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Why had you not thought of it before?

I thought, “Other people do that.” I am from one of those families who think showbiz is in your family, the right to go on the stage is handed down in some way.

But she was one of those can-do people who think there’s nothing you can’t put your mind to, there are no barriers!

So I did a comedy club gig and it went from there.

 

And you did a comedy course, too…

Yeah, to give me some confidence and to see if I had any aptitude for it. For our graduation ceremony we all did a five-minute set and it went really well but it was a completely false environment.

Everyone there was about to get up and do it themselves so the atmosphere was electric and celebratory, like those moments in movies when everyone throws their hats in the air.

Everyone took the roof off and it is probably still my best gig. We all went out thinking we were comedy geniuses and the next week died on our arses out in the real world.

How did that show affect you?

I thought I wanted to do it again and get better and better. And then the awards started coming.

What’s been your strangest gig?

When you start, you do some very odd shows. I did one in St Moritz on top of a mountain.

I had to walk a mile through the snow just to get there, and then did the gig on a crate in the corner of a restaurant.

I did one at an army barracks in Iraq with bombs going off and people standing there with machine guns. That was totally weird.

What is more important, winning one of your multitude of comedy awards or Wales’s Sexiest Male 2010?

They both took me equally by surprise but the second one is even more ridiculous.

It is just embarrassing because people get the impression that I believe it’s true, and I obviously don’t.

I don’t even take it with a pinch of salt, but one of those big yellow things filled with salt on the side of the road.

 

The Man With The Flaming Battenberg Tattoo is out Nov 19 through Channel 4 DVD.
Gilbert plays Fairfield Halls, Croydon, Dec 2.

CR9 1DG 
fairfield.co.uk 
Station | East Croydon

 

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