How would you describe your act in five words?
Chatty, energetic, sweaty, story-driven loveliness.
How long have you been doing comedy?
I started in 2011, when I left University.
What is your day job?
I work in a school during the day, mostly updating the website and doing admin work.
What has been your worst job?
I was a waiter and bartender for a summer once. The job was ok, but I was terrible. I'm not good at carrying plates or pouring drinks; basically everything you need to be good at in order to be a waiter or a bartender.
Why do you love comedy?
It's amazing. It's the best and greatest art-form in the world. Oh and I'm a massive attention-seeker.
Who are your heroes?
In comedy, Rowan Atkinson, in life, probably Spiderman.
What made you bite the bullet and start performing?
A friend of mine told me to do it, so I did. I was quite impressionable.
What was your first gig like?
My first gig was in front of 7 people, 6 of whom were my friends. They just forced themselves to laugh, bless them.
What has been your biggest achievement so far?
Winning Reading Comedy Festival New Act of the Year was really nice.
What has been your favourite gig?
There's a great gig in Arundel on the south coast that's in an old converted Jail. I always have a lovely time there.
And describe your worst?
Hayes near Heathrow definitely. It was Christmas time and three drunk guys were the audience. It was a struggle.
Someone threw a chip at my head once in Essex while I was in the middle of a story. Definitely the strangest interruption I've ever had. I did eat it though.
What is the best thing about being a comedian?
The lie-ins for sure. Comedians hate mornings.
What is the biggest lesson you've learnt?
Never ever stop gigging.
Where do you hope to be in ten years with your comedy?
I'd love to be making a full living, hopefully sooner than ten years, but if ten years is what it'll take for that then so be it.
Any other aspirations?
One step at a time!
What's you favourite joke by another act or from your childhood?
The Rowan Atkinson and Mel Smith joke from Not the Nine O'Clock News about deodorant. Watch it online, it's a gem.
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