James Redmond is probably best known as Finn in teen soap Hollyoaks, or as Abs from Casualty. He is currently appearing in Emmerdale and Hollyoaks Later. But he’s not just a pretty face – the north Londoner is also building a reputation as a successful stand-up since he took to the trade of being funny five years ago.
When did you first realise you were funny?
Probably at school, telling jokes I’d heard, imitating teachers and generally fooling around. I was a skinny kid with a stammer, so humour and assuming characters and accents helped me both avoid - and attract - the bullies!
What would you be if you weren’t a comedian?
A virgin. No, that’s Peter Crouch’s gag, so I’ll add my own answer. I’m also an actor, presenter and voiceover artiste, so I reckon I’d probably be chasing more of that.
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
There are so many. I’ve only been gigging for five years but I’ve loved (almost) every minute. My favourite gigs have been at The Comedy Store in London, The Bracknell Comedy Cellar and at The Shaftesbury Theatre, in front of 1,100 punters – and they all laughed!
Tell us about three things that make you laugh
1. Toddlers using phrases they’ve learned from their folks. My niece once told my mother to stop fussing so much and then turned to her mum – my sister – and said: ‘I don’t know where she gets the energy from.’ She was three.
2. Teenagers wearing low-slung jeans so you can see their underpants. Pull them down and push them over, they take ages to get up.
3. Penguins walking. They’re just funny, aren’t they?
Tell us a joke.
Pay me first and I will.
Who’s your biggest hero?
My parents are first equal, but if you mean a comedian, I’d say it’s a toss-up between Stan Laurel, Rik Mayall, Eddie Murphy and Eddie Izzard – all have had huge effects on me in my childhood, teens and beyond.
What have you got in the pipeline?
A number two (sorry). I actually have as well...woah, gotta go.
James is at the Spinnaker Comedy Club at the Spinnaker Tower cafe on Friday, September 26. Hosted by James Alderson, the show will be headlined by Zoe Lyons, with support from comic Bobby Mair. Bar opens at 7pm, comedy starts at 8.15pm. Tickets are £12.50 from spinnakertower.co.uk