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Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2016 Finalist: Joe Hart

InterviewPosted by Bobby Carroll Thu, June 16, 2016 13:43:21


How would you describe your act in five words?

Nerdy, Gay, Educational, Three, Stars

How long have you been doing comedy?

Technically my first gig was in 2011, but I only really started gigging properly in when I moved to London, a couple of years ago.

What is your day job?

I’m a Web Developer Designer person. But not in like a big cool way, I work on stuff like typography and whether that pixel gutter should be where it is or maybe 3 pixels to the side to better aid the experience.

What has been your worst job?

Probably working a Katie Price Equestrian stall at a horse show. It was as pink as you can probably imagine, i was constantly ferrying more fluorescent horse clothing from lorry to stall all day. The silver lining way of looking at that job is “character-building”.

Why do you love comedy?

It’s that connection you get with a room, well the people in the room. The fact that you say things, do things and react to things that can only happen in that room, with those people and those performers on that night. Every gigs unique even if I’m saying the same thing.

Who are your heroes?

It’s hard to list heroes without sound totally pretentious, but now that I’ve pointed that out I should be fine. Alan Turing, Stephen Fry, Jenni from JenniCam, Tim Berners-Lee and anyone confident enough to wear crocks outside.

What made you bite the bullet and start performing?

My housemates in my first year of university, since I’d mentioned during freshers that I kind of wanted to try stand up. So at the fresher’s fair they pretty much forced me to sign up to the southampton comedy society.

What was your first gig like?

Too friendly for my own good. It was the university’s freshers gigs, 12 brand new acts, only their friends in the crowd. It went great! And burdened me with an undeserved confidence I suffer with to this day.

What has been your biggest achievement so far?

Writing my first solo show. It wasn’t very good, it didn’t make a lot of money but it was mine. Imagine how chuffed I’ll be if I actually write a good one at some point!

What has been your favourite gig?

Can I shameless plug here? It’s probably my own gig I run, Clusterfk, because I compere it which means theres no pressure and I can just riff with the crowd, try out new material and generally have a super lovely time while also getting to watch other hilarious comics do their thing in the middle of my attempts.

And describe your worst?

The first gig I took my Dad to. I was like “No really! I do standup!” and he said he’d come along to watch, all excited. He drove me 2 and a half hours to this small country town just above bournemouth, and I died on my fucking arse. There were no laughs for the whole ten minutes apart from one lone woman who released a shrill “HA!” after my 3rd or 4th joke didn’t land. My dad tried to cheer me up “Well I thought some bits were funny.”

Weirdest heckle?

I do a bit about the Ancient Greeks, and I was acting out a few things that Greek Scientists say and I mentioned Homer. Before I could even finish the sentence a lady in the front row shouted “He was a philosopher! Not a scientist!” I could do nothing but apologise and promise I would revise the routine. I still have not though, I should probably get round to that.

What is the best thing about being a comedian?

Having moments on stage that make both you and a room of punters giggle like you’re kids again. Except this time you’re giggling like a kid and you’ve got a pint.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learnt?

Everyone is struggling, everyone thinks other people are doing better and everyone is a person.

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

I’d love to do a show in a theatre one day. Like a real theatre, with those velvet seats,ushers and ice cream in the interval. Also would be nice if there was an audience there, but I’d settle for an empty theatre.

Any other aspirations?

I really want to, one day, finish every single Final Fantasy game. I’ve done Final Fantasy 3, 8 and 10 but the others I just sort of lost my way with.

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

I think my favourite like proper joke is from an old friend I did a three hander with once, Callum Nagle, “Would you like to know a fact about pencils? No matter how fast you throw them, they’ll always be stationary”. That’s like a proper joke.

Joe Hart // joehart42@gmail.com// @joehart

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Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2016 Finalist: Neil O'Rourke

InterviewPosted by Bobby Carroll Wed, June 15, 2016 09:48:18


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

Kensal Rise

How would you describe your act in five words?

Anecdotal, personal, call backs, anecdotal

How long have you been doing comedy?

I did 8 gigs over the course of 2 years in Ireland, but since January 2015 I’ve been gigging much more regularly thanks to the London open mic scene.

What is your day job?

I do temp work, generally in accounting. My current contract runs out at the end of July and I don’t have anything lined up yet, so if anyone reading this knows of any work going send me an email at yourfriendneil@outlook.com

What has been your worst job?

I had to cold call charities asking them to fill out a survey. It’s hard to feel like you’re a good person when charity volunteers are shouting at you for wasting their already strained resources. I didn’t last 2 weeks.

Why do you love comedy?

It’s great fun working on an idea you had while travelling to work until it’s funny enough to make a room full of people laugh at it.

Who are your heroes?

My parents showed me Eddie Izzard and Dylan Moran’s stuff when I was very young and brought me to see Glenn Wool for my first live show at an inappropriately young age. There are loads of comedians I’d look up to, but they’ll always be the first.

What made you bite the bullet and start performing?

I didn’t want my friends to see me in case I bombed. I found out that there was going to be an opportunity to do it while most of my friends were at a university ball that I wasn’t going to so I took the chance while they were distracted.

What was your first gig like?

Thoroughly unremarkable. I wish I had a funny story from it, but I survived the gig and then got the bus home and had a late dinner. Lasagne.

What has been your biggest achievement so far?

Every time you go through a string of bad gigs at the start, it can be hard to convince yourself to keep going. So every time I’ve got through one of those spells of bad gigs feels like a big achievement.

What has been your favourite gig?

Luca Cupani (who I think is also in this competition?) runs an Italian/English bilingual night. All the other acts were in Italian and the MC was introducing me in Italian, so I had no idea when I was about to go on. I really enjoyed not understanding what was happening, and the audience were lovely (and fluent in English) which made for a fun combination. Also Chubby White’s in Bristol is a lovely bit of lunacy.

And describe your worst?

There are only so many synonyms for “silence”. I can’t emphasise enough just how quiet it was. Completely mute. According to Google “hush” is another synonym.

Weirdest heckle?

I’ve never been heckled too badly, to be honest. Someone fell asleep once, that was a bit of a harsh one I felt.

What is the best thing about being a comedian?

Hanging out with funny friends after a gig nursing a half pint because it’s all you can afford.

What is the biggest lesson you've learnt?

Not to get distracted or bitter about the successes of the people around you. Learn to be happy for them, focus on improving yourself and just to enjoy it.

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

To be hanging out with funny friends after gigs with a full pint.

Any other aspirations?

Have my own Wikipedia article. My grandfather has one and even though it’s largely about ants and there’s no mention of comedy I’m still very envious.

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

My friend Currer Bell has a joke: “Does the queue outside the job centre not suggest that it’s dreadfully under staffed?”


Neil O'Rourke // yourfriendneil@outlook.com // @Neil_ORourke

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Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2016 Finalist: Dannie Grufferty

InterviewPosted by Bobby Carroll Thu, June 09, 2016 14:30:31


How would you describe your act in five words?

Dry, sardonic, political…facially expressive?


How long have you been doing comedy?

My first gig was about 2 years ago though I was rather slow getting started - I blame the General Election.


What is your day job?

Linked to my last answer, I work for an MP (Labour). I'm really lucky - she is very supportive.


What has been your worst job?

A poorly paid nanny for very naughty French children.


Why do you love comedy?

Because I love to laugh! And I like the unpredictability of it all.


Who are your heroes?

Too many - so I'll just go with Jessica Mitford... guess I should also say my family? Oh and Mo Mowlam. I’m sure I’m forgetting a lot of fictional characters.


What made you bite the bullet and start performing?

I moved to France for a bit and got involved in comedy theatre. Prior to that I would often attempt to tell jokes during speeches when I was involved in student politics, much to my comrades’ dismay.


What was your first gig like?

It was grand, I invited lots of friends and text them a line telling them when to laugh. Though it was retrospectively a bit embarrassing, it happened to be a competition heat - it was my first week back in the UK and I didn't really know what I was doing.


What has been your biggest achievement so far?

I’ve read A Song of Ice and Fire twice.


What has been your favourite gig?

G&B Girl Power night. I MC it from time to time and it’s just the best fun. G&B in general is a wonderful gig.


And describe your worst?

I remember a gig where an act pointed at a woman in the audience and called her “ugly”. Hilarious.

Weirdest heckle?

I can't remember ever being heckled (well not loudly enough perhaps). Maybe I’ve been doing the wrong gigs but I’ve found the scene incredibly warm on the whole. Saying that - I do always enjoy being introduced as a “female comedienne”.

What is the best thing about being a comedian?

Tough one - performing itself is wonderful, it's full of surprises but I'd have to say the community. People say some comics can be a bit gossipy and competitive but most of these people have never worked in politics.

What is the biggest lesson you've learnt?

That comedy is not only subjective but random!

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

I’m too ambitious to divulge. So I’ll say it would be nice if my mam has come to a gig and not completely disapproved. I also have this rather odd wish to do satirical stuff in sectarian parts of Northern Ireland.

Any other aspirations?

Marry a rich man?

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

Thatcher is walking down the street and spots a homeless man begging. She mumbles about these “lazy good-for-nothing people, always scrounging off others...”But as she nears him she’s sees his sign reads “Falklands veteran - hungry”.Feeling sorry for the veteran she pulls a pound out of her purse and drops it in the cup.“Muchos gracias” he replies.

Dannie Grufferty // @DannieGruff

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Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2016 Finalist: Louise Reay

InterviewPosted by Bobby Carroll Wed, June 08, 2016 14:35:02

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

I live in Shepherds Bush but please don't tell anyone.

How would you describe your act in five words?

That Chinese clown thing lady.

How long have you been doing comedy?

I tried standup for the first time when I was 16, then I started to dabble again when I was 25.. then about two years ago I tried clowning for the first time and totally changed my act.

What is your day job?

I'm a TV producer for really serious documentaries like Panorama and geeky BBC4 history and stuff.

What has been your worst job?

I worked in the lingerie department of Primark when I was 16, Superdrug when I was 17, and serving pints of Tenents to rugby fans at Twickenham when I was 18. All equally awful in their own way.

Why do you love comedy?

I am a really short woman, which means I am generally elbowed out of the way by taller people or squashed against train walls by manspread...when I do comedy I have a status and voice normally only given to white men in their 50s - it's great!

Who are your heroes?

Dr Brown- best clown I've ever seen... Nina Conti-no explanation needed, Paul Foot for being a relentless crackpot.

What made you bite the bullet and start performing?

I think I was one of those weird kids from a big family that either got too much or not enough attention, I've wanted to do it from a really young age.

What was your first gig like?

It was in my sixth form college at the annual Christmas event thing...in front of a thousand teenagers...it was awesome..but my whole set was based around taking the piss out of my family, and they found out and got really annoyed...so that put an end to that material quite quickly.

What has been your biggest achievement so far?

I had an hour long clown show just 9 months after trying clown for the first time. I guess that makes me a total idiot.

What has been your favourite gig?

Last night I had a gig at Comic Boom at Komedia in Brighton! Awesome!

And describe your worst?

Oh, that one where there audience member hammered a nail into his penis in Eastbourne...

Weirdest heckle?

A tourette's lady in the audience kept shouting out Thundercats...it was actually epic.

What is the best thing about being a comedian?

Comedy festivals...and gigging with your heroes...

What is the biggest lesson you've learnt?

Be nice, turn up on time....find a way to be consistent on stage regardless of what shitty day you've had.

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

On the moon with a monkey puppet.

Any other aspirations?

I want to try my comedy in different countries as it's not dependent on people speaking English.

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

Billy Connolly shouting at Christian rock bands, "F*** off!! It's not for you!" Also Eddie Izzard's pear in the fruit bowl routine...

Louise Reay // louisereaycomedy@gmail.com // @LouiseReayBeam

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Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2015 Finalist JAKE LAMBERT

InterviewPosted by Bobby Carroll Sat, September 12, 2015 08:33:46


What area of London do you currently live in or most associate yourself with? I went to university in Kingston, so I'll associate myself with that and ignore the fact that it's actually in Surrey.


How would you describe your act in five words? One liners and short stories.


How long have you been doing comedy? 2.5 years.


What is your day job? Video editor.


What has been your worst job? Any one of the office temp jobs I've endured.


Why do you love comedy? Because it allows me to combine all my passions of writing, directing, and performing.


Who are your heroes? In comedy it would be Sean Lock, Jon Richardson, and Lee Mack.


What made you bite the bullet and start performing? Lee Mack's autobiography Mack The Life.


What was your first gig like? Amazing (boring I know) but it really was and it helped everything make sense.


What has been your biggest achievement so far? Being nominated for the Leicester Mercury New Comedian of the Year, an award with an amazing history.


What has been your favourite gig? A Laughing Boy gig at Stratford, I was on with an amazing line up and that gig changed/helped start my career.


And describe your worst? Typical story: back room of a pub on the outskirts of London in a pub I would never consider going in, let alone trying to make laugh.


Weirdest heckle? "My uncle used to work at a zoo, he's dead now." - Yep.


What is the best thing about being a comedian? Being able to do your passion and the thing you love and in doing so make people happy (most of the time).


What is the biggest lesson you've learnt? Don't be scared to try something new.

Where do you hope to be in ten years with your comedy? Using as many of the mediums possible to entertain as many people as possible.


Any other aspirations? I would love to write and direct, and even act as long as it's alongside a career in stand up comedy.


What's you favourite joke by another act or from your childhood? "I remember the last thing [my nan] said to me just before she died, 'WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN HERE WITH THAT HAMMER!?" - Lee Mack.


JAKE LAMBERT // jake_e_lambert@hotmail.com // @LittleLostLad


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Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2015 Finalist Gatis Kandis

InterviewPosted by Bobby Carroll Tue, September 08, 2015 15:35:00


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

Edgware


How would you describe your act in five words?

Silly, funny, childish, different, amusing


How long have you been doing comedy?

About 4 years


What is your day job?

Shop assistant and gardener


What has been your worst job?

Being unemployed


Why do you love comedy?

It's so much fun, it's a good feeling when you make somebody laugh


Who are your heroes?

Superman and Spiderman


What made you bite the bullet and start performing?

I took a comedy course just for fun and then learned that I like to perform


What was your first gig like?

Exciting and stressful


What has been your biggest achievement so far?

I was on live TV in semi final of Britains Got Talent 2012


What has been your favourite gig?

All of the ones that go great


And describe your worst?

One where I was heckled and didn't know how to respond


Weirdest heckle?

A guy shouted at me: "get a haircut" after I had one on the same day in the morning


What is the best thing about being a comedian?

Meeting new people


What is the biggest lesson you've learnt?

Only way to do it is just do it


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

Make living with it


Any other aspirations?

I want to be an actor as well


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

Loads of them, which ever makes me genuinely laugh at any moment is my favourite


GATIS KANDIS // kandisgatis@yahoo.com // @gatiskandis

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Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2015 Finalist GEORGE LEWIS

InterviewPosted by Bobby Carroll Mon, September 07, 2015 15:56:09


What area of London do you currently live in or most associate yourself with? I most associate myself with somewhere cool like Shoreditch so people don't realise I actually live in West Hampstead.


How would you describe your act in five words? Huh? Ohhhhhh, haha. Wait - what?


How long have you been doing comedy? 2 and a half years.


What is your day job? I write adverts.


What has been your worst job? I used to put little plastic screws onto little plastic cable ties. I got £10 for every 1000. My fingers were usually bleeding by the 400thone.


Why do you love comedy? It makes me laugh more than any other genre.


Who are your heroes? Steve Coogan, Tim Key, Chris Morris, Armando Iannucci, David Mitchell, Ricky Gervais and Steve Merchant.


What made you bite the bullet and start performing? I was writing a SitCom and I heard Steve Merchant say stand up was a good way in. I thought 'THERE IS NO WAY I WILL EVER DO THAT' then I must've completely forgotten I thought that.


What was your first gig like? Deliciously awful.


What has been your biggest achievement so far? I've just won the Amused Moose competition. Well happy.



What has been your favourite gig? I played to 1,500 people at the Brighton Dome last year, which felt amazing.


And describe your worst? When I first did the Gong show at the Comedy Store:Got booed onto stage. Got called a c**t. Got gonged off.

Weirdest heckle? I'm not an otter!


What is the best thing about being a comedian? It's very rare you're required to put a little plastic screw onto a cable tie.

What is the biggest lesson you've learnt? Just be funny.


Where do you hope to be in ten years with your comedy? In the bath.

Any other aspirations? Sitcom, novel, play & film.



What's you favourite joke by another act or from your childhood? That finding-20p-behind-your-ear one my Great Uncle George did always got me. One day I'll work out how he did it.


GEORGE LEWIS // georgelewiscomedy@gmail.com // @Georgebot5000

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Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2015 Finalist Robyn Perkins

InterviewPosted by Bobby Carroll Sat, September 05, 2015 09:35:08

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

CATFORD (it's not that bad)

How would you describe your act in five words?

Chatty, friendly and enagaging persona.

How long have you been doing comedy?

3.5 years

What is your day job?

Landscape Architect - though I am on sabbatical for a while to have a go at comedy.

What has been your worst job?

Fluffer/folder at a department store.

Why do you love comedy?

The feeling of making people laugh is unparalleled. Also, comedy is a unique medium to discuss anything. No subject is off limits. And people listen as their guards are down.

Who are your heroes?

Robin Ince. And while all wildly different comics and styles, I love Mitch Hedberg, Amy Schumer, Pat Monahan, Benny Boot and Bill Burr.

What made you bite the bullet and start performing?

Just thought it looked fun. So on a whim. But I started with a course, which is not nearly 'biting the bullet'. Its more 'lets stick your toes in and realise its a luke-warm paddle pool.'

What was your first gig like?

Amazing. Again, end of a course, 60-70 people, all supported. It may be my best gig yet. Kidding. Kind of.

What has been your biggest achievement so far?

Comedically? Being accepted into AAA at the Pleasance at the Fringe. Or English Comedian of the Year Finalist (assuming this gig doesn't count).

What has been your favourite gig?

English Comedian of the Year Finals at the Udderbelly was awesome. But I also sometimes do sets at a music night called Vin's Night In. Amazing artists. It doesn't seem like it would work, but it is amazing. Best crowds ever.

And describe your worst?

There are 3-4 that stand out. One of which was the Bath New Act Finals, 2012. I had been going 3 months, only had sex material, and tried to sell it to a prude crowd, in Bath on a Sunday. The review was awful, pinning me as 'Spectacularly Obscene'. I have since changed. Kind of.

Weirdest heckle?

Some woman in Hitchen shhushed me and told me to stop talking because I am American and a foreigner.

What is the best thing about being a comedian?

The feeling of making people laugh.

What is the biggest lesson you've learnt?

Take your time. Nothing can replace experience.

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

Working full time, doing just writing and performing.

Any other aspirations?

Save the world with comedy.

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

What did the horse say to the unicorn? Dickhead -Jess Fostikew

I'm circumcised cuz I don't come from the hood. -Bo Burnham

It's a shame Jesus could never go swimming. -Alan Power

Robyn Perkins // robyn.comedy@gmail.com // @robynHperkins

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