You have to be joking? Hal Branson

The joke that you loved but no one else did?

In previews this has yet to get a laugh, but I have a joke about googling the capital of Africa because I thought it was a country but now of course realising it is in fact a proper noun, so the capital is ‘A’.

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

I had a joke that the used the word ‘midgets’ in the punchline, which I am ashamed to say I hadn’t realised was so offensive. I have since tried many other variants and little changes and nothing has got a laugh. Serves me right.

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

I remember getting a Billy Connelly VHS for my 12th birthday and I can still vividly hear the clunk and screech of it being rewound so I could watch it again and again. So that made me want to be comedian so I could afford to replace the now worn out VHS player. And seeing Reeves and Mortimer on television for the first time and the unbridled joy of their idiocy and the fact it was their job is a good thing to remind yourself of on a day writing new material.

The last thing that made you cry with laughter?

Brexit! Can I have a Radio 4 show now please?

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