Cambridge Footlights has spawned some of the nation’s greatest comic talent. From Sandi Toksvig, Emma Thompson and Sue Perkins to Peter Cook and Stephen Fry, many a famous name first trod the boards at the university’s famed drama club.
And so did Matt Green, who was in Footlights alongside Richard Ayoade.
He’s since developed a career as an actor, screenwriter and stand-up comedian and he’s coming to the Wedge tonight
JODIE JEYNES caught up with him to find out more.
When did you first realise you were funny?
I always loved showing off as a kid, doing school plays etc, and the more I did of that the more I realised that making an audience laugh was the best feeling.
I seemed to be able to tell a story in a way that made people chuckle. And, once I realised that, I tried to do it as much as possible.
What would you be if you weren’t a comedian?
I’m also a writer and actor, so I hope I could still do that. But if I wasn’t in the entertainment business at all, I’d probably be a teacher. Both of my parents were teachers and I think I’d enjoy helping kids learn – as well as the obvious showing-off aspect.
Name three things that make you laugh.
1. 30 Rock. It’s my favourite TV show at the moment (although sadly it has just finished after seven seasons) and the easiest rebuttal to the ridiculous idea that women aren’t funny. Tina Fey is incredible in it, and also wrote and created it.
2. The House of Commons - especially at prime minister’s questions. It is just such a ludicrous institution. All of the traditions of waving order papers, booing and jeering and never actually answering a question. It’s laughable. So I laugh.
3. People falling over in the street. Enough said.
Tell us a joke.
I’m a member of a gym in the same way that North Korea is a member of the UN: I’m barely there, and whenever I do turn up I make a mockery of the point of the place.
Who’s your biggest hero?
That’s a big question. In comedy terms it would probably be someone like Eddie Izzard, who has had so much success while staying very distinctive and above all very funny!
Plus he ran 43 marathons in a row for charity. Which is just unbelievable.
See Matt in stand up alongside Paul McCaffrey, Katherine Ryan and compére Dinga at the Wedgewood Rooms tonight. Doors open at 7.30pm. Food is served until 8.45pm and then there’s a disco from 11pm to 2.30am. Tickets cost £8.