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Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2015 Finalist Nabil Adbul Rashid

InterviewPosted by Bobby Carroll Wed, September 02, 2015 15:35:50

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

Norwood, although this week I'm replying from Tanzania

How would you describe your act in five words?

"Think hard and laugh harder"... I hope anyway lol

How long have you been doing comedy?

This will be my fifth year doing comedy I think but probably only my third trying to take it seriously

What is your day job?

By day I'm a youth worker and mentor I love it!!

What has been your worst job?

My worst ever job? I'd say it's a tie between a retail job I had at the shopping centre in Croydon and giving drama workshops to kids waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay to young to have been doing that sort of program.

Why do you love comedy?

I love comedy because it's a vent.. We all have things we want to say but bottle up, I get to say these things to people interested in hearing them. Keeps me somewhat sane.

Who are your heroes?

My heroes have been George Carlin, Chris Rock, Dick Gregory, Dave Chapelle and Mort Sahl.. You know.. The usual suspects lol!

What made you bite the bullet and start performing?

I kind of talked my way into an open mic gig after seeing someone else do it and make it look easy (if only I had known) I saw him performing and though.. "Hey, I can do that!!"

What was your first gig like?

My first gig was possibly the most embarrassing day of my life. It was so bad that now I'm never scared of any gig because I think to myself "it can't be that bad".. It was like taking up boxing and then having to spar an angry Mike Tyson in his prime on your first day. Gets easy after that.

What has been your biggest achievement so far?

It's hard to say what my best gig is because I put everything into every single performance so every week I have a new favourite. You might be watching my best gig right now.

Weirdest heckle?

Weirdest heckle? That would be the MC accidentally setting himself on fire.. There is no comeback for that!

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

In ten years I hope to have toured the country and the world with my one-man shows and finally finished writing my book!! But most importantly I hope to be happy doing something I love... comedy.

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

Hard to choose a favourite but Aamer Rahmans bit on reverse racism is epic.. Hari Kondabolu has a great joke about white chocolate too..

Nabil Abdul rashid // nabil_rashid@live.com // @Nabilu

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Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2015 Finalist PHIL LUCAS

InterviewPosted by Bobby Carroll Sat, August 29, 2015 12:28:29
What area of London do you currently live in or most associate yourself with?
I grew up in Twickenham, so I’m a proper suburban grub. I live in Brighton now though.

How would you describe your act in five words?
Multimedia nonsense. Everything is visual.

How long have you been doing comedy?
Live about three years, I think.

What is your day job?
I write comedy and do stupid comedy projects for websites, magazines and my own amusement. Because I work from home I often have afternoon naps. I love an afternoon nap.

What has been your worst job?
I once had to dress as a heraldic trumpeter and walk around Olympia. After an hour I despaired and locked myself in a toilet cubicle for the rest of the day with Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

Why do you love comedy?
I think life is absurd and ridiculous. Comedy is the best way to counter and make sense of that ridiculousness.

Who are your heroes?
At gigs I hear a lot about big US comedians that have influenced other acts. Most of the time I’ve not got a clue who they’re talking about. I was brought up on British 70s TV and that’s been my main influence really. So for me it’s Dick Emery, Leonard Rossiter, Yootha Joyce, Peter Butterworth, Kenneth Williams, Richard O'Sullivan - people of that ilk. I’m all for Louis C.K., but Dick Emery falling down a drain whilst dressed as a vicar is more me.

What made you bite the bullet and start performing?
I’d always wanted to do it, but had no idea how to. I knew I could never be a stand up with jokes and a microphone. It’s a truly beautiful and enviable skill, but it’s one I just don’t have. So it wasn’t really until the advent of social media and discovering PowerPoint that I realised it was possible to do the sort of comedy live that’s always going around in my head. And Rachel Parris once said I should start doing it.

What was your first gig like?
It was nice, a friendly monthly night in Brighton. I remember berating someone with a Kit-Kat. That bit never made it to the second gig.

What has been your biggest achievement so far?
I’m not sure I’ve achieved much really, but I saw Elizabeth from Poldark at an airport the other day.

What has been your favourite gig?
It’s hard to pick one, but a charity gig I did in Brighton for Sea Shepherd comes to mind as one of the loveliest. Sea Shepherd are a bit heavy on dead dolphin photos on Facebook, but they mean well.

And describe your worst?
Sutton Coldfield on a Saturday night. Every single audience member stared at me blankly with loathing in their cold, dead eyes. It was OK though because when I wrote on Twitter that I’d died on stage, Tesco felt sorry for me and sent me a voucher for some free Brussels sprouts and a pair of Beats by Dr Dre headphones, (it’s a long story). I got a fair bit selling those headphones on eBay.

Weirdest heckle?
By and large I don’t get heckled much. I think it’s because I shout and am quite high energy, so maybe people think I’m disjointed and I’d embarrass them if they heckled. I’m more than happy if they think that as it enables me to just get on with my set. Because I use PowerPoint I don’t have the option of adjusting my set in real-time to audience reactions, so I’d rather not be heckled.
Anyway, I don’t hold with the view that heckling adds something to a comedy evening. Hecklers are like viruses. I accept they’re out there, but I’d prefer it if they were eradicated.

What is the best thing about being a comedian?
You get to put the things that are in your head on stage in front of, mostly, nice people. You also get to meet some truly lovely comics and audience members from all backgrounds and perspectives.

What is the biggest lesson you've learnt?
If you’re serious about doing comedy you’ve pretty much got to want to live it, or accept that you’ve got to live it.

Where do you hope to be in ten years with your comedy?
God knows. I’m not interested in striving for fame or anything like that. I just want to continue working hard at something I truly love. As long as people like my stuff, I’m making a living doing comedy in some form, and can afford to go to Pizza Express occasionally without having to think about the cost, then I’ll be happy. I’m very ambitious in terms of producing the absolute best material my brain and the hours in the day will allow, but not in terms of entering an alternative rat race.

Any other aspirations?
I’d like to do a forward roll on the M25, own an aircraft museum and buy a single InterCity 125 train when the rail operators are finished with them. It’s a design classic.

What's your favourite joke by another act or from your childhood? In terms of other acts, Paul F Taylor, Sean McLoughlin and Andrew O'Neill have any number of lines and routines that I would give my less useful arm to have written. From my childhood, there’s a bit in Carry on Camping that ends with the punchline, “Gone for a P,” (as in the letter P). There’s no point in me trying to explain this gag in words though, it won’t work at all. I’m not sure how happy any of the above acts will be to appear in the same paragraph as Carry on Camping, but there you go.

PHIL LUCAS// plucas42@gmail.com // @phillucas

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Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2015 Finalist Sean Cannon

InterviewPosted by Bobby Carroll Thu, August 27, 2015 13:06:31


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

Isleworth, Osterley, Hounslow – the suburbs clustered around the A4 between Heathrow and Hammersmith.

How would you describe your act in five words?

Concision is a tricky thing...

How long have you been doing comedy?

A little over three years.

What is your day job?

I work in an office, primarily sending tons of emails and engaging in a lot of low level chit-chat, covering everything from Bake Off to Masterchef.

What has been your worst job?

When I was 16 I laid insulation in the lofts of houses in Feltham, Bedfont, Hayes for a month, and it was fairly terrible – having said that, spending countless hours doing difficult work in sweltering and inhospitable spaces did prepare me well for this years Edinburgh Fringe.

Why do you love comedy?

The feeling of holding a room's attention because you're saying funny things you've thought of is pretty incredible.

Who are your heroes?

I love the usual "arty" guys – Stewart Lee, Tim Key, Daniel Kitson, but I'm also a real fan of people who I guess would be called more "clubby" - the hardest I've laughed is at Paul Tonkinson at the Comedy Store and watching Dave Attell talk about drunk girls on his Netflix special.

What made you bite the bullet and start performing?

I had finished uni and was working an easy job with regular hours – I had no excuse not to try.

What was your first gig like?

Misleadingly good enough for me to chase this goddamn dream for over three years now.

What has been your biggest achievement so far?

Coming runner up at the Amused Moose Laugh Off at the Fringe was pretty great. But I think in purest comedy terms, one of the biggest achievements is whenever you beat the gong at the Comedy Store on a hostile night. To face the crowd down, to win their trust, to make them laugh – feels like a huge achievement.

What has been your favourite gig?

Amused Moose on Saturday night in Soho.

And describe your worst?

Frog and Bucket on Thursday night in Manchester. I was very new when I did that gig, was way out of my depth, and the crowd hated me. When I was there (surprisingly not been back!) there was a huge projector screen showing the acts on the wall to the right of the stage. My abiding memory is sweating, face crimson red, and looking at this projector screen from the stage watching myself watch myself die. It was like the Inception of bad comedy.

Weirdest heckle?

"Why would you say that?"

What is the best thing about being a comedian?

I can't choose between the anxiety, the uncertainty and the envy!

What is the biggest lesson you've learnt?

There is a massive difference between an amusing phrase and a punchline.

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

Comparing backstage facilities at arenas across the UK with the other Comedy Knights finalists.

Any other aspirations?

That if comedy doesn't work out, I can convince myself with suitable certainty that being a loving husband and father is all the fulfilment a reasonable man needs.

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

"I went to a sauna the other day. Not that kind of sauna – a gay sauna." Big fan of that one by Tom Ward.

SEAN CANNON// scannon780@gmail.com // @SeanCannon3

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Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2015 Finalist Lucas Jolson

InterviewPosted by Bobby Carroll Wed, August 26, 2015 09:50:33


How would you describe your act in five words?

Not too sweary, mum friendly.

How long have you been doing comedy?

12 and a half months.

What is your day job?

Customer service. I work in the complaints department.

What has been your worst job?

Unemployed with a blank CV at the height of the credit crunch. I've never heard anyone describe a worse job than that. You work a 100 hour week spending all day looking for work with no pay. You get a lot of rejection and probably work a second job as an unpaid intern.

Why do you love comedy?

It's an interesting art because it seems fair. The greatest painters or pianists may never make it, but if you get lots of laughs, promoters invite you back and tell other promoters too. Personally, I love telling jokes to people, some people say stand-up is so unorganic, but I can't think of a more natural thing to do.

Who are your heroes?

Aged 8: Rowan Atkinson

Aged 10: Rik Mayall

Aged 12: Trey Parker & Matt Stone (South Park)

Aged 14: Zach Braff

Aged 16: Russell Howard

Aged 18: Ross Noble

Aged 21: Ed Byrne

Aged 23: Naz Osmanoglu

Aged 25: Rhod Gilbert

Aged 27: Karl Pilkington

What was your first gig like?

5 stars said the Guardian.

What has been your biggest achievement so far?

I met a University College London student (originally from Swansea) and he said he was nervous about moving to the big city. But after watching me live he said he was now so excited about living in London and getting to see great shows. I didn't have the heart to tell him that if I got booked for gig in Swansea I'd probably play it.

What has been your favourite gig?

400 people at Absolute Comedy, Toronto. I wrote material tailored to a Canadian audience and most of that will never be heard again; I think there's something really special about that.

And describe your worst?

I did a gig in the annex of a mosque. Lovely people, but ridiculously hard. I thought I'd just do some safe observational comedy about shaving. Another comic comes up to me at the end and goes, "that joke shouldn't have worked, the women can't shave and the men don't shave." I hadn't made the connection.

I was supposed to compere that night, but one act refused to do his material so I ended up doing a spot. Backstage was the most painful part; between us three comics we had notebooks with about 4 hours of material, but only 30 minutes we thought we could perform. The compere was making sign language at me throughout my whole set for what joke I could perform next.

Weirdest heckle?

"Tut, Buckingham Palace isn't in London"

What is the best thing about being a comedian?

Getting booked on a line-up with your comedy heroes.

What is the biggest lesson you've learnt?

Comedy isn't all about timing, you also have to say the words in the right order.

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

Still on the open mic circuit and really bitter.

Any other aspirations?

Okay. I've done a bit of voice-over and want to do more cartoons and video games. I've got a few 'bits' about playing games and I really want to talk about it; I just appreciate that most audiences won't be made up of 100% gamers so I wouldn't tell a joke that not everyone can enjoy. I want to have multiple sets; like a club set, a games set and a set without words - I'm still writing that one (no pun intended).

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

This one belongs to Currer Ball:

"Does the queue outside the Job Centre not indicate that it's understaffed?"

LUCAS JOLSON // lucasjolson@hotmail.co.uk // @ThatLucasJolson

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Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2015 Finalist SARAH KEYWORTH

InterviewPosted by Bobby Carroll Fri, August 14, 2015 10:30:18



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

I currently live in South London... Which is a really vague answer but I am about to move from one bit of South London to another bit of South London so South London is actually as accurate an answer as I can give you... South London.

How would you describe your act in five words?

Cheeky, deadpan, sinister, likable, oxymoron.

How long have you been doing comedy?

I have been doing comedy on a regular (weekly) basis for 11 months.

What is your day job?

I am currently working in the Marketing and Communications Department at LAMDA (The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art).

What has been your worst job?

I once worked at the Christmas sale in my local Next when I was 17.

I used to think I lived in a nice area, but there's something about a Next sale that just... changes people.

Why do you love comedy?

I have always loved comedy for the simple enjoyment of making people laugh. As I have gotten older I have gained an appreciation of how really intelligent comedy can be used as a tool to shape and change the way you might perceive things. I love that it offers a platform for people to be confident - even if it's just for 10 minutes.

Who are your heroes?

Jennifer Saunders, Diane Spencer, Sara Pascoe & Sandi Toksvig to name just a few, plus the Monty Python boys.

I'm a big fan of female comedians, I find it really admirable that they're able to find time to be funny whilst also having a vagina. I'm still in the habit of leaving mine at home.

What made you bite the bullet and start performing?

A friend of mine was organising a variety show, she knew I had a set written, so she put me in the programme and had it printed. You can't back out if you're in a printed programme.


What was your first gig like?

Wonderful. It was at my old school and the audience was made up of family and friends. It gave me a completely false sense of how funny I was.

What has been your biggest achievement so far?

Over the past year I have opened for a few comedians who I really admire. I think getting positive feedback from them has felt like my greatest achievement to date.

What has been your favourite gig?

I did a gig in Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival called the 'Battle For Leicester'. It was a competition in which two representatives from each of the city's four regular comedy night's battled to win a trophy. The crowd were so great and really up for it. I went to uni in Leicester so it was nice to be there. When we got to the final round we had to do some improvisation on a given subject - I got cunnilingus (and the gig was good too).

And describe your worst?

I once did a gig at my university that was a breakfast event for the launch of Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival. I had to be there at 7:30am. Nothing is funny at that time of day.

Weirdest heckle?

A guy once shouted Heil Hitler during my set. In his defense I was telling a joke about Hitler and there's never really an ideal time to bust out a Nazi Salute these days.

Even more bizarrely he came and apologised afterwards, I told him it was okay... happens to the best of us.

What is the best thing about being a comedian?

The people you meet, the comedy circuit is such a community - I can't go to a gig without bumping into somebody I know. I've made some great friends and people are very supportive. That's definitely the best thing.

What is the biggest lesson you've learnt?

I've definitely learnt that nothing worthwhile should be easy, comedy is a long game and there's always room for improvement.

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

In an ideal world I would like to be able to be doing comedy as my full time job. To achieve that in 10 years would be good. To be honest I'd settle for having some money for wine gums after the train fare.

Any other aspirations?

I'd love a retweet from Talyor Swift.

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

Twayna Mayne's open letter to Morocco. If you haven't heard it you're missing out.

SARAH KEYWORTH // sarahkeyworth@hotmail.co.uk // @SarahKeyworth1

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Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2015 Finalist MICHAEL STRANNEY

InterviewPosted by Bobby Carroll Wed, August 12, 2015 12:31:13



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

I live in Camden / Kentish Town but probably feel more associated with the Kensington Garden area

How would you describe your act in five words?

Awkward, naive, silly, whimsical, nonsense

How long have you been doing comedy?

3 years

What is your day job?

Currently 'I'm in between jobs' so at the moment I'm doing some manual labouring for my brother back in Ireland

What has been your worst job?

I've had to insulate a few roof spaces in my time. You learn a lot of about yourself when crammed in to a tiny hot corner of an attic with the worlds most irritable material rubbing against your face. I only have to look at the stuff now and I come out in a rash.

Why do you love comedy?

It feels great to laugh and feels even better to make people laugh

Who are your heroes?

David Earl, Tim Key, Nick Mohammed, Chris Lilley, Steve Carell to name a few

What made you bite the bullet and start performing?

It was always an itch I wanted to scratch and I thought no better place to scratch that itch when scratching around in an itchy city like London

What was your first gig like?

It was really nice. It was a night I had organised with my brother to raise money for him going to Africa with a charity. And lots of my friends were doing the singing and performing on the night. So it was the perfect place to try as the audience was mostly friends and family so it was an incredibly supportive crowd. My second gig however was a lot more realistic. It felt like nobody laughed. I walked away saying I would never do it ever again. So technically the final will be my third gig.

What has been your biggest achievement so far?

Winning the New Act of The Year final (formerly Hackney Empire NATY) in January.

What has been your favourite gig?

The NATYs without a doubt. Not because I won but because it the biggest crowd I had ever performed to and they were great. It felt like we just clicked and everything I said and did seemed to land. It was amazing.

And describe your worst?

I once did a gig in Coventry. There was maybe about 100 people there, consisting of probably 3-4 stag and hen parties. I knew before I went on it wasn't going to go well. I was only doing 10mins but some people got up and left. There were even people shouting out 'You're not funny, get off!' So I just lay on the floor in the foetal position until my 10mins was up and the MC relieved me of my duties.

Weirdest heckle?

How the f**k are we supposed to know who Sarah Ward is?!

What is the best thing about being a comedian?

The first time you try a new joke and people laugh

What is the biggest lesson you've learnt?

That no matter how bad you think it's going on stage, keep going. As long as you look to be enjoying it you'll get away with it.

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

I'd love to be making a living from it full time. If I had a portfolio of stuff that I could look back on like a radio series, or even a sitcom based around my ' Danilel Duffy' character that would be amazing.

Any other aspirations?

I'd like to learn how to fly please.

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

Teacher: Can anyone give me an example of a sentence using 'contagious'?

Pupil: Our next door neighbour is building an extension and it's annoying my dad because he said it's taking the c**t ages.

MICHAEL STRANNEY // michaelstranney@gmail.com // @MStranney

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Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2015 Finalist JULIE OLIVER

InterviewPosted by Bobby Carroll Tue, August 11, 2015 09:54:26

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

I’m originally from Gants Hill, so outer London. Louise Weiner from Sleeper and Penny Lancaster (Rod Stewart’s wife) all went to my school. Hard acts to follow.


How would you describe your act in five words?

Quirky, observational, quite flight based.


How long have you been doing comedy?

I did my first tentative gig in December 2011.


What is your day job?

Marketing Officer for Komedia Brighton, which is excellent as I am surrounded by comedy all the time.


What has been your worst job?

My first job when I moved to Brighton was advertising boilers. The boilers were great compared to the vile specimen of a human that was my boss. Think big fish in a small pond with cankles and a massive chip on her shoulder.


Why do you love comedy?

I always loved the ability of comedy to take an ordinary situation and see the farcical in it. If you’re worried about something a good stand-up comic can really take you out of yourself for the time you’re watching them. If I’m feeling stressed, instead of relaxing music I tend to stick a Father Ted on.


Who are your heroes?

Harry Hill, Steve Coogan, Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews, Rebecca Front, June

Whitfield, Terry Scott, Matt Berry, Kenneth Williams, Sid James, Julian Barratt, Yootha Joyce,

Zoe Lyons and Simon Amstell.


What made you bite the bullet and start performing?

I was in a counselling session for anxiety (not the funniest anecdote). I was much better and I think we’d run out of things to talk about after a few months, but I’d paid up front so kept going. Somehow between us we conjured up the idea that maybe I should try stand up as I loved it so much. I googled courses in Brighton (I would never have known where to start otherwise) and it went from there.


What was your first gig like?

Fine…there were only 8 people to disappoint. It was a tiny pub in Brighton, with mainly friends in the audience.


What has been your biggest achievement so far?

Anytime I get to the final of a competition I’m really excited as it makes me think I must be doing something right, and I am quite proud of myself. So getting through to the Comedy Knights final is brilliant.


What has been your favourite gig?

Comic Boom at Komedia is always a great gig. By the second time I did Boom I was extra nervous as I worked at Komedia by then and my new colleagues were in the audience. Somehow despite the nerves I had a really great gig in front of 296 people.


And describe your worst?

A restaurant in Shoreham for someone’s 50th. No-one told the guests there was comedy. They were tired, had finished their meal and wanted to go home, and then the 3 of us bumbled on. I think people had their head in their hands at some point during my set.


Weirdest heckle?

I mention Marilyn Monroe in my set and someone shouted out that she’d had loads of miscarriages but never had a child.


What is the best thing about being a comedian?

When the whole room is laughing, everything works and you can see people really get what you’re trying to say. It’s a great feeling to know that your presence has contributed to a good night of comedy (as opposed to hindering it).


What is the biggest lesson you've learnt?

You can’t please all of the people all of the time. If you’ve got a crowd that loves knob gags they may not get a quirky Essex girl talking about Concorde. If you’re pleasing some of the people some of the time you might be onto something. If you’re never pleasing anyone at all, maybe it’s not for you.


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

I really do take each day at a time, from the comedy course, to the first gig, to entering competitions. I’d love to make a living out of it, but there are a few stages to go before I get to that.


Any other aspirations?

I would like to know that every single person that has ever dumped me or upset me hears that I am doing well at comedy and looking great! Apart from that I would like to have a glass of wine with Steve Coogan and appear on a bill with Harry Hill. Is that too much to ask?


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

Harry Hill – War memorials, they’re to remember the war dead. Of course that was before they invented post it notes.

JULIE OLIVER // julieoliver605@gmail.com // @JulesOliverCom

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Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2015 Finalist BENJI WATERSTONES

InterviewPosted by Bobby Carroll Mon, August 10, 2015 13:20:13

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

I live in Bethnal Green and have grown a beard to fit in but I don’t really belong. Sometimes when walking past hipsters I think ‘if only they knew I was listening to “Now 91” on my ipod’.

How would you describe your act in five words?

Lonely shrink struggling with life.

How long have you been doing comedy?

2 ½ years.

What is your day job?

Doctor

What has been your worst job?

Doctor

Why do you love comedy?

Because after a good gig I feel better about myself and the world.

Who are your heroes?

Robin Hood, William Brown and David Beckham.

What made you bite the bullet and start performing?

Moving to London as a fresh-faced psychiatrist.

What was your first gig like?

Misleadingly good. My friends were there so I got three applause breaks and for the following week I remember mentally rehearsing my answers to questions on ‘Friday Night with Jonathan Ross’. Then on my second gig I died on my arse.

What has been your biggest achievement so far?

Not being struck off by the medical profession.

What has been your favourite gig?

The Comedy Store.

And describe your worst?

That second gig was at a rowdy rugby club and when I ordered a J20 the proprietor called me a ‘soft drink wanker’. When I was on stage the crowd were just as friendly.

Weirdest heckle?

I’m lucky it doesn’t happen much because my material is one big self-heckle.

What is the best thing about being a comedian?

People always say how ‘brave' you are which makes you feel like a matador and it’s a convenient excuse for something to do most Friday or Saturday nights.

What is the biggest lesson you've learnt?

Even if you feel like a sell-out artistically, audiences generally love a dick-joke.

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

A full-time comedian with 9 ½ years under his belt.

Any other aspirations?

Eudaimonia would be nice.

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

Probably Alasdair Beckett-King’s visual ‘John the Baptist’ joke. It’s one of those that makes you excitedly grab peoples knees beforehand and whisper ‘listen to this!’.

BENJI WATERSTONES // benjimans@icloud.com // @its_benji

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