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Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2016 Finalist: Luca Cupani

InterviewPosted by Bobby Carroll Wed, July 06, 2016 12:11:44

What area of London do you currently live in or most associate yourself with?

Woolwich

How would you describe your act in five words?

Observational (sometimes even confessional) comedy...

How long have you been doing comedy?

2 years and 5 months, I have started in February 2014

What is your day job?

I'll keep it vague... let's say Customer Service...

What has been your worst job?

Mmm... unemployment (it is tiring if you can't afford it)

Why do you love comedy?

Because it allows me to be myself (at least on stage)!

Who are your heroes?

I'm still looking for them...

What made you bite the bullet and start performing?

I trained as an actor, but I didn't get many acting jobs... The world of Comedy, with plenty of open-mic nights, seemed to be the best way to perform on stage in front of an audience.

What was your first gig like?

It was the King Gong at the Comedy Store ("the most brutal open-mic gig in London", as they say) and surprisingly I won it!!

What has been your biggest achievement so far?

Winning So You Think You're Funny? 2015

What has been your favourite gig?

The first one, at the Comedy Store in London: I was very naive, a bit shocked by the size of the room, but as we say in Italy "you never forget your first time"

And describe your worst?

A dozen of open-mic nights in which there were more comedians than audience members...

Weirdest heckle?

I've been lucky, I don't remember any memorable heckler so far.

What is the best thing about being a comedian?

The feeling that you get when you are performing and the audience laugh and enjoy the show: you feel useful!

What is the biggest lesson you've learnt?

That it takes time to get better....

Where do you hope to be in ten years with your comedy?

I hope to be travelling the world with my shows, gigging in many countries.

Any other aspirations?

Peace on earth :)

What's you favourite joke by another act or from your childhood?

"And the lion will lie down with the lamb,but the lamb won’t get much sleep…" Woody Allen

Luca Cupani // lucacupani@gmail.com // @lucacupani

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Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2016 Finalist: Arielle Souma

InterviewPosted by Bobby Carroll Tue, July 05, 2016 10:47:28

What area of London do you currently live in or most associate yourself with?

I live in South London , Brixton, for 19 years.


How would you describe your act in five words?

I describe my act as punchy, blunt, accessible, empowering and with attitude


How long have you been doing comedy?

I have been doing comedy since April 2014


What is your day job?

During the day, I work as a ticket office clerk for the railway.


What has been your worst job?

My worst job was Store manager. I loved it but the politic within higher management was despicable and made my job unbearable


Why do you love comedy?

We all need to laugh.; it's a feel good sensation. I am glad to be able to do comedy and help people forget about their trouble for few minutes ; or make them realise that we are all going through the same trepidations and it's reassuring in some ways


Who are your heroes?

I don't like the word "heroes" but I really do like Chris Rock_ clever and funny; the late Bernie Mac _ real with attitude; Muriel Robin_ French comedienne, smart observational sketches.. I hope I could be as good as them in my own way.


What made you bite the bullet and start performing?

I always loved performing although I didn't have much opportunity to do it in my youngest years. When I changed job and my boy became more independent, I had so much time in my hand that I realised it was my time to do what I want and not just be a mum and a provider. I wanted to join a local theatre group and enquired to my best friend who know more about the country system etc... He straight away pushed me to stand up and advised me to try a course and see if I like it. I LOVED IT!!! I don't need to rely on someone to give me a role. I write and direct myself, great freedom


What was your first gig like?

I was over eager. My first gig should have been my comedy course showcase but I booked a gig before hand and needed to test it out there, i.e not in the class room. Went down to an open mic " we are funny project" and got a spot because someone didn't turn up. MC asked the audience: " who thinks you can do better?" I said me! Wow! How bold and crazy was I? It was stressful but the atmosphere was very friendly and I could see that some of the other performers were not all that but still received love. Very encouraging behaviour. It motivated me to know that no matter how bad it could go, I won't feel too ashamed. And it went great! What a buzz! Met good friends on that night.


What has been your biggest achievement so far?

Being booked with pro and semi pro comedians is ground breaking ; despite not succeeding in competitions. It is really overwhelming and motivating to know that you get a bit of recognition by promoters and audiences. Pushing me to be better because you never know who is watching and who can recommend you for shows.


What has been your favourite gig?

It is so difficult to have a favourite gig but I will say it was one I have done in Paris, in French. My first show in my mother tongue; only few months into comedy. Very stressful as I didn't know how it will be and because I am losing my automatism in French... takes me few days to readjust my brain. I did not advertise it to my friends, just few family members. At the end, half of the audience where my peeps! Even my sister, with whom I don't get along, came. I was so happy. My first gig with proper support and so glad I didn't disappoint them. They gave me their seal of approval and that meant a lot for me


And describe your worst?

My worst gig was an urban one. November 2014. I did the venue twice before, and the previous day, I totally owned it at a bigger urban event, performing just before Richard Blackwood! Unfortunately that night, I died. Seeing people getting off, the silence. It was dreadful. My mouth got dry, felt so embarrassed. I would have quit if it has not been for the support of Junior Booker. It was a hard gig, even for the professional I saw that night. Too hard for an overconfident newbie like me. I just couldn't adapt to that audience. I learnt a hell lot . I am still shaken and traumatised but much less scared of urban show now...still a bit because I am not use to it but don't refuse to do them. A gig is a gig; I am who I am and can't be someone else.


Weirdest heckle?

I don't get heckled really. I think my posture and attitude protect me from that. People think I am hardcore but I am not really. I think the worst heckle for a comedian is silence. You can't converse , interact with silence.


What is the best thing about being a comedian?

The best thing about being a comedian is the opportunity to give and share my twisted thought; with humour. I am quite a introvert nowadays . More of a listener as well. For the few minutes of my set, I can be heard. It's my time to be extrovert .


What is the biggest lesson you've learnt?

Be who you are is the biggest lesson I have learnt. You hear that a lot as an advice. It only made sense to me when I went beyond writing and doing my set. I now PERFORM my writing and it makes a difference. I no longer focus on wanting people to like me. Can't beat up myself for being me if it goes wrong...it will be worst to go wrong , pretending to be someone else. Now my attitude is " whether you like me or hate me, you WILL remember me". Making a print


Where do you hope to be in ten years with your comedy?

Hopefully, I could work full time in the comedy world. Writing sitcoms. Performing roles. Extending my creativity without jeopardising my personality.


Any other aspirations?

I just want to be able to keep doing comedy, and over time be able to do more of it. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to stop doing comedy now as it feels quite a lot like an addiction.


What's your favourite joke by another act or from your childhood?

I am a fan of "racist jokes" and dark humour. One joke that made me laugh for months is from Tim Renkows. It's something like..." What I enjoy the most about hot weather, is watching white people burn!"

Brilliant

ARIELLE SOUMA // @Arielle_LOL_COM

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Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2016 Finalist: Sindhu Vee

InterviewPosted by Bobby Carroll Mon, July 04, 2016 13:48:18

How would you describe your act in five words?

Sindhu's act is hugely funny

How long have you been doing comedy?

3 years (but began gigging regularly in 2015)

What is your day job?

Mother

What has been your worst job?

In retrospect, there is not one I can complain about

Why do you love comedy?

Nothing compares to laughing as a source of enjoyment.

And making people laugh has always saved me in one way or another (from school bullies, from situations in which I was otherwise clue-less/awkward/uncomfortable).

So for me, comedy is a shiny, safe thing.

Who are your heroes?

Impossible to answer this sensibly without writing a PhD. So many people, on a personal and public level, have taken risks, been brave, been wise so that I have all the choices I do today. I can't pick one from that long list (see how this is already turning over-analytical and boring....like a PhD.)

What made you bite the bullet and start performing?

Feeling bored/lost/useless at home with 3 young kids and no sense of myself. I wanted to do something just for me and which was a challenge. So I just decided to do a Funnywomen heats gig. It felt reckless (and therefore, fun) but not in a way that was bad for family life.

What was your first gig like?

I had NO idea what to do.

I had never seen live stand up comedy before in my life.

I didn't know what a set was.

I had zero idea of what was supposed to happen.

My focus was to get on stage, say hello and then say things so audience would laugh. I didn't know exactly what I would say (I had 3 different anecdotes in mind).

I remember being able to focus only on the laughter while I was on stage. I could hear nothing else.

I came off stage feeling like I was home. I knew straight away I had to find out what this stand up stuff was and do more.

What has been your biggest achievement so far?

In comedy -- (apart from making it to this final),

In 2014 writing my first hour show in Hindi and English (which I performed in Delhi to 400+ people) then in 2015 doing a modified, full English version of that at Museum of Comedy and a BBC producer coming to see it and then booking me for the BBC AN Live Comedy Night which was on TV, iplayer etc.

What has been your favourite gig?

Impossible to choose.

And describe your worst?

In India -- performing to 250 people who did not want comedy but wanted to continue dancing and partying into the night. I knew it was very badly timed but I couldn't control the order of things and it was my job so I went on when I was told. Awful. I did 17/20 minutes...the whole time the audience just shouted at me and at one point a guy even got close to the stage and said started shouting out to the audience that he could be funnier. Just awful.

Weirdest heckle?

On the night above: "you're not funny, why don't you fuck off back to London". Given I'm from Delhi this was so surreal.

What is the best thing about being a comedian?

Making people laugh is a gift. Its such a thrilling connect with people. So you get that every time you are not crap.

What is the biggest lesson you've learnt?

Some people will always think I'm not funny. In every audience. And that's fine.

Where do you hope to be in ten years with your comedy?

Known as - 'Sindhu? You mean like the comic?' -- everytime someone says the name Sindhu

Any other aspirations?

Not in comedy

What's you favourite joke by another act or from your childhood?

This is joke I told as 4 year old (and I had a terrible stammer) and which I remember thinking was worthy of everyone's attention:

A mother frog with a BIG WIDE MOUTH (this has to be said slowly and acting out the big wide mouth) didn't know what to feed her babies so she decides to ask the other animals in the forest.

One by one she goes to a mother fox, mother giraffe, mother rabbit and so on and so on. And each time she asks (slowly and with her hugely pronounced BIG WIDE MOUTH) "hello mummy (insert animal name) what do you feed your babies?"

And each time she finds out she can't feed her babies the same as that animal.

Then she goes to a mother snake and asks

(with her BIG WIDE MOUTH) "hello mummy snake what do you feed your babies?"

Mummy snake "I feed them frogs with BIG WIDE MOUTHS"

Mummy frog scrunches up her mouth into a pin sized hole and says "ok, thank u" (which if you say with your scrunched up mouth sounds like 'ok tenkew'. Try it) and hops off.

This is a joke that needs to be seen (not read) to be appreciated. I think you also need to be 4. But it was one I always always told.



Sindhu Vee // @sindhuvfunny

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Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2016 Finalist: Chris Chopping

InterviewPosted by Bobby Carroll Fri, July 01, 2016 12:08:28


How would you describe your act in five words?
Dry, articulate wit and smut.


How long have you been doing comedy?
Five years.


What is your day job?
Optical Assistant.


What has been your worst job?
Two years in a call centre that I eventually got fired from.


Why do you love comedy?
I love the surprise and delight when something makes me laugh and it's also been a great shared experience with family and friends.


Who are your heroes?
Lee and Herring, Simon Munnery, Eddie Izzard, The Beatles.


What made you bite the bullet and start performing?
I was made redundant from a book shop for the second time and after failing to climb any career ladders I figured I might as well have a stab at the dream job I never thought I could do in real life as I wasn't exactly flourishing in more "realistic" jobs.


What was your first gig like?
Terrifying and elating. I probably wasn't that good but I got enough laughs to think that I'd smashed it.


What has been your biggest achievement so far?
Writing and performing by first hour show was a personal milestone. Albeit a milestone with room for improvement.


What has been your favourite gig?
My first ten spot at Cardiff Glee Club. I used to work behind the bar there and dream of being the other side of the microphone. It took a couple of years to start gigging and get there but it was worth the wait.


And describe your worst?
Gigging on a stage outside in the middle of the afternoon to a passing crowd of shoppers who heard either the beginning, middle or end of a joke but never all three. It was pretty bleak.


Weirdest heckle?
I did a gig at a festival with two other comedians to a crowd half full of children. We warned them at the start, "it's late night comedy now, it might not be suitable for children. You're welcome to stay but we wont take offense if you leave." Everybody stayed. About halfway through my set a man in a dragon suit heckled me saying my stuff wasn't suitable for kids.


What is the best thing about being a comedian?
The unexpected stuff that comes along with it, breaking down and being stuck on the side of the road with two guys and an acoustic guitar, eating chinese food with six strangers one of whom orders champagne for everyone. Being heckled by a man dressed as a dragon.


What is the biggest lesson you've learned?
I always think I'm better at comedy than I was was two years ago but I'm not as good as I thought I was two years ago.


Where do you hope to be in ten years with your comedy?
I want to be able to perform hour shows in both English and Welsh and earning my living from comedy.


Any other aspirations?
I'd like to write a book.


What's you favourite joke by another act or from your childhood?
I bought an ice cream. The man at the van asked, "hundreds and thousands?" I said, "Lets start with one and see how we get on". Tim Vine

Chris Chopping // @MrChrisChopping

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Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2016 Finalist: CHANTAL FEDUCHIN PATE

InterviewPosted by Bobby Carroll Wed, June 29, 2016 12:13:29

What area of London do you currently live in or most associate yourself with?

Dalston

How would you describe your act in five words?

I can't do that. Sorry.

How long have you been doing comedy?

Nearly 4 years? Too long to have achieved so little; not long enough to be bitter. #awkward

What is your day job?

Picture Editor at a trashy celeb mag. Which I at once enjoy and feel overwhelmingly guilty about.

What has been your worst job?

I worked in media sales recruitment for 4 months. It wasn't all bad, I got to wear nice suits. And I got to experience being fired which was the most liberating thing in the world and I highly recommend it (but only do it once).

Why do you love comedy?

Whoa whoa whoa, easy there bucko, who said anything about love?! We're just friends. Jeeeez. (Why, did comedy mention me? What did they say? Not that I care...but do they think I'm pretty?)

Who are your heroes?

Phyllis Diller. She didn't even start stand up til she was 37 and she wasn't super successful til well into her 40s/50s. Really encourages my innate procrastination and laziness. Whenever I spend a night doing absolutely nothing at all, I'll at some point worry if I'm wasting my life. Then I think of her and...keep doing nothing. Truly inspiring.

What made you bite the bullet and start performing?

I wanted to hang out with other comedians and figured this was the best way to achieve that. I was wrong. Being a 22 year-old blonde with access to cocaine is the best way to achieve that.

What was your first gig like?

Great. Which lead to an over-inflated sense of self-regard and a complete inability to take criticism. Basically - I became a stand-up that night.

What has been your biggest achievement so far?

Being able to drink as copiously as I do without becoming yet another stand-up with a "road to sobriety" story.

What has been your favourite gig?

All of the Drunk Not Wasted gigs at Edinburgh last year, so much fun we're doing it again this year! #ShamelessPlug

And describe your worst?

A charity gig at Soho Theatre with an audience of about 200 that was like my tenth gig and everyone else was professionals and the audience didn't find me funny at all and a woman in the front row had her head in her hands for the full 10 minutes I was on stage and she was the only person I could actually see and I wasn't experienced enough to know how to deal with it (not that I am now either) so I just kept ploughing through my material and then I had to face all the other real stand-ups afterwards in the greenroom and it was so embarrassing and none of them would even look me in the eye and then during the break an audience member with a concerned face asked me, "are you alright?" which was humiliating and oh god, why didn't I just quit then, thanks for bringing that up, I really appreciate it pal...

Weirdest heckle?

I don't seem to invite heckles. I don't think anyone's listening intently enough to have anything to add.

What is the best thing about being a comedian?

So many things, but the crippling self-doubt is hard to beat.

What is the biggest lesson you've learnt?

Nervous energy is nature's appetite suppressant. Every cloud!

Where do you hope to be in ten years with your comedy?

As long as I'm still with my comedy, that will be enough. If it's not left me for someone younger and vegan, I'll consider that an enormous achievement.

Any other aspirations?

To be interviewed by Marc Maron and have something awkward and/or uncomfortable happen during the interview for which he feels great remorse so he has to invite me on again in order to apologise and I'm kind of a dick about it and then he's like, "whatever man" and I regret it forever.

What's you favourite joke by another act or from your childhood?

Sorry guys but Gallagher smashing those watermelons with a huge sledgehammer was funny and you know it.

Chatal Feduchin-Pate // @chancentrate

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Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2016 Finalist: Jo D'Arcy

InterviewPosted by Bobby Carroll Tue, June 28, 2016 14:05:21

How would you describe your act in five words?
Visual, bit dark, self-deprecating, funny!
(Hyphenated words count as one, right?)

How long have you been doing comedy?
Just over 3 years

What is your day job?
Teacher

What has been your worst job?
I once managed one shift on the phones for safestyle UK. Ugh.

Why do you love comedy?
I think comedy can deal with the most difficult truths in a way that makes everyone see them but also laugh at them in a way that brings everyone together.

Who are your heroes?
Victoria Wood, League of Gentlemen, Julia Davies, Chris Morris, Armando Iannucci.

What made you bite the bullet and start performing?
It just suddenly seemed possible and inevitable, then I saw a flyer for a chance to raise money for charity by doing 5 minutes of comedy and that was it.

What was your first gig like?
It was great! It was the charity gig and there were over 350 people there, many of whom were my friends and family. It made my first real gig a painful realisation!

What has been your biggest achievement so far?
I've done well in several important competitions, but having major acts who I really respect and admire remember me and remember my set and say lovely things is a real thrill.

What has been your favourite gig?
I loved being in the final of Leicester Square New Comedian was really good fun, but being in the hearts was probably better because I got to see so many of my friends and meet new people.

And describe your worst?
It was a comedy show after a meal. The room was really badly set out but even considering that, as soon as I got on stage I felt the hatred! 10 minutes of silence in people were just chatting to each other, on their phones, looking at my in pained disbelief and then one man said to his friend with woe and despair "this is AWFUL! " I know this because he said it really loudly.

Weirdest heckle?
Pf. I can't remember! I don't tend to get heckled that much.

What is the best thing about being a comedian?
Freedom to be creative and it to be ok to say what you think and make people laugh.

What is the biggest lesson you've learnt?
That you can only be yourself and you should put time into finding out who that is on order to get better and understanding what it is you want to say.

Where do you hope to be in ten years with your comedy?
I want to work in TV. I want to work in writers' rooms, write sitcoms, tour. I want to be able to try as many things as possible!

Any other aspirations?
To find the people I could write with and write for.

What's you favourite joke by another act or from your childhood?
Masai Graham is amazing. I love his wordplay. He does this one where he says he was walking down the street and this man collecting for an autism charity asked him for money. Masai had a look bit he said he could help because all he had was change, and they hate that.

Jo D'Arcy // @jodarcy1

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Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2016 Finalist: Fiona Ridgewell

InterviewPosted by Bobby Carroll Wed, June 22, 2016 14:08:48

Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2016 Finalist

Fiona Ridgewell

What area of London do you currently live in or most associate yourself with?

I live outside of London in Bexleyheath Kent, with my Mum and Grandma. - I may live there forever at this rate, but ... shhh I haven't told them yet.


How would you describe your act in five words?

Girlie, naive, scatty, hopefully funny.

How long have you been doing comedy?

2.5 years

What is your day job?

I'm at waitress at TGI Fridays

What has been your worst job?

Putting 1500 badges in individual gift boxes in one day....this interview is making me sad.

Why do you love comedy?

I love performing and I love the instant honest reaction from an audience.

Who are your heroes?

My comedy heroes are Louis CK, James Acaster and Kerry Godliman

What made you bite the bullet and start performing?

I saw my friend Joey Page at Top Secret and wanted to try it out.

What was your first gig like?

My first gig was lovely - I think I forgot they were meant to laugh and just enjoyed chatting to a room full of people

What has been your biggest achievement so far?

Recently signed with RBM, who I'm looking forward to working with.

What has been your favourite gig?

The gong show at the Comedy Store.

And describe your worst?

I performed Disney jokes at an army barracks, the bar staff escorted me to my car- not because I offended anyone I just don't think they had seen a girl in a while???

Weirdest heckle?

The army guys shouted "slag" when I mentioned I had a friend with pink hair. I don't think it was directed at me... but who knows?

What is the best thing about being a comedian?

You make your own fate, if you work hard and put the time in I think you can achieve your comedic goals.

What is the biggest lesson you've learnt?

Be yourself! Comedy isn't a competition it's about being an individual.

Where do you hope to be in ten years with your comedy?

To have a following. I love what Luisa Omielan has achieved with her hour shows.

Any other aspirations?

I would love to be a comedy role in a musical in the West End.....just need to learn to sing.

What's you favourite joke by another act or from your childhood?

I like James Acaster's set about a picture with a hole, I would love to eventually be able to get that much material from one subject.

Fiona Ridgewell // @fionaridgewell

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Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2016 Finalist: Micky Overman

InterviewPosted by Bobby Carroll Mon, June 20, 2016 13:59:02

Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2016 Finalist

Micky Overman

What area of London do you currently live in or most associate yourself with?


I live near Seven Sisters. It's pretty good, except in summer it smells of garbage.


How would you describe your act in five words?


Honest, expressive, personal, occasionally gross.


How long have you been doing comedy?


I started last year, but didn't do that many gigs. I started doing it properly in January 2016.


What is your day job?


I'm a nanny. I take care of a wonderful girl named Frankie, who I'm worried won't be so wonderful anymore because I don't think I'm the greatest influence. I really try, but she had to implement a swear jar for me...


What has been your worst job?


The one day I worked for American Apparel. It was in Amsterdam, and everyone there was Dutch, yet they all chose to speak in English with these horrible 'valley girl' American accents. It was the most idiotic form of pretension I'd ever witnessed. I didn't make it through the day.


Why do you love comedy?


Laughing is the best feeling in the world. My younger sister, who isn't the funniest person, still remembers the first time she made people laugh. That moment had a real impact on her, and I always think of that when people laugh at a joke I wrote. I get it, it's powerful.


Who are your heroes?


Besides Dutch people, I was first introduced to stand up through American comics such as Louis C.K., Bill Burr and Hannibal Burress. I love powerhouses like Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. Getting to know English comedy better I can add so many people to that list: James Acaster, Sarah Pascoe, Bridget Christie. I'll stop.


What made you bite the bullet and start performing?


It's really boring, but it was a break-up. It made me more sad than scared, so I signed up to do a course, and moved to London.


What was your first gig like?


It was the showcase for the course that I did, and it was amazing because the audience was so supportive and knew we were all trying it for the first time. First gig I did after that was Up The Creek, and I got heckled off the stage, so it got real pretty much right away.


What has been your biggest achievement so far?


Comedy wise, it's the fact that I won the Max Turner competition in January this year. I hadn't done many gigs, and really wasn't expecting it.


What has been your favourite gig?


There have been a lot of wonderful nights, but my favourite gig is still performing at The Cavendish Arms in Stockwell. It's my comedy home, and somewhere I can always go to try out new stuff, or just when you need a pick-me-up after a bad gig. It's the comedy equivalent of a warm hug.


And describe your worst?


My friend Heidi Regan and I went to perform in Colchester at a benefit for breast cancer. The stage wasn't lit, and the audience was not paying attention at all. They just continued their conversation, and sometimes looked up as if to say: "how rude of you to disturb this nice dinner we are having." That was a long 15 minutes.


Weirdest heckle?


A guy in the front row of a gig once, after I mentioned I'm from Amsterdam, just started yelling things about Amsterdam. "The Anne Frank House!" was my favourite.


What is the best thing about being a comedian?


I no longer feel alone.


What is the biggest lesson you've learnt?


You have to earn it, so be nice and positive, show up on time and don't rest on your laurels.


Where do you hope to be in ten years with your comedy?


Honestly, the best thing about this has been finding a community. So I hope in ten years there will still be this feeling of 'we're in it together'. Just with bigger audiences.


Any other aspirations?


Yes. Living in an area that doesn't smell of garbage.


What's your favourite joke by another act or from your childhood?


My friend Anne Klein does a joke where she mimes dropping her cousin's baby 'accidentally'. Then she stomps on it and goes: "It was suffering!!!" I wish I'd written that, that's brilliant.

Micky Overman // @mickyoverman

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