Shortly after starting out in comedy, Steve Williams won the Chortle Award for Best Open Mic in 2002.
A former teacher, he has since appeared on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Russell Howard’s Good News.
When did you first realise you were funny?
Like most comedians I first found I was funny when I was at school. I used to mess about all the time, which is probably why I was such a terrible teacher. Seriously though, I’ve always messed around. Some people say joking around is a defence mechanism, but I wouldn’t want to use it in a fight against Ricky Hatton.
What would you be if you weren’t a comedian?
I just love the idea of being able to wear low slung jeans to work, so either a plumber or a prostitute.
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
I’ve been fortunate enough to have many highlights, appearing on Michael McCintyre’s Roadshow was excellent.
Also I have written on all eight series of Russell Howard’s Good News and seeing how well it has been received has been an incredible experience. But by far the greatest achievement is playing Portsmouth tonight.
Tell us about three things that make you laugh.
1 Laughing when you shouldn’t: I once got asked a ridiculously serious question in an interview ‘where do I stand on segueways?’ I couldn’t resist and said ‘on the back holding the handlebars’.
2 Misunderstandings: I took a friend to my auntie’s 42nd birthday party and he genuinely thought the party was going to be 40 seconds long.
3 The truth. Your nose and ears keep growing all through your life. I just love the idea that when I’m old and infirm I’ll be undermined by the fact I’ll look like Dobbie the house elf.
Tell us a joke.
My computer sings Rolling In The Deep, then again it is a Dell.
Who’s your biggest hero?
In the age of e-mail it has to be whoever the person is that invented stamps that you don’t have to lick. Every year they have literally saved me hundredths of a second and I want to say thank you.
What have you got in the pipeline?
I’ve written a film with a friend which is getting some heat so I’m pretty excited about that.
· Steve is performing tonight at the Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea, at 7.30pm. Tickets: £8 from (023) 9286 3911 or wedgewood-rooms.co.uk.