The joke that you loved but no one else did?
I love a lot of Frankie Boyle’s stuff. He did one about 10 years ago on Mock the Week where he said something along the lines of ‘You ever want a bit of room on a busy tube? Just start praying to Allah and you’ll get a carriage to yourself.’ It’s that way that people easily offended didn’t like it but it’s one of those things where you can’t help but chuckle at that observation. He isn’t slagging Muslims at all with this joke – if anything it’s a joke on the paranoid white man. I love it!
The joke that worked but you are not so proud that it had?
Comparing drama school to Auschwitz was maybe a bit extreme. But comedy is meant to be ridiculous too. Drama school was intense and did feel like torture at points but comparing it to the worst mass murder in history was a bit much maybe. But I do love comedy that pushes it a bit. We have to laugh otherwise we’d crumble at the state of the world.
The comedian(s) that made you want to be a comedian?
Jim Carey was my first love in comedy and I still think ‘Dumb and Dumber’ is the funniest comedy film ever made. I know every word. The most incredible thing about Jim Carey for me is how he can switch from laughing to crying in one sentence. There’s a bit where he has driven a sixth of the way across America in the wrong direction and Jeff Daniels character is absolutely raging with him and so Jim Carey’s character retaliates by saying ‘I’m sorry Mr.Perfect, I guess I forgot you never ever make a mistake!’ and he bursts into tears as he says it – and anyone who thinks he is ‘just a clown’ needs to watch that moment of acting it’s so skilled and natural all at once and he’s a don. Massive respect for him. I’d like to think I am doing something similar with my career so far in that I’m doing daft and funny stuff but also straight, serious acting and want to keep showing people my range.
The last thing that made you cry with laughter?
The funniest one ever was when I was in Napa Valley, this amazing wine tasting place in California – this cute wee Chinese man was leading one of the tours and he was clearly an alcoholic – like explaining all the different wines and pure downing them all rather than subtle wee tastes. All of us on the tour clocked it and were doing that thing of cry laughing whilst trying to be respectful and listen to him. Will always be my favourite ‘shouldn’t be laughing at this but can’t help it moment.’
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