The joke that you loved but no one else did?
I used to say onstage that I moved to London to work on my comedy… which means I work in a restaurant! It got a bit of a giggle but the Daily Mirror listed it as one of the top ten worst jokes of the Fringe which I thought was a little harsh, because although it may have been a joke, it was actually true at the time!
The joke that worked but you are not so proud that it had?
I have a line about being from Dublin “in Europe” – it gets a laugh every time. I open with it because it works, but I’m not proud of it, lots of people have a version of it. Although it still works, I hate myself as I say it and sometimes can’t sell it because of that.
The comedians that made you want to be a comedian?
As a kid I loved Billy Connolly, but the first comedy gig I ever saw was Lenny Henry. My uncle took me as a confirmation gift. I was so excited. The night before the performance, my parents let me stay up to watch Lenny on The Late Late Show. He was hilarious. Unfortunately, the next day, he wasn’t hilarious as he had used some of the material the night before on TV – the illusion of stand-up comedy was shattered forever. I was ten.
The last thing that made you cry with laughter?
The other night some friends and I were discussing the concept of “they”- “they” being anyone with any responsibility for anything. The council, for example: “they” should fix the roads, “they” should empty the bins. When I was a kid “they” were almost supernatural “they” seemed to have so many powers. I remember my friend saying “they” should make a big chain and drag the moon down to the earth – to save rocket fuel. While analysing the consequences and logistics of such a moon chain, we cried laughing.
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