Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Ivan Aristeguieta: Page 2 of 2

6. What do your parents think of your job?


Before making any money as a comedian they thought I was stupid. Once I started making money they think I’m a genius.


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


There’s a particular moment when you go back to your hotel room after a great show on tour. It’s weird, for some reason you feel extremely lonely. I speak for myself and on behalf of a lot of comedians. It’s “a thing”

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?


Tricky answer. I can only say that I care for the quality of what I do.   


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


I make enough to have a basic, balanced life without worrying about money. I rent though. I would like to make to make enough money to pay a mortgage without worrying and to afford good holidays every year.  


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


Every person is writing a different story, we might see from our points of views that someone’s been lucky. I think we have to be in their shoes and know the full story to honestly judge if it was luck or not. Most of the time is not luck.


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 used to live in a third world country and life was very complicated, you don’t have time to think, you just keep going and survive. I now live in a first world country, I have plenty of time in my hands, I think too much now. I used to be 100% golfer. Now I’m developing a bit of self-harming. 


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


A few years ago, I was walking on the streets of Adelaide and I saw an old man, probably in his 80’s, by himself, sitting on a street bench blissfully enjoying an ice cream cone. That man is my favourite non-related, non-comedian person ever.


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 recommend you both should go to couple’s counselling. If this problem is so important this can be the tip of the iceberg. I don’t want to influence the fate of your relationship with my answer. I hope you can solve it. Breakups are terrible.





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