Observational character comedian, actor and writer, Joe Bor is in stand-up at the Wedge Comedy Club,
Southsea, tonight. JODIE JEYNES caught up with him before the show.
When did you first realise you were funny?
I studied film and animation production at university and I had a short comedy film in the Edinburgh Film Festival and the audience laughed. That’s when I thought I could write funny.
That gave me the confidence to write more. I started to see some comedy in Edinburgh and thought this is what I want to do.
I booked a spot at The King’s Head, Crouch End, and it went really well. I got the bug.
Later on, I realised audiences really responded to anecdotes about my life and I soon felt comfortable and at home on stage. I’m probably more comfortable on stage than off.
What would you be if you weren’t a comedian?
Seeing as I studied film and animation and worked in animation before I did stand-up, I’d like to think I’d probably be working at a film or animation company. Probably making comedy films. Not much different to what I do now, but with normal working hours and a better social life.
Name three things that make you laugh.
Funny voices: I love hearing impressions. I do a few, but when a friend of mine does an impression of an old lady, it makes me laugh.
Farts: it’s childish and silly, but farts still make me laugh. Maybe it’s the element of surprise, the funny noise or the reaction of other people.
People falling over (as long as they get up): the unexpected nature of the way someone falls over can be really funny, the embarrassment of it, the way people react and the way the person reacts when they try and pretend it didn’t happen.
Universally embarrassing moments make me laugh. I love a good cringe. Most of my comedy involves stories of me embarrassing myself. I think people enjoy hearing that it doesn’t just happen to them.
Tell us a joke.
I died my hair blonde, to be fair.
Who’s your biggest hero? Woody Allen. He was a brilliant stand-up and a brilliant film-maker.
He had some great one-liners and could also tell a story that would be funny all the way through.
He was a gimmick-free stand up whose writing was perfect, not too wordy and perfectly self-deprecating and self-aware.
He’s written and directed so many good, funny and thought-provoking films too and I think he keeps getting better.
Joe is in stand up at the Wedge Comedy Club tonight, with Rob Beckett, Matt Richardson and compére Dinga. There’s food served until 8.45pm and a disco until 2.30am. Tickets: £8 from (023) 9286 3911 or on the door from 7.30pm.