Luke Smith, 25, is a volunteer at The Spring Arts Centre, Havant, but he’ll be swapping the box office for the stage when he performs his debut gig at the Havant Comedy Club tonight.
What would you be if you weren’t a comedian?
I’ve been into acting most of my life from a very early age so if I wasn’t a comedian I might well be an actor or I would be a radio DJ as I spend a lot of my time doing radio work on a rock radio station well as local community radio station, which I really enjoy.
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
I’m just starting out, so just having this first gig is massive for me. I never thought anyone would give me a chance to do stand-up but now, here is my chance. I can’t wait.
Tell us about three things that make you laugh.
People always make me laugh. Whether it be something they do or say, somehow they always seem to amuse me
My cats are just funny because they end up in positions and places that defy normal logic. Older TV comedies like One Foot in The Grave, Fawlty Towers, Red Dwarf, Bottom and The Young Ones. I find these shows appeal to my sense of humour more so than most modern day shows.
Tell us a joke.
A man goes to a pet shop to buy a parrot. The assistant takes him to the parrot section and asks him to choose one. The man asks: ‘How much is the yellow one?’ The assistant says, ‘£2,000.’ The man is shocked and asks why it’s so expensive. The assistant explains, ‘This parrot is a very special one. He knows typewriting and can type really fast.’
‘What about the green one?’ the man asks. The assistant says, ‘He costs £5,000 because he knows typewriting and can answer incoming telephone calls and takes notes.’
‘What about the red one?’ the man asks. The assistant says: ‘That one’s £10,000.’
The man says: ‘What does HE do?’
The assistant says: ‘I don’t know, but the other two call him boss.’
Who’s your biggest hero?
One of my biggest heroes is Vivian Stanshall. He was a man ahead of his time, his work with Radio One doing Sir Henry at Rawlinson End I found extremely funny.
Luke will open for Adam Bloom, Max Dickens, and Andrea Hubert. Compere for the evening is Joe Wells. Adults only. Tickets £10 in advance or £11 on the door. Call (023) 9247 2700 or go to thespring.co.uk.