We catch up with comedian, poet and public speaker Rob Auton for sixty laugh-filled seconds of stand-up. He talks about his comedy heroes and the dolphin version of 100 Things to Do Before You Die.

What's your favourite of your own jokes?

People from Yorkshire have a reputation for being tight. I didn’t know I was tight until I had a dream where my friends and I were in the pub and when it came to my round, I woke up.

 

What's the best part of your current tour set?

I say I saw the dolphin version of Top 100 Things To Do Before You Die list. Swimming with humans wasn’t on it.

 

Any funny tales about a time you bombed on stage?

I did a gig at Brighton Fringe that had sold out. I thought, 'fantastic'—until I realised a teacher had bought half the tickets for his Finnish students. They couldn’t speak any English.

 

What's your favourite one-liner?

John Cooper Clark: “I’ll tell you one thing about the hotel I’m staying in, they stole my towels.”

 

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Who's your comedy inspiration?

The main person is Ivor Cutler. He wasn’t a comedian—more of a writer, poet and performer—but he still made people laugh.

 

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

Frank Spencer. Although it’s a wall that might fall down at any minute.

 

If you could have a super-power, what would it be?

To be able to eat without ever getting full. I’m a rake and I’ve been trying to put weight on forever.

 

Feature image via Jon Stevens photography

 

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