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Stephen K Amos Interview: I Always Felt on the Fringes

October 1, 2012 |

Stephen K Amos. You’ve heard of him. He’s that one off the telly. He’s also on panel shows, the News, Breakfast TV, everywhere! In fact, if you want to avoid him, you’ll probably have to close your eyes for a while. He gets invited to do all of these things seeing as he’s rather good at what he does. If the above list wasn’t enough food for thought, he’s also got a book out, a new show in October, a radio show and a sit-com in the pipelines. We just had to ask him a few questions about all of these projects, whilst discovering who he is and why he loves what he does.

Hi Stephen. Thanks for taking the time to talk to us. You’re obviously a busy man as a ‘Live at the Apollo’ favourite, day-time TV and News frequenter, giving your opinion on important topics. Why do you think the public have taken to you so well? 

Now that’s a question I can’t really answer! I am very pleased that people like my sense of humour as I am currently in a semi-autobiographical phase. I also like to have a spin on things, looking at life with my own honesty and point of view.

You’re an actor, comedian, writer and presenter, among other things. What is your favourite aspect of what you do? 

Nothing beats going out on the road and doing a live comedy gig, be it in a room above a pub, a festival or a large theatre. There is something about the immediacy and energy that a pre-recorded TV appearance cannot give you. In this regard, I am my own self-censor and I can absolutely say what I think, believe and like. I can’t think of any other job that gives you this freedom with no other agenda than laughter.

You smile A LOT. What is your own personal key to happiness? 

I genuinely do have a positive disposition, though believe me, like everyone else, I don’t smile all the time! Can you imagine how nauseating that would be? Just an annoying grinning clown? I don’t have a key to anything apart from my house. I do think we all have the ability to respond to whatever life throws at us in a particular way, which will determine how you move forward.

You used to joke that Lenny Henry would have to die before you got on TV. He’s still alive and there you are addressing the nation! What has changed?

All I think that has changed is that people in TV land, I hope, are looking around and seeing that there is a significantly more diverse range of comedians out there. In America, there are so many programmes and channels reflecting the ethnic make-up of the nation including hosts, sitcoms and comedians. I struggle to remember when two ethnic comedians were on any TV station at the same time. I’d like to see a new talk show hosted by me! A trip onto the comedy circuit in the UK and you will see a variety of performers who deliver.

Tell our readers how your Edinburgh Fringe show ‘Laughter is my agenda’ went.  

The Edinburgh run was a new angle for me, as it was work in progress for the new tour. I had a chance to try things out and even take risks to see what would happen. The Edinburgh Fringe is simply the most all-around amazing arts hub of the world.

How will your October tour differ from the Fringe show? Sell it to me in 5 words. 

The progress has been done!

What is your favourite joke? 

My favourite joke is one by a comedian friend of mine, Carey Marx. It is a beautiful and well-constructed joke. His ability to challenge our perceptions of words is amazing. It is a joke that works on many different levels and I won’t repeat it here!

You are described as honest and charming, with a child-like joy.

Am I? I bet that person didn’t meet me after a heavy night out…

Your book came out on the 20th of September entitled ‘I Used to Say My Mother was Shirley Bassey’. What’s all that about?

The title refers to the naive innocence we had as children, when all we want to do is fit in and get on with it. Not being cynical or jaded, I took pleasure in telling a little white lie! Tell me any little kid who hasn’t, and I’ll show you a massive liar.

Is this strictly autobiographical or have you stretched some of the truth for comical effect? 

The book is actually a memoir, a collection of anecdotes from my past and starts when I was quite young, so through the eyes of child me!

Did you learn anything about yourself when writing the book that you hadn’t realised until you put pen to paper?

The only thing was the immense flood of memories that came back, including smells and feelings.  I really wasn’t prepared for that.  I guess I learned that I was always a person who felt on the outside, on the fringes, and have dealt with most of life’s issues by finding the funny, laughing or dare I saying keeping a low profile.

What have you got planned on the horizon? Any telly projects in the pipeline?

I am on a short UK tour in October, excited about my book. I’m also doing a new Radio 4 series, out in January and I’m in talks about a sitcom too. Next year, I plan to return to Australia and the US. All in all I’m very busy and grateful that I am doing a job I love.

Stephen’s book is available from Amazon.

He’ll be setting off on an extensive tour tomorrow and you can find out when he’s coming to a town or city near you over on his website.

CHARLIE MURPHY TAKES US ON AN ACID TRIP

September 24, 2012 | 1

If you’ve already heard of Charlie Murphy then you’re in for a treat. If you haven’t, you’ll wish you had after reading this. If you didn’t know, Eddie Murphy is his brother and he is every bit as talented, has so much of his own potential and definitely has his own style. He started gathering the right kind of attention and acclaim with his work on the U.S TV hit Chappelle’s Show. Since then he’s released DVDs, toured, been in many movies including ‘Night at the Museum’ and is hopping over to pay us a visit next month to perform his new show ‘Acid Trip’. We are a lucky bunch. Here is what he had to say to us when we gave him a call…

Charlie Murphy! What’s going on man?

Right now, what’s going on is I’m alone in my house watching the news man, in case something I can take to the stage occurs, or something I have already taken to the stage has progressed.

You’re not the only comedian in your family. Is funny in the Murphy blood? Are there any more to watch out for?

Oh absolutely man yeah. My Dad was a comedian. He never became famous for it, nor was he able to make a living from it, but there are a whole gang of us. There’s a whole new generation of us. My niece has been on TV several times – she’s one of the spokesmodels for ‘Dark and Lovely’ hair products. My nephews, Eric and Christian, are doing music. Yeah, look forward to seeing some more Murphy’s. My son Charlie is an actor, my son Xavier has dabbled in comedy but he’s only 13 so he doesn’t know what he wants to do. But there are going to be some more Murphy’s man, definitely.

Chappelle’s Show has received so much praise by  critics with its unique brand of comedy that mixes both stand-up and “hellacious” sketches. What was it like working on such a popular show?

Liberating man! I had done several things prior to Chappelle’s Show and people saw my work, but I wasn’t that ‘out of the box’ per se. People had seen me in a few things, but they still thought I was Eddie Murphy’s brother. If I worked on a movie, everybody else that was in the movie was themselves but I was Eddie Murphy’s brother. I probably should have knocked it out of the way, but, at the same time, it’s human nature. It’s not fair, but human nature is life. If people see an example of success in a family or a blood-line, whatever, whoever it is attributed too, they all just assume that they are the only one who has anything you know and everyone else is just trash. And that’s not true, but they do that automatically and it definitely wasn’t true in my case. So Chappelle Show took that away from the public. There was no room to go ‘oh, its Eddie Murphy’s brother’ because everybody would be saying ‘Charlie Murphy!’ Some people have a nickname, but it was my own name they were yelling at me which took that spell off me. I was able to be called my own name. I had some times where people would come up to me and go ‘you’re Eddie Murphy’s brother right?’ and I’d say ‘Do you have a dog?’ and they’d look at me strange and I’d say ‘What do you call your dog? You call him by his name right?’ Well I’m not ‘a dog’, but then they’d get it. They didn’t come over trying to intentionally be disrespectful, but it goes on man. They see celebrities and they get nervous and do something that isn’t smart. In that case, even before I was a celebrity, I wouldn’t allow you to come and lower me even by accident, by calling me out of my name. If I do that to a woman, that’s called disrespectful right? It’s the same thing. If you don’t call me Charlie, which is the name with which I was born, you call me something else, because of somebody else’s accomplishments in the world, then you have to be prepared to meet my presence!

What is Dave Chappelle like as a person?

Very cool and very open. He didn’t have an ego. A lot of people are unapproachable. If a guy is known for humour and you come to him with yours, he’s likely to be like ‘how dare you tell me what’s funny.’ You know what I’m saying? But he wasn’t like that. If he liked something, he liked it. It was because of him that I was even seen. When I was on Chappelle’s Show I wasn’t under contract. I got paid 500 dollars an episode! That’s how much I got paid to be on the show, but it was because Dave was demanding me, saying ‘we’re using him again’. What took the show to the level it got to, I had a lot to do with that.

Apart from Dave you’ve worked with such big names such as Spike Lee and Ben Stiller. Is there anyone else you want to work with?

Anybody that’s good! Anybody that’s talented! I want to work with the best, man! In this profession there are some really top level people you get to meet and that’s who I want to work with.

What has been the best part of your year so far?

This year? The stand-up. I’ve done the TV stuff here and there, a little writing, but the stand-up is what has been persistent and the last 12 months have really made my 2012. Right now were getting ready to travel from the North Pole to the South Pole (figuratively). We went from Iceland to Auckland, in New Zealand. We’ve done Canada, Scandinavia, Australia and now were getting ready to come to the UK. It’s a completion. By then I will have been to 11 countries. To me, that is a tremendous accomplishment as a stand-up comedian and something I will be proud of for the rest of my career. I put together a show and it took me all over the world.

What can the UK audiences expect?

Laughs! I mean that’s why you go to a comedy store, right? *laughs* You expect to laugh! And if you want a definition of me, there’s plenty of me. I had a DVD out in 2009, ‘I Will Not Apologise’. I have pages full of material, videos on YouTube and a website. If you want a definition of me, it’s better for you to make up your own mind. I have the audience behind me to testify for what I’ve done. Type my name into YouTube and see all of the places in the world I’ve been to, all of the fans, and one thing that will be persistent in those videos is that everybody who came to my show had a good time. That’s all I’m charged with doing, and that’s what you can expect when you come to my show.

Top man! So, how do you enjoy personal time?

Rest! That’s what you’re supposed to do! There are people who beat their heads against the wall going ‘Aaah, I’m bored!’ but when there’s nothing to do then it was written for you that that’s when you’re supposed to take a break. Follow the lead. Take a nap, rest your body and rest your mind. Go find a place to sit down and think and go over your plans for your future. There’s always something to do.

Inspiring words, I’ll surely be heeding that advice. Hurry along to get tickets to go see Charlie and join the huge pile of fans he has worldwide. Get yo’ bad self over to: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Charlie-Murphy-tickets/artist/928068

To keep up with his happenings, either like him on Facebook or keep an eye on his website: http://www.charliemurphycomedy.com/

For a taster of the man himself, check out this video. Has me in stitches every time:

 

 

ABANDOMAN INTERVIEW: I USED TO CALL IT FOLK-A-HOP

September 19, 2012 | 1

Hip-hop and Ireland; two words practically antonymous with one another. Not if Dublin born Rob Broderick or ‘Abandoman’ has anything to do with it. Along with his partner James Hancox, they have won both Hackney Empire New Act of the Year and The Musical Comedy Awards in 2010. Combining comedy and music for sketches that are basically improvised, and, as we found out, usually incorporate the audience throughout, they have new cards to bring to the table. Thank God for that. I seriously can’t take any more McIntyre (everyone knows it’s cool to knock him).

They are regulars on The Now Show and The Chris Hawkins Breakfast Show and have performed alongside or opened for the likes of Mickey Flannigan, Jimmy Carr and Ed Sheeran. They sold out their full run at the Edinburgh Fringe festival, so it’s good news to hear they will be performing at the up and coming Birmingham comedy festival. So, we gave Rob a phone-call for an interview and naturally, squeezed all of the juiciest information out of him.

So Rob, how did the idea come about?

Well, when I was younger I was a massive fan of hip-hop. When I was 13 I got given a hip-hop CD by an older kid. I just loved how verbose it was. It was so different to everything I had previously experienced with music. Everything on the radio was quite sanitised, the language was fit for families and there was virtually no hip-hop. I grew up confidently doing bits here and there. When I was 16 I had a hip-hop band briefly and we did the school battle of the bands. We covered ‘Gangster Rap’ which was huge at the time and that does look ridiculous coming from the voices of two Irish middle class 16 year olds! Then I moved to England and fell in with a rapper called Jonzi D. We toured the country at Jonzi’s direction and that really built up my confidence to start rapping.

Have you ever thought of making your own name for what you do?

I used to call it folk-a-hop! When I started out I was a one-man-band and I used to sample a lot of folk music. To be honest, hip-hop samples from so many different genres that it just falls under the hip-hop banner really.

How do you keep yourself focused under pressure?

I warm up for it. I freestyle. If I’m doing a show at nine, I’ll start free-styling with a friend at about eight. I’ll go on at nine and my brain is usually quite warmed up by that point. It’s probably the easiest way. And it’s something I enjoy doing. I listen to a lot of music during the day and my brain in a way plays its own lyrics. I start free-styling over the track, so it’s something I do anyways.

The Birmingham comedy festival – what can people expect?

Well, as well as the shows always being lyrically new, the style of the show is also new. It’s a show that we built for Edinburgh this year. It’s a one hour musical with a narrative, but all of that is built on the people I meet in the crowd. Its gets sillier and sillier as it goes on which I really love.

Who would win a rap-battle between you and the Sheeranator?

It depends who’s judging. If it was fans of pop music, no matter what I did, Ed would win! Truth be told, I’m not the most aggressive of men, so I struggle to seriously battle rap with anyone. I toured with a battle-rapper for a musical and one of the guys on the tour I shared a changing room with. We tried to battle each other but I’m quite a genial dude, so I’d be like ‘you can’t rap at all, but last night you were incredible!’ So I’d probably start rapping to Ed about how ‘Lego House’ is actually a great song. It could go either way. We’ll try and make it happen.

How did you end up working with Ed in the first place?

Originally we were in a room together with his cousin, who is a comedian. We were on the same bill but didn’t say hello to each other. And then in May 2010 there was a guy called Dan Tsu who put together a hip-hop show for the free festival in Brighton. There were four members and one of them was Ed. He’d just toured with Nizlopi and I thought he was brilliant. He was going around and meeting people, there was huge interest in the stuff. We were aware he was getting bigger and bigger. We saw each other at various festivals over the next 12 months and he invited us to come on tour with him. It amuses me to no end that in 2010 the dude was doing shows for free in Brighton and now he’s playing for the Queen! His skill-set has been built since he was 11, releasing his own EP’s and he’s written so many songs. It makes sense that people are now recognising him. It was interesting touring with him because we’d see him going out in front of five thousand people every night and he was so relaxed. I think a lot of people would find that quite stressful.

Are there any plans for you to release an album?

Yeah. I mean, no. No there aren’t. But there are plans for me to try! I’ve been writing for the last year; song ideas. But I really enjoy the nature of improvising, going onto a stage and going ‘here’s a song, see you later song!’ I love it. I adore it. I adore the idea that the song comes, it’s executed and it’s gone. The idea of sitting down and working on a song again and again until it’s done, that doesn’t suit me. Everyone has different natural abilities. Some people are better writers, some people are naturally more inclined to freestyle and I’m definitely the latter. I don’t know what my album would be. I don’t know if it would be a mess, but I’d like to give it a try.

What are the plans for the future?

There are a few TV ideas that are being discussed at the moment, but I’d really like to write another musical. I really enjoy the process. The last piece wasn’t a comedy. It was more of a drama and I’d love to write a hip-hop comedy that is theatrical with lots of other rappers in it. At Edinburgh I saw something similar. It was a hip-hop adaptation of ‘Othello’ and I really enjoyed it. It was really good.

Personally, I’m looking forward to that. If you missed the duo at the Edinburgh Festival then you’re lucky enough to be able to catch them at the Birmingham comedy festival from the 5th of October. And occasionally they pop up on various TV shows. Here’s to hoping they get their own one day!

Jake Taylor for PPSF, signing off.

Danielle Ward in a Knickerless Cage Face Off with PPSF

September 14, 2012 |

We caught up with Comedienne Danielle Ward at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Admittedly a good few weeks ago but hey, we’ve been busy providing you with amazing content! Eight years of performing, Timeout newcomer of the year in 2006, Mock the Week appearances, writer for many UK TV favourites including The Lee Mack Show and a regular Sunday morning podcast with none other than Dave Gorman. We really were insanely lucky to be able to pinch a sneeze of her time.

Our meeting took place in the Pleasance Dome after a performance of her solo show, which she admits she is doing just for the love of it. She apologises at the lack of a prop:

I’ve normally got a severed head on stage. It’s a watermelon. I dropped it the other night and it’s gone really disgusting’

Obviously taking inspiration from Gallagher there…

I ask her where she gets her ideas from because, to be honest, her show was far from what I expected (in a good way) and some of the ideas were a little whacky!

I really like telling short stories and so that’s what that is. I have got a stand-up show! This show is just me being able to piss around and paying for the privilege. I just wanted to do something that was weird and silly and that’s what that is’

Now as this was my first face-to-facer, rather than research into methods of conducting a proper interview like a real person, I wrote a brainstorm of some of the most random questions imaginable on a sheet, and in an Ouija-board style fashion, Danielle picked questions and then endured the wrath. Here is how it played out:

Q: ‘What is the funniest word?’

Knickers. I nearly called my show ‘Knicker-less Cage’. It was meant to be a feminist title’

Q: ‘What is the worst job you’ve had?’

I worked at the South Korea embassy. I’ve also worked in Moscow so I can speak Russian. At the Korean embassy my job was mainly being asked stupid questions. The ambassador once asked me if Edinbrough and Edinburgh was the same place, and then he made me check by ringing the Scottish tourist board! I worked at Blockbuster video too in Nottingham when I was living with my Nana and Grandad. I really liked it! I worked in a casino and a fire station. I’ve done so much, that if I’d listed them all in my show there would have been no jokes, it would have just been a list of jobs…

Q: ‘What is the most awkward date you’ve been on?’

I‘ve not really been on many dates. I didn’t go out with anybody until I was 24 and I didn’t lose my virginity until I was 22! In the meantime, I was just being really miserable. I once went on a date to a Wetherspoons. It was half a good date and half a bad date. I was taken to see Battle Royale which was brilliant, but then we went to a Wetherspoons so I wasn’t quite sure he was the right one for me..’

Q: ‘Do you get weird thoughts?’

Yep, all of the time! Which is why you have to stay focused. I’m doing three shows today so I’ve taken five pro-plus just to try and pep myself up a bit.. I don’t think it helped..’

Q: ‘Tell me something random…’

Hmm, I used to think octopuses only had 1 eye like a Cyclops’

And then we had a bit of banter about the festival. Danielle doesn’t think she’ll return because there are just too many shows and it’s not what it used to be. The best shows in her opinion are the cabaret acts (Frisky and Mannish being one of her favourites, The Boy with Tape on his Face being another) and that’s what the festival has become. If somebody asked her what shows she would recommend, she said that she’d tell them to go and see The Dark Knight Rises instead as you pay 6 quid for 3 hours of entertainment! And then we chatted about that film for a while. I wasn’t sure we’d ever get back on track actually. She’s quite the conversationalist, but we did:

Q: ‘What do you think is the funniest accent and can you do it?’

South African. My South African accent is terrible. Didn’t you hear it in the show? At the end I was doing my Nottingham accent, the woman in the sketch who was the cleaner has a Nottingham accent. I’m from there so I’ve had practice.’

Q: ‘Tell us about a time you laughed so hard you cried’

When I was 14 I went to see Jack Dee. It was the first stand-up I ever went to see and was amazing. I was crying with laughter. I didn’t laugh so hard that I pissed myself but my Nan has done that. She once got stuck on a slide and laughed so much she pissed herself. Because she was on the slide you could see it coming down. She has a good sense of humour’

Q: ‘How much would you need paying to French-kiss Boris Johnson?’

50 pounds? Hey, I am losing a lot of money at this Fringe. I’d take 50 for a frenchie with Boris right now’

And then I brought BoJo out! Nah I didn’t, but that would have been pretty spectacular, and a PPSF first!

When you’re doing stand-up at club you have to change what it is you want to do but when you’re at the Fringe you can do whatever you want. At a club, if you fail at comedy then you’ve failed at your job because the people are on a night out. You end up spending time doing material, that you don’t necessarily like, to get by, and then you think you may as well just retrain as a plumber. Some comics can go into auto-pilot but not me. If I did, you’d be able to see it in my eyes.’

Q: ‘Who pisses you off?’

Loads of people.’

Q: ‘Who makes you smile?’

My dog makes me smile. I miss my dog, his name is Buddy. He’s a cocker spaniel and he’s only four months old. We considered calling him Jarvis Cocker-spaniel but decided it was a bit too obvious. My boyfriend is very funny.. Bridget Christie makes me smile a lot, Michael Legge..’

Q: ‘Who’s stupid?’

Reviewers who say things like “she was so funny I forgot I was watching a woman”. That’s NOT a compliment! People think if you go and see a female comic they’ll talk about periods and stuff and that’s just not what happens! Female comics don’t do that. It’s become a taboo subject. I did bits in my show about it because if you give me a taboo subject I will put it in my show. That’s why there is a bit in my show about vagina-plasty. It’s horrible, and you can actually get your vagina cut! You see NOW I’m getting passionate. The idea that as a woman you would ever want to get your vagina trimmed… that’s where we are as a society. What a terrible thing..’

And then we chatted about feminism and how she doesn’t have a hate for men, but a hate about the fact that we could make a joke about a woman being raped but if it was the same for a man, that would be taboo. Then she defends her one-woman show (pointlessly, as I really enjoyed it) and tells me a bit about her actual stand-up show, which she assures me is really funny. After this, for some stupid reason (I think I was drunk) I’d included the question ‘Name something beginning with L that you wouldn’t put up your bum’. ‘Leslie Ash’ comes the response, lightning fast. The reasoning? Leslie Ash got her trout-pout done to please men, and then issues the advice that she probably shouldn’t get her labia cut off.

Danielle was an absolute pleasure to chat to. I’d love to do it again. I can see why she received a grant from the BBC to write because if she says a fraction of what she’s thinking then we are all in for a treat. I give her show 4 stars for sheer originality and balls (which I think she’d be proud to hear) and highly recommend that if she’s ever in your neck of the woods, or you fancy travelling for a good night out, then check if she has a show in your area. If your boyfriend is a sexist, leave him at home. Or even better, take him. He’ll leave with his tail firmly between his legs.

Review: Rec 3 Genesis. Armless Zombie Fun

August 4, 2012 |

As the title states, this is a movie relating the genesis of how the virus began. It isn’t however a prequel. In fact, from what I can gather, it runs parallel to the first 2 movies. For those of you who haven’t seen them (and I highly recommend you do) the tale starts with a Spanish reporter following the local firemen around for documentary purposes. Things turn sour when they are called to an apartment block, only to find the apartment quarantined shortly after their arrival. What the government are calling a virus outbreak soon turns out to be something else much more sinister. In the second instalment a swat team and a medic are sent in to control the situation. They have been mis-lead as to the objective of their mission, as the medic turns out to have been sent by the Vatican with a much holier purpose… Read More

Dan Wright: Michael Jackson Touched Me

July 23, 2012 |

Hello there readers! How are you? Good? Good.

We recently caught up with Dan Wright, a professional funny man who you may know from such shows as Big Brothers Big Mouth, Big Cook Little Cook and if you’re a warm blooded oxygen-breathing male, Nuts TV. He and his partner Steve Marsh make the tour-de-force that is ‘Electric Forecast’, a double-act that we learn have exciting things in store for us.

His talents transpose both on and off-screen into stand-up comedy. Dan has been an Edinburgh fringe festival regular since 2001, and in 2010 Dan won the Laughing Horse new act of the year award, a prestigious string to the bow of any comedian.

This year he brings to us his new show ‘Michael Jackson touched me’. He talks to us about this, a woman blowing chunks at a gig in Watford, and why you shouldn’t let your 3 year old watch ‘adult’ channels.

For your viewing pleasure.

Hi Dan. Thanks for taking the time to talk to us. So, you have a comedy face. Do you think you would be just as funny if you looked like say, Gordon Ramsay?

Yes I would. Funnier in fact, because then I could talk about how ridiculously similar I look to Gordon Ramsey. I’d certainly get heckled more. I’d just respond by telling them all to ‘Fuck off’!

What would you say if I told you that you looked like a tall Eric Idle?

It’s funny; people have said that before. And apparently I sound and act a bit like him too. Maybe I’m his secret love child. I’m not, I have a legitimate father.

‘Funny.co.uk’ described your partnership with Steve Marsh as a striking one. What do you think it is that makes the two of you work so well together?

We’ve known each other for the best part of 15 years. We share a similar sense of humour and feed off each other really well. We’ve always been mates before work colleagues.

We’re developing a sitcom together.

You started doing stand-up in 2001 and still perform today. What is the weirdest gig you’ve ever done?

The weirdest gig I have ever done was in a pub in Watford.

The football was on in one corner, there was a fight going on in the other and some woman was throwing up in-between. My jokes surprisingly weren’t the main focus of the audience.

You presented Big Brother’s Big Mouth, but would you ever consider going into the house?

No, I don’t plan on ending my career just yet. I’m just getting started.

You are soon to start filming on a new sketch show for CBBC called ‘FIT’ and have also presented Nuts TV. Bit of a contrast, don’t you think?

Yeah, there’s no deliberate attempt to go from one extreme to the other. I just happen to have done a lot of different stuff. A parent once complained that she’d seen me on Nuts TV with her small child. Why is she watching Nuts TV with her 3 year old son? Take a look at yourself love?

I’m really excited about the new sketch show. It’s being made by the producers of Horrible Histories.

I’ve noticed your upcoming Edinburgh show ‘Michael Jackson Touched Me’ is to be performed without Steve. What’s happened there?

Steve and I stopped doing stand-up together a few years ago. I think with every double act there’s a ceiling. We both wanted to do other things and to be honest; it’s much more fun on my own. I can talk about what I want to talk about; hence the new show; ‘Michael Jackson touched me’. It’s all about my life-long obsession with Michael Jackson and whether I should finally stop bothering people about him.

Last year you performed with Northern sensation Tony Jameson. What’s the background there?

I didn’t know Tony until I put an advert out asking if anyone wanted to share an hour with me. We didn’t perform together on stage. I just wanted someone who would fit the theme of the show.

Tony was the best man for the job. Lovely chap too. Really enjoyed working with him.

The movie ‘Alien’ was famously sold in 3 words as ‘Jaws in space’. Could you do this for ‘Michael Jackson Touched Me’?

Dickheads in public. Come and watch it, it’s on at The Gilded Balloon at 9.30 throughout August.

You can purchase tickets for the show here.

We’d like to thank Dan for his time to answer our questions and we wish him the best of luck with his Edinburgh show.