Andrea Hubert: Enid Blyton ruined my life

Andrea Hubert
Andrea Hubert
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Andrea Hubert has performed alongside some of the UK’s best comedians, been commissioned to write a BBC pilot and was shortlisted for the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum at the New York Television Festival 2012.

‘She is a rising star of the comedy circuit, quickly gaining critical acclaim and a name for herself as one of the most exciting storytellers on the circuit,’ says Joe Wells, who runs Havant Comedy Club, where she performs tomorrow night.

Jodie Jeynes caught up with Andrea ahead of the show.

When did you first realise you were funny?

I remember being asked to do something in Primary School and replying something along the lines of: ‘That sounds really boring, do you mind if I don’t?’.

The teacher just laughed and I didn’t get into trouble. I realized quite early on as a kid that, if you could make adults laugh, you could pretty much get away with anything you wanted.

It works when you’re grown up too (to an extent.)

What would you be if you weren’t a comedian?

I always wanted to be an antiques dealer. As a child, I made the erroneous assumption that all old wardrobes led to magical lands full of talking animals and sexy lions, and all old desks had secret drawers full of cash and treasure maps. Enid Blyton and CS Lewis pretty much ruined my life.

Tell us about three things that make you laugh.

My younger sister Michelle makes me laugh a lot. She has this odd aversion to certain words, like ‘nipple’ and ‘moist’, and she goes all squirmy if you say them. I like to say them when she’s driving.

I also find my eight-year-old niece funny. We have these long-winded arguments about who knows more about fairies, and about halfway through she’ll turn round and say: ‘You know fairies aren’t real, right?’ in this really patient voice.

Oh, and watching an exhausted parent at the end of their tether trying desperately not to lose their temper with their screaming devil-child on the tube. I saw one the other day look up and silently mouth the words: ‘Please don’t let me strangle her.’

Tell us a joke.

I don’t know any jokes. It’s a problem, I know.

Who’s your biggest hero?

My friend Jo, who battles a recurring illness with more positivity and humour on a daily basis than I am able to muster in an entire year.

Tickets for tomorrow’s show at The Spring with Michael Fabbri and Matt Rees are £9.50 from (023) 9247 2700, thespring.co.uk or on the door from 8pm.