Comedy Blogedy: How long have you been gigging in stand-up?
Eric Hutton: About 6 years but for the first couple I was only doing it every once in a while. I hadn’t even told anyone I knew that I was doing it at that point. I was like a middle aged married man sneaking off intermittently to indulge some socially unacceptable sexual kink. Now I’ve realised that kink is who I really am, left my family to pick up the pieces and started living the life I always should have been.
Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?
Eric Hutton: I’m not sure. I don’t think it’s all that offensive when placed in the whole spectrum of stand up, but I’ve been threatened several times after gigs and actually punched on stage once so I guess it’s offensive to some people. I like to think it’s also intelligent but that probably changes minute to minute.
Comedy Blogedy: Which comedians influence your comedy?
Eric Hutton: Chris Morris, Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Neil Hamburger, Stewart Lee, Doug Stanhope, Louis CK, Nicholas Cage, Charlie Brooker, Frank Zappa, John Kricfalusi, Patrice O’neal, Tim Heideker, Eric Wareheim, Richard Pryor, Scott Stapp, Daniel Kitson, Bill Hicks, Rick Shapiro, Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford, ODB, Dave Attell, Paul Foot, 2 Live Crew, Nick Sun, Sam Simmons, Greg Fleet, Shaun Micallef, Ween. All the Wayans Brothers.
Comedy Blogedy: Did you always want to go into comedy?
Eric Hutton: No. My earliest memories are of wanting to be a supernatural assassin who could throw chunks of metal at people and make blood come out of their heads
Comedy Blogedy: How do you go about writing your material?
Eric Hutton: I do most of the writing on stage and then edit it later. I can’t tell what’s terrible about a bit until I say it out loud, then I go away and cut out the bad parts. If there’s any words left after that, I say it again.
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?
Eric Hutton: I used to make just enough to not get by in Australia but coming to London has meant starting from square 1 in the middle of a giant hecatontagon. It’s not good for the old ego going from headlining and being on radio and whatnot to begging people shamelessly for 5 minutes in front of some vagrants for no money but hey, this is the life we’ve chosen right?
Comedy Blogedy: What do you find the most enjoyable and frustrating parts of the amateur comedy circuit?
Eric Hutton: The most enjoyable part is being in it. The most frustrating part is not being able to get out of it as soon as possible.
Comedy Blogedy: What’s your favourite type of audience to perform to?
Eric Hutton: I quite like performing to crowds that shouldn’t normally like what I’m doing. Sometimes when you’ve resigned yourself to doing badly and being hated you can go into this strange kind of fugue state where you aren’t paying attention to the present and it draws people towards you. People are fascinated by someone who doesn’t care about them or is even plain disrespectful to them but it can be a fine line.
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?
Eric Hutton: Oh yeah I’ve been heckled a lot. I often invite it. A guy at a music festival in Australia once yelled out ‘You’re about as funny as ball cancer’ which I took as a back handed compliment because if you were forced to list all the cancers in terms of funniness, ‘balls’ would have to be right up the top. I figure if that guy really hates a comedian he probably goes with brain cancer or the like.
Comedy Blogedy: What advice would you give to new acts thinking about starting out in comedy?
Eric Hutton: Get a real f***ing job and f*** off!
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