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Bromley comedian Richard Stainbank makes final of London-wide contest
BROMLEY comic Richard Stainbank has beaten over 250 comedians from across the capital to make the final of the Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian 2013 at The Garden Bar, Notting Hill on September 21.
A comedian for five years, he works for the National Trust at Chartwell. Vibe found out more.
Describe your act in five words...
A downbeat fat man complaining.
What has been your worst job?
Working for the National Trust at Chartwell House. It has also been my best job. When it comes to employment, I have been unsuccessful to an utterly ludicrous extent.
Who are your heroes?
Daniel Kitson, Stewart Lee and Ross Noble.
What made you bite the bullet and start performing?
I was convinced by the Comedy Society at Royal Holloway, University of London. Although a friend of mine had started performing three years earlier and I thought I was at least as funny as him.
What was your first gig like?
Strange. It was in the main room at Royal Holloway's Student Union in front of about 15 people. I'm deeply ashamed of the material that I can still recall. Which I suppose is healthy.
What has been your biggest achievement so far?
Playing the Manchester Comedy Store as part of the BBC New Comedy Award 2012.
What has been your favourite gig?
Returning to Royal Holloway to the aforementioned Student's Union earlier this year. Excellent crowd and brilliant fun.
Not so much a weird heckle but a woman heckling "I can see why you're single" provoked a response from me that resulted in her boyfriend attempting to fight me on stage at a gig at The Royal George in Soho.
What is the biggest lesson you've learnt?
There are worse things in life than dying on stage.
Where do you hope to be in ten years with your comedy?
Hopefully a professional, but if not I hope I'm still performing and enjoying it. In the short term I'd like to write an Edinburgh show.
Any other aspirations?
To make enough money to move out of my parent's house.
What's your favourite joke by another act or from your childhood?
Of recent times, Andy Zaltzman's joke about an Edith Piaf branded salad dressing called Non, Je Ne Vinagrette Rien. From my childhood, probably "How do you turn a duck into a soul singer? Put it in a microwave and wait until it's Bill Withers"
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