60 Second stand up

What's your favourite of your own jokes?

It’s about coping with abuse and trauma. It was very difficult to write and I had to try many different versions, but once I got it working it was very satisfying.

What's your favourite one-liner? 

The Bible says, “Thou shalt not steal”, but nowhere does it say, “Thou shalt not swap”.

Have you found parts of the country funnier than others?

The crowds that like me the most are in places like Glasgow and Liverpool. I can’t figure out why but there’s something about more working-class cities. My audience isn’t posh…

Who's your inspiration? 

Roald Dahl. His books were the first thing to make me laugh raucously. I identified with Matilda because I was at boarding school too and felt like the world was against me.

Any memorable heckles?

I had a man constantly interrupting to ask, “Were you on the telly?” Eventually I said, “I was on the telly, and later I’m going to be on your wife.” It was crude but it tapped into the rhythm of what he was saying, and it definitely cheered his wife up.

What super power would you choose?

As a kid it would have been the ability to reset the day like a video game whenever something went wrong. Now I’d just like more time. I’ve probably got 70 years, but I’d rather have 140.

You can book tickets to Daliso Chaponda’s debut tour What The African Said…at livenation.co.uk

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