Sara Pascoe: ‘Quizzes are best when you assume you know the answer but you’re wrong’

Sara Pascoe: ‘Quizzes are best when you assume you know the answer but you’re wrong’December 20, 2020

The comedian on playing board games with her sister, being overcompetitive – and the link between feminism and quizzing

  • Sara Pascoe kicks off the Observer’s quiz of the year 2020

For someone who professes to be “not a very Christmassy person”, comedian Sara Pascoe managed to enjoy our festive photoshoot. “It was fun,” she insists. “I smashed a bauble and everything.”

Why isn’t she very Christmassy? “My parents are atheists and thought it was silly to lie to children, so we never thought Santa was real,” she laughs. “And my dad’s anti-Jesus. We never went for it as a family, so I don’t have that nostalgic relationship with this time of year. But I’m definitely a wintry person. Cold weather, cosy jumpers, walking the dog on a misty morning. And as a vegan, I’m a massive fan of roast potatoes and sprouts. Christmas is worth it just for the sprouts. They’re the main reason it’s not cancelled.”

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