The Spotlight on ... Damian Kingsley

Tuesday, October 19 2010

Meet Damian Kingsley. If you don't like him, it's because you don't speak Japanese or you're tired today; if you loved him for his amazing magic trick, you've got the wrong man.

Damian Kingsley

Where in London do you live?: A lot of hecklers and disappointed punters have asked me this so here we go – BR7 5LN. I won't be giving refunds though.

How long have you been gigging for?: Two years in Tokyo and nearly three in the UK I had to completely rewrite my set when I came back because it turns out most British punters don't speak Japanese.

What do you do?: Jokes and short stories focusing on language, grammatical pedantry and life as an English teacher in Japan and returning to UK after nine years away.

Who makes you laugh?: Jim Jefferies, Carey Marx, Micky Flanagan and Ray Presto.

What are your favourite London venues?: A fairly predictable answer but Downstairs at the Kings Head and not technically London but I love the Bearcat in Twickenham.

What are you/should you be famous for?: Buying a ticket to Edinburgh and packing my stuff after my So You Think You're Funny heat in 2007. Except I didn't get through [to the Edinburgh stage]. I'd shelled out for my Japanese-to-English translator's tickets too.

Who is your celebrity doppelganger?: I need some help with this. I was in Edinburgh this year and a girl came up to me, said I was hilarious in a show she'd seen the other day, took me outside and seduced me. When we came back in she asked me to do the brilliant card trick I'd done. "Er ... what card trick?". If you're a magician who looks similar to me, I owe you an apology and Katie's number.

Can you dance?: Can I f#ck! No. To both of those questions. Katie will back me up on that.

Whose sex face would you least like to see?: Anne Widdicombe's. No. Sorry. Not Anne – Josh.

Audiences love it when I ... do call backs which I haven't previously set up but make it clear a punchline has been reached by using my energetic jazz hands.

Audiences hate it when I ... blame a poor response from them on the temperature of the room, my translator, the compere, them being tired and/or uneducated or poor sound quality ("is this thing switched on?"). Or when I insist on coming back on after the headliner to "pull it back".

And here's Damian doing a spot of stand-up:


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