He has been described as ‘charmingly funny’ by Kate Copstick in The Scotsman, and as ‘a gentlemanly genius’ by Laststandup – and now Aidan Goatley will be appearing at the next Spinnaker Comedy Club. The Brighton-based comic started comedy five years ago and has since performed all over the UK and Europe with his hit show 10 Films With My Dad.
When did you first realise you were funny?
I would never be so presumptuous. I take it on a day-by-day basis and pray for laughter every gig.
What would you be if you weren’t a comedian?
Well I didn’t start until I was 38, so I’ve done every rubbish job ever. The worst was as a security guard in a burnt-out building. At night.
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
Performing my show in Dubai. I never dreamed I’d get as far with it as I have.
Tell us about three things that make you laugh.
1) My wife (she’s the funny one really).
2) The Marx Brothers (Because).
3) Eighteenth century French poetry (I couldn’t think of a third and wanted to sound intelligent).
Tell us a joke.
My daughter wrote a joke. What do you call a snake with no eyes and no mouth? A sock. Oh, come on she was four!
Who’s your biggest hero?
I think hero is a term that’s greatly misused, but the person I admire the most comedically is Mark Thomas.
What have you got in the pipeline?
I’ve got a new show this year called Year of the Goat which will be in Edinburgh, along with 10 Films With My Dad which is now in its fifth year and heading for its 200th show. Oh, and lunch. I’m certainly planning lunch.
Where & when...
Aidan is at the Spinnaker Comedy Club, Portsmouth on Friday, May 1. Tickets costing £12.50 are available from spinnakertower.co.uk or from the reception. Doors open at 7pm, comedy starts at 8pm and entry includes a free trip up the tower.
Headlining the night is Dane Baptiste, who many will recognise from numerous BBC 3 shows, and who has been tipped by The Guardian, The Independent and The Times as one to watch for 2015.
Dane has also been on BBC Radio 1 and Radio 4 and is scheduled to star in many more TV shows in the coming months.
They are joined by Australian comedian Felicity Ward who has made huge waves over there and is now doing the same here.
She’s already been seen on Russell Howard’s Good News, and has clinched a leading role in Josh Widdicombe’s new sitcom Josh.
Compere will be the reigning Guide Awards comic of the year, James Alderson.