You have to be joking? Tiernan Douieb

The joke that you loved but no one else did?

‘I really enjoy putting obscure references into my comedy so that people think I’m funny and clever. Either that or it fails like the Michelson Morley Experiment of 1887’. This was in my first solo Edinburgh show in 2009. Every show only 1-2 people would laugh at it. I loved those 1-2 people.

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

‘People who say sneezes are 1/8th of an orgasm are obviously wrong, or I’d enjoy hay fever a lot more. Only similarities with orgasms and hay fever are the watering eyes and messy tissues’. That joke is so not me. But does it work every Spring? Yep. Every single Spring.

The comedians that made you want to be a comedian?

Originally it was Eddie Izzard, Bill Bailey and Harry Hill as those were the ones I knew from television and adored. Though I had been brought up on a solid diet of Friday Night Live too, and loved Alexi Sayle as a kid. It was only when starting on the circuit I realised how many other really amazing comedians there were out there.

The last thing that made you cry with laughter?

There were gags on both Last Week Tonight and Veep recently that made me properly unable to breath with laughter but I can’t remember what they were. So instead a few months ago, the exchange between Andy Samburg’s character Jake Peralta and Craig Robinson’s Doug Judy at the end of Brooklyn Nine Nine Season 4 episode 11, is one of the best and funniest bits of script I’ve heard in ages. I had to rewatch it immediately about 4 times. I won’t ruin it. Just go see it.

Tiernan Douieb – Miserably Happy

The Waverley Bar (venue 438) – 2.30pm

August 5th-27th (not 15th or 19th)

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