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  • Writer's pictureShane Norton

Meet Jamie D'Souza, the guest opener of September's Big Comedy Kiss show



How did you get into stand-up comedy?

My mum used to sneak me into our local comedy club when I was 15, you had to be over 18, so to make me look older she'd make me wear my Dad's coat and carry her pint in. I looked ridiculous, like someone out of Bugsy Malone. But it made me really fall in love with comedy, and I wanted to do it ever since then.

Where do you get your inspiration for your material?

I mainly talk about stupid things I did while I was at school, and stupid things I've done as a fully grown adult. Basically, I'm an idiot, and I find by talking about it on stage, at least I get some recompense for being a moron.


How do you deal with hecklers or a tough audience?

I tend to say something a bit rude, then feel guilty and end up apologising. That'll show those hecklers.

What is the funniest or most memorable moment you've had on stage?

I did a gig at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to four people. Two of which spoke English, and one of which was an important person from the comedy industry. I really wish it was the least memorable, but having to explain to a lovely elderly couple from Chile what MDMA was in front of a TV producer will remain seared into the forefront of my mind for the rest of time.


What's been the highlight of your career as a stand-up comedian so far?

My first ever gig was an open mic in London but also a competition. I won a tiny plastic trophy for being the best act of the night, and it's all been downhill since then.


Do you already have an impression of Switzerland and the Swiss, if so what is it?

I love Switzerland. My Grandmother is from here, so I spent many a family holiday here. My favourite thing is seeing all the beautiful scenery and my family. Actually, that's a complete lie, in reality it's the frequency and reliability of your trains. Which sounds cynical, but spend a day commuting in the UK, and you'll realise that you are the luckiest people alive.

If you had to choose a favourite city, Zurich or Basel?

Not to be a massive hipster, but can I choose Tufertschwil? That's where my Grandmother is from, and where I've spent most of my time in Switzerland. It's a stunning tiny village and I never get bored of the journey there from Zurich with all the amazing scenery!


How do you see more of Jamie?

Come see him open our premier show "The Big Comedy Kiss with Matt Green" on the 20th September in Basel and 21st September in Zurich.



Can't make it?

Check him out here on YouTube.






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