7:35 pm, Thursday 10th September 2015
Fans of stand-up comedy and adult workers alike have been raving about Miranda Kane's tell-all show about her life as an escort.
It's not often that you hear the words escorting and stand-up comedy in the same sentence. A plucky comedian is changing all of that though. Miranda Kane is drawing on her experience working as an escort for material for her comedy shows. Performing to sell-out crowds and receiving rave reviews, she's been telling all about this rather risqué line of work. So what can people learn about escorting from Miranda's comedy, and how has being an escort improved her life and career?
Becoming an escort wasn't part of Miranda's original career plan. Comedy was always her first love, but getting into stand up wasn't easy. In her own words, she 'had nothing to say' as an eighteen year old with little life experience. Looking for an alternative career a few years later, she discovered that she could be in demand as an escort. As a larger lady with confidence and a passionate personality, she soon became hugely in demand, earning up to £2000 a night.
Miranda soon discovered that like any job, escorting was full of unique characters. There were men who wanted her to sit on them for hours, others with a balloon popping fetish, and even ones who wanted to spy on her getting dressed. She loved working with all of these different kinds of people, and soon realised that she was beginning to get some much needed inspiration for her comedy.
Of course, Miranda isn't the first woman to talk about working in the industry. Belle de Jour is often mentioned as the woman that put escorting on the map; but she is much more than that. Now a scientist, going by her real name of Brooke Magnanti, she proved that being an escort didn't mean that you had to come from a disadvantaged background. Rather, you could be an intelligent woman who enjoys what she does for a living and isn't ashamed of it.
The same applies to Miranda Kane. Rather than trying to hide the fact that she was an escort, she talks about it in a frank and funny way. After all, don't we all love to tell stories about jobs we've done in the past?
Miranda says that she isn't intending for her show to be a soapbox, but she does want to change the public's view of escorts. She realised quite early on that there were not many women talking about adult work, and because of that, a huge misconception arose.
Miranda thinks that rather than shame women who work as escorts, we need to realise that for some, it's a great career choice. If you like spending time with men and making money on your own terms, then it's the best job out there. Arguably, it's the public's skewed perception of this kind of work that actually stops more women from getting into it.
For Miranda Kane, escorting is now a thing of the past. She stopped in 2011 to focus full time on her comedy, and her decision to become an escort all those years ago has paid off.
Her show has taken her to festivals such as Bestival and Latitude, as well as the iconic Edinburgh Fringe. So while being an escort is the thing of the past for her now, talking about it is certainly serving her well.
It's not just Miranda's who's benefiting from it though. It's thanks to women like her that people are hearing the truth about this kind of work. Like any job, it has its funny moments – but it can be a really rewarding (and pleasurable!) way to make money.