CB: How long have you been gigging in comedy?
MS: 3 years
CB: How would you describe your comedy?
MS: I suppose it’s probably quite ‘anti’ comedy. I mainly perform as Daniel Duffy but I do other characters as well. I try and do stuff that would make me laugh so essentially it’s all just quite silly
CB: Which comedians influence your comedy?
MS: I love David Earl, both his characters Brian Gittins and Steve Cumberland, John Kearns, Nick Mohammed, and Tim Key to name a few.
CB: Did you always want to go into comedy?
MS: I think so. I’ve always wanted to perform in some capacity. I didn’t think I would necessarily do stand up but when I moved to London the opportunity came up and I thought I may as well give it a go.
CB: How do you go about writing your material?
MS: I struggle to sit in front of a blank page or computer screen to write so I sort of walk around rooms talking to myself. At least until the homeowner gets back and threatens to call the police.
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?
MS: Well currently I’m in between jobs so at the moment I guess you could say it’s full time. But in general I don’t find work necessarily influences material. I find the funniest stuff always comes out of drunken chats with friends
CB: What do you find the most enjoyable and frustrating parts of the comedy circuit?
MS: Most enjoyable is when a gig goes well, most frustrating is when you try a joke out that you think will be funny and it turns out it isn’t.
CB: What’s your favourite type of audience to perform to?
MS: A small packed room, where everyone is sitting close together, in a giggly mood and up for a bit of sillyness.
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?
MS: I don’t often get heckled really. I’ve had people walk out though and shout ‘You’re not Funny mate’. I did once get heckled by a washing machine but that was when i was rehearsing in my kitchen so i suppose that doesn’t count.
CB: What advice would you give to new acts thinking of starting out in comedy?
MS: Stop comparing yourself to other comedians, it’s not a race and don’t take it seriously.