Khaki-loving comedian Craig Campbell has been busy traipsing around the British Isles with his first solo national since early 2011 – the trouble is it’s been extended so much due to the Canadian’s ability to ‘kill it’ everywhere he goes.
After performances on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Russell Howard’s Good News and a memorable appearance on Dave’s One Night Stand – he made a pregnant woman laugh so much her water broke – Craig talks about returning to Edinburgh, which Avenger he’s most like and an awful snowboarding accident in Canada…
By now you’ve extensively toured the UK. Where was the most remote place you visited? How was the show there?
Got as far as Shetland early in the tour and am headed to the Orkney Isles
on this round. The Shetland show was a blast and the hospitality I received was moving, from arrival to departure the experience was exciting and too long in coming, can’t wait to go back!
Have any more pregnant women gone into labour during your show since the last time?
Not that I’ve been told about, no. As you may have already assumed I’m not very good at keeping that sort of information secret
Besides our lack of speed signs on the motorway which British law(s) confound you the most?
As an expat Canadian I find myself confounded more by your lack of enforcement of existing laws than by the laws themselves. Btw if you’re reading this on your phone as you’re zipping down the motorway then please stop doing so and if you’re finished passing please move to the left as the Highway Code instructs you to do
What are you most looking forward to this year? Edinburgh? The Olympics? The possible end of the world?
Edinburgh’s gonna be pretty damn exciting with l’il ol’ me being part of the wickedest damn ensemble show the capital’s seen in quite some time when ‘The Return of the Lumberjacks’ with the ever awesome joke-smith Stewart Francis and the phenomenal comic genius Glenn Wool roll into E’burg’toon! The end of the world should be pretty damn exhilarating as well…
What do you think distinguishes yourself from the other stand-up comedians around?
My contentment with my life and career perhaps? I’m living in a constant state of feeling the need to pinch myself as the last three years and what’s on the horizon have been a dream come true! If life’s about snowboarding, mountain biking and performing comedy with your friends (which clearly it is!) then I’m living the damn dream-a-roony!!
You’ve lifted material from events in your life such as your friends mugging- has anything else equally frightening/exciting happened to you this year?
Blasted my face open on a tree snowboarding in Canada this Feb’, that was fairly exciting as blood looks pretty dramatic against snow but as always I need and want more!
Which stand-up newcomer have you been impressed by recently and why?
Don’t really run in those circles too often so… Had the pleasure of working with Matt Rees at the Cardiff Comedy fest last summer and he seemed to be rocking the audiences world pretty sweetly!
What made you make the leap into stand-up in the first place?
Stark logic! Fun, travel, freedom of expression and independence of thought and finance.. In this fascist ball-gagging world of crippling corporate compromise?! C’mon head-give-shake!
Which Marvel Avenger do you think you’re most like?
The Hulk I suppose… Just keep pushing buddy…
What’s the weirdest dream you’ve ever had?
Been a long while since I’ve remembered one I’m afraid… My good woman has them all the time and she tells me all about them… I tune out as I fully expect you’re doing right now
What would the title of your autobiography be?
‘Bigger and Hairier’
If you could bring back any TV show what would it be?
Dragnet… damn awesomeness and good clean fun!
Craig Campbell Live is currently touring the UK and will be performing at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London on May 25th. For tickets visit www.craigcampbelltour.com