CB: How long have you been gigging in comedy?
SH: I did comedy for the first time on June 22nd, 2010.
CB: How would you describe your comedy?
SH: I wouldn’t. I would try very hard to dodge that question. Oh well. I guess… It’s personal. Storytelling, but more punch’y. I’m getting closer to actually being able to joke about more opinionated stuff and mix that up with loads of dick-jokes.
CB: Which comedians influence your comedy?
SH: I try to not let anyone influence me. I can feel how my delivery can change after having watched certain comedians, but then I have to snap out of it. I look up to Kitson and Louis CK obviously. I love Amstell too. That kind of thing. Brutally honest. No puns.
CB: Did you always want to go into comedy?
SH: Absolutely not. It never seemed like an option. It almost still doesn’t.
CB: How do you go about writing your material?
SH: I panic in front of the computer for hours and hours and nothing happens. Then, 5 minutes before I have to go on stage at an open mic, the ideas come flowing. My mind needs an exact amount of pressure to be able to make up stuff. Then I do it again and again and again and again until every open mic’er in London knows the bit by heart. I make it as tight and good as I possibly can with the skillset I have available and then I take it to the clubs. And then I do it again and again and again…
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?
SH: Fulltime. I mix it up with other comedy-related things, like radio and writing.
CB: What do you find the most enjoyable and frustrating parts of the comedy circuit?
SH: The most frustrating parts are also the most enjoyable. I sometimes have people I’ve never met write me and ask me how they get on at clubs, as if there is some kind of magic password. It feels harsh, but you just have to tell them: Dude, it happens automatically, when you’re good enough. You’re not being overlooked. Work harder, get better and you’ll get booked. That’s how the rest of us got on.
CB: What’s your favourite type of audience to perform to?
SH: There is a masochistic part of me that loves to gig to two German tourist in an open mic basement. Just because it’s really hard and it’s painful and nothing will make them laugh. Ideally, though, alternative comedy crowds are the absolute best. Tony Law’s crowd is so fucking patient, it’s incredible. They’re just open and quite clever.
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?
SH: I don’t attract hecklers, for some reason. When I get them, they tend to think they’re being helpful. I had one guy shout at me, whilst I was doing material about being fat – and bear in mind, I was talking about how some c**** have prejudices against fat people. He shouted, “Fat girls are always friendly!” and I didn’t mean to be rude to him, but I’m pretty sure that after we’d had a little chat, he changed his mind about that.
CB: What advice would you give to new acts thinking of starting out in comedy?
SH: Every single piece of advice on this list: sofiehagen.wordpress.com/2014/03/30/24-things-denmark-taught-me-about-being-a-comedian/