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Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2016 Finalist: Joe Hart

InterviewPosted by Bobby Carroll Thu, June 16, 2016 13:43:21

How would you describe your act in five words?

Nerdy, Gay, Educational, Three, Stars

How long have you been doing comedy?

Technically my first gig was in 2011, but I only really started gigging properly in when I moved to London, a couple of years ago.

What is your day job?

I’m a Web Developer Designer person. But not in like a big cool way, I work on stuff like typography and whether that pixel gutter should be where it is or maybe 3 pixels to the side to better aid the experience.

What has been your worst job?

Probably working a Katie Price Equestrian stall at a horse show. It was as pink as you can probably imagine, i was constantly ferrying more fluorescent horse clothing from lorry to stall all day. The silver lining way of looking at that job is “character-building”.

Why do you love comedy?

It’s that connection you get with a room, well the people in the room. The fact that you say things, do things and react to things that can only happen in that room, with those people and those performers on that night. Every gigs unique even if I’m saying the same thing.

Who are your heroes?

It’s hard to list heroes without sound totally pretentious, but now that I’ve pointed that out I should be fine. Alan Turing, Stephen Fry, Jenni from JenniCam, Tim Berners-Lee and anyone confident enough to wear crocks outside.

What made you bite the bullet and start performing?

My housemates in my first year of university, since I’d mentioned during freshers that I kind of wanted to try stand up. So at the fresher’s fair they pretty much forced me to sign up to the southampton comedy society.

What was your first gig like?

Too friendly for my own good. It was the university’s freshers gigs, 12 brand new acts, only their friends in the crowd. It went great! And burdened me with an undeserved confidence I suffer with to this day.

What has been your biggest achievement so far?

Writing my first solo show. It wasn’t very good, it didn’t make a lot of money but it was mine. Imagine how chuffed I’ll be if I actually write a good one at some point!

What has been your favourite gig?

Can I shameless plug here? It’s probably my own gig I run, Clusterfk, because I compere it which means theres no pressure and I can just riff with the crowd, try out new material and generally have a super lovely time while also getting to watch other hilarious comics do their thing in the middle of my attempts.

And describe your worst?

The first gig I took my Dad to. I was like “No really! I do standup!” and he said he’d come along to watch, all excited. He drove me 2 and a half hours to this small country town just above bournemouth, and I died on my fucking arse. There were no laughs for the whole ten minutes apart from one lone woman who released a shrill “HA!” after my 3rd or 4th joke didn’t land. My dad tried to cheer me up “Well I thought some bits were funny.”

Weirdest heckle?

I do a bit about the Ancient Greeks, and I was acting out a few things that Greek Scientists say and I mentioned Homer. Before I could even finish the sentence a lady in the front row shouted “He was a philosopher! Not a scientist!” I could do nothing but apologise and promise I would revise the routine. I still have not though, I should probably get round to that.

What is the best thing about being a comedian?

Having moments on stage that make both you and a room of punters giggle like you’re kids again. Except this time you’re giggling like a kid and you’ve got a pint.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learnt?

Everyone is struggling, everyone thinks other people are doing better and everyone is a person.

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

I’d love to do a show in a theatre one day. Like a real theatre, with those velvet seats,ushers and ice cream in the interval. Also would be nice if there was an audience there, but I’d settle for an empty theatre.

Any other aspirations?

I really want to, one day, finish every single Final Fantasy game. I’ve done Final Fantasy 3, 8 and 10 but the others I just sort of lost my way with.

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

I think my favourite like proper joke is from an old friend I did a three hander with once, Callum Nagle, “Would you like to know a fact about pencils? No matter how fast you throw them, they’ll always be stationary”. That’s like a proper joke.

Joe Hart // @joehart