You have to be joking? Adam Hess

The joke that you loved but no one else did?

I hate other families’ plates”. Nobody ever laughed at this sentence. I kept it in though just in case there was one person in the audience every day who liked it.

The joke that worked but you are not so proud that it had?

The punchline to one of my jokes was ‘That’s like saying you know what it’s like to be blind because you’ve got a dog’. It would often get a round of applause but it goes against my rule of never using similes so I felt sad every time I did it.

The comedians that made you want to be a comedian?

I didn’t know what comedy was when I decided that I wanted to be a comedian so my inspirations are pretty weird. I was obsessed with Mr Bean from the age of about 3 but I didn’t understand that he was an actor. I thought he was just a silly man who someone was filming. My biggest influences when I became a teenager were Mitch Hedberg and Dimitri Martin. Without them I would be still working in Gatwick selling Jack Daniels while dressed as Frank Sinatra.

The last thing that made you cry with laughter?

I haven’t cried with laughter in years. Comedy has killed me inside. The hardest I’ve laughed recently was while at Latitude I was putting up my tent alone which was embarrassing enough as it is and then I fell over, collapsing the tent. Other people saw it happen but I had nobody to laugh it off with so to save some embarrassment I just started laughing to myself while lying in amongst the broken tent material and metal pegs. This laughter then wouldn’t stop and I became hysterical while lying there and couldn’t stop. Maybe that’s just what crying is, I don’t know. All I know is I was very funny at Latitude I promise.

Adam Hess: Cactus,

Heroes @ The Hive,

6pm 4th-28th Aug


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