The Crispy Comedy Cuts team thought it was about time we had another chat with New Zealand comic The Boy With Tape on His Face. A lot has happened since he guested on the CCC radio feature in Manchester last year including his performance at the Royal Variety Show and new BBC Three pilot.
You started your performing career at a circus school in New Zealand, what made you want to learn those types of tricks and skills and how did this lead into comedy?
I moved to a small town in New Zealand and was given a magic set as a going away present and it was that thing that started me going! From learning magic skills I heard about a circus school where I studied the stranded circus skills but also became interested in circus sideshow like hammering a nail up your nose and eating light bulbs. I got a phone call from a friend asking if I could cover for one of his comics who cancelled last minute and he said for me to just come down and do some “crazy circus sideshow stuff” and that was the first stand-up comedy crowd I played for.
Where did the idea for having tape over your mouth while performing come from, and why did you elect to name the act “The Boy With Tape on His Face” rather than coming up with a name for the character?
I kept performing my circus sideshow routine for a number of years in New Zealand until I had won a selection of comedy awards and felt that I had reached the top of my game in this style. I also felt that people expected me to just learn more “tricks” and keep talking so I decided to do a silent character that didn’t perform tricks.
You have a web pilot coming up as part of BBC3’s “Comedy Kitchen” format. Will this be of a similar style to your live performances, or putting the Boy into a different situation?