Five Minutes With... Gareth Berliner

Gareth Berliner

Gareth Berliner

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Since 2004, Gareth Berliner has been performing stand-up comedy across the UK and abroad. He has appeared on a bus, on a plane, on Radio 4, in ensemble work at Soho Theatre, at the Science Museum, supporting major acts on tour and even once in disguise as Woody Allen.

We caught up with him to find out more, ahead of his appearance at Havant Comedy Club next weekend.

When did you first realise you were funny?

I realised I was funny literally in the stereotypical way of using humour to keep the playground bullies off my back. Why they were trying to climb on my back, I have no idea.

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

If I wasn’t a comedian, I would be a superhero because it’s a good line of work with nice perks and no need for a health plan (assuming you are an indestructible superhero).

Name three things that make you laugh.

1. My Fiancee. She’s got a great sense of humour. She’d have too, she said ‘yes’ to marrying me.

2. Eastbound and Down. It’s an American sit-com starring Danny McBride and it’s laugh-out-loud funny.

3. Comedian Louis CK. His honest, open, comedy is my kind of style and he really can make me chuckle.

What’s your favourite one-liner?

How do you keep and idiot in suspense?...

Who’s your hero?

My old man. My dad set a benchmark for me on being a decent, honourable and noble bloke.

Gareth Berliner appears alongside Paul T Eyres in stand-up at the Havant Comedy Club, at The Spring in Havant, next Saturday, June 23, from 8pm. Tickets cost £9.50, or £8 for concessions, from (023) 9247 2700 or thespring.co.uk.

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