Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Adam Larter: Page 2 of 2

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

They think it's very good I have my job . . . god knows what they think of me being a comedian. 

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

Carrying heavy props - though that's definitely my choice. 

I can't really complain though - being a comedian is awesome. 

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'm very proud of what I've done. 

Obviously it's a certain type of thing and a lot of people will hate it. . . but I like to think if I was a punter I'd be happy watching my stuff. At the very least - I put a lot of effort in! 

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

I lose money doing comedy because our biggest show is a charity show and there are too many people involved in the shows I do, too many props and I don't own a car. 

I'd be happy if I could cover the costs but I'm ultimately not bothered. I don't have kids and I don't drink, I can't have a holiday because I spend all my holiday allowance on Edinburgh...so what else am I going to spend my money on?

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

I don't have an agent and I don't want an agent. It means I get to do what I want to do. 

When I have a new idea for a show I contact a venue directly and book it in. 

I don't have to rely on luck or getting a big break from the industry - this year I didn't send out a single Edinburgh press release (just one email to Broadway Baby asking them not to review me). 

So . . . I don't feel luck is important for me. 

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'm a golfer then - even if I do hate sport I like the "get on with life" bit. 

If I stopped every time I got a shitty review or had a tiny audience I wouldn't be going now that's for sure. Also I think there's a load of rubbish that us "alt comics" have a difference audience. We need to stop being tortured artists and think that people "aren't ready for us" and remember that funny is funny - "the masses" like weird as much as anyone else. Mighty Boosh/Bill Bailey/Limmy have all proved that surrealism can have mass appeal so if you think you're "too edgy for the world" then you're probably just rubbish. Salvador Dali once designed the Chupa Chups logo - thats a nice grounding thought.  

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

Morrissey. 

He does what he wants, he makes amazing music because he doesn't believe in compromising. 

He is truly the king of the vegetarians. 

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).

Most of my drawers are broken and have paint on them...my bedroom is where I make props (that's not a euphemism). 

Tickets here.

 

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