The Spotlight on … Jim Campbell

jim_campbell2That Jim Campbell, he’s a stand-up, regular on the Football Ramble podcast, and has a real-life sidekick which is a dog that looks like Tony Law. Read on …

How long have you been gigging for?
About four years, regularly. My first gig was in 2006 but I did about one every six months for a while. At that first gig I had to follow a performance poet who did an aggressive poem set to aggressive music about the physicality of what happens to a child’s body when they’re caught in a drive-by shooting. By the end he was screaming and said: “I don’t want any of you to clap! If you clap, you’re missing the point. Thank you.”

What do we need to know about you?
At the moment I’m working on my second solo show ahead of the beast that is the Edinburgh Festival. It’s called Stupid Animals and it’s about where we fit into the world as the dominant species on the planet. We have lots of weird prejudices, traditions and belief systems. We are really, really weird creatures and I’m fascinated by our idiosyncrasies and how stupidity is a fundamental part of the human race.

What do we not need to know about you, but you’re going to tell us anyway?
I’ve never had a pet. It’s awful. I really want to have a dog at some point. There are 400 million of them so it’s achievable. A friend of mine has a dog who thinks I’m the best thing in the world, and he looks like Tony Law. He’s become like my sidekick, and having a dog is the only realistic way you’ll ever get a sidekick.

What one thing about comedy do you wish people had told you before you started it?
It’s really, really fun, do it sooner and as often as you can. Also, be patient and work hard. As with most things you get out what you put in.

What do your family think of your act?
They’re really supportive as they understand that if I have a conventional job it’ll just be dangerous for anyone involved.

What’s your favourite bit of your material at the moment?
I have a bit about the BNP in my new show. I know they’re an easy target and they’ve been well covered but something happened near where I grew up in Essex recently that brought them all out. It was really depressing to see how much support they have in the place I’m from. It made their cretinism seem personal. I’m not the most politicised person but this really, really annoyed me and it feels cathartic to express my thoughts on it all.

Who makes you laugh?
I think Carey Marx is the most underrated comic in the country, the consistency of the quality of his gags is unbelievable. Dylan Moran is probably my favourite comic, I also love Sean Lock as he can be so strange and accessible at the same time. I love the sitcom Community so much that I dream about the characters in it.

Do you have a secret talent?
This is a trick question. I can not reveal my secrets. Ever.

If you were to appear on a chat show as a guest, what would be your walk-on music?
I’m pretty clumsy so I’d go for The Entertainer, the music associated with Charlie Chaplin. That way if I fell over on the way to the sofa it would look deliberate.

Describe your dancing.
An affront to motion.

If you’d like to pursue Jim on the internet, try social media giant Twitter, where he can be found at twitter.com/JimCampbellTFR.

And here’s a clip of Jim in action …
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