Before he embarks on his nationwide tour later this month, Steve chatted to Comedy Central about squirrel roadkill, the joys of Welsh rarebit and playing footie with Harold Bishop…?
Happy New Year! What are your New Years Resolutions?
To lose weight. Right now I look like a python that’s eaten a space hopper.
You’re a self-proclaimed ‘Ultimate Worrier’. What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever worried about?
I was driving behind a big Range Rover and from nowhere a baby squirrel ran into the road. I winced as it darted between the Range Rovers front and rear wheels fearing for its life. When it miraculously emerged from the rear of the vehicle I was so relieved I punched the air with delight and drove straight over him by accident. Gutted.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
I’ve been fortunate enough to have many highlights, appearing on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, writing three series of Russell Howard’s Good News, successful Edinburgh Shows and now doing this tour.
…and the lowlight?
Being offered a job to dress as Darth Vader promoting 2 for 1 drinks outside a nightclub in Newport. I turned it down after seeing Pudsy the Bear get into a fight. If they don’t respect charity figures what chance has the Lord of the Death Star got?
Who are your biggest comedy influences?
My comedy gurus would probably be Connolly, Izzard, Moran and Skinner
You’re a writer on Russell Howard’s Good News, how easy is it to find the funny in the news?
Sometimes it can be tricky and other times all the pieces are already there, like the headline: “Drunk gets nine months in violin case”. Or the genius top line from The Sun when bombs were found in printer cartridges: “Monsters Ink”.
What’s your favourite Welsh delicacy?
Welsh Rarebit – it’s just cheese on toast with a bigged up name. And why not, the French do it all the time! A Croque Monsieur is a cheese and ham toasty and a Croissant is just an empty pasty, a Ginsters without a soul.
When was the last time you laughed ‘til you nearly peed?
Playing darts when Russell Howard threw a dart that hit the radiator. He pulled the dart out it leaked like a whicker bucket and we never had any heating for the coldest December on record. Well worth it.
What’s the weirdest dream you’ve ever had?
I was on a five a side pitch taking a penalty against Harold Bishop from Neighbours. I decided to place the ball low to Harold’s right because he’d had a stroke and was lame down that side. I woke up feeling really wrong, so very wrong.
What can your audience expect from Stand Up Story Teller Man?
Stand Up Story Teller Man is just me and an audience having a laugh. It’s a sort of daft mix of stand up and story telling. It really is the Ronseal of show titles.
Finish the sentence: ‘The best thing about being a stand-up is…’
Being paid to have fun.
Steve Williams is on tour with his brand new solo show Stand Up Story Teller Man from 25 Jan – 6 June. See: www.stevewilliamscomedy.com