The Spotlight on ... Naz Osmanoglu

Monday, March 28 2011

He's an Amused Moose Laugh-Off competition winner, he's one-third of lively sketch group WitTank and he's one charismatic stand-up too. Just don't rile him when he's wielding a mic stand. That's right, it's Naz Osmanoglu!

Naz Osmanaglu

Where in London do you live?:
At the moment I actually live in an attic without a window and a step ladder going up to the room ... BUT, its in Highbury and Islington. So, if I did have a window, there would at least be a pleasant and leafy view. Lovely area. Pity I cant see it.

How long have you been gigging for?:
I’ve been doing stand up for about two years now, however I started performing with my sketch group, WitTank, about five years ago at Durham University. Mind you we had no idea what we were doing back then ... I’m not sure if I know what I’m doing now though. I mean, I don’t have a window.

What do we need to know about you?:
Need to know: I’m half Turkish, half English. I have a beard. Oh, and I’m one passionate motherfucker.

What do we not need to know about you, but you're going to tell us anyway?:
I could watch DVDs and eat junk food til the cows come home. I REALLY like taking it easy.

Who makes you laugh?:
I love silly humour and have always been inspired by Python, Harry Enfield and Big Train. I'm a big Rhod Gilbert fan and I don’t care what anyone says, I love Michael McIntyre. Richard Ayaode and Tony Law were the first live stand ups I ever saw and I pretty much shit myself, so they are significant comedy heroes.

What are your favourite London venues?:
I love the Canal Café Theatre as it’s the first London venue I performed at. The Albany is great too. Outside the Box is a favourite, but that’s in Kingston. So not really London.

What are you/should you be famous for?:
I playing big silly characters. I tend to be quite energetic and also sweaty but I think Lee Evans has already got that thing going.

Who is your celebrity doppelganger?:
Lee Evans.

Can you dance?:
Yes (in my head). No (in everyone else’s head). However, the more I drink, the less credible everyone else’s opinion becomes.

Whose sex face would you least like to see?
Schwarzenegger in Commando. No, Predator.

Audiences love it when I ... make them laugh, make them feel comfortable and treat them with respect (sort of).

Audiences hate it when I ... threaten them with the mic stand – it only happened once. It was a low point. Poor girl had no idea what I was capable of.

Matt performs a preview of his debut solo show on Wednesday at the Albany pub.

You can find him on Twitter at @naz_osmanoglu. And here is a quality clip of Naz that was doing the rounds at Oscars time:


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