The joke that you loved but no one else did?
My first show was too personal. I took ‘write what you know’ and ran with it. As it turns out, even if a show is free, no one really wants to know about your haemorrhoids.
The joke that worked but you are not so proud that it had?
I was discussing about how in the future we could all be governed by a ‘data empowered wise king’. I went off on one about how all Kings were bad: King Herod, King Henry VIII…and I talked about how the only exception to the rule was Kinga from Big Brother; famed for sticking an empty bottle of wine up her chuff. There was one show where the audience were mostly Taiwanese so I had to re-enact it.
The comedian(s) that made you want to be a comedian?
Steve Coogan. I laughed so much at his 1998 tour The Man Who Think’s He’s It that my dad thought I was on drugs. I was nearly grounded. Alan Partridge is so great that Coogan’s other characters often get overlooked. That show featured Tony Ferrino, ’Paul Calf (with a fag and a tinny) and Pauline Calf (talking about how she had a couple of extra stitches put in as a treat for her fella). It also featured Simon Pegg and Julia Davis. Dream team!
The last thing that made you cry with laughter?
It takes quite a lot for me to go and actually lose it. The last time it happened was when I was watching Celebrity Big Brother a couple of years back. David Bowie had died and the housemates got confused, thinking that their housemate David Gest had died. Gesty was taking a nap at the time and Darren Day stepped up to check on him. Seeing entertainer and love rat Darren Day peel back the duvet on the (then very much alive) ex-husband of Liza Minelli was too much! It was like panto in a pressure cooker.
Assembly Roxy Downstairs
1-24 August (Not 13)