The joke that you loved but no one else did?
Oh God, too many to mention. Every year there’s at least 1 or 2 routines that I stubbornly perform to audience after audience, convinced of its brilliance despite all evidence to the contrary. Last year it was some bollocks about Nazi plumbers, the year before some God-awful shite involving bankers and terrorists. I have a routine about the Bible this year that for 2 months contained possibly the worst joke ever written. Luckily for the people of Edinburgh by the time my show hits the Fringe these ridiculous follies have usualy been dealt with.
The joke that worked but you are not so proud that it had?
Anytime I write something that makes people laugh I am happy. The odds are so stacked against a person when they are writing a joke that any material that works, no matter how ‘obvious’ or ‘slight’, is kind of a miraculous anomaly.
The comedian(s) that made you want to be a comedian?
I always really loved comedy, but the person that made me think I might want to do stand-up was Dave Chappelle. I remember typing ‘stand up comedy’ into whatever illegal download software I was using as a 17 year old (It was Kazaa I think) and the audio of one of his old specials came up. I listened to it at least 4 times in a row that night. I was amazed that one person could be so funny. I still am.
The last thing that made you cry with laughter?
There’s a video on my phone of my girlfriend, blind drunk, trying to explain how she had fallen asleep on the tube and woke up and didn’t know where she was. It makes me laugh every time I watch it and I watch it every morning.
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