Sara Shulman: How did you get into comedy?
Joe Wilkinson: My local pub was putting on an open mic night and I thought I might give it a go and I booked myself in and then felt sick with nerves everyday until I did it
Sara Shulman: Did you always want to go into comedy?
Joe Wilkinson: I have always loved comedy but I could never imagine myself doing it, it still feels very surreal
Sara Shulman: What was your first gig like?
Joe Wilkinson: I don’t remember a thing about it as I was so nervous. After someone told me that the first thing I said was “I’m not sure but I may have shat myself” What a great start to a comedy career
Sara Shulman: You’re currently starring in BBC 3’s Him & Her and you’ve also taken part in Have I Got News For You, Never Mind The Buzzcocks ,The Rob Brydon Show and Russell Howard’s Good News . Do you prefer performing comedy live on stage or on screen?
Joe Wilkinson: I am lucky enough to do lots of different things in comedy and I love the mixture. It keeps it interesting
Sara Shulman: You’re also part of the sketch group Two Episodes of Mash. Do you prefer performing comedy solo or in a group?
Joe Wilkinson: I love doing my weird double act with Diane because it is so much fun, we have a laugh together and if we die we find it funny where as if you are on your own it’s mortifying
Sara Shulman: How would you describe your comedy?
Joe Wilkinson: Mundane
Sara Shulman: Are there any comedians that influence your style of comedy?
Joe Wilkinson: I like to think I am individual but all the acts I love must have influenced probably without me knowing
Sara Shulman: You’re going to be performing Joe Wilkinson: My Mum’s called Stella & my Dad’s called Brian at the Bloomsbury Theatre on 6th December. What can we expect from the show?
Joe Wilkinson: You should expect a show about a man admitting that he has lived a very boring life and then watch him try and make that funny. I will also be wearing a suit and shinyish shoes
Sara Shulman: You engage a lot with the audience in your stand-up. Do you find you get heckled a lot?
Joe Wilkinson: I do get heckled quite a lot because I think people look at me and think ‘There’s a man who needs shouting at’, and they are probably right
Sara Shulman: What’s the best heckle you’ve had?
Joe Wilkinson: I thought someone shouting “for the love of god at me” was very funny. I would have probably found it funnier if he wasn’t shouting it at me
Sara Shulman: Do you have any tips or advice for aspiring comics?
Joe Wilkinson: If you love comedy just give it a go! And try and be original even if people don’t get it straight away keep trying
Sara Shulman: Do you have any tips or advice for students?
Joe Wilkinson: Fray bentos pies are lovely
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