Adam Bloom on why small venues are so important to stand up comedians
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Regularly entertaining audiences in Basingstoke, Adam Bloom is at Jan Jacks Laughter-House on June 9 2016
Is it right you started in comedy in your teens?
Not quite, I’d just turned 23. I’d been sacked from my last job as a cocktail bartender and got dumped by my girlfriend on the same day. I was at rock bottom, so thought I’d give it a go. Harry Hill had recently blown me away and inspired me when I saw him live for the first time, so the wheels were already turning.
Who is your favourite comedian?
That has to be an American character comedian called Neil Hamburger.
How important is it to have venues such as Laughter-House?
It’s vital for comedians to grow. Without clubs, there’d be none of the household names you all know and love. God bless comedy clubs. I hope all big names remember the promoters who booked them when they weren’t famous.
- 1 6 waterfall walks in Derbyshire and the Peak District
- 2 20 of the best places to eat out in St Ives
- 3 20 of the best restaurants in Hertfordshire
- 4 Win a watercolour painting of Wat Tyler Country Park by artist James Merriott
- 5 Win a luxury break at The Draycott Hotel in Chelsea
- 6 Are you ready for the greatest show this summer?
- 7 Gardoolet: WIN this summer's best garden game
- 8 Win a 2 night beach stay at The Beachcroft Hotel in Sussex
- 9 WIN a holiday to the Isles of Scilly worth £1000
- 10 WIN a stay at Hornington Manor's new shepherd huts
What advice would you give someone trying to break into stand up comedy?
Get five minutes together and practice it 50-100 times. Book an open spot in at your local club and use the time between then and your first gig to watch comedians and learn from their techniques.
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