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60 second stand up: Chris Ramsey

60 second stand up: Chris Ramsey

We chatted to stand-up storyteller, Chris Ramsey, about his favourite jokes, inspirations and memorable heckling experiences

What’s your favourite of your own jokes?

It’s basically a huge rant about how much I hate slow-cookers. I can’t believe it’s 2018 and people are still cooking in cauldrons. 


What’s your most memorable heckle experience?

In January I was telling a story and I got the year wrong. A man shouted, “IT’S 2018”, and I’ll never forget the absolute fury in his voice. He must make diaries for a living or something.


What’s the best part of your current set?

I don’t want to give it away but there’s a bit where I trick the audience. You see some people in the crowd feeling genuinely betrayed. They’re laughing and clapping but some of them are also furious, and it’s really fun to get that different sort of reaction.  


Who inspires your comedy?

When I was a boy my dad used to say, “One day, when you’re old enough, you and I will watch Billy Connolly,” so I had him teased to me for years.  When I finally watched him I was blown away by the way he had the crowd hanging on his every word. 


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

For any comedian, your home town gigs are your best gigs. Unless you’re in some kind of witness protection programme, that is… 


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

I would come back to when my house was built in the 1970s. I don’t know what on earth they were thinking, it’s like a Bond villain’s lair.


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