Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Stuart Laws

Stuart Laws is a comedy multi-tasker par excellence. As the man behind Turtle Canyon Comedy he has been responsible for countless short films featuring top comedy talent including the one and only James Acaster. Laws has been described as the English Judd Apatow, although that was by his publicist, who also says that he has the best joke about croissants ever. Like Apatow though Laws is also a stand-up comedian in his own right and brings his latest left-field show to the Pleasance Courtyard, which will hopefully include that croissant joke. Find out more about the man and the myth that is Stuart Laws below.

Stuart Laws Stops is at Pleasance Courtyard from Aug 2 - 27. Tickets here.

1. What is the last thing you do before you go onstage (apart from check your flies and/or check your knickers aren't sticking out of your skirt and check for spinach between your teeth)?
I really like finding the least successful person in the green room and telling them that they better not fuck it up, this is their one shot. This is normally me talking to a mirror. I also like to check what the bottled water situation is and start the slow process of stockpiling them in my bag.

2. What irritates you?

The amount of cocaine taken in the industry. Genuinely, it's insane the moral positions some people take and then snort blow like there's no tomorrow.

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

Mention the amount of cocaine taken in the industry.

4. What is the most stupid thing you have ever done?
When I was 18 I set up a video production company with a friend. We'd been offered one job helping a school to make a video and we both decided that it could be a full time thing that we did and a way to make money making videos, which is what we did for fun anyway. That was 15 years ago and when people say things like "oh my god that's so brave" I know it isn't - it wasn't bravery, it was complete stupidity and lack of foresight to imagine that being 18 and trying to run a video production company might not be a profitable or easy thing to do. It's that same stupidity and bloodymindedness that's got us to the stage where 15 years later it's still in business and we're based at Pinewood Studios and I get to make what I want (within budget restraints).

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

How sad it makes people. I started doing it because it seemed like a fun idea and then for the first four or five years I got stuck in a loop of hating it, then loving it, then quitting, then doing it all again. It was only when I started doing full shows that I started to enjoy it more, and got rid of any thoughts that I'd be catapulted to the big leagues where I could get anything I wanted made. 
Interview continues here.

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