On September 12th we host our first ever tremendous live event-‘Laugh Out Loud!’. A stand up comedy event at Doncaster’s Little Theatre featuring four amazingly funny and all round nice blokes; Carl Jones, Matthew Fong, Sean Turner and Joseph Wilson. We caught up with Carl and Doncaster’s very own Matthew for a quick 5 minute question session (disclaimer: the questions are awful, the answers are miles better!). For tickets, head over to www.doncasterlittletheatre.co.uk and click on‘Laugh Out Loud’. Tickets are £10pp and definitely worth it, there’s also fantastic Doncaster magician Nathan Lindley showing you all manner of weird tricks while you grab a beer, the comedy chaps doing their thing and £300 worth of prizes to win on the night! See you there…

A quick 5 minutes with…Matt Fong

As a comedian, does it get tiresome when people ask for a joke as soon as they find out what you do?

Yes it gets old quick but you really should expect it. its not a normal job and people often doubt your funny so want to test you. This is really the time for you to promote your show and try and get those people to come. if you have a cracking joke use it. I am a story teller so if you want to here one of mine its going to take a while so I usually try and steer clear of telling jokes on the street.

So, tell me a joke?!?
Come to a show and I will tell you more than one!

Describe yourself in 3 words?
Tall, Dark and Handsome

If there was a zombie apocalypse tomorrow, what would be your weapon of choice?

Well I am some what of a zombie expert and this question really needs to be broken down into two my idea weapon and the weapon I would actually be able to get my hands on. My Ideal weapon would be a katana sword but I don’t have one of those to hand, my dad has a knife set which would be my weapon of choice as its in the house.

If you had the chance to go on Big Brother, would you do it? Why or why not?

I would not want to go on big brother, I would rather be an unknown comic than be famous for no reason. I love making rooms full of people laugh and I don’t think I would get that same kind of feeling from being in the house.

If you had a montage made of your life so far, what would be the theme music and why?

Lady Gaga; Here for the applause

What has been your favourite ever heckle?
I had a lady in Liverpool say take your socks off, I had been sofa surfing for a week and had the same socks on for three days so I did what she said and threw them at her. Just to give you an idea of what this woman was like she was obviously a throw back from a Jeremy Kyle special, she was in her 80′s and knocking back jager-bombs like an 18 year old. I got heckled walking to the mic, I had been on stage maybe 3 seconds and she shouted out.

Matt regularly hosts comedy gigs at the Phoenix Theatre, Bawtry. He’s a talented and funny bloke, pop in and say hello! Keep an eye on Twitter @mattfongcomic and check his Facebook page for regular information on upcoming shows.

 

 

 

A quick 5 minutes with…Carl Jones

As a comedian, does it get tiresome when people ask for a joke as soon as they find out what you do?

I don’t have many joke jokes. When people ask, I tell them I’m trying to break away from the mainstream by communicating with audiences through interpretive dance.

So, tell me a joke?!?
*strips to reveal spandex body suit. Swooshes ribbon. Falls to the floor* Punchline=Deforestation.

Describe yourself in 3 words?

Not, great, at, counting.

If there was a zombie apocalypse tomorrow, what would be your weapon of choice?

I’ve had time to contemplate this on stage once or twice at terrible gigs. I think I’ll go down the Macaulay Culkin route and defend myself with marbles, paint cans and blow torches. (This interview now constitutes legal copyright if someone now goes on to make a cross between Home Alone and Dawn of the Dead).

If you had the chance to go on Big Brother, would you do it? Why or why not?

No. I’m old enough to remember Big Brother being a fresh, exciting and interesting television experiment. Now it appears to just be fame-hungry vacants looking for a platform to launch a career as a WAG or bit-part presenter on This Morning. Having said that, I can’t believe I’ve managed to answer that question by somehow harking back to ‘the good old days’ of Brian f***ing Dowling.

If you had a montage made of your life so far, what would be the theme music and why?

Great question. I love Johnny Cash and his video for Hurt is probably the best example of this ever. That’s the standard we’re going for. I’m going for Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen. It’s an incredible song about an all-American boy trying to convince the girl of his dreams to leave town with him and make a better life together via the Thunder Road of the title. It gives me goosebumps with every listen. That would be the perfect backing track for my days shelf-stacking at Sainsbury’s while trying to convince a girl on checkouts to let me take her to Nando’s.

What has been your favourite ever heckle?

I’m very rarely heckled. I’m told it’s because I have a kind face. (He really does!) I did once go on stage at a corporate gig immediately after the Chief Executive had dedicated the evening to a recently deceased colleague before asking everyone to stand for the National Anthem though. They were really pumped for jokes by the time I introduced myself down the faulty microphone, as I’m sure you can imagine.

You can follow Carl on Twitter @CarlDJones where he mostly posts vaguely topical but poorly-executed jokes and pretends he smashed his gig when it was actually just a disinterested darts team down The Nag’s Head who weren’t really into interpretive dance anyway.

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