FIVE MINUTES WITH...DAN ANTOPOLSKI

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Triple Perrier Award nominee, Dave Award for Funniest Joke of the Fringe 2009 winner, and veteran Fringe sell-out Dan Antopolski brings his new stand-up show Turn of the Century to the Ashcroft Arts Centre in Fareham on Thursday.

It’s a show full of one-liners, sage remarks about life and bad-parenthood and a rap about the benefits of laser ownership.

As well as his numerous comedy awards and accolades, Dan played Jeffers in two series of BBC Two’s Hyperdrive and Jesus in Hollywood blockbuster The Da Vinci Code. His radio and TV credits also include six series of BBC Radio 2’s Out To Lunch and three series of ITV2’s Comedy Cuts.

He also co-starred with Karl Theobald in sitcom Exterminating Angels on BBC Radio 4 and in Moonmonkeys on BBC Three.

In the spring of 2010 Dan embarked on his first national tour with Silent But Deadly before returning to Edinburgh to premiere this new critically-acclaimed show.

We caught up with him ahead of his Fareham appearance.

When did you first realise you were funny?

I had just been born and the goddess Hera sent two snakes to destroy me, but I taught them the Hokey Cokey: ‘You put your right coil in, your right coil out...’

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

I would be a bitter, disillusioned lawyer because there’s far less margin to move a judge with passionate rhetoric than telly invites us to believe.

Name three things that make you laugh.

My two daughters and farts.

What’s your favourite one-liner?

What did the cheese say when it looked in the mirror? Hallou-mi!

Who’s your hero?

The comedian Louis CK. He’s fearless, human and smart.

Tickets to see Dan Antopolski in Turn of the Centry at the Ashcroft Arts Centre in Fareham on Thursday cost £12.50 from 01329 223100 or on the door from 7.30pm.