Sean McLoughlin: Heading for Vietnamese punditry

Sean McLoughlin

Sean McLoughlin

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Sean McLoughlin will be joining the bill at the latest instalment of the Havant Comedy Club. Currently of ‘no fixed abode’ due to flooding, he won rave reviews for his most recent show, I Will Prevail, which saw him digging deep into some uncomfortable personal experiences for laughs.

When did you first realise you were funny?

I was always better at remembering The Simpsons quotes than other kids in the playground and I was able to use that to my advantage. I think it tricked me into thinking I was funnier than I was and I’ve been playing catch-up ever since.

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

I would have loved to have been a footballer because I love the sport. Then I would have gone into management, building up lower-league teams and gaining a reputation as an exciting up-and-comer. Then I’d finally get a shot at a Premier League club and I’d blow it. My career would be over and I’d have to spend the rest of my days working as a pundit on Vietnamese television.

What’s been the highlight of your career so far?

I’ve been very lucky to do shows abroad which is a real treat. I played a pretty big gig in Reykjavik last year that was surreal and awesome.

Tell us about three things that make you laugh.

South Park still makes me howl. They tell stories that are so outlandish and grotesque it’s like being hit in the face. Brian Gittins is a character comedian who people will either love or hate due to his attitude and lack of showmanship. I love it. The Naked Gun films and TV show, because the jokes are amazing and Leslie Nielsen was better than anyone in history at playing a complete fool.

Tell us a joke.

I used to volunteer for Mind. In the basement was a shop called Matter.

Who’s your biggest hero? Anyone who doesn’t pay for train tickets and gets away with it is a hero to me. Stick it to the man.

What have you got in the pipeline?

Doing lots of gigs all around the place and trying to get another hour-long show to take to the Edinburgh Fringe. Also writing other things and hopefully getting a new place to live.

Havant Comedy Club takes place at The Spring Arts Centre in Havant on Saturday, January 24, doors open at 8pm. Also on the bill are Brian Damage and Krystal, Roz Ryan and Daniel Edison, with Guide Award winner Joe Wells as compere. Tickets cost £10 in advance, £12.50 on the door. Go to thespring.co.uk or call (023) 9247 2700

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