Alistair Smyth is a Portsmouth-based comedian who dabbles as a musician with his folk band Electric Eden.
He’s known for his work with the improvisation comedy group Soop Theatre, which won the Best Comedy category at last year’s Guide Awards.
When did you first realise you were funny?
I realised quite early on that it’s much easier to be funny than to be good at sport.
What would you be if you weren’t a comedian?
I love my music. If the band carries on the way it is then you might have your answer.
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
Getting the opportunity to take a show (A Viking Tale) on tour with Soop Theatre over the summer was a fantastic experience.
It left me with a lot of good memories and a better understanding of Britain’s geography.
Tell us about three things that make you laugh.
Drunk people trying to open doors always makes the list. I can only admire their persistence.
People that take games too seriously, I’ve got a lot of friends who are highly competitive. I don’t mean football, more Monopoly.
Lastly I think it’s the things in shows that the audience can’t appreciate, all the mistakes from members of the cast always make for great stories.
Tell us a joke.
Why’s Othello like Jaffa Cakes? Terribly Moorish.
Who’s your biggest hero?
My biggest hero is probably Matt Berry. I grew up watching things like Snuffbox and Garth Merenghi’s Dark Place. Admittedly Richard Ayoade is definitely up there with him, social awkwardness rules supreme.
What have you got in the pipeline?
I’ve got lots of exciting things coming up this year. Looks like I’ll definitely be back on the road with Soop Theatre touring our unique brand of comedy around the country. Got a few things lined up with Electric Eden as well starting off in Portsmouth before heading farther afield. This year should be a whole heap of fun.
· Alistair is on stage tonight at the The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre in Havant as part of Instant Soop – The Live Comedy Improv Show. Tickets are £10 from (023) 9247 2700 or thespring.co.uk.