The Spotlight on ... Duncan Edwards

Wednesday, April 21 2010

He's an Aussie comic who's a regular down the Comedy Store, he jumps off bridges with papier mache budgerigars and he definitely is NOT an over-analytical nerd – that's right, it's Duncan Edwards!


Name: Duncan Edwards

Where do you live?: Westbourne Park. Westside!

How long have you been gigging?: About six years. I found it very difficult for the first two years but I’ve enjoyed it the longer I’ve been going.

What do you do?: I do slightly twisted observational comedy. My perspective is that of an over-analytical nerd, generally obsessed with the detail at the expense of what is important. Of course, this has no reflection on my actual personality.

Who makes you laugh?: Steve Hughes, Rhod Gilbert, Alun Cochrane, Spencer Brown, Terry Alderton, Russell Kane, James Branch and many, many others. The London circuit is really just extremely strong right now.

At which London venues do you usually appear?: 99 Club, Comedy Store, King’s Head, Red Rose and various independent gigs around the country …

What is your favourite London venue?: The Comedy Store. It holds 400 people and it always has top acts. I love it. If I were to recommend any venue in the UK to tourists it would be the Comedy Store.

Name an over-rated and an under-rated comedian: Over-rated: I can’t answer that. If you ever say anything disparaging about a comic then they will hate you passionately forever. Under-rated: James Branch. One of those guys that has the talent to be massive, but has other commitments that inhibit this.

What are you/should you be famous for?: I once jumped a 10-foot papier mache budgerigar off a bridge in my home town of Melbourne. We made every TV news programme and every major paper. I guess it was a slow news day. I also have a famous footballing namesake.

Which celebrity do you look like?: Richard Bacon or a young Freddy Mercury.

Whose sex face would you least like to see?: Jeremy Clarkson.

Audiences love it when I … tell jokes that are funny and have punch lines.

Audiences hate it when I … use comedy as a platform to talk about religion or politics.

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