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We caught up with comedian Carl Hutchinson to find out a little bit more about what makes him tick, ahead of his show at The Stand, Newcastle on Sunday 29th April.

What’s the first record you ever bought?

Will Smith Getting Jiggy With It. I had expressed an interest in wanting to buy this album to my Mam and Dad. I was told I needed to save up my pocket money. £2 a week, the album was going for around £13.99 so in a slack 7 weeks that album would be mine. By that point Will Smith would have probably released Wild Wild West but I didn’t mind waiting it out. Then somewhere in the week 2/3 region my Dad got paid a load of money he was due from some job he’d just finished (I’m aware I’ve made it sound like he was in the Mafia or something). I have distinct memories of my Mam driving us to the site so that he could pick up the money, I watched my Dad count it and immediaty rub his hands together in glee, “New jacket for Carl! (This would be the 1996 NUFC jacket by the way.) What does Amy (my sister) need? Christine! We’re going out tonight! Also, Carl, what was that CD you were on about?”

I couldn’t believe wha I was hearing, “What, you mean…Getting Jiggy With It by Will Smith?” I said in amazement that I wouldn’t have to wait another 4 weeks.

“Aye that’s the one!” exclaimed my father, “Let’s get you that today too!”. At this point I treat my Dad like a casino, I knew I was up, I had to see how much more I could push it:

Me: …Dad

Dad: Yes, Son?

Me: Can we get a McDonalds today too, please?

Dad: Of course we can, of course we can!

Me: On your mark ready set lets go…

What’s your guilty pleasure musically?

Country Music, not Johnny Cash, Willy Nelson and all them. Like, new country music. I first discovered it when I was revising for my GCSEs. Internet radio was just about playable on Windows Media Player with the dog shit connection and I was taking full advantage. Total Country was the name of the station. Still listen to some of the songs now on Spotify, on privacy mode, obviously.

I Ain’t As Good As I Once Was- Toby Keith, give it a listen now, you won’t regret it (you may regret it).

Favourite film of all time?

Ooh, I’m split between two. Life with Eddy Murphy and Martin Lawrence & Man on the Moon with Jim Carrey. I loved watching old episodes on Taxi back on the then Paramount Comedy Channel (along with Cheers, Frasier, Ellen, Kenny Everett and Rosanne) so I was intrigued to see how Andy Kauffman was in “real life”. The documentary now on Netflix (Jim & Andy) is well worth a watch too.

Your guilty pleasure film?

Life doesn’t get too much attention and I think it’s a massively underrated film. During the summer holidays we all had cinema passes, one monthly payment of £10, I guess it was like Netflix but e had to physically walk to the cinema and we had choice of about 8 films. One day no-one else wanted to go to the cinema but me, I had seen the trailer to Life and there was no way I wasn’t watching that film. So I walked to the cinema on my own to watch Life cert. 15. Only problem was that I was 13 years old. The usher asked me my date of birth just as I was walking into the theatre, “8/7/85” as quick as a flash, I think the speed fooled her, or she just saw that I really wanted to watch the film. I laughed my head off from start to finish. I then walked home to meet all my mates playing the film, “how was the cinema?” they enquired, I then proceeded to essentially reenact the whole film from beginning to end.

If you could recommend one TV series to binge watch, what would it be?

Ah man there’s so much to watch now, we are certainly living in a golden age of Television, I can’t possibly single one out, so here we go, here’s all the TV series you should watch:



Curb Your Enthusiasm



South Park

Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Eastbound & Down

Trailer Park Boys

Modern Family

The Office UK/US


The Larry Sanders Show

Parks & Recreation





True Detective Series 1

Fargo Series 1

The Deuce

Designated Survivor

Breaking Bad

Better Call Saul

Your favourite book?

I’m a big fan of “How thing’s came to be/ get made books”. I’ve got one book about how things were invented accidentally and ended up shaping modern culture/society in ways that could never have been originally intended. For example, a printing press in Brooklyn needed to invent a machine that kept the air cool so that the print wouldn’t run. They invented the air conditioner, an accidental bi-product of wanting the not smudge the print. As these machine got more and more popular the sold all over the USA, particularly the southern states where it’s a lot hotter. When some States such as Florida became a viable place to live for people who could never have handled the heat previously, we seen movement from State to State all across the USA. There is actually a direct correlation between the invention of the air conditioner and the electoral votes into power of Ronald Reagan. Get the book, its much more elloquant than I’ve just put it. You know what? I can’t even remember what that’s called. Sorry.

Who or what makes you laugh the most?

Anything horrible that I can relate to, any time I can laugh and go “well that’s happned to me loads and I know how rank it is, it will probably happen to me loads from this point on so right now I’m happy it isn’t me and I’m about to laugh my head off”. People falling over, missing a train/bus, spilling a drink, dropping a sandwich, you know, all the classics.

Who or what makes you sad?

Any time I see an animal neglected or treat improperly. Not a lot to be said on that one, it’s just really sad.

If you had super power, what would it be?

I’d love the ability to instatly seek out an unreserved seat on any form of public transport. As I’m writing this right now I’m on a train from Newcastle to Leamington Spa, I’m half way and it’s not looking good. I have carrier bags, empty coffee cups and wrappers on a seat next to me. I’ve even resported to taking one bite of a sandwich at each station, eating with my mouth open hoping that I look like someone that no-one wants to sit next to.

And finally, you get to play a board game with any three famous people from history, who do you choose and what’s the board game?

Ok so three famous people? Ricky Gervais, Warren Zevon and Stone Cold Steve Austin. I was first introduced to the music of Warren Zevon on The Larry Sanders Show, since then I’ve just became a massive fan, I’ve listened to everything he done ten times over. Steve Austin just because I’m a massive wrestling fan and it would be great to have a beer with him. Ricky Gervais because I’d like to thank him, back when I was a maths secondary school teacher I went to the cinema to watch  Cemetery Junction. There was just something in that film that spoke volumes to me; if you have a dream, go for it, you only get one chance in life. The next day I handed my notice in and have never looked back.

The board game? Munchkins, look it up, play with your mates, have fun.

Carl brings his new show to The Stand, Newcastle on Sunday 29th April.

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