Rarely Asked Questions – Charlie Baker: Page 2 of 2

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

 

I'm supremely lucky to have both my parents, a wife I worship and the two greatest children in the world. (sorry to break it to all the other loser kids out there) 
My mum and dad have only ever been supportive of me and my brother and sister in whatever we have wanted to pursue. They ran their own business for 40 years so understand about the hardships and bonuses of being self employed. Nothing thrills me more than to be able to invite them to an opening night somewhere great or introduce them to someone they like or tell them I'm in Eastenders or something. Equally if I need to sit quietly and say nothing for a bit they are excellent at sitting next to me. 

My son is funnier better looking and a much better drummer and goalkeeper than I ever will be. He thinks his dad should dance more. 

All that happiness and still I moan on and on. I'm an idiot. 

 

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

That it sometimes tempts you into envy. 

 

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?

Thanks Bruce. 

I think I'm very funny. 

I think I'm too eager to please in business situations (gigs/castings/meetings/Q and A's)   which has sometimes meant I've not pushed myself as hard as I could have. 

I think I should focus on one thing more often. 

 

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

 

I didn't have any money at all until I was about 29.

At the start of being a comic I did a lot of ads (I was the face of Southern Rail, I'm now the face on Twitter of Bad Southern Rail) which was great as it allowed to me to fund Edinburgh shows and put on plays. I can write and do things like record my new album The Hit Polisher and tour it. Ads and voiceover allow me to be creative. 

I love voice over.  I'm the station voice of Radio X which means I get to say John Robins and Elis James in a variety of different ways twice a year, which I'd only be doing at home anyway 

Now because I work hard and gig a lot, I have enough to run a household,have a pint run a car and buy a new hat now and again. 

 

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

 

It depends what you see as success.

That's an always shifting scale. 

There is no luck in comedy. 

You put yourself in the situation and you fail or succeed depending on your material, how you deliver it and if you are the right person for the opportunity. 

Did you take the opportunity of a lifetime within the lifetime of the opportunity? 

 

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. I love golf. My grandad played until he was 92. My Uncle played for England and my dad has had a hole in one.  

I play about once a year. 

It's difficult to justify being out of the house for 5 hours with your mates having a laugh and talking about yourself 

That's golf I'm talking about, not stand up  

 

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

 

Louis Armstrong. Born an orphan. Self taught trumpet at 6. Revolutionised music. Addicted to laxative. 

Never giving up, supremely Musical and likes a poo

What's not to love? 

 

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).

 

No. But I'd like to be a person who does. 

 

 

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