Silliness is Clever Peter’s barometer

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Fresh from introducing pygmy hippos and sexy clowns to Radio 4, award-winning comedy troupe Clever Peter are heading out on the road, bringing their unique take on sketch comedy to The Spring in Havant.

Pegged somewhere between Monty Python and the League of Gentlemen, they say ‘silliness is our barometer’.

‘That’s what we do.

‘When we do a good show, we’re enjoying it and the audience are enjoying it.

‘If that isn’t happening, then something needs to be fixed,’ explains performer and writer Ed Eales-White (pictured far right).

We caught up with him ahead of their appearance at The Spring to find out more.

When did you first realise you were funny?

That’s a very good question. I think you realise from an early age because friends and family tell you. People like to tell you if you’re funny. The big epiphany is when you actually realise there’s a potential to make a living out of being funny. It’s the best job in the world when it’s something that comes easily to you. As a group, we realised we were funny when we started performing and people laughed.

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

Probably a painter and decorator. It’s the only thing I’ve done a tiny bit of before and didn’t mind. You feel like you’ve achieved something in a day.

Name three things that make you laugh.

Louis C.K. – the comedian.

He always makes me laugh. He’s just very honest and it makes me laugh.

And it always makes me laugh when people argue about paying the bill. It’s all ‘No, I’ll get it’. ‘No, please, let me’.

It’s ridiculous how long those things can go on and how annoyed people can get.

Finally, the nonchalant selling of golliwogs in rural towns makes me laugh.

I just went past a 5ft golliwog statue in the Lake District.

Tell us a joke.

I can never remember jokes.

All I can think of is the worst joke ever: ‘What do you call a three-legged donkey?... A wonky’

Who’s your biggest hero?

I’d probably go for Paul Whitehouse just because watching him in The Fast Show when I was younger was what inspired me.

To be paid to do that was a dream. And the characters are all really funny, fun and silly.

See Ed when Clever Peter come to The Spring in Havant on Thursday, October 25.

Tickets cost £11 or £9.90 from (023) 9247 2700, thespring.co.uk or on the door from 8pm.