aint half bad either. They do a lovely sausage. I love a sausage.
4. Children’s menu must-visits…
Bill’s. It’s all about Bill’s, they do a great kids menu that comes with FREE crudités and juice. I’m Jewish, you can imagine my excitement at this.
5. Where do you grab a bite with mums en masse?
Has to be Soho or Shoreditch House. My life used to be so glamours before I had Teddy. Most days I’m lucky if I manage to get dressed. So when I do make my way out it has to be somewhere glam. Also – the membership costs a small fortune so I gotta make good use of it, so if anyone fancies a night out there, hit me up will ya? Seriously, who am I kidding, I never go out at night anymore.
6. Hidden gem for treating tiny ones?
La Dinette in Muswell Hill (as you can tell, I rarely leave Muswell Hill) the food is delicious and there’s a play area for kids, which means if I’m lucky I can sob into my latte with tiredness and the kid wont even notice. This is a good day for me.
7. Best piece of advice for dining out with kids?
I-PAD! Before I had kids I was so judgmental seeing parents eating in resturants and the kids on the i-pads, I soon realised if I wanted my brunch in peace I had no option. I dont know how I’d parent without it. I definitely eat less sausages.
8. Date night – takeaway or take me out?
Date Day! My husband and I dont do many date nights as we are boring old farts now who love nothing more than getting into bed at 8pm and binge watching telly together (oh the romance!). But we both are self employed, so we do try to do a date lunch – as often we can steal some time in the day together. We love to stroll around Soho holding hands (he’s got lovely big hands, the kind that make you feel safe you know?), we occasionally stop to drink various hot beverages, and then eventually end up in KULU KULU, our favourite Sushi place, the food is obscenely good and well priced. Hence we can really go to town, and boy do we.
9. My earliest food memory…
Butterscotch angel delight!!! Where is this now? I still dream of this, I mean nothing comes close, *googles where can I buy Butterscotch angel delight* I have a very refined pallet don’t you know ; )
10. Five mums, one table – who’s joining you?
ADELE – She was once quoted that she finds parenting fuc*ing hard, I always thought if I was REALLY loaded it would be immeasurably easier as I could staff it up, seems maybe Adele isn’t using her money wisely? Also she seems lovely and I bet she’s got a filthy SOH.
SHARON HORGAN – Because basically I want to be her, isn’t she the best?
OPRAH – She’s my spiritual Mum, I like to think we are all her soul children.
And I suppose I can be generous and give the last two seats to a couple of my Mum mates. On a serious note, I do feel lucky to have some amazing friends, brilliant women who really help to keep me sane, so Monica and Ty – the last two seats are for you, as long as you dont embarrass me cause remember OPRAH IS THERE!
If you fancy a cheeky listen or download of Olvia’s new album “Mindful Mum; How Not To Lose Your Total F*cking Sh*t” – click here