CB: How long have you been gigging in comedy?
GK: I’ve been gigging about 4 years, first year very little and then about two times per week for about three years.
CB: How would you describe your comedy?
GK: My comedy is simple, easy to understand.
CB: Which comedians influence your comedy?
GK: I really like Mr Bean, Chris Rock and Adam Sandler.
CB: Did you always want to go into comedy?
GK: I didn’t plan to. I took some acting lessons at City Lit School and then found out they have stand-up comedy course which I decided to take because it sounded like a lot of fun. I enjoyed watching my classmates perform so much that I took the same course one more time with the same teacher (Rob Hitchmough) but different classmates this time. At the course I learned that we are allowed to write down our jokes and improve on them over time. I honestly never knew that. I just thought that all the comedians go on stage and perform by improvising. I thought the course will teach me how to be funny but instead it taught me that can be achieved by working on my material and performing in front of real audiences.
CB: How do you go about writing your material?
GK: I write it on my phone whenever I think of something because I have my phone usually on me. And then later when I have time I work on it, write, rewrite and perform.
CB: 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?
GK: I have a day job different from comedy. It’s a hobby which I really like. My main job doesn’t influence my material much. I write more about things happening on train or bus or from my memories about the barn with animals we once had.
CB: What do you find the most enjoyable and frustrating parts of the amateur comedy circuit?
GK: Enjoyable is meeting my comedy friends when I go and gig. Frustrating is that often they know all my material and if there’s not much other people then there’s not much laughter either.
CB: What’s your favourite type of audience to perform to?
GK: People who like my jokes. Because my jokes are silly not always people like them. I’m guessing it’s probably mixed male and female audience between ages 11 and 105 who can relate to my jokes.
CB: Have you been heckled a lot since you’ve started gigging? Do you enjoy being heckled? What’s the best heckle you’ve had?
GK: I’ve been heckled a few times. I don’t mind it if I can quickly think of something to respond with. Can’t think of a best heckle. But worst was when one time a guy shouted “Shut up!” and after a while he said “I notice you are still talking.” It was quite painful that night.
CB: What advice would you give to new acts thinking of starting out in comedy?
GK: Gig as much as you can. Take a comedy course if you think it might help you.