You have to be joking? Eshaan Akbar

The joke that you loved but no one else did?

I’ve got a joke about being broken up with during sex because I was too fat for my then girlfriend. No one laughs. They genuinely feel sorry for me.


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

Is it smug to say I’m proud of all the jokes I’ve ever said? Otherwise I wouldn’t say them.

Yes it’s smug but…whatevs.


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

Lee Evans first made me want to make people laugh. Frankie Boyle made me want to make people find humour in discomfort. Richard Pryor made me want to be a comedian that changes perceptions.


The last thing that made you cry with laughter?

My brother and I play a game called Asian Channel hopping. Basically, on Sky, you flick through the International channels and see some crazy things happening. 

We got to a Pakistani channel where a man with the thickest moustache you’ve ever seen was singing, with added echo, throwing carrier bags of goodies into the crowd, all the while being followed by…a peacock. A real live peacock. In a studio.


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