Comedy Blogedy: How long have you been gigging in stand-up?
Alistair Williams: Just under a Year.
Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?
Alistair Williams: The ramblings of a moron.
Comedy Blogedy: Which comedians influence your comedy?
Alistair Williams: Joe Rogan
Comedy Blogedy: Did you always want to go into comedy?
Alistair Williams: I’ve always known I wanted to do comedy, one of my biggest regrets is that I didn’t start doing comedy at 18 when I first felt I’d like to do it. I always assumed I’d never be capable of writing material, then I started listening to the Joe Rogan Experience podcast and two things he said stuck with me. There’s nobody more depressing to hang around than somebody who wanted to do something with their life but never tried. And if somebody else is doing something, you can do it.
I will bore anybody to death talking about the positive influence that podcast has been in my life, so lets move on.
Comedy Blogedy: How do you go about writing your material?
Alistair Williams: Anything funny that hits me gets noted in my phone. I walk to work every day which takes about an hour and a half and usually bat around the ideas and turn them into (bad) jokes on the way. I find the more you write the easier it is and my material usually comes from life rather than sitting at a laptop at home thinking “what’s funny?”
Comedy Blogedy: Do you gig as a stand-up full time or is it more of a part-time hobby? If so, do you find that your main job influences your material?
Alistair Williams: I have a full time job, it doesn’t really influence my material much. Nothing much happens. Yesterday we ran out of milk. Hilarity ensued. But i’m saving that for my first special. I’m not an idiot.
Comedy Blogedy: What do you find the most enjoyable and frustrating parts of the amateur comedy circuit?
Alistair Williams: Finding a genuine audience to perform to is the most frustrating. The people I’ve met is the most enjoyable part by a long way. The biggest improvements in my act came from another comic taking the time to really explain to me where I was going wrong and why. And it took like a 1,250 word email to highlight all the areas that I sucked in. I won’t mention him by name so lets just call him D.Perry. Un-breakable coding there by me.
Comedy Blogedy: What’s your favourite type of audience to perform to?
Alistair Williams: Anyone that’s there by choice to watch comedy.
Comedy Blogedy: Have you been heckled a lot since you’ve started gigging? Do you enjoy being heckled? What’s the best heckle you’ve had?
Alistair Williams: I’ve never been heckled.
Comedy Blogedy: What advice would you give to new acts thinking about starting out in comedy?
Alistair Williams: Just don’t give up. Unless you really suck and aren’t getting any better. In which case give up already will you for God’s sake.