Dane Baptiste: ‘My biggest hero is Malcolm X’

Dane Baptiste
Dane Baptiste
Graeme Clark of Wet Wet Wet

Popped in, Souled Out and going strong 30 years on

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Dane Baptiste was nominated as Best Newcomer in the Fosters Comedy Award 2014, and has been described as delivering ‘observational comedy at its finest’ by The Independent, and ‘a comical genius’ by Edinburgh Festival Magazine. He’s got a very busy few months coming up, but you can see him at the next Horndean Comedy Club.

When did you first realise you were funny?

I don’t know if I realised I was funny; it was more realising the more I spoke about stuff that I was passionate about, the more people laughed.

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

At this stage; unemployed. I’ve been put on disciplinary proceedings at every job I’ve ever had, not for hostility,but because I didn’t care. I jumped before I was pushed.

What’s been the highlight of your career so far?

I would say Edinburgh Fringe doing my debut show. Having people come just to see you is still something that messes with my head.

Tell us about three things that make you laugh.

When children tell lies – it’s that playground hyperbole.

Social networking messages with grammatical errors.

Animals known for their attacking prowess attacking people who didn’t heed the warning.

Tell us a joke.

Come on man, if I said I was a gynaecologist would you let me examine your wife/daughter? My job requires the right conditions for it to work.

Who’s your biggest hero?

Malcolm X. His autobiography was the last thing I read before I quit my job and started pursuing the dream. I even wear watches because of him. Still can’t read quartz though.

What have you got in the pipeline?

Some sneak previews in Portsmouth, Southampton and all the way back to Camden; preparing for my second Edinburgh show; development with BBC on a potential TV project, tour support for supertalented ubiquitous comic Katherine Ryan, as well as developing aTV format with her. Appearing at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Appearances in Estonia, Switzerland and Norway. Also some appearances on BBC Radio 2 and continuing to gig. Just staying as busy as possible and improving everyday so this won’t all go away!

The Comedy All Stars show is at Barton Hall, Horndean Technology College on Friday, March 6. Doors open 7pm, show starts 8.15pm. Dane is joined on the bill by Zoe Lyons and Andrew Lawrence, with Guide Award winner James Alderson as your compere.

Tickets are £10 advance, £15 on the door. Strictly over 18s only.

Go to comedy-allstars.co.uk