Meet Matt Green, star of September's Big Comedy Kiss show
How did you get into stand-up comedy?
The usual way - I loved writing and performing comedy but didn't want to have to work with other people all of the time! Stand up is the perfect job for the socially awkward show off...
Where do you get your inspiration for your material?
My shows are a mix of observational jokes and personal stories from my life - everything that happens is possibly material! - and political and topical routines based on what's happening in the news at the time. Fortunately for me as a comedian (although not as a citizen) the world seems quite mad at the moment so there is plenty to talk about...
How do you deal with hecklers or a tough audience?
Heckling is actually quite rare these days - and I do a lot of audience interaction so I'm happy to chat or shut somebody up depending on the situation. The worst audience is a distracted audience - people on their phones are the bane of comedy! So I tend to bring a signal jammer with me on stage. This may be a joke - but it's actually a good idea! I'll make a note...
What is the funniest or most memorable moment you've had on stage?
The funniest moments on stage are almost always "you had to be there". That's the joy of live comedy. I've had hundreds of gigs where I've improvised a routine with the audience based on who is in the room which has been a lot of fun, but when you try and explain it afterwards it doesn't sound as good! That's one reason I've started sharing little clips of my gigs online - you can see these moments of crowd work and how the audience responded.
Most memorable moment? Probably when I fell over as soon as I walked on because one of my legs cramped and the whole crowd thought I'd died. The other acts absolutely howled with laughter and I had to do the first minute lying down...
What's been the highlight of your career as a stand-up comedian so far?
I've played gigs all over the world, which has been very exciting. One of the highlights would probably be when I headlined an open air festival in Ljubljana in Slovenia. I turned up expecting a small marquee or tent, and it was hundreds of people in a big open square. All of the previous acts spoke Serbian or Slovenian so when I was introduced I had no idea what the audience had been laughing at or even if they understood English! Stepping on to that stage was quite nerve wracking but I had a lovely gig and it was one of the biggest and best gigs I've ever done.
Do you already have an impression of Switzerland and the Swiss, if so what is it?
I've never been to Switzerland so all I know of it is mountains, banking and neutrality. Plus chocolate and cuckoo clocks, of course. I imagine there's a bit more to it than that - at least I hope so because I don't have any skiing jokes.
If you had to choose a favourite city, Zurich or Basel?
As someone who has never visited either of them, this feels like a trap! But I'm going with Zurich because I don't think I've ever been to a city that begins with a Z before, so I'll be able to say I've been all around the world from A-Z...
How do you see more of Matt?
Come see him headline 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 or find further shows via his website.