Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Phil Ellis

Mancunian comedian Phil Ellis won the Edinburgh Comedy Award Panel Prize in 2014 with Funz And Gamez, the kids show that adults loved too. Now he is back with a decidedly grown up show. Phil doesn’t mean to brag but he’s been involved with no less than five failed TV pilots and over 20 unread TV show ideas. Join him for an hour of fun and desperation.
Phil Ellis Is Ready for the Big Time is at Heroes @ The Hive from Aug 2 - 26. Info 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 have a thing about checking my nose. I have to have a good long look up the nostrils to make sure there’s nothing flapping around up there. I do that whenever I’m in a bathroom or public toilet too, which leads other toilet users to assume that I know where the drugs at (Not sure if that’s a saying). I also call all of my ex girlfriends on a withheld number and shout “You made me stronger!” before hanging up. Then and only then am I ready to create laughter.


2. What irritates you?

Poison Ivy. Hahaha but no, seriously? I get irritated quite often. As my career and personal life are well on track at the moment, I live in a house share with 6 other people and if I wasn’t so lethargical all the time from alcohol poisoning, I’d have probably killed them all by now. Don’t get me wrong, I love them all very much but I just don’t think I can live with others very well, which has never been a problem before as I’ve always been so hideously alone. I get irritated by all the usual things really, queueing, people who pay using their phone and when a fellow northerner says “Bokkle” instead of “bottle” (this happens more often than you’d imagine)


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

Oh I do dangerous things all the time because I welcome death but probably the most dangerous thing I have ever done was fall in love.

4. What is the most stupid thing you have ever done?

See above.

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

Mainly that I’ve got a career in comedy. I mean, I use the term “career” very loosely but I haven’t used a pump truck or worn a hi-vis jacket in over 8 years. I was surprised and quite taken aback at how you can sometimes just hit on an idea that really captures people’s imaginations and can push your career forward quite significantly. I was surprised when I got to work with heroes of mine who I’d admired for years and how welcoming they were. They made it seem quite natural to be chatting with them about everyday stuff like ironing or chap sticks.

Interview continues here.


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