The joke that you loved but no one else did?
“People think it’s weird that I have a poster of Obama on my wall. Probably because she’s not as famous as her dad.”
This joke has been a nightmare for me. It worked on Twitter, but has only ever received silence on stage. A lot of audiences don’t get it when it’s said aloud, or got a bit tense, because there is something unintentionally creepy about the joke. To try to make it work, I changed it to ‘her husband’, but Michelle Obama is famous within her own right, so it wouldn’t be utterly insane to have a poster of her. When that didn’t work, I changed Obama to Trump, but it’s difficult to pinpoint in the joke which of his five children I’m referring to, so I changed it to Melania, but now the issue is it’d be insane to have a poster of Donald Trump on my wall, let alone of Melania, so the punchline is weakened. Eventually I changed it to talking about how much I hate Trump, “And don’t get me started on her husband.” After all that, I dropped the joke from my show yesterday. Comedy is a headache.
The joke that worked but you are not so proud that it had?
I had an awful pun in my first show about my step-dad being a ‘faux-pa’. I died a little inside every time I told it, partly because of the cheesiness but mostly because I don’t even have a step-dad. I’m a no-good rotten liar.
The comedian(s) that made you want to be a comedian?
I swear to god I’m not joking when I say this: Mr Blobby. I don’t even know if Mr Blobby’s a comedian. I just remember at the age of around 8, laughing so hard I was nearly sick, and then thinking “That’s someone’s job. Someone’s job is Mr Blobby,” and that made me laugh even more, but it made me want to do…whatever that was.
The last thing that made you cry with laughter?
I saw a compilation video of amateur theatre productions trying to use wires (like in Peter Pan, to create a flying effect), and it going wrong. The sight of Wendy being jerked across the stage mid-sentence absolutely destroyed me. Great stuff done well.
2nd-26th (not 13th)