Where did you perform your very first professional comedy act?
The Classic Comedy Bar. I ate baby food off the head of an audience member. I used to be into some high-concept shit back in the day. Esoteric comedy funkyness.
What was the biggest lesson you learned from that first experience?
Write jokes. And make sure the bits between the jokes aren’t too long. If you’ve got ten minutes on stage and you only have time for two jokes, you’re doing it wrong. Also; baby food is tasty in a weird soup-kind-of-way.
Is there a subject that you won’t touch as part of your comedy routine?
I think every subject and every situation should be explored and mined for potential comedy. For example; I told jokes at my Grandfather’s Funeral – including one where I pretended he’d accidentally ‘followed through’ after farting. Nothing cheers a room up faster than a good fart joke.
How much preparation would you do for a comedy festival gig?
I train for weeks to get to peak comedian-ness. You’ve got to exercise that funny muscle! Use it or lose it, broham.
Do you ever get writer’s block?
Often… Case in point…
Ever had a mind blank on stage? What did you do?
I completely forgot a song I used to do after doing it nearly 200 times before. I just went totally blank. I apologised to the crowd and kept going. When I got off stage, I cried. Don’t cry on stage. Ever. Not a good way to start a show…
Which comedian have you learned the most from?
All of my mates who work in the comedy scene. We share ideas and talk shop all the time. It keeps you on your toes, being around a bunch of comedians. Keeps you on point, like a ballerina. Like a rude, crude and lude ballerina.
Has humour changed from when you started to now? In what way?
Yeah it has, I guess. But it’s such a hard thing to pin down. Basically, there’re just so many ways to get your ideas out there nowadays… But with that in mind, humour has definitely become all about one thing: YouTube videos of cats.
What else do you do or would you still like to do apart from comedy?
Comedy is my job but if I had the option, I’d love to be a bird. That’d be great. So yes, if I wasn’t a comedian, I’d be a bird. Or a horse. But not a seahorse because they’re ridiculous.
What’s your mantra for life?
You’ve only got one life so don’t be a dick with it.