You have to be joking? Owen Roberts


The joke that you loved but no one else did?

My show this year has been co-written with a child, and although obviously there is lots of my work in there too. There is only actually one joke that is has been solely written by me with out any input from her, ‘If the meal between breakfast and lunch is called brunch, does that mean the meal between dinner and breakfast is called Dickfast?’ It bombs every time, and is now purely in the show because her reaction to it is funnier than the joke itself.

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

As you might expect with a show written by a six year old, there’s a fair bit of childish humour in there, am I proud of it all? Maybe not, but if it gets a laugh it’s staying in.

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

The first year I came to the Edinburgh Fringe I watched Hans Teeuwen do a show where he made a sock puppet eat a Mars bar whilst singing ‘Knights in White Satin’ It was so weird, and silly, and absolutely brilliant. I remember thinking, I want to be that guy.

The last thing that made you cry with laughter?

Watching my 6 year old co-writer literally fall into the toilet, The hole is too big for her little arse, she was stuck in there for 2 minutes, her arms and legs flailing around, she looked like a mole trapped in a bowl. It still makes me laugh just to think of it.

Owen Roberts: I Let A Six Year Old Write My Show

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1-27 Aug (not 13th)

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