CB: How long have you been gigging in comedy?
TM: 4 years.
CB: How would you describe your comedy?
TM: Short jokes – deadpan and absurd.
CB: Which comedians influence your comedy?
TM: Buster Keaton, French and Saunders, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Sandra Bernhard and Eddie Murphy.
CB: Did you always want to go into comedy?
CB: How do you go about writing your material?
TM: I think a lot in the shower, I have a lot of good ideas in the first 15 minutes of the day. I think and daydream a lot at work. Lots of stuff – whole jokes or just the punch-line – gets scribbled down on random bits of paper throughout the day and thought about some more. At the end of the day whatever’s in my bag or pocket joins the other bits of paper that I have shoved in my note book. Every few days I go through the new bits and throw most of it away. The stuff I like I keep and I write.
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?
TM: I have a full-time job. My day job influences some of my material and but I think it has more of an influence on my stage persona.
CB: What do you find the most enjoyable and frustrating parts of the comedy circuit?
TM: I’ve met lots of really nice, supportive and very funny people along the way. I’ve also met a few people who aren’t. Gigs that overrun can also be frustrating too.
CB: What’s your favourite type of audience to perform to?
TM: I love audiences that laugh out loud, people who smile are good but it’s the big laughs I want. Audiences aged between 25-50 seem to get what I’m about. I also prefer people not to be too drunk.
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?
TM: I’ve never really been heckled, I’ve had the odd thing shouted in my general direction. I tend to ignore anything that isn’t laughter.
CB: What advice would you give to new acts thinking of starting out in comedy?
TM: Write some stuff and do it. Don’t expect greatness, fame or wealth anytime soon…if ever. Don’t take it too seriously but take it seriously enough. Enjoy yourself.