The joke that you loved but no one else did?
I wouldn’t say that nobody else did but in my 2013 show Galoot I spent the whole thing dressed as a giant banana and never once mentioned it and my agent was not on board. I think she is still unhappy about it. But it was a lot of fun. I didn’t have to worry about what to wear every day, I only had my pants on underneath so it was nice and breezy and I got my portrait painted by the fantastic Carl Chapple.
The joke that worked but you are not so proud that it had?
I never really like when someone’s being disruptive in an audience and the rest of the crowd start baying for their blood. I did the Belfast Empire once and this woman was on the phone during my set and I asked her what was happening and it turned out her boyfriend was breaking up with her right that second. Which is obviously a really sad thing. And I was trying to comfort her and then she said “He’s breaking up with me because you’re such a shit comedian!” and the crowd instantly went from pitying her to hating her. Someone stood up and screamed “Finish her!” like in the Mortal Kombat computer game. And so then it became me versus this incredibly emotional and aggressive woman. She’d challenged my authority and then I had to put her back in her place. Which wasn’t that hard. She was an idiot. But I’d much rather tell jokes than embarrass northern Irish women who are at the tail end of a tumultuous relationship.
The comedian(s) that made you want to be a comedian?
In no particular order; Harry Hill, Daniel Kitson, Bill Hicks, Bella Emberg, Chris Addison and Francesca Martinez. What a gig that was.
The last thing that made you cry with laughter?
I went to my friend Sian Harries’ birthday and Greg Davies turned up with his present in a bin bag. He’d gone into a shop and said it was his friend’s birthday and the owner recommended he buy her a gigantic ceramic tea light holder with various gurning reliefs of cats on it. A truly monstrous thing, no doubt created by some sort of aesthetically blind pervert. So of course, he bought it. When he unveiled it in the pub, I thought I was going to suffocate laughing.
Banshee Labyrinth, 22:15
2nd-27th August (not 10th-12th)