Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2016 Finalist
What area of London do you currently live in or most associate yourself with?
I live near Seven Sisters. It's pretty good, except in summer it smells of garbage.
How would you describe your act in five words?
Honest, expressive, personal, occasionally gross.
How long have you been doing comedy?
I started last year, but didn't do that many gigs. I started doing it properly in January 2016.
What is your day job?
I'm a nanny. I take care of a wonderful girl named Frankie, who I'm worried won't be so wonderful anymore because I don't think I'm the greatest influence. I really try, but she had to implement a swear jar for me...
What has been your worst job?
The one day I worked for American Apparel. It was in Amsterdam, and everyone there was Dutch, yet they all chose to speak in English with these horrible 'valley girl' American accents. It was the most idiotic form of pretension I'd ever witnessed. I didn't make it through the day.
Why do you love comedy?
Laughing is the best feeling in the world. My younger sister, who isn't the funniest person, still remembers the first time she made people laugh. That moment had a real impact on her, and I always think of that when people laugh at a joke I wrote. I get it, it's powerful.
Who are your heroes?
Besides Dutch people, I was first introduced to stand up through American comics such as Louis C.K., Bill Burr and Hannibal Burress. I love powerhouses like Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. Getting to know English comedy better I can add so many people to that list: James Acaster, Sarah Pascoe, Bridget Christie. I'll stop.
What made you bite the bullet and start performing?
It's really boring, but it was a break-up. It made me more sad than scared, so I signed up to do a course, and moved to London.
What was your first gig like?
It was the showcase for the course that I did, and it was amazing because the audience was so supportive and knew we were all trying it for the first time. First gig I did after that was Up The Creek, and I got heckled off the stage, so it got real pretty much right away.
What has been your biggest achievement so far?
Comedy wise, it's the fact that I won the Max Turner competition in January this year. I hadn't done many gigs, and really wasn't expecting it.
What has been your favourite gig?
There have been a lot of wonderful nights, but my favourite gig is still performing at The Cavendish Arms in Stockwell. It's my comedy home, and somewhere I can always go to try out new stuff, or just when you need a pick-me-up after a bad gig. It's the comedy equivalent of a warm hug.
And describe your worst?
My friend Heidi Regan and I went to perform in Colchester at a benefit for breast cancer. The stage wasn't lit, and the audience was not paying attention at all. They just continued their conversation, and sometimes looked up as if to say: "how rude of you to disturb this nice dinner we are having." That was a long 15 minutes.
A guy in the front row of a gig once, after I mentioned I'm from Amsterdam, just started yelling things about Amsterdam. "The Anne Frank House!" was my favourite.
What is the best thing about being a comedian?
I no longer feel alone.
What is the biggest lesson you've learnt?
You have to earn it, so be nice and positive, show up on time and don't rest on your laurels.
Where do you hope to be in ten years with your comedy?
Honestly, the best thing about this has been finding a community. So I hope in ten years there will still be this feeling of 'we're in it together'. Just with bigger audiences.
Any other aspirations?
Yes. Living in an area that doesn't smell of garbage.
What's your favourite joke by another act or from your childhood?
My friend Anne Klein does a joke where she mimes dropping her cousin's baby 'accidentally'. Then she stomps on it and goes: "It was suffering!!!" I wish I'd written that, that's brilliant.
Micky Overman // @mickyoverman
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