Up-and-coming comic Bryan Ghosh will be joining the bill of the next instalment of The Havant Comedy Club. A member of the esteemed Cambridge Footlights group, but currently living in Chippenham, and ‘not really sure how that happened’, he gave The Guide the lowdown on his life in comedy so far.
When did you first realise you were funny?
I’m not sure I ever did, but I looking back, I went through my childhood years with some very peculiar hobbies. I’m not sure it’s normal to spend all your free time trying to write a sitcom at age 12, but cringeworthily, I think that’s what I did.
What would you be if you weren’t a comedian?
I’m a full-time software developer, and just do comedy as a hobby really. That might sound weird, but I guess it’s less weird than the other way round.
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
The first time you go to the Edinburgh Fringe always stays with you. For me, I went with a sketch show I had written with a friend - we just did a one-week run and were completely inexperienced and misguided, but we had an incredible time, got wonderful audiences, and a five-star review. Somehow I doubt it will ever go so smoothly again.
Tell us about three things that make you laugh
A Bit of Fry and Laurie has a unique ability to have me in stitches. It’s something about the combination of complete silliness and dry wordplay - it’s perfect.
I’ve always loved the Hitchhiker’s Guide’series, particularly in radio and book form. It’s all just so delightfully absurd, while being engaging enough to fool you every now and then into thinking that it isn’t.
I like to deliberately misread the word ‘national’ as ‘notional’. It’s great for making mundane things more enjoyable. Notional Rail. Notional Insurance. Notional Savings and Investments. Hours of fun.
Tell us a joke.
Pancake day really creped up on me this year. (I can’t take credit for this one; a friend told me it. I’m even more ashamed of my envy than of my enjoyment.)
Who’s your biggest hero?
This position is still vacant. It is likely to go to the first person who can give me a good answer to the question ‘Who’s your biggest hero?’
What have you got in the pipeline?
Mainly sewage and a couple of dead goldfish.
This month’s Havant Comedy Club at The Spring features a mix of new and professional comics, with Chris Page and Andrea Hubert also on the bill with a headlining set from Carey Marx on Friday, March 6, doors at 8pm. Tickets are £10 advance, Go to thespring.co.uk or call (023) 9247 2700.