What comedy inspires you?
Weirdly, it’s old-fashioned comedy. Old-time-y music-hall, cabaret and vaudeville stuff. I don’t how much of that comes across in my act.
Which comedian most inspires you?
Which comedian scares the shit out of you because you know you'll never be that good?
John Mulaney. Absolute class. He’s perfect. I have to just come to terms with the fact I’ll never get that funny.
Why and how did you get into comedy?
I started doing comedy when I was inadvisedly young. I did my first gig when I was 14 and didn’t properly start regularly gigging till I was like 15/16. I can’t remember why I started. I was probably insufferably precocious.
What drives you to do what you do?
I want to get better.
Describe your perfect Tuesday.
A Tuesday that has happened? Or a hypothetical Tuesday? It’s St. Fagans either way.
Describe your worst experience on a coach.
My worst experience on a coach contributed somewhat to a psychotic breakdown I had three years ago. I won’t bore you with details, but it took a long time before I felt comfortable taking a coach again.
Best sofa you've ever slept on?
My friend Rosie has pretty nice sofa.
Best piece of advice a comedian ever gave you?
James Acaster (clang) told me that you don’t have to worry about networking if you’re the best one on the night.
Worst piece of advice a critic ever gave you?
Not to open my show by fucking a vase of flowers.
Tell us a joke.
I was in a rock and roll band called One Armed Leopard. The drummer went deaf. - Noel James.
What's the furthest you've travelled for the least amount of money/open spot?
Red Raw at the Stand. Absolutely worth it. No regrets.
Best chicken you've ever tasted?
I’m a vegetarian.
On a scale of 1-10 , how hungry are you right now?
5 and a half. Maybe a 6.
How has your lockdown been for you?
I’ve had to go into work throughout, so less cooped up than most people. Just plodded along as best as possible.
That’s the light, small talk answer. The real answer is I’ve gone through a break up, started counselling, shaved my head and bought a clarinet. In short, I’ve completely lost my mind.
Have you been more or less productive?
Yes. I’ve been more or less productive. Obviously the fringe being cancelled and comedy put on pause has meant that I’ve not really done much stuff comedy related. I’ve not written a single bit of comedy. Why would I? Who are these people who write funny bits and hot takes on the worst thing that has happened to the world in our lifetime? Absolute psychopaths.
So instead I’ve been making music. I’ve made a break up album and, like anything I’m currently/recently working on, I think it’s the best thing anyone's ever created (except track 6 which still needs a bit of tweaking).
Any final words?
Smoke and Mirrors on October 19th
The album, Frank Foucault: Mask, will be released on face-mask hopefully at some point in October.