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Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2016 Finalist: Chris Chopping

InterviewPosted by Bobby Carroll Fri, July 01, 2016 12:08:28


How would you describe your act in five words?
Dry, articulate wit and smut.


How long have you been doing comedy?
Five years.


What is your day job?
Optical Assistant.


What has been your worst job?
Two years in a call centre that I eventually got fired from.


Why do you love comedy?
I love the surprise and delight when something makes me laugh and it's also been a great shared experience with family and friends.


Who are your heroes?
Lee and Herring, Simon Munnery, Eddie Izzard, The Beatles.


What made you bite the bullet and start performing?
I was made redundant from a book shop for the second time and after failing to climb any career ladders I figured I might as well have a stab at the dream job I never thought I could do in real life as I wasn't exactly flourishing in more "realistic" jobs.


What was your first gig like?
Terrifying and elating. I probably wasn't that good but I got enough laughs to think that I'd smashed it.


What has been your biggest achievement so far?
Writing and performing by first hour show was a personal milestone. Albeit a milestone with room for improvement.


What has been your favourite gig?
My first ten spot at Cardiff Glee Club. I used to work behind the bar there and dream of being the other side of the microphone. It took a couple of years to start gigging and get there but it was worth the wait.


And describe your worst?
Gigging on a stage outside in the middle of the afternoon to a passing crowd of shoppers who heard either the beginning, middle or end of a joke but never all three. It was pretty bleak.


Weirdest heckle?
I did a gig at a festival with two other comedians to a crowd half full of children. We warned them at the start, "it's late night comedy now, it might not be suitable for children. You're welcome to stay but we wont take offense if you leave." Everybody stayed. About halfway through my set a man in a dragon suit heckled me saying my stuff wasn't suitable for kids.


What is the best thing about being a comedian?
The unexpected stuff that comes along with it, breaking down and being stuck on the side of the road with two guys and an acoustic guitar, eating chinese food with six strangers one of whom orders champagne for everyone. Being heckled by a man dressed as a dragon.


What is the biggest lesson you've learned?
I always think I'm better at comedy than I was was two years ago but I'm not as good as I thought I was two years ago.


Where do you hope to be in ten years with your comedy?
I want to be able to perform hour shows in both English and Welsh and earning my living from comedy.


Any other aspirations?
I'd like to write a book.


What's you favourite joke by another act or from your childhood?
I bought an ice cream. The man at the van asked, "hundreds and thousands?" I said, "Lets start with one and see how we get on". Tim Vine

Chris Chopping // @MrChrisChopping

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