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Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2015 Finalist Sean Cannon

InterviewPosted by Bobby Carroll Thu, August 27, 2015 13:06:31


What area of London do you currently live in or most associate yourself with?

Isleworth, Osterley, Hounslow – the suburbs clustered around the A4 between Heathrow and Hammersmith.

How would you describe your act in five words?

Concision is a tricky thing...

How long have you been doing comedy?

A little over three years.

What is your day job?

I work in an office, primarily sending tons of emails and engaging in a lot of low level chit-chat, covering everything from Bake Off to Masterchef.

What has been your worst job?

When I was 16 I laid insulation in the lofts of houses in Feltham, Bedfont, Hayes for a month, and it was fairly terrible – having said that, spending countless hours doing difficult work in sweltering and inhospitable spaces did prepare me well for this years Edinburgh Fringe.

Why do you love comedy?

The feeling of holding a room's attention because you're saying funny things you've thought of is pretty incredible.

Who are your heroes?

I love the usual "arty" guys – Stewart Lee, Tim Key, Daniel Kitson, but I'm also a real fan of people who I guess would be called more "clubby" - the hardest I've laughed is at Paul Tonkinson at the Comedy Store and watching Dave Attell talk about drunk girls on his Netflix special.

What made you bite the bullet and start performing?

I had finished uni and was working an easy job with regular hours – I had no excuse not to try.

What was your first gig like?

Misleadingly good enough for me to chase this goddamn dream for over three years now.

What has been your biggest achievement so far?

Coming runner up at the Amused Moose Laugh Off at the Fringe was pretty great. But I think in purest comedy terms, one of the biggest achievements is whenever you beat the gong at the Comedy Store on a hostile night. To face the crowd down, to win their trust, to make them laugh – feels like a huge achievement.

What has been your favourite gig?

Amused Moose on Saturday night in Soho.

And describe your worst?

Frog and Bucket on Thursday night in Manchester. I was very new when I did that gig, was way out of my depth, and the crowd hated me. When I was there (surprisingly not been back!) there was a huge projector screen showing the acts on the wall to the right of the stage. My abiding memory is sweating, face crimson red, and looking at this projector screen from the stage watching myself watch myself die. It was like the Inception of bad comedy.

Weirdest heckle?

"Why would you say that?"

What is the best thing about being a comedian?

I can't choose between the anxiety, the uncertainty and the envy!

What is the biggest lesson you've learnt?

There is a massive difference between an amusing phrase and a punchline.

Where do you hope to be in ten years with your comedy?

Comparing backstage facilities at arenas across the UK with the other Comedy Knights finalists.

Any other aspirations?

That if comedy doesn't work out, I can convince myself with suitable certainty that being a loving husband and father is all the fulfilment a reasonable man needs.

What's you favourite joke by another act or from your childhood?

"I went to a sauna the other day. Not that kind of sauna – a gay sauna." Big fan of that one by Tom Ward.

SEAN CANNON// scannon780@gmail.com // @SeanCannon3

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