How would you describe your act in five words?
Visual, bit dark, self-deprecating, funny!
(Hyphenated words count as one, right?)
How long have you been doing comedy?
Just over 3 years
What is your day job?
What has been your worst job?
I once managed one shift on the phones for safestyle UK. Ugh.
Why do you love comedy?
I think comedy can deal with the most difficult truths in a way that makes everyone see them but also laugh at them in a way that brings everyone together.
Who are your heroes?
Victoria Wood, League of Gentlemen, Julia Davies, Chris Morris, Armando Iannucci.
What made you bite the bullet and start performing?
It just suddenly seemed possible and inevitable, then I saw a flyer for a chance to raise money for charity by doing 5 minutes of comedy and that was it.
What was your first gig like?
It was great! It was the charity gig and there were over 350 people there, many of whom were my friends and family. It made my first real gig a painful realisation!
What has been your biggest achievement so far?
I've done well in several important competitions, but having major acts who I really respect and admire remember me and remember my set and say lovely things is a real thrill.
What has been your favourite gig?
I loved being in the final of Leicester Square New Comedian was really good fun, but being in the hearts was probably better because I got to see so many of my friends and meet new people.
And describe your worst?
It was a comedy show after a meal. The room was really badly set out but even considering that, as soon as I got on stage I felt the hatred! 10 minutes of silence in people were just chatting to each other, on their phones, looking at my in pained disbelief and then one man said to his friend with woe and despair "this is AWFUL! " I know this because he said it really loudly.
Pf. I can't remember! I don't tend to get heckled that much.
What is the best thing about being a comedian?
Freedom to be creative and it to be ok to say what you think and make people laugh.
What is the biggest lesson you've learnt?
That you can only be yourself and you should put time into finding out who that is on order to get better and understanding what it is you want to say.
Where do you hope to be in ten years with your comedy?
I want to work in TV. I want to work in writers' rooms, write sitcoms, tour. I want to be able to try as many things as possible!
Any other aspirations?
To find the people I could write with and write for.
What's you favourite joke by another act or from your childhood?
Masai Graham is amazing. I love his wordplay. He does this one where he says he was walking down the street and this man collecting for an autism charity asked him for money. Masai had a look bit he said he could help because all he had was change, and they hate that.
Jo D'Arcy // @jodarcy1
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