Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Ismo Leikola: Page 2 of 2

6. What do your parents think of your job?


At first for quite a while they thought it's just a hobby - even though I was already on TV in Finland - but after giving them a small lecture how things are and what I'm going to do, they really got it and since then they've only been proud and supportive.


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


Probably being in a different daily rhythm from most of the rest of humanity - having to be the brightest at 9pm. I don't know what people normally do in the evenings, but I'm not doing that. In the morning it doesn't feel that bad though.


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 a rollercoaster, depending on the last gigs and recent new ideas. The best way would be to not to think about self at all, just think of doing, or even better, just do without thinking that either - I believe that's called flow.



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


It can be cheesy to say I'm not in it for the money, but I think I can prove it. For the easiest way to get money I would have stayed only in my home country and in my first language - not go to the UK & America to start from scratch on a different language.



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


Someone should make a proper study about this. I'd like to think it's all talent, not luck - at least in the long run. If someone gets too much luck too early, it can't be good for mental health and might prevent them from actually growing as a comedian & writer. But might not. Someone do a study.


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 never guessed that not starting golf would be this harmful. Oh no. I don't feel like a tortured artist, but I'm definitely not a golfer. There should be a category that involves Candy Crush and a low-carb diet.


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


I haven't found one yet. Also I'm afraid to name anyone - it seems that most people at some point are revealed to actually have been monsters..


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 do not. It's not essential to anything (apart from pleasing wife/girlfriend). It's about the amount of socks, not the order in which the are displayed. Some people are naturally tidy and some are not. Neither one is wrong.



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