Dellareise Bottex grew up on the island of North Caicos and has many fond memories of her formative years there. Tragedy struck, when she and her siblings lost their mother too soon. It was difficult, a period of change ensued, with the added stress and grief of coping with such a monumental loss. Ms. Bottex pushed through years of emotional turbulence and painful adjustments, that fashioned her into the woman you see today.
Dellareise/Peppa, which ever persona she takes on, shows the depth of her personality and who she really is and she shines no matter what.
Making people laugh is not an easy feat, it takes courage and talent. And during the Covid-19 lock-down Peppa was there to make us laugh, adding a positive vibe to an uncertain outlook. It was then that I observed people watching her videos and the delight they got from watching. Ms. Bottex’s Peppa videos are shared over and over again; which means people love her work, plus there is the added bonus of laughter and when you laugh you feel good.
Ms. Bottex is an inspiration to others in her own unique way: through laughter.
(Peppa, doing her different video skits)
If I walked up to you and asked you: Who is Peppa, what would you say?
D.B: I would say: Peppa is an enthusiastic young woman who likes to inspire others to be themselves by simply bringing joy and laughter to the whole man.
Tell us something about Dellerise Bottex that is totally different from Peppa
D.B: I differ from the character Peppa that I play in many ways. But one is, although Peppa is funny, I think my heart is kinder and I am more open. I’m not as funny all the time like Peppa, but I’ll always show love and give you a hug if you need one!
How long have you been doing the Peppa act?
D.B: For me, it’s feels like a long time. But I’d say my Peppa act has been around since 2015.
What made you want to be Peppa?
D.B: In our culture, we make a lot of jokes , but not many of us get over our fears and put ourselves on the line to do a lone comedy act, me included. It was not easy for me to put myself out there but going through my own personal storms in life has taught me many lessons. An important one to me is that being happy makes your stress load easier. So I created my alter ego Peppa, to spread happiness through funny skits, that make people laugh. There’s an old saying that goes like this: ‘Hurting people, hurt people.’ I chose the opposite: ‘Happy people, make people happy.’ The decision to travel a path as Peppa the comedian, has given me a new outlook on life too. It’s a form of de-stressing for me, I am in my element , I love being Peppa and making people’s load lighter through laughter.
Where do you come up with your routine? Do you write your own jokes and are they real life experiences?
D.B: Yes, all my jokes are authentic, real life experiences. I want Peppa to display originality as much as possible. It’s therapeutic for me also. Ten years ago I would never dream of reliving or revisiting my past, especially if it made me feel uncomfortable. As I said earlier, I want to reach the whole man, so I realized long ago that I had to get over myself, by showing people that it’s alright to laugh at yourself.
Were you ever afraid of what people would say about your comedy routine?
D.B: Yes. Seeing that my comedy routine are real life stories for the most part, but not so much anymore. Like I said it was a journey for me, one of acceptance. Accepting who I was as a person and being comfortable in my own skin. I take the criticism in stride, I am certain that criticism will always be around, people have their different opinions which is a part of life.
Have you always wanted to make people laugh?
D.B: Never, it was the furthest thing from my mind. But what I can say is I have always displayed a bubbly personality. It was later in my thirties after many life challenges that I chose to walk a path of happiness and bring joy and laughter into the livesof others. I then chose comedy as a way of sending my message to those I love. When you can bring joy to another person, it changes both of our day. When I realized how good I felt to make others smile and laugh, I knew this was a talent I needed to explore.
Congratulations on being the second runner up, in the IGA talent contest earlier this year. What are your plans for the future of Peppa?
D.B: Thank you! My plan, is for Peppa to evolve, and hopefully the character of Peppa will reach a more wider audience in the international market. In the meantime, I will continue what I’m doing, being authentic and making people laugh.
By Barbara Handfield