We spend sixty laugh–filled minutes with deep-thinking funny man Alun Cochrane who talks dubious magic, oversharing and Boothby Graffoe.

What's your favourite of your own jokes?

I wouldn’t say I’m a fickle comedy writer and performer, but it’s whichever one’s working best. 

 

Have you found any parts of the country to be funnier than others?

Sometimes. I’ve done gigs where they’re a bit uptight and a bit buttoned-up, and you think, oh, this is very south-east England. 

 

Watch Alan in action (contains strong language):

 

What's your most memorable heckle experience? 

I once saw a very bad magician who was being heckled by a woman in the audience for being terrible and generally not very nice. He decided to get her up as a volunteer.

She walked onto the stage, put her hand into her knickers, pulled something out and threw it at his face. I’ll never forget that—if only because I’m glad it didn’t happen to me. 

 

Any funny tales about a time you bombed on stage?

They’re not that funny. In fact, the longer I do I this the more I think the test of being a stand-up is controlling your destructive inner voice. 

 

What's your favourite one–liner?

I once saw Boothby Graffoe take a sip of Guinness and go, “Mmmm, you can see why it caught on.”  

 

If you were a fly on the wall, whose wall would you be on?

I’m not interested in other people. Nowadays, if you want to be invited into someone’s life, you just have to open your computer or turn on the telly. Everyone’s an over-sharer.

 

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