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.
"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 // firstname.lastname@example.org // @ThatLucasJolson
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