Impressionist and stand-up Danny Posthill has been a busy boy since he made it to the finals of last year’s Britain’s Got Talent.
‘It’s been a really good year,’ he says.
‘It’s been strange watching Britain’s Got Talent this year because it’s like, that was me up there last year, but it’s done me the world of good – I’m gigging on the circuit, doing corporates, and I’ve got meet some of my heroes and become friends with them, people like Alistair McGowan, Bobby Davro, and I did a gig recently entertaining the soldiers with Jim Davidson.
‘To be fair, I know Jim’s a Marmite comic, but what people don’t realise is everything he does for them and all his charity work.
‘And I met Billy Connolly which was quite incredible – for anyone who gets into comedy, he’s right up there.’
Danny got his break after impressing the BGT producers when they came to a comedy night he was performing at in Islington.
I’ve got meet some of my heroes and become friends with them, people like Alistair McGowan, Bobby Davro, and I did a gig recently entertaining the soldiers with Jim DavidsonDanny Posthill
He recalls the shows: ‘With Ant and Dec, what you see is what you get – they’re lovely, lovely people. I didn’t really speak to Simon Cowell much, he’s sort of untouchable, Amanda Holden was lovely, I’ve spoken to her quite a bit because I did an interview with her and Philip Schofield on This Morning.
‘It was just a really nice experience.’
However, the thought of making a mistake on live TV was hard to ignore.
‘The thing is with Britain’s Got Talent and doing the live shows, you watch shows like Live at The Apollo or Sunday Night at the Palladium and it’s pre-recorded.
‘But on this if you mess up, you mess up in front of 7m people. That was probably the most nerve-racking moment of my career, not just my life, my career.’
Picking the material for the live shows also proved a problem.
‘I was going back and forth with the producers all the time about who I would do, because it’s such a mainstream show, they needed to be really well-known.
‘I did my Ant and Dec impression for the producer and he loved that, he said you’ve got to do that.
‘When Mike Yarwood was the superstar there were only channels one, two and three, so everyone knew them all. Now there’s so many channels, there’s a lot more people.’
One of his more memorable jobs since appearing on BGT was being asked to support footballer Paul Gascoigne on a speaking tour.
‘The Gazza gigs were just incredible. Paul Gascoigne’s an absolute legend, and I think it’s awful how the press make him out to be. Yes, he’s got a bit of a drink problem, but it’s not as bad as they say.
‘He’s so approachable, you meet him once and it’s like he’s your best mate.’
For now though he’s performing wherever he can. ‘I’m literally just gigging. I’ve got eight weeks straight, I’ve not got a night off in July or August.
‘I’ve got a few nights off in June so I’m making the most of it and playing on my Xbox.’
Danny is at Comedy All Stars on June 17. Also appearing are Paul Tonkinson and Dana Alexander. Reigning WOW247 Best Comedy Award winner James Alderson will be the MC.
Tickets are £10 advance, £15 on the door.
Barton Hall, Horndean
Friday, June 17