“Being a comic is an odd job… there’s always a level of stress or nervousness around performance”
All of my stand up comes from truth, I do observational storytelling so I am pretty much me, just a bit louder holding a mic and not letting anyone else talk; basically a really bad party guest. I can be a bit of a stress-head, it’s something I am always trying to manage. Being a comic is an odd job, I love it but there’s always a level of stress or nervousness around performance although I try my best to stay calm.
“Adrenalin is weird, when I first started stand up the adrenalin after a great gig would last days”
Playing huge rooms still gives me a massive buzz. Last year I opened for my friend and excellent comic Josh Widdicombe at Hammersmith Apollo, the capacity is more than 3000 so the buzz after that was pretty special. Adrenalin is weird, when I first started the adrenalin after a great gig would last days, now it lasts about ten minutes. Like any job you just get used to how it works and how you feel.
“It took me years to realize that asking for help is ok”
One of my hardest experiences came when I recently lost my lovely Nan and had a tour show two days later. I really didn’t want to let down the people who had bought tickets so I just got on with it. I ended up having a really lovely show that night but I was quite relieved after finishing and leaving the stage. Taking care of my health physically and mentally is up and down. I am lucky that I have great friends and family for support when I am having a bad day but it took me years to realize that asking for help is ok. I’ve slowly learnt to be kind to myself and have a break when I can. In the past I have struggled with anxiety but a mixture of yoga, exercise and giving myself time off has really helped with that, also there’s nothing better than a good night’s sleep to help you feel more resilient.
“Today I am much better at dealing with egos and changing the atmosphere in a funny way”
I like audiences that are a good balance of different types of people. A mix of genders, ages, couples and small groups. I enjoy bringing an audience together working to make them laugh at the same things, good comedy is universal. Drunk people in an audience can be a challenge especially during Christmas party season. If there’s one large group that want it to be all about them that’s never fair on the rest of the people who have paid the same price to come in. In the past I’ve got a bit annoyed on their behalf becoming a bit like a head teacher. Today I am much better at dealing with egos and changing the atmosphere in a funny way which helps the whole audience enjoy the evening.
“London is where I really grew up, worked out who I was and what I wanted to do with my life”
Stand-up and doing comedy is a job that takes lot out of you and you, basically have to commit your life to it. I have missed more weddings and birthdays than my friends and family care to remember so you have to really love it. I moved to London from Portsmouth when I was 18 and it totally feels like home now. London is where I really grew up, worked out who I was and what I wanted to do with my life, it’s always felt like a place full of possibility.