Kelly Kingham: ‘I’d be a teacher for the holidays’

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Character act Kelly Kingham tours all over the UK appearing at Jongleurs, Highlight, The Glee Club and more, taking his wacky, crazy stand-up style to stages large and small. ‘He’s a lovable, unhinged act that never fails to get the audience in stitches,’ says fellow comedian James Alderson from Denmead. JODIE JEYNES caught up with Kelly ahead of a show at the Spinnaker Tower.

When did you first realise you were funny?

Kelly Kingham

Kelly Kingham

As a small child, I realised my mother couldn’t stay angry with me for long if I made her laugh.

Unfortunately, my father was less easily manipulated.

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

I’d probably be a school teacher because I’ve always dreamed of helping people fulfil their true potential whilst also having double-long holidays.

Name three things that make you laugh.

Cats doing anything they shouldn’t and coming a cropper.

Stan Laurel for just being Stan Laurel.

Woody Allen films because it’s nice to have a leading man I can actually identify with.

Tell us a joke.

I punched a hyena in the throat once. Feel a bit bad about that now – apparently they laugh at everyone.

Who’s your biggest hero?

My wife because she married me despite the obvious challenges.

Kelly appears at the brand new Spinnaker Tower Comedy Club at the tower at Gunwharf Quays next Friday, March 1.

He’ll be appearing alongside kiwi comic Jarred Christmas and Tiffany Stevenson as seen on The Office and Show Me The Funny.

There will be drinks on the viewing decks from 7pm and the show starts at 8.30pm in the ground floor bar.

Tickets cost £15 on the door or £12 in advance from the Spinnaker Tower Advance Booking Desk, (023) 9285 7520, or wegottickets.com

For more information see bantercomedy.com

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