Meet Jake Lambert, the star headliner of February's Big Comedy Kiss show
How did you get into stand-up comedy?
I started writing jokes on Twitter, and then a few comedians asked if they could buy my jokes off of me, but I wanted all the glory so I decided to just do it myself. I always wanted to do it but them letting me know my jokes were good enough was a real push.
Where do you get your inspiration for your material?
Just from life really. All my stuff is slightly autobiographical, but with artistic license of course. If I do something, like go on holiday or have a unique experience I will usually come back with a few things that happened there that I will talk about on stage. That helps make the whole holiday tax deductible too! Which I’m sure will go down very well to the Swiss readers.
What is your writing and performance process like?
I just grab at thoughts and things that have happened and try and put them together to sound cohesive, and my performance is also me trying to sound cohesive.
How do you deal with hecklers or a tough audience?
I never mind. I always just deal with it like I would if I was off stage at a party and people were being quiet, or being a bit rude. I would like to think I would deal with it in the same way - the only difference is if it was at a party I would just leave but on stage I’m contractually obliged to stay.
What is the funniest or most memorable moment you've had on stage?
This is a tough question. I think I’ll go with my first ever gig. I remember being stood on the stage, looking out into the darkness, and my jokes just working. The laughter was like a wave, it was unbelievable. I’ve also since been told my trousers were slowly falling down but I was too nervous to do anything about it. Actually come to think of it that might be why they were laughing.
Do you already have an impression of Switzerland and the Swiss, if so what is it?
I don’t have an impression at all. I’ve never been so I hope this paints me in a good light, in that I wouldn’t form an opinion without any first-hand experience. That or complete ignorance. I have thought about it for 10 seconds and I have come up with the fact you are famously neutral, and take chocolate very seriously.
If you had to choose a favourite city, Zurich or Basel?
I haven’t been to either, but I have always wanted to go to zurich (so I’m looking forward to that - and thanks for having me!) it just seems like a very sophisticated destination. However I assume Basel is the scrappy underdog, so there really is a lot to play for. I’ll refrain from deciding until I’ve been - even though I think this has given quite a clear indication as to my answer.
How do you see more of Jake?
Come see him healine our premier show "The Big Comedy Kiss with Jake Lambert" on the 23rd February in Zurich and on the 24th February in Basel.
Can't make it?
Check him out here on youtube or find further shows via his website.