You have to be joking? Ben Pope

The joke that you loved but no one else did?

I wrote a pantomime years ago and one of the baker’s lines was: ‘I need to get back to work! That flour’s not going to raise itself!’ Never got a laugh. A travesty.

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

My grandad can be racist in public and get away with it. Everyone excuses it by saying: ‘Oooh what’s he like!’

He’s like Hitler.

Not only is that a hack set-up, my grandad was actually never that racist. So a lie too! And a lie that besmirched an old man’s name! I’m a monster.

The comedian(s) that made you want to be a comedian?

A heady mixture of Dylan Moran and Bill Bailey. Pure poetry and left-field showmanship.

The last thing that made you cry with laughter?

My mate Alex doing an impression of Mark Rylance in the movie ‘Dunkirk’.

Boys, we’re going to Dunkuuuuuuuurk!’

(He does it better)

Ben Pope is performing Baby Sasquatch at Pleasance Courtyard (Bunker One) from 1st August – 26th August, 20:30, www.pleasance.co.uk

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