Matt Rudge: Telling seriously funny stories

Matt Rudge
Matt Rudge

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Matt Rudge is a stand-up comedian who moonlights behind the camera. He’s written for TV shows including Wallace and Gromit, directed documentaries about people with autism and been nominated for a comedy Bafta.

When did you first realise you were funny?

At school you got the cool kids, the sporty kids and the geeky kids. I didn’t really excel at any of them so didn’t fit in with any group, but I found I could make people laugh and that’s a great way of avoiding being beaten up by the cool kids, the sporty kids and even the geeky kids. I was the one always making up stories, creating characters and telling jokes.

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

It would have to be a filmmaker, but I suppose I do that anyway. In addition to being on stage, I also direct my own films, not adult-themed! My documentaries have been on TV and won awards. Although people seem shocked I do stand-up and make documentaries, I just see it as an extension of what I did at school all those years ago, I tell stories.

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

I was nominated for the Bafta Breakthrough Talent award, but then on the night I didn’t win. Bitter-sweet.

I had to do that face where you pretend to be glad for the other person. I think at one point I was applauding with clenched fists, crying.

I also got to perform at The Apollo. Making 2,500 people laugh at once is the best feeling in the world.

Tell us about three things that make you laugh.

1. My mum getting confused or saying inappropriate things without realising. It’s the naivety and innocence mixed with the potential upset she can cause.

2. I’m currently loving Gogglebox on Channel 4.

3. Twitter. There are so many witty people out there saying random things about all sorts of topics.

Tell us a joke.

Southampton. I reverse this joke to Portsmouth when I am there.

Who’s your biggest hero?

I’m not sure I have heroes but I’m a massive fan of Louis Theroux. I like how he makes such serious topics seem easy to watch and often full of comedy. He’s one of the main reasons I started making my own documentary films.

What have you got in the pipeline?

Water and gas.

· Matt performs a sold out show on Saturday December 14 at 8pm, at Jongleurs comedy club, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth.