Chortle are bringing their Student Comedy Awards (powered by Sims 3) to Bristol this week, and I:M Comedy has been getting to know some of the hopefuls. Allow us to introduce our first competitor, Martin Pilgrim.
MP: Stewart Lee.
What makes you laugh?
When I Grow Up I Want To Be…
I’m studying to be a translator so I suppose I should say that! I doubt I’ll ever make a living out of comedy but it would be nice to keep it up as a hobby.
What are you like before a gig?
I’m normally pretty quiet. The important thing is not to get drunk.
What’s your comedy normally about?
When I was younger I thought that you had to be as offensive as possible so it was all about sex/porn etc. Then I went through a phase of only talking about weed. Lately it’s all been about Poundland because I’ve been working there.
@IMBristolComedy Advice: have fun, be funny! It was only my 7th gig so I have no idea how I won! – @MattRichardson3 (winner of Bristol heat 2010)
How do you deal with hecklers?
Very badly. I can’t improvise at all so if I get heckled it throws me off completely. I normally pretend I haven’t heard them whilst secretly agreeing with everything they’ve said.
What will you do on Wednesday if no-one laughs?
Give up for 6 months. This is my first gig since last October when nobody laughed.
Support Martin at the Chortle Student Comedy Awards, powered by Sims 3, in Anson Rooms 2 on Wednesday. Keep checking out I:M Comedy this week for full coverage of the competition.