The joke that you loved but no one else did?
I once wrote a set about a woman with no legs who had stopped me on the street to take the piss out of the tightness of my jeans. It didn’t work. It just came off harsh.
The joke that worked but you are not so proud that it had?
Oh sooooo many of these. I guess it would be a joke i made about an Ed Sheeran song lyric. It worked every time and every time I died a little bit inside. Mocking song lyrics is such a cowardly form of comedy. Sorry Ed Byrne- you did it in the 90’s, it was fine then.
The last thing that made you cry with laughter?
This youtube clip. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Utc0VObH88E It’s called ‘stand on an egg with your head’ watch it now and thank me later. it’s perfect. Sometimes comedy seems very futile when the things that make me laugh most in the world is old people and children falling over on you’ve been framed.
The comedian(s) that made you want to be a comedian?
I would love to be able to write here Daniel Kitson, or Stewart Lee. But in reality it was Lee Evans and Ricky Gervais. As a family we used to sit around and watch Lee Evans and fall about in hysterics. I’d practise his routines and try and do them on the playground. I got beat up a lot at school.
I am Ross Smith
Just the tonic: Just out the Box (Venue 88)
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