How TikTok videos and Scouse comedy characters changed BBC Ambulance star Katie’s life

She is perhaps a well-recognized face from BBC1’s fly-on-the-wall collection, Ambulance…

However Katie Rolston is now getting an viewers of her personal with hundreds of followers and followers on social Media because of her hilarious Scouse comedy sketches and characters like Tracey and Sharon, and Slimmin’ World chief, Joyce.

The 38-year-old ambulance dispatcher from Croxteth Park began her comedy skits firstly of lockdown and in simply over two years has develop into a large favorite with nearly 43,000 followers on TikTok, 6,000 on Instagram and, in a matter of weeks, a staggering 30,000 on Fb.

Katie says: “It’s nice that so many individuals are having fun with them.

“It’s quite overwhelming to be honest – my friends at work skit me saying ‘ooh here’s the TikTok star’ – but I love that people are liking them and I can give them a laugh.”

And she or he provides: “It’s given me a passion. And I know it sounds like a cliché, but it’s changed my life.”

Mum-of-two Katie, who joined North West Ambulance Service 10 years in the past, firstly as a name handler and then as an emergency medical dispatcher, had by no means even heard of TikTok when her ex-partner confirmed her a video and reckoned she ought to begin giving it a go.

“And as soon as I’d heard about TikTok, I couldn’t Help however wish to do my very own factor on it. I wanted to be who I like being, which is observing the traits of individuals and taking all people off.

“I wasn’t getting anywhere at first, but I persevered. My sister was probably my biggest fan, howling at all my sketches, and she said to me one day ‘Katie, don’t give up with it because I just think they’re brilliant’. And that was it,” says Katie, aka @katierol.

“Once people started saying ‘Oh My God, where have you been?’, I was made up.”

Katie’c character Tony

Katie has at all times been an ‘actor’, and though she left a performing arts diploma course at Edge Hill College when she was youthful, it remained in her blood: “I’d go and watch a theatre show and be fighting back tears because it was what I’d wanted to do and I felt I’d lost my chance,” she admits.

“Once I realised I might do my very own characters and stuff on TikTok, and then create my very own storylines, it began popping out.

“I’ve always taken off my family – especially my mum and my sister – in jest, and if I see people with different mannerisms or anything, I’m fascinated.”

Katie’s videos had been extra primary at first however as soon as she she’d mastered the artwork of modifying, she was off: “I’d have an concept come into my head and report it. I made rather a lot up on the spot, there was a little bit of improv, and then I began writing issues down in a e book.

“After I while I started building on characters like Tracey and created storylines which just grew.”

Katie’s character Slimmin World chief Joyce

So the place does she get her concepts?

“Tracey is a bit of my geekier side, when you do things wrong and have too much to drink on nights out,” Katie grins, “or buddies inform you what you’ve carried out.  She’s somewhat little bit of me, my sister and my mum!

“Shaz is the intense one, the straight man to Tracey’s comedy. The scouse lads that got here into my videos are ones I’ve watched and grown up with. 

“I assume they’re all individuals you see on the town or in work each day, as a result of I wished it to be like actual life. That’s why there are tales about Slimmin’ World as a result of we’re all making an attempt to drop extra pounds, or courting as a result of we’re all on the lookout for love, or going to the physician’s. They’re issues that we are able to all relate to.

“Tracey, for instance, says things you might be thinking but wouldn’t dream of telling anyone. It’s good because you think you’re on your own but then you see these videos and think ‘that’s me’.  We’ve all got our inner geek person, and there’s a massive part of me in there.”

Katie has now created greater than 200 videos which she is now importing for brand spanking new followers on Fb, earlier than getting again to creating extra new materials.

“I have surprised myself to be honest. People have suggested I do stand-up but I’m not sure about that, that’s a scary thought, but I would love to do TV work or write a comedy novel.”


Such has been Katie’s success she’s now obtained her personal vary of merchandise with mugs and sweatshirts with sayings made fashionable by her characters, like Tracey’s Buzzin’ or Satdee Night time, and Joyce’s ‘Something’s obtained to present…and I don’t imply your waistline’.

And there’s another excuse why turning into a comedy queen in her personal metropolis has ‘changed my life’.

“I lost a friend in lockdown,” reveals Katie. “Helen McIver was somebody I labored with at North West Ambulance Service and over eight years we grew to become the very best of buddies.

“Helen was solely 32 when she died from cervical most cancers in April 2020, and I grew to become actually low. It tore me aside and I misplaced myself.

“I threw myself into the comedy and it became my therapy, a way to cope, and I even used it to highlight the importance of having smears and people getting over the embarrassment or fear of them.”

She provides: “Extra lately with what’s been occurring within the metropolis, individuals have mentioned I’ve been a welcome tonic, or that they’ve been depressed and I’ve made them smile. A way of humour will get us by rather a lot, and having the ability to make individuals chuckle is a superb expertise to have.

“That’s why I want to keep on doing it.”

Comply with Katie on Tik Tok HERE.

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