Ant Craven: ‘Poor teaching made me funny’

Ant Craven of Bad Bread
Ant Craven of Bad Bread
Sofie Hagen

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Actor, writer and comedian Ant Craven has developed sitcoms with the BBC and Talkback Thames and is part of sketch comedy trio Bad Bread who are at the Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham, tomorrow.

When did you first realise you were funny?

I was quite fat as a child so I had to gain attention from trying to make people laugh. I began back-chatting the teachers, trying to make the class laugh. They laughed. And so I back-chatted some more. And some more. So in essence I’m going to thank poor teaching for helping me find my career path. What school did I go to? That’s not fair for me to say... Purbrook Park.

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

I’d be on the judging panel for Britain’s Got Talent and I’d tell them the truth.

Tell us about three things that make you laugh.

The Thick of It. For me it’s the best sitcom that’s been around for the last decade. I hope they make more, but I don’t think they will. It’s excellent. Watch it. Watch it now.

Mark Kermode’s film reviews - just the bad ones. A scathing review from Mark can make my day.

Sex and the City 2 is one of my faves. The Internship, The Hottie and The Nottie, Pirates of the Carribean 3/4, there are too many good ones.

Justin Bieber –he’s such a nice guy isn’t he? Every morning I get up and can’t wait to hear what he’s been up to...

Tell us a joke.

No. Oh all right... why did the chicken cross... oh, you know that one? Erm... I’m all out then.

Who’s your hero?

I would say my mum or my dad but that would be a lie.

It used to be Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, but over the past couple of years there work has been poor.

But top of my list at the moment is probably John McCririck.

To be so content in your own skin despite being the weirdest-looking person in the UK is very impressive.

It’s a shame I hate horse racing.

Bad Bread are at the Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham, tomorrow at 7.30pm. Tickets: £8.