Bryan Lacey mixes slick material with improvisation and the occasional gag-filled song, guiding his audiences through his world and introducing them to some of the strange incidents and people in it. JODIE JEYNES caught up with him ahead of his appearance at the Wedge Comedy Club tonight.
When did you first realise you were funny?
Back when I was at school. I’d love it when a comment I made got a good laugh from everyone. Once I saw that got me more attention than looking cool or wearing the best trainers, I would work harder on being funny than I ever did at my school work. I did have some bad gigs at school though. Maths, May 8, 1993, was a particularly bad one, but I don’t really want to talk about it. Let’s just say I can never look at a protractor the same way again.
What would you be if you weren’t a comedian?
I’d probably be traipsing the country selling something soulless for cash. I did do sales for about five years before I did comedy. I could always find away of judging how to pitch things so that they’d appeal to the people I was talking too. I suppose you kind of do that in comedy as well.
Tell us about three things that make you laugh.
People make me laugh. This planet is made up of some amazing, wonderful and inspiring human beings. It’s also inhabited by quite a few stupid idiots as well. I love watching YouTube to see these people being victims of their own stupidity.
My wife makes me laugh. She has a no holds barred attitude when it comes to speaking her mind and the fact she has no filter makes for some pretty funny stuff.
My brother’s immature sense of humour makes me laugh. A couple of years ago he moved abroad but he found an app on his phone that sends 15-second recorded voice messages instead of texts. I thought this was quite a cute way of us keeping in touch. But ever since he downloaded it the only messages I have ever received are him farting down the phone then giggling to himself.
Tell us a joke.
The man who invented the Playstaion 1, 2 and 3 died today. Friends of the grieving widow say there’s no ‘consoling’ her.
Who’s your biggest hero?
Lots of people in comedy have inspired me: Billy Connoly, Bill Hicks, Bill Burr... anyone called Bill basically! All of them are original and all of them carved out their own place in the world of comedy.
Bryan appears at the Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea alongside Funmbi Omotayo tonight. Tickets: £8, (023) 9286 3911, wedgewood-rooms.co.uk or on the door from 7.30pm.