Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Steve Bugeja: Page 2 of 2

6. What do your parents/children (delete as applicable) think of your job?
 

My mum is very proud and shares every single thing I do on Facebook and with her hairdresser (she'll definitely be reading this - hi mum). My dad will laugh at the suggestion that this is a job.

 

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

Late nights - I'm surprisingly a morning person, but it just doesn't work with the comedian lifestyle so I end up being rubbish all through the day instead. 
 

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 think I'm quite good at structuring shows and taking audiences on a journey, but I am paranoid that I spend too long working on that stuff that I don't actually write enough jokes.  I also have a very low opinion of myself when I'm onstage.  I basically assume the entire audience think I'm rubbish until I'm absolutely certain that they like me.  This can lead to me sometimes underselling jokes and not committing to act outs enough because I feel embarrassed.  
 
 

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

 

For the first few years I lived in Manchester in a basement like a student, i.e. heavily subsidised by my parents. But in the past couple of years I've started earning a bit more, so I decided to invest it wisely and triple my rent by moving to London. I hope to earn enough one day to buy a full set of matching crockery... and a house to put it in.

 

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

I think in any career luck can play an important role.  I've certainly had lucky moments in my career, where I've had a particularly good gig on a certain night, when someone may have seen me, but I think in comedy luck can only help you if you're prepared to seize the opportunity that it creates.  I sort of hope that if you just keep being funny you'll get 'lucky'.
 

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 wouldn't say I'm a self harmer.  But I do have quite a lot of self doubt.  I can fluctuate wildly between being extremely confident in my own abilities and being terrified that I'm a massive fraud.  I try to be as level headed as possible.  I do really enjoy this career so when I'm self doubting I just try to put things into perspective.  I could be a civil servant like most of my friends.
 

12. Who is your favourite person ever and why – not including family or friends or other comedians?

 

Charlie Dimmock from Ground Force. She had such a way with weeds.
 

13. Do you keep your drawers tidy and if not why not? (please think long and hard about this question, it's to settle an argument with my girlfriend. The future of our relationship could depend on your response).

 

I've always been quite organised drawer-wise but recently have had a revelation and started rolling my t-shirts not folding. Life-changing stuff. I estimate I can now fit around 40% more per drawer. I have also recently combined my sock and pant drawers to create a master underwear drawer, divided by belts. 

 

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