Comedy Blogedy: How long have you been gigging in stand-up?
Harry Deansway: I’ve been doing stand up for 7 gigs on the open mic circuit at the time of writing this, but I’ve been doing comedy since the age of ten when I read out a short story I’d written in a school assembly. I’m not going to lie – I stormed it. I’ve been chasing the dragon ever since.
Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?
Harry Deansway: Nervous breakdown comedy
Comedy Blogedy: Which comedians influence your comedy?
Harry Deansway: Pretentious answer alert. I don’t think I’ve been consciously influenced by anyone. For me the most important things with my comedy, apart from it being funny, are that it is new, different and feels original. I’d rather do a half funny original joke than a really funny hackneyed joke.
Comedy Blogedy: Did you always want to go into comedy?
Harry Deansway: There was no real choice involved, see picture of me for details
Comedy Blogedy: How do you go about writing your material?
Harry Deansway: I am incredibly blessed to be so talented; I literally sit at a computer and gold flows out of fingertips. At this point in the questionnaire I would like to say it is by choice that I still live at home with my parents. I’ll also add it’s perfectly fine to have an alcoholic drink with breakfast if it is going to help with your writing.
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?
Harry Deansway: I gig as a stand up full time (unpaid) as I am unemployable (I have a 100% sacking record, every normal job I have had I have been fired from) I do however direct and produce other people’s shows. Recently I directed Rich Fulcher’s and John Kearns’ respective Edinburgh shows. I also have an online comedy channel raybot.tv. I’ve worked in the comedy industry for ten years and am hugely respected but have the income of a homeless man. Actually that’s an exaggeration, there are dead people earning more money than me.
Comedy Blogedy: What do you find the most enjoyable and frustrating parts of the amateur comedy circuit?
Harry Deansway: The most frustrating part is the nights where they say bring a friend, if I had any friends I wouldn’t be doing comedy, I’d have a proper life, a job. A family. The most enjoyable part for me is when someone really awful goes on and completely dies on stage.
Comedy Blogedy: What’s your favourite type of audience to perform to?
Harry Deansway: I hate all audiences, with their not laughing and shouting, “you’re shit” at me.
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?
Harry Deansway: I very much feel I’ve been heckled by life so I’ve had a lot of practice at answering back. Dealing with a heckler is a really good skill to have as it shows that the comedian has natural wit, which is something that cannot be learned, only sharpened. As the ten hours it took me to fill out this questionnaire shows I definitely fall into the natural wit category of comedian.
Comedy Blogedy: What advice would you give to new acts thinking about starting out in comedy?
Harry Deansway: Fuck off, stop cluttering up TV commissioners inboxes and get a proper job. You are not funny.