The Spotlight on ... David Mills

Monday, April 18 2011

He's a recent arrival to the stand-up circuit from the cabaret circuit, he won the 2011 Hackney Empire New Act gong, and he's Scott Capurro's chat show co-pilot – it's David Mills


David Mills

Where in London do you live?:
Bethnal Green.

How long have you been gigging for?:
I've been doing stand-up for about 18 months. However I've been a cabaret performer for forever. It's a different scene but my act on the stand-up circuit is similar, just without the music.


What do we need to know about you?:
It's all need to know basis with me. I'm much more interested in hearing about you.

What do we not need to know about you, but you're going to tell us anyway?:
You don't need to know.

Who makes you laugh?:
Paul Lynde, Dave Allen, Jennifer Saunders, Joan Rivers, Madea, Jonny Sweet, Scott Capurro, Madeline Khan, Josephine Lacey, Angelah Johnson, Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner, Pee Wee Herman, Jonathan Winters, Bibi Lynch, David Sedaris, Baylen Leonard and Chris Woo.

What are your favourite London venues?:
I have tons of affection for the Royal Vauxhall Tavern and Bistrotheque. They're the closest things I have to 'home' venues. I also like Leicester Square Theatre and someday want to play the big room.

What are you/should you be famous for?:
Some comics are really versatile but I've definitely got a 'shtick'. It's not so much a gimmick but it's definitely a certain pose and style. Any notoriety I achieve I expect will be down to the fact that I'm easy to imitate.

Who is your celebrity doppelganger?:
Kent Brockman.

Can you dance?:
Yes.

Whose sex face would you least like to see?
David Cameron's smirk as he fucks the NHS.

Audiences love it when I ... relax.

Audiences hate it when I ... get grouchy. It's easy to do. If you're on last at an interminable gig and everyone's exhausted and you're in Stepney Green and thinking 'why am I here?', it can be easy to take out your frustrations on the audience. It never works. I always feel like a real jerk afterwards. Especially if I see them on the tube on the way home. Uggh.

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