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?
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.
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 // email@example.com // @MStranney
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