‘Stupidity, silliness and funny accents’

Joe Bor comes to Portsmouth Jongleurs tomorrow
Joe Bor comes to Portsmouth Jongleurs tomorrow
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Amongst Joe Bor’s rave reviews is one from celebrity fan Jack Whitehall, who says: ‘Great at comedy, bad with women.’

It is an intriguing review, and whilst hard to find any reinforcement of Jack’s female-related criticisms, it’s easy to see plenty of positivity surrounding Joe.

Esteemed comedians Alan Carr and Harry Hill echo Whitehall’s sentiments, with Carr hailing Joe as a ‘must-see’.

So how did it all begin for this popular comedian who is so highly praised by his peers?

Joe tells The Guide about the moment he first realised he was funny: ‘It was the first time my graduation was shown in a cinema at The Edinburgh Film Festival in 2003.

‘I then started writing more comedy and seeing more comedy and went on to begin stand-up in 2005.’

The comedian has since gone on to do TV warm-up on shows such as Alan Carr Chatty Man and 8 Out Of 10 Cats. He currently does warm-up for The Graham Norton Show and Mock The Week.

In between all this Joe can regularly be found performing at top comedy clubs around the country including The Comedy Store, Highlights and Jongleurs.

Joe says: ‘I do still make films and animations in between my comedy gigs, and would probably still be an animator or film-maker if I wasn’t a comedian.’

As an observational character comedian, actor and writer, Joe has his fingers in many pies, so it is no surprise that he has not one but three career highlights.

He says: ‘The first is doing warm-up at Live At The Palladium. Also doing a tour and having my show optioned by Warner Bros.’

In terms of his own heroes, Joe cites Steve Coogan, with Alan Partridge being his favourite comedy creation.

Joe continues: ‘Three things that make me laugh are stupidity, silliness and funny accents.’

When asked to tell The Guide a joke, Joe says: ‘My wife told me sex is better on holiday. That was not a nice postcard to recieve.’

The future looks bright for Joe, who has a new show at the Camden Fringe in August and a couple of television shows in development.

Joe appears at Jongleurs Comedy Club in Portsmouth tomorrow evening alongside Australian comedian Ro Campbell, who has performed at the past five Edinburgh Fringe festivals and was crowned Scottish Comedian Of The Year 2010.

Joining them will be Matt Rudge, who has recently finished performing around the country to huge crowds as Mock The Week/Live at the Apollo regular Stewart Francis’ support act.

Patrick Monahan will also be raising laughs with his lovable persona.

Jongleurs Comedy Club is at TigerTiger, Gunwharf Quays tomorrow. Doors open at 5pm, comedy starts at 8pm. Last entry is 6.15pm. Tickets cost £15. Go to jongleurs.com