You have to be joking? Christian Finnegan


The joke that you loved but no one else did?

“I’m not sure drag queens have enough free time to be good parents, because they always have to WOORRRRK.”

I’m still convinced that joke should win a Pulitzer Prize. Audiences have not shared my enthusiasm.

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

So you’re asking me to self-incriminate? We bury bodies for a reason, man. Alright, fine: When I first started doing open mics in the late 90’s, I told a joke about how Eric Clapton’s new song made me want to fall off a balcony. It got laughs the three times I told it, but…no. Just no. (BTW, if you don’t understand this joke, don’t google it!)

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

I grew up in the early days of cable TV, when HBO only had about six hours of programming. So I probably watched “Eddie Murphy: Delirious” and “Bill Cosby: Himself”at least 20 times apiece. Time has obviously cast those specials in a different light (“Delirious” for the homophobia, “Himself” for…well, himself), but they were very important to me at the time. I was also obsessed with the George Carlin album “Class Clown”. But if I had to pick one single thing, it would have to be Steve Martin’s “Homage to Steve”, which I watched so many times the VHS tape eventually got warped.

I hate that my influences were all dudes. I’d like to think I’m part of the last generation of comedians for whom that will be true.

The last thing that made you cry with laughter?

I love my Aunt Joyce and Uncle Dick, but old people trying to navigate the internet will never stop being funny to me. Last year, Joyce was experiencing a shortness of breath and my uncle demanded that she get it checked out. At least, that’s what eventually came to light. What this 74 year old woman actually posted on Facebook was:


Christian Finnegan: My Goodness

Gilded Balloon Teviot, Billiard Room 20:45

1-27 Aug  (Not 13)


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