Nico Yearwood is originally from Barbados, but is now based in London. He’s been described as a laid back, but relentless joke teller, who delivers his material in natural, conversational style. He’s currently appearing at the Brighton Fringe. Martin Walker dropped by to say hello.
I like the independence of being a stand up, not having to take orders from someone else or not having to sit in a cubicle all day.
Tell us about your Brighton show.
“My show is called Barbadian Idle. See what I did there? I talk about how hard working people are to blame for the economic crisis, the paranoia which compels me to eschew the shackles of modern technology and how my smooth-sailing upbringing in Barbados left me devoid of any motivation to succeed in the real world, I sometimes talk about cats as well.”
What attracted you to stand-up comedy? How did you get started?
“I like the independence of being a stand up, not having to take orders from someone else or not having to sit in a cubicle all day. I had some friends who encouraged me to give it a go. So one day at work I Googled open mic stand-up comedy and here I am!”
Aside from at the Brighton Fringe, where can we find you performing?
“All across the UK really, I perform anywhere from the popular comedy clubs like Comedy Store, Jongleurs, Comedy Café etc. to the small independent nights in local pubs. Just have a look on my website to find out where I am performing next.”
Do you have plans to come up to Edinburgh during the Fringe?
“I will be in Edinburgh for about 10 days making guest appearances on other shows which I have been invited to but I am not taking the Barbadian Idle show up this year.”
If you're curating a stand-up comedy show for television, who would be your guests? You can go for someone famous or unknown - alive or dead.
“My guests would be Mike Tyson, Patrice O’Neal, Bruce Lee, Charlize Theron and Ninja man.”
Broadway Baby Brighton Fringe listing: www.broadwaybaby.com/shows/barbadian-idle/36390
For more info: www.nicoyearwood.com