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Hold onto your hat for a night of solo laughter...

By Canterbury Times  |  Posted: June 28, 2012

PAPPY'S BOY:  Matthew Crosby

PAPPY'S BOY: Matthew Crosby

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MATTHEW Crosby is one third of the award-winning comedy sketch group Pappy's and a guest on Jimmy Carr's TV show 8 out of 10 Cats. Tomorrow night (Friday) he goes solo to headline Whitstable Comedy Club at the Horsebridge Centre.

What is Pappy's?

There are three of us, Ben Clark and Tom Parry and me, messing about on stage doing silly sketches.

Is it better than stand-up?

It is great being on stage with other people. We can push each other harder to be funnier.

So why are you on your own tomorrow?

My stand-up shows tend to be more autobiographical, more anecdotal and require fewer costume changes. They are also one third as loud as Pappy's.

I thought you said you liked being in a threesome?

Contradictory to what I said about sketches, it is always exciting to be on your own on stage. When it goes well you know its entirely down to you – and that's a great feeling.

What happens when it doesn't?

When it goes badly you know its entirely down to you – and that's a horrible feeling.

What made you become a comedian?

A desperate need for attention. I have always enjoyed making people laugh. Doing comedy seemed more legitimate than making friends watch me do a funny dance when I'd had too many drinks.

Can you describe yourself in three words?

Sadly, I can't. (Ed: Actually, that was quite clever!)

What's the silliest thing you have ever done?

Forcing my friends watch me do a funny dance when I'd had too many drinks.

In my defence, it was funny, the first seven or eight times...

What is the strangest heckle you have had?

I actually mention this in my show. I did a gig for a stag night (not my target audience) and one of them shouted: "You've got to be cruder!"

I can't tell you what I said in return. But it was very crude.

Who makes you laugh?

The other two members of Pappy's (both intentionally and unintentionally) for their stupidity and enthusiasm; Josh Widdicombe and Henry Paker for their superb stand-up skills; and Lou Sanders and Mae Martin for their commitment to silly ideas.

What is your greatest ambition?

To keep doing comedy for as long as I can.

What advice would you give up-and-coming comedians?

Don't think about it, do it. You can't call yourself a comic unless you go out and gig. And don't be put off by dying. It's not as scary as it seems.

Have you performed at Whitstable's Horsebridge many times?

I've been performing at the Horsebridge for as long as I've been doing stand-up.

Pappy's met at the University of Kent at Canterbury and often used the Horsebridge to try out ideas.

The audiences tend to be really lovely and friendly and up for stuff that's a bit different. Maybe it's the sea air.

What can we expect to see tomorrow?

A man, probably wearing some sort of knitwear and glasses, talking about himself. Have I oversold it?

Mary O'Hara

Matthew Crosby , Whitstable Comedy Club, Horsebridge Centre, Friday, June 29. Bar from 7pm, gig from 8pm. Tickets £8 (£6 concessions) from www.horsebridge-centre.org or call 01227 281174.

Coming soon: Stephen K Amos, Friday August 31.

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