CB: How long have you been gigging in comedy?
KK: I had my first Gig in 2011, but I only really started to take it seriously in 2012 so i’d say about a couple of years.
CB: How would you describe your comedy?
No seriously, I’d say there were subtle messages embedded in the punchlines. I like to be funny with a purpose.
CB: Which comedians influence your comedy?
KK: They’ve changed over time. I used to watch a lot of Eddie Murphy and I remember being about 15 and laughing my head off at Russell Peters.
Nowadays, I really enjoy Chris Rock, Bill Burr, Trevor Noah, Louis CK, Doc Brown and Kevin Bridges.
CB: Did you always want to go into comedy?
KK: I think in the back of my mind yes, I was always the person speaking in assemblies at primary school and in the school plays. I was always doing some form of public speaking at secondary school and I’d try and make them humorous.
When I was in Uni I had a part-time job working at Next, and I’d used to just sit down and make everyone laugh in the staff room for the duration of my break, my workmates would always tell me to give stand up a go, I toyed with the idea for ages.
CB: How do you go about writing your material?
KK: I start with a spider diagram of my ideas that I have, then I try and write it out in full on my laptop or by hand, depending on how I’m feeling.
The hardest part is trying to delve deep in finding where the funny part is in a particular experience I’ve had.
CB: Do you gig as a comedy performer full time or is it more of a part-time hobby? If so, do you find that your main job influences your material?
KK: I don’t have a job at the moment, but I’ve always worked in Sales or some sort of creative field.
The only way my job influences my material is by making sure I write a lot more so that eventually I won’t need that job!
CB: What do you find the most enjoyable and frustrating parts of the comedy circuit?
KK: Most enjoyable is obviously performing. I love it, especially when you get the big laughs. Being able to put a specific set of words in a certain order and getting a whole room laughing is wonderful feeling.
What I find most frustrating is probably bringer gigs.
CB: What’s your favourite type of audience to perform to?
KK: Savvy, intelligent people. I think younger people understand me more but as long as the crowd are warm and up for it I don’t mind who it is.
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?
KK: I’ve not really been heckled that often. I’ve had silence which is worse.
I think the most interesting heckle I had was recently when I mentioned on stage that my Father was part of the Kurdish resistance fighting against Saddam Hussein, the whole crowd was listening intently except for one woman who let out a gasp loudly and shouted WELL DONE GOOD ON HIM THAT’S AMAZING. You don’t usually expect an audience member to lead the compliments for you father mid-set.
CB: What advice would you give to new acts thinking of starting out in comedy?
KK: Make sure you study the craft, watch as much comedy as you can live or recorded!
Be realistic with your expectations, we all have dreams of being the next big thing but it doesn’t happen overnight and just be authentic don’t mimic anyone but above all else make sure you’re having fun.