Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Sam Fletcher: Page 2 of 2

6. What do your parents think of your job?

My parents are incredibly supportive of the job. I think it took my mum a little longer to see this as a viable thing, but they always come up and see me do the new shows. 

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

Self-motivation. For me I do a lot of physical stuff, so I have to often get the material up on its feet at home - which can be pretty hard work when the last thing you want to do is get up and speak to yourself in front of a mirror.

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?

It's taken me years to get to where I think I am at this moment, which is finally a recognisable 'voice', but by going through that process I know I'm not finished yet. There's more to explore. I think I have a handle on 'me' now but I look forward to that evolving too.

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

Not enough. Seriously, it's almost kind of stupid. Like a lot of comics I spend a fair bit to allow myself to do this, and the sum you get back is rarely much more. I'd like to be able to earn an average yearly sum that can cover me coming up with more shows and projects. That'd be the dream.

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

I think you make lucky breaks. It's just about being seen and being about. I can connect all the "breaks" that have led me to here and they all involve just being seen doing stuff. And if you enjoy being seen doing stuff, that's all that matters.

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 think I'm a bit of both. I love coming up with material and performing, but I also hate the loneliness, the self-employment, the self-doubt. I don't know how to do anything else, so I have to just find ways to cope with the negative stuff. 

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

David Shrigley. I just feel that he's ploughed his own field and doesn't really care. He makes hilarious, clever-stupid art and inspires me to just keep my head down and fill the page with ideas.

13. Do you keep your drawers tidy and if not why not? (this is to settle an argument with my girlfriend. If you've taken my side thank you in advance)

I try to keep the drawers tidy, as it annoys me - but they will eventually become unruly as I am naturally lazy.  

 

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