The Spotlight on... Paul Kerensa
Meet Paul Kerensa. He's one of those chaps you've probably laughed to without realising it, given that away from the live circuit he's written for Not Going Out, Dead Ringers and the Now Show. Hi Paul!
Name: Paul Kerensa.
Where do you live?: Guildford, Surrey. Near enough to London for when I need to be in London, near enough to fields and countryside when I need to not be in London.
How long have you been gigging for?: Since a comedy course in 2002, which was meant to be a one-off to improve my comic acting. But I realised that stand-up's much more fun than acting, plus you don't have to share adulation with your cast. Unfortunately, you don't get to share out any criticism or blame either.
What do you do?: Jokes. Occasionally an opinion or a true story. But mostly just jokes. I like jokes. They put the 'comedy' in 'comedy'.
Who makes you laugh?: My friends. They surprise me still. A few comedians, but not many, because even the comedians I love, I'm afraid I'm now at the stage where I just rub my chin or go, "Hmmm, clever use of the callback" or some other arsey nonsense like that. I do still laugh out loud at some performers though – Jeremy Lion, Miranda Hart, Milton Jones and Tim Vine all leap to mind. I like silly.
At which London comedy clubs do you usually perform?: It varies. Lately I'm doing quite a bit for Monkey Business in Chalk Farm and Kentish Town, or Covent Garden Comedy Club, or The Funny Side of Covent Garden. Occasionally I get to do the Store which always a joy. And then it's lots and lots of pubs.
What is your favourite London comedy venue?: The Store is a cliché, but it's great. Ivor Dembina's gigs are lovely too. Plus the Headliners gigs in Chiswick and Ealing. There's four. I could go on. London has some of the best clubs in the world.
What are you/should you be famous for?: I've written for a bunch of things, but now the channels shrink the credits, you may not know. I did Not Going Out on BBC1, Miranda Hart's forthcoming BBC2 sitcom, and lots of Radio 4 things, like Dead Ringers, The Now Show and The News Quiz. I guess I'm known on the stand-up circuit for doing live simultaneous equations and having no bellybutton.
Who is your celebrity doppelganger?: Heard them all. Ron Howard (in his day), Bradley from Eastenders, footballer Paul Scholes, a Weasley, Ferguson from Clarissa Explains It All, either of The Proclaimers, Matthew Corbett from Sooty... Anyone ginger, it seems.
Whose sex face would you least like to see?: My uncle's. Not again. Some Christmases are best forgotten.
Audiences love it when I... get my non-bellybutton out.
Audiences hate it when I... misjudge the room. It's what most bad gigs result from. Kids party vs Jongleurs - very different gigs.
Mr Kerensa, you're on –