Southsea comic at the Wedge

Joe Wells
Joe Wells
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Joe Wells was a finalist in the Guide Awards in 2009 and a semi-finalist in the Chortle Student Comedy Awards and the London New Comedy Awards last year.

He won Comedy Central’s award for the Funniest Student 2010.

Not bad for a comedian who just turned 22 yesterday.

Joe lives in Southsea and his dry humour focuses on political issues.

We found out what makes him tick.

• When did you first realise you were funny?

I used to write things when I was at school, little joke essays and funny poems, then I would bargain with the teacher for them to let me read it out at the end of class if I did X amount of work. I’ve still got some of the bits I wrote. They’re not that bad.

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

I literally can not imagine an alternate career path. I’ve been obsessed with stand-up comedy since I was in my teens and, since I started performing about three years ago, I’ve never looked back.

• Which three things make you laugh?

1. dogs wearing clothes 2. The tuba 3. Nick Clegg

• What’s your favourite one-liner?

All artists are willing to suffer for their art. So few are willing to learn to draw – Simon Munnery.

• Who’s your hero?

Mark Thomas. He’s the first comic I ever saw. If you haven’t seen him, as well as being a very funny comic, he’s a sort of investigative journalist-cum-activist. His latest project involves him walking along the West Bank. It’s called Extreme Rambling. I haven’t seen it yet, but it sounds like it’s going to be brilliant.

• See Joe at the Wedge Comedy Club tonight alongside Pete Walsh, Matt Rudge and Doc Brown, with compére Dinga. Doors open at 7.30pm and entry costs £8. Book at wedgewood-rooms.co.uk, or on (023) 9286 3911.