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Joel Dommett brings Practical Joker show to Stafford Gatehouse Theatre: Q+A

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: February 13, 2014

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Stand-up comedian and BBC3 star Joel Dommett will be coming to Stafford next month, as part of his debut UK tour.

In this show, entitled ‘Practical Joker’, Joel will be seeking revenge on a school enemy, whilst doing some nun chucks in the process.

Joel’s debut solo Edinburgh show ‘Neon Hero’ received rave reviews in 2011, as did his follow up ‘Nunchuck Silver Medalist 2002’ in 2012.

The fresh, upcoming talent has appeared in various TV roles, including BBC3 shows ‘Impractical Jokers’, Russell Howard’s Good News and Nick Grimshaw’s Sweat the Small Stuff. He has also hosted Made In Chelsea spin-off Live In Chelsea, and enjoyed acting roles in E4’s Skins and BBC2’s Popatron.

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Here, he talks about the show he’s bringing to Stafford’s Gatehouse Theatre on Friday 4th April.

Tell us about your new show ‘Practical Joker’?

It's the best bits of my last two Edinburgh festival shows, which means it will be better than the worst bits of my last two Edinburgh shows.

We hear there’s nun chucking in your show?

Yes. It is the big surprise ending but I'm happy to tell you about it if it makes you buy a ticket purely to see me nunchuck. It is very dangerous and people could die in the front row if I chose to strike them (sounds exciting right? BUY TICKETS)

Describe your stand-up style?

It’s excitable anecdotes from a charming fellow who was the best friend of the funniest guy in school who is now an accountant.

Who influences you?

My mother mainly. She cooks a good lasagne. Also Tommy Tiernan and all my friends who I started with who are now incredible... Josh Widdicombe, James Acaster, Nick Helm.

You performed your critically acclaimed shows, ‘Neon Hero’ and ‘Nunchuck Silver Medalist 2002’ at Edinburgh Fringe Festival - are you looking forward to touring?

YES! I cannot wait to be alone in places I have never been before. Bordon? Where is that? I have no idea but I'm going there.

Tell us about your role in the new BBC Three series of ‘Impractical Jokers’?

If you saw the first series it is a huge step further from that... I cried with laughter and fear every day during filming and I hope they don’t show it because I have a very manly reputation to uphold.

What was it like to film?

It anesthetizes you from normal life. By the end of filming for two months it becomes easy to walk up to a stranger and talk rubbish to them... Then when filming finishes you continue to talk to strangers and humiliate yourself but nobody is watching and you go home and cry.

How have you turned yourself around from an ‘Impractical’ to a ‘Practical’ joker for your debut UK Tour?

In Impractical Jokers we show ourselves as carefree mischief makers but in reality I hoover like everyone else. The show is about bridging that gap.

You presented the Made in Chelsea spinoff Live in Chelsea on E4 –what that was like?

It was fun... They are all very well educated people and when you ask them a question they give you nice eloquent answers.

Also intrigued to know what is what like performing as the warm up act at a Justin Bieber concert?

It was weird to stand next to the most famous man in the world. I had the feeling he had the power to kill me so I tried to not say too much. I think we all wish we could do our jobs with our shirts off like him. 'Shirts off Fridays' in the office would be hella fun.

What would your dream job be this year?

Being a stand-up comedian is a pretty good dream job but if there is any space in One Direction I will happily jump in.

For tickets and more information go to www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk.

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