The Spotlight on … Phil Wang

Here’s another ace young stand-up to look out for – Phil Wang, he’s got a Chortle Student Comedian of the Year victory under his belt, and a debut Edinburgh run too. And it sounds like that super-relaxed demeanour onstage is all a BIG LIE

Philip. Please intPhil_Wang2roduce yourself to the London is Funny readers.
Hello. Hi. I’m Phil Wang and I’m a London-based stand-up comedian. 6ft 1. Ambiguous accent.

Whereabouts in London are you AS WE SPEAK?
I am in my living room in my flat in one of the N1 postcodes.

Re stand-up comedy, are you any good?
I’d watch me. I think. I make enough people laugh on average to keep me going.

How long have you been going?
About 5 years.

Best and worst gig please?
My best gig was probably at university. Students are supportive of their own kind like that. My worst gig was at this Edinburgh Fringe Festival just gone. I did a friend’s show behind a terrible bar. Everyone basically just got up and left while I was trying to talk to them. Thanks for making me relive that. [You’re welcome – Ed].

What one thing about comedy do you wish people had told you before you started it?
To just chill the hell out, stop worrying so much, and maybe grow your hair out a little.

What do your family think of your act?
Dad’s never seen it, but the others seem to like it I think. Though we try not to be too openly supportive of each other because that’s creepy.

What’s your favourite bit of your material at the moment?
I have a bit about the Guardian which I enjoy doing. It makes me feel culturally relevant for 5 minutes.

Who makes you laugh?
Louis CK, Bill Burr, Patrice O’Neal, Tig Notaro, Jim Gaffigan, Amy Poehler, Leslie Nielson, Hannibal Burress, Maria Bamford, Frasier from “Frasier”, and my sisters.

Do you have a secret talent?
I can make my belly wave. Also quite adept at spreadsheets.

If you were to appear on a chat show as a guest, what would be your walk-on music?
I think I’d insist on composing my own. Something with a heavy bass line and too many flutes. Either that or Psychotic Girl by The Black Keys – it’s really cool, and would be fun to combine my face with.

Describe your dancing?
Head-heavy. I mainly nod rhythmically and wince.

And here’s a clip of Phil doing his thang …

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