Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Joey Page: Page 2 of 2

6. What do your parents/ think of your job? 
 
They are really into it. They are always of the opinion that as long as I am working hard they would always support me and my dreams- My dad is always up for bashing a heckler or two but luckily I don't really get them anymore.  
 

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

 
I think the fact that it is the least respected of all the arts- I am big into music and I really envy musicians because they are allowed a bit more freedom to be original- Like I doubt someone like Alex Turner or Jack White would be allowed to be experimental if half of their gigs were in front of stag and hen do's. I feel like a lot of clubs have a really combative atmosphere. There is a lot of cynicism around alternative acts- I see a lot of posts advertising for gigs that say "No whimsical acts please" it is very disrespectful.  

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 think I am pretty underrated. I think a lot of people (in the industry) saw me be very erratic early on in my career because I was young and cocky and had it all figured out but I think I have learned and mellowed and knuckled down a lot and in the six or so years since I last got a substantial break I have improved vastly- I just try to be silly because that's what I love to watch others do and that's when I am happiest when I am being a goon.  

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

I earn about 27 grand a year from comedy and radio and presenting and to be honest Its enough to get by and to invest my money into doing festivals but I would love to be able to buy a record or a shirt without having to do the maths first. I am the kind of guy where a couple of hundred quid either way is a massive deal. Like if I have a spare £200 I don't know what to do with it- I would love to earn double what I do then I could make some really cool shit and my output would be higher and more exciting.  

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

I think it has so much to do with it- I did a gig a year or so into my career and Noel Fielding was there and he liked me and took me under his wing and within two years I was on Never Mind the Buzzcocks. I did really well on the show and got asked to do the Christmas special but I think it maybe came too early in my carreer as a lot of people saw my act and it was really not ready so not much happened afterwards. When I get that kind of chance again I will be much better equip to move up to the next level. Over the last few years I have worked my arse off to improve.  
 

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 am a tortured artist but not a sad self harming one I'm pretty relaxed so maybe I am golfer who quite often hits himself over the head with the club but only to see if its funny. I care so much about what I make but I am happy more than tortured. 
 
12. Who is your favourite person ever and why – not including family or friends or other comedians? 
 
Really boring and unoriginal but David Bowie - He has always been my hero and an inspiration and just the most talented person ever in my opinion. On my radio show I play a Bowie song every show. I am also massively in awe of Danny Baker, he is radio perfection and one of the very few working class voices on radio. 

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 understand the gravity of this question. My wife and I are so untidy my draws are very unruly so I could do with having your girlfriend around as I would love to be tidy.  
 
 

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