You have to be joking? Richard Soames


The joke that you loved but no one else did? 

It was a joke bragging about a short film I made as a kid: “I shot my movie “Gun: 90 Minutes of Sheer Gun” in one afternoon without a firearms licence, any actors or even a camera. The result? A confusing flickbook.”
There’s clearly too much going there but I used to really like how stupid it was. The audience had other ideas. 

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

A 60 second pun on the film title Love Actually. I wrote it for Bec Hill’s Pun Run show and somehow, *somehow* it made it to my final Edinburgh show. I’d really blame the preview audiences that kept laughing at it, rather than me for writing it. 

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

The reason I’ve ended up here is really because of Spaced, so I suppose I’d have to say Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes. I watched that show and immediately wanted to do that. Then I found Fringe sketch comedy and fell in love with Pappys and The Penny Dreadfuls. And now I’d say I’m still here because of people like Tom Basden, Spencer Jones and Cariad Lloyd who continue to make/improvise stuff which makes me love writing and performing comedy.

The last thing that made you cry with laughter?

Paddington 2 had me in pieces but you’d struggle to separate which tears were sad and which ones were happy. So in terms of pure cry laughing, it was probably when I saw Matt Highton dress up as the character No-Face from Spirited Away for a charity movie showHe was covered in binbags and gaffer and trying to perform a scene with someone from the audience despite being inadvertently blinded by gaffer tape and unable to speak.


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1st August – 27th August

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