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What was your first solo stand-up gig?
At a sleazy comedy venue called The Tunnel Club in East London. They had this thing called "The Get Jim Tavaré Off in Under Three Minutes" spot.
What is your worst nightmare as a comic while performing on stage? Has it happened?
Doing a gig in Siberia and having an interpreter stand next to me. Each joke would take him a lifetime to translate and the audience still didn't laugh. It happened to me in 2005 at an arts festival in Khanty Mansiisk, Siberia.
At what age did you realize you were funny? Why? Tell us the story.
At age eight when I looked in the mirror and thought, "You look ridiculous."
Who are your comic influences? What are your comedic influences?
Peter Cook, Tommy Cooper, Victor Borge, Mitch Hedberg, Steven Wright, Woody Allen.
What is the worst job you have ever had?
Being a comic is both the worst and the best job I have ever had. Winning International Starsearch was good. Driving to Scotland for a gig, breaking down in subzero temperatures, and then being robbed was bad. Actually, I once worked in a haulage company unloading trucks at a depot. Even the best part of that job was worse than the bad bits of being a comedian. My nickname was Gonzo because I had supposedly had bad ideas all the time. I used to tell my co- workers I had plans to leave the depot and become a comedian. They kept saying "You'll be back, Gonzo, you'll be back." One day I asked one of the drivers for a lift out of the place and never went back. I still have nightmares about comedy not working out and having to go back to work in that depot.
What are some of your favorite television shows? Movies?
Anything with me in it. That includes "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" and "Wings."
What do you hope to gain by becoming the Last Comic Standing?
I'm looking forward to acquiring the Honda Pilot because I need something to live in while I'm in America.
Most embarrassing moment? Have you recovered?
Having an impromptu jamming session with some other residents in the lobby of The Holiday Inn, LA without realizing they were members of Nirvana.
Give us your best "knock knock" joke.
Knock knock. Who's there? Your agent. But I haven't heard from you in three years. Yes, but now that you are doing "Last Comic Standing" I'm suddenly interested again.
What is the worst question you have ever been asked in an interview?
Would you mind stepping out of the vehicle and walking in a straight line?