Stand Up comedian, Jack Samuel Warner, is delighted to be joined by award-winning comic, John Pendal at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Their show features seriously funny nonsense and painfully revealing true stories as they both explore Men and Myths.
I’ve always loved comedy, but I didn’t really discover live stand up until I moved up to London for Uni about ten years ago
“John loosely takes on the ‘Men’ side of the show, with anecdotes and incidents from his personal and public life, and I roughly take on the ‘Myths’ element, as I tend to enjoy passing off nonsense as fact and taking ideas as far as possible. In effect, we explore masculinity and castles.”
How did you start in comedy?
“I’ve always loved comedy, but I didn’t really discover live stand up until I moved up to London for Uni about ten years ago. I started going to new material nights like the Fortnight Club which featured pro comics trying (and sometimes failing with) new routines, which made me realise that stand up is a process, rather than the perfect, effortless lines I’d seen on DVDs.
“Then I started going to the well-known open mic nights, like Downstairs @ The King’s Head, where I saw people trying it for the first time, and thought, “Yeah, I couldn’t be that bad, could I?” I later found out that I could, but luckily I’ve improved since then.”
You've performed in New York. How do US audiences differ to Scottish/English audiences?
“I love the enthusiasm of the New York audiences. I like the way that they applaud almost anything; the day of the week, geographical location, you name it. The only thing I saw get a frosty reception was Hitler. I felt compelled to agree.”
What advice would you give to your 17 year old self?
“If I could give my 17-year-old self some advice, I wouldn’t. The guy’s a prick.
“Wait, no, I’d tell him to try and kiss more people. And stop being a prick.”
Imagine you were curating a stand up comedy TV show. Who would be your guests?
“I’d like to see a late-night show with larger-than-life acts that you wouldn’t normally see on the box, so maybe Phil Kay, Darren Walsh, Kelly Kingham, Mr Susie and Trevor Lock.”