Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – John Dredge

John Dredge

John Dredge is a prolific podcaster and YouTube clip-maker. Barely a week goes by without something by Dredge landing in my inbox and brightening my day.

His regular podcast, The John Dredge Nothing To Do With Anything Show, features surreal spoofs and send-ups and evokes the lunatic spirit of shows such as Monty Python and The Mighty Boosh. He has also written and performed on Absolute Radio, C4 online and Resonance FM and appeared in the Dregs show at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Dredge’s short film, The Job Interview, is being screened at the London Comedy Film Festival this Sunday, January 25. He is also on a panel talking about comedy and film-making on the same day. Details here.


1. What is the last thing you do before you go onstage (apart from check your flies, check for spinach between teeth and check your knickers aren't sticking out of your skirt)?

Make sure security hasn’t seen me.


2. What irritates you?

I’m too much of a gentleman to say, but the personal hygiene habits of certain all-female eighties pop groups have left lasting repercussions.


3. What is the most dangerous thing you have ever done?

A foursome with Bananarama. How I kept them from finding out about each other I’ll never know.


4. What is the most stupid thing you have ever done?

Cheating on Bananarama with The Nolan Sisters.


5. What has surprised you the most during your career in comedy? 

The fact that The Nolan Sisters never found out about Bananarama.


6. What do your parents think of your job?

My mother thinks it’s ‘a funny thing to do.’  Clearly she has never seen my act.


7. What’s the worst thing about being a comedian?

The constant attention from certain unhygienic all-female eighties pop groups.  Again I will not embarrass them by revealing more.


8. I think you are very good at what you do (that’s why I’m asking these questions). What do you think of you?

I don’t like to blow my own trumpet, which is why I was thrown out of Dexys Midnight Runners.


9. How much do you earn and how much would you like to earn?

I currently earn four pounds ten, but have been told that I could earn less.


10. How important is luck in terms of career success – have you had lucky breaks?

As I always say, ‘It Ain’t What You Do, It’s The Way That You Do It.’


11. Alan Davies has said that comedians fall into two categories - golfers and self-harmers. The former just get on with life, the latter are tortured artists. Which are you – or do you think you fit into a third category?

I am a tortured golfer.


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