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Ahead of his appearance at Good Grief at The Stand on Monday 8th October, we find out what makes stand-up comedian Andy Clark laugh…

My wife makes me laugh. 

She’s brilliantly silly and her recall for names, faces and quotes makes her references amazing; far better than mine. I also roar laughing at old school stuff like Sid Caesar’s Big Business sketch, just his face when he follows the bobbing hot dog in the hand of the speaker next to him. I’ve probably laughed most at the birds of paradise mating rituals in the Attenborough documentary. Those dances and displays are insane. Influences have to come from my formative years; watching and memorising Monty Python sketches, and then entire Comic Strip Presents scripts, all against a back drop of the Two Ronnies, Spike Milligan and Porridge. A huge influence was listening to my dad and his mates telling stories, the way they shortened the narrative, condensed them and then responded to each other with just a brief add on. I was a little in awe of the ease with which they seemed to achieve ‘being funny’. All my mates copied our dads in t4hat respect. My uncle Mick was an influence as well. Funny bloke.

General influences are whatever I am reading, watching or doing. And normally whatever is pissing me off.

I love that Newcastle audiences are, for the most part, comedy savvy, also I live in North Shields and I love the opportunity of getting my elbows wet at a bar with the other acts after a gig, and gigging on my doorstep in Newcastle often allows for that.

Good Grief is on at The Stand, Newcastle on Monday 8th October.

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