Sitcom star hits road

Dan Clark
Dan Clark
India Electric Company

Bringing the country into the city for folk duo India Electric Company's new project

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Dan Clark, star of BBC3 sitcom How Not To Live Your Life, is hitting the road with his first UK stand up tour since 2007.

The new show comes to the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton on April 26 and sees Dan take an amusing look at the neurosis of modern man, how he dates women and looks for love in an age of social networking. It will also feature several of Clark’s comedy songs.

Dan, who writes and produces How Not To Live Your Life (as well as portraying its loveable rogue Don Danbury), also starred as Johnny Two Hats in The Mighty Boosh.

He previously performed for four years in sketch group Electric Eel which led to their own TV series for Channel 4, The Estate Agents.

We caught up with him to find out more.

n When did you first realise you were funny?

I guess I liked to make my classmates laugh when I was at school. And I enjoyed watching comedy. But I wasn’t aware of being funny, professionally. I guess that happened when I was 19 and I’d taken a play I wrote to the Edinburgh Festival. I’d always wanted to act and decided to write a show rather than go to drama school. While at the Festival, I saw a lot of comedy shows and thought ‘that’s what I want to do!’. The next year took up a sketch show. It was very bad, but the beginning of things to come.

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

I’ve wanted to be an actor in films and television since I was about nine or 10. So it’s very hard to know what other route I might’ve taken. When I have thought about it, it’s still in the creative world – photographer, musician etc. The only other real dream job I’ve had was to be in a rock band, playing to thousands of fans. Now that I do music in my live comedy shows, I kind of get to live out those fantasies. Sort of.

n Which three things make you laugh?

My friends. Actors corpsing (laughing on stage or during a scene). And Alan Partridge never fails to make me laugh, ever.

n What’s your favourite one-liner?

The worst time to have a heart attack is during a game of charades (Demetri Martin)

n Who’s your hero?

I don’t really have one hero. I have many people I admire a lot and who have inspired me. In different genres: Woody Allen, Alfred Hitchcock, Monty Python, Rik Mayall, Steve Coogan, Armando Iannucci, Gene Wilder, Michael Stipe, Eddie Vedder, Bob Dylan, The Beatles and Jospeh Arthur.

n Tickets to see Dan at the Nuffield Theatre cost £15 from (023) 8067 1771.