‘I got addicted to making people laugh’

Mike Cox
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Winning the inaugural South Coast Comedian of the Year award has given Mike Cox, of Chichester, something to be proud of.

Mike also reached the final of the Comedy Gladiators Competition in July and is getting ready to perform at next year’s Edinburgh Festival. He spoke to The News ahead of an upcoming comedy club night appearance at the Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays.

When did you first realise you were funny?

I think high school was when I first realised I was funny, or had the ability to be. I did drama and always played comedic roles. My friend Andy and I did sketches and I think it was then I became addicted to the feeling you get when you make people laugh. I won Funniest Person In Year 11 at my prom, Andy won Best Looking which I guess is a bit more prestigious.

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

I’m not a full-time comedian yet, I still have a day job which I’ll have to keep doing for now. But if I’m honest I’ve never really wanted to be anything other than a comedian.

What’s been the highlight of your career so far?

Winning South Coast Comedian of the Year of course! It has opened up a few doors for me and allowed me to perform at some great clubs. In January I’m performing at Krater Comedy Club in Brighton’s renowned Komedia venue which was one of my goals I set when starting out.

Tell us about three things that make you laugh.

Bill Burr is one of the best comedians I’ve ever seen. Pure genius. I don’t know what I like more, videos of babies dancing like adults or how much those videos freak my wife out.

Tell us a joke.

Who’s the coolest guy at the hospital? The Ultrasound Guy. Who’s the coolest guy at the hospital when the Ultrasound Guy isn’t there? The Hip Replacement Guy.

Who’s your biggest hero?

I’m a big Arsenal fan and growing up Tony Adams was my hero. I played centre back too and I think I was the only kid who would pretend to be him when we played at the park, even down to picking up my mate Steve and dropping him.

Have you got anything else in the pipeline?

At the moment I’m working on next year’s Edinburgh show. My friend Joe Foster and I have a show called JAM Comedy – Joe And Mike, clever right? – which we will be previewing early next year if anyone wants to look out for it.

Mike will take the stage at the Spinnaker Tower’s Waterfront Cafe on Friday, November 21 from 8.15pm. Also performing are fellow comics Angela Barnes and Russell Hicks. Angela, the headline act, is a BBC New Comedy Awards winner and Russell has been called one of the US’s top up-and-coming comedians. Tickets are £12.50, visit spinnakertower.co.uk.