What area of London do you currently live in or most associate yourself with?
I live in South London, but as a Northerner I'm reluctant to associate myself with the South of anything.
How would you describe your act in five words?
Too many jokes about hair.
How long have you been doing comedy?
I've been gigging regularly since Autumn 2012.
What is your day job?
I'm a freelance filmmaker and animator, currently creating an indie video game.
What has been your worst job?
A badly planned documentary shoot in which I, along with a historically inaccurate Shakespeare, was thrown out of the Shakespeare's birthplace museum (via the giftshop).
Why do you love comedy?
I don't know. I suppose it just feels very nice to laugh.
Who are your heroes?
Terry Gilliam, Eddie Izzard, Bill Bailey, William Blake & Edward Gorey.
What made you bite the bullet and start performing?
I was graduating from Film School and realised comedy was a much cheaper medium in which to fail.
What was your first gig like?
It went shockingly well, and was my best gig to date based on a ratio of effort in to enjoyment out.
What has been your biggest achievement so far?
I won the New Acts of The Year 2014 and have got all the stars in Mario 64.
What has been your favourite gig?
I tend not to remember the good ones. Probably my first (see above).
And describe your worst?
I think the least enjoyable are gong shows. Turning the audience into reality-TV style judges creates the exact opposite of an atmosphere in which comedy can flourish.
I began a bit by saying "I just bought this book..." and someone booed.
What is the best thing about being a comedian?
I would feel a bit presumptuous calling myself a comedian. Sorry!
What is the biggest lesson you've learnt?
To stand up straight and not let my hair cover too much of my face.
Where do you hope to be in ten years with your comedy?
I would like to be quite a bit better at it.
Any other aspirations?
To bring about a socialist utopia and be a successful director of unprofitable films.
What's you favourite joke by another act or from your childhood?
FATHER TED: Mrs Doyle, are you wearing your contact lenses?
MRS DOYLE: No. A dog ran off with them.
Alasdair Beckett- King // firstname.lastname@example.org
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