I was trying to be a clinical psychologist for years. But I kept getting stuck in comedy.
I do love live performing, but I’m not a stand-up naturally, and I don’t like the lifestyle of working just in the evenings at clubs and stuff – not a natural gig-er.
I’m more influenced by characters than standups. I love strong, comic women because it’s so hard, and I have so much respect for anyone who can do it. I’m a big fan of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and people like that.
I’ve never been heckled. I think because I look too small and vulnerable. Sometimes I look out into the audience and see pity in their eyes, so I guess those people may be the ones who would shout something out if they didn’t feel so sorry for me.
If you like quick put-downs and aggressive interactions with the audience, you will probably not enjoy the rambles of an unusual character act making jokes about cats for an hour.
I normally feel relief that I didn’t die onstage or forget all my lines. Then I start remembering that I have to do it again sometime, and it’ll probably not go as well.
By and large, I think that comics work seriously hard. Many have other jobs as well, plus you never really switch off, so you’re always working.
My father, Simon Hoggart, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June 2010. By this point, it had spread to his spleen and metastasised in his lungs and so was pronounced terminal.
Dad’s cancer experience included periods of relatively good health as well as bouts of hospitalisation as he coursed his way through a variety of different chemotherapy treatments.
The thing with cancer is that it’s usually the chemo rather than the disease itself that makes the patient feel so ill, particularly at the start.