What area of London do you currently live in or most associate yourself with?
Camden. My parents used to drive me here when I was 13 to buy black hooded sweatshirts. It was at that point I decided to eventually live here, amongst the sweatshirts.
How would you describe your act in five words?
Young man speaking too fast.
How long have you been doing comedy?
2 years on and off
What is your day job?
I work at a university, helping students from Hong Kong to learn English. A lot of people assume this to be very funny and to create a lot of material. It doesn't.
What has been your worst job?
In a call centre, phoning up pensioners and asking them to donate money to save tigers.
Why do you love comedy?
I love the spaces above and below pubs.
Who are your heroes?
I used to do front of house for Jongleurs and Paul Sinha immediately became a hero. He and Tony Law are two of the few acts that maintain some kind of artistic integrity in those environments. And then the usual, Kitson, Carlin, Pryor.
What made you bite the bullet and start performing?
I'd wanted to since I was 13. When I realised how good the money is I just couldn't resist any longer.
What was your first gig like?
Terrifying. I was on after Lee Nelson (from the Well Good show). I didn't do too badly but the material was mental and I spoke so fast I was nearly sick.
What has been your biggest achievement so far?
I did a gig in a social club in Romford to a mix of drug dealers and children, and I didn't completely die.
What has been your favourite gig?
Possibly that one.
And describe your worst?
There've been a couple with 2 audience members and 25 acts.
A Scottish man stood up during a quiet bit of my material, called out 'Go On Snake Hips', and sat down again. His wife gave him a pat on the back.
What is the best thing about being a comedian?
People asking you to tell a joke when you tell them you're a comedian.
What is the biggest lesson you've learnt?
Don't tell them you're a comedian.
Where do you hope to be in ten years with your comedy?
I'd like to be doing much more outside of London.
Any other aspirations?
Just to stay fit and healthy and stay off drugs and smokes.
What's your favourite joke by another act or from your childhood?
Alfie Brown's section on pedophilia is immaculate. It's more about morality than sleeping with kids, and it's my favourite. Liam Williams did a 5 minute set for Radio 1 in which he analysed their demographic, it's on YouTube and the writing is flawless.
JACOB HAWLEY // firstname.lastname@example.org // @hawleyjacob
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