A weekend with: Joe Wells

Joe Wells
Joe Wells
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Guide Award-nominated comedian Joe Wells is 22 and lives in Southsea. He’s live at The Cellars Comedy Club in Eastney on Thursday, four days ahead of the Guide Awards ceremony at the Kings Theatre, Southsea. Here he describes his favourite things to do at the weekend.

· What would be your ideal weekend destination?

Edinburgh. It’s such a beautiful city and I have some good memories of this year’s fringe. I went there a few weeks ago to do a show at the university and went up The Scott Monument which is what The Spinnaker Tower would be like is it weren’t for health and safety.

· Not counting your loved ones, who would be your dream companion?

I would go with David Attenborough who could tell me interesting facts about any animals we encountered.

· What music would you take with you?

Tom Waits whose lyrics and music are brilliant. He released a comedy album called Nighthawks at the Diner which I thoroughly recommend.

· What about something to read?

Kurt Vonnegut. Everything I know about comedy and satire, I learned from him. I’d take the anti-war novel Slaughterhouse 5, which is one of the funniest and most powerful books I’ve read.

· What would be your ultimate way to relax?

Doing stand-up comedy. I cant go more than a week without performing or I get incredibly grouchy.

· If money were no object, which shop would you head for? Cybercandy in London. They sell imported and discontinued sweets at extortionate prices.

· What’s your all-time favourite film?

Evil Dead II. It has everything; comedy, horror and a man with a chainsaw for an arm. I’m a big fan of horror films, particularly ones with a comic/satirical edge. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is also a favourite, as it made me realise that my family aren’t as dysfunctional as I thought.

· We’re buying the drinks tonight. What’s your poison?

I’m teetotal, so a nice cup of tea.

· What are you doing this weekend?

I’ll be doing some writing, as I am booked in to try out some new material at The Cellars at Eastney on Thursday. It’s a great night with established and up and coming comics.

· What’s a favourite local

destination for a weekend day out?

Albert Road and Elm Grove for CD shopping. It’s so nice that Portsmouth has a strip of mostly independent shops. Then I would go for lunch at Kitsch ’n d’or. Their lunch menu is the best £5 you can spend in Portsmouth.