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We caught up with stand-up comedian Alex Love ahead of his show at The Stand, Newcastle on Friday 27th October.

Hey Alex, could you tell us about the show?
It’s part stand-up, part actual pub quiz. I start off doing stand-up, teaching the audience stuff that may come in handy later, then it turns into a pub quiz where the audience are all split into teams and compete for prizes.  One of the things I enjoy the most is how seriously people take the quiz, some of them get really competitive and argue over points.

What made you think of pub quizzes as an influence?
I actually owe the entire show concept to the giant squid. I’ve always found them fascinating and have honestly spent hours watching documentaries about them. It’s not weird, or anything. So, to try and make those hours not seem a total waste of time, I thought I’d write some material about them. I was having a lot of fun with it, then thought of doing a show about general knowledge and random facts I’ve acquired over the years, and a pub quiz brings all these things together nicely. 

If you were in a pub quiz right now, what would you call your team?
Cook Pass Babtridge.

You did this show at the fringe, how did it go?
Really well. I got official sold-out status for the second year in a row, which was amazing. I’ve always been lucky with the people who come and see my show. They’re always up for getting involved. And the more people get involved, the more fun it is. I first did the show on the Free Fringe in 2014 and hoped to get double figure audiences every day, but it’s done quite a bit better than that.

What influences your comedy?
Having grown up in the 1990s, The Simpsons is a massive influence as I must have watched that every night for almost a decade.
I’ve also been a Lee and Herring fan for around two-thirds of my life, so they’ve also been a big influence on me comedically. This Morning with Richard Not Judy remains one of my favourite TV shows of all time. They ripped the piss out of anyone and everything. It’s difficult to see something like that going out live on Sunday lunchtime these days.  
We really were spoilt in the 1990s with TV comedy; had Alan Partridge, The Day Today, Brass Eye, Father Ted, The Fast Show, Bottom, and Shooting Stars. In my day…

What are you looking forward to most to performing in Newcastle?
I’m looking forward to spending a bit more time in the city. I’ve only visited it briefly for gigs, so want to do a bit of exploring. I obviously watched Byker Grove a lot as a 90s kid; so may go and visit where it was filmed to pay my respects to Geoff.
Fun fact: The youth club in Byker Grove is not actually filmed in Byker. I learnt that from a Geordie girl I met on the train back from Edinburgh.

What’s coming up for the rest of the year?
I’m doing the show at Leicester Square Theatre in London on 21 November. I’m in the lounge, not in the main theatre – that would be too much quiz admin. Plus someone called Stewart Lee is on in big room. Then I’m seeing The Darkness a few days later, before heading out to Madeira for some winter sun.  It’s going to be a good month.

How To Win A Pub Quiz is on Friday 27 October at The Stand Comedy Club, Newcastle.

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