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Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2016 Finalist: CHANTAL FEDUCHIN PATE

InterviewPosted by Bobby Carroll Wed, June 29, 2016 12:13:29

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


How would you describe your act in five words?

I can't do that. Sorry.

How long have you been doing comedy?

Nearly 4 years? Too long to have achieved so little; not long enough to be bitter. #awkward

What is your day job?

Picture Editor at a trashy celeb mag. Which I at once enjoy and feel overwhelmingly guilty about.

What has been your worst job?

I worked in media sales recruitment for 4 months. It wasn't all bad, I got to wear nice suits. And I got to experience being fired which was the most liberating thing in the world and I highly recommend it (but only do it once).

Why do you love comedy?

Whoa whoa whoa, easy there bucko, who said anything about love?! We're just friends. Jeeeez. (Why, did comedy mention me? What did they say? Not that I care...but do they think I'm pretty?)

Who are your heroes?

Phyllis Diller. She didn't even start stand up til she was 37 and she wasn't super successful til well into her 40s/50s. Really encourages my innate procrastination and laziness. Whenever I spend a night doing absolutely nothing at all, I'll at some point worry if I'm wasting my life. Then I think of her and...keep doing nothing. Truly inspiring.

What made you bite the bullet and start performing?

I wanted to hang out with other comedians and figured this was the best way to achieve that. I was wrong. Being a 22 year-old blonde with access to cocaine is the best way to achieve that.

What was your first gig like?

Great. Which lead to an over-inflated sense of self-regard and a complete inability to take criticism. Basically - I became a stand-up that night.

What has been your biggest achievement so far?

Being able to drink as copiously as I do without becoming yet another stand-up with a "road to sobriety" story.

What has been your favourite gig?

All of the Drunk Not Wasted gigs at Edinburgh last year, so much fun we're doing it again this year! #ShamelessPlug

And describe your worst?

A charity gig at Soho Theatre with an audience of about 200 that was like my tenth gig and everyone else was professionals and the audience didn't find me funny at all and a woman in the front row had her head in her hands for the full 10 minutes I was on stage and she was the only person I could actually see and I wasn't experienced enough to know how to deal with it (not that I am now either) so I just kept ploughing through my material and then I had to face all the other real stand-ups afterwards in the greenroom and it was so embarrassing and none of them would even look me in the eye and then during the break an audience member with a concerned face asked me, "are you alright?" which was humiliating and oh god, why didn't I just quit then, thanks for bringing that up, I really appreciate it pal...

Weirdest heckle?

I don't seem to invite heckles. I don't think anyone's listening intently enough to have anything to add.

What is the best thing about being a comedian?

So many things, but the crippling self-doubt is hard to beat.

What is the biggest lesson you've learnt?

Nervous energy is nature's appetite suppressant. Every cloud!

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

As long as I'm still with my comedy, that will be enough. If it's not left me for someone younger and vegan, I'll consider that an enormous achievement.

Any other aspirations?

To be interviewed by Marc Maron and have something awkward and/or uncomfortable happen during the interview for which he feels great remorse so he has to invite me on again in order to apologise and I'm kind of a dick about it and then he's like, "whatever man" and I regret it forever.

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

Sorry guys but Gallagher smashing those watermelons with a huge sledgehammer was funny and you know it.

Chatal Feduchin-Pate // @chancentrate