The Spotlight on … Pierre Novellie

Here’s a classy young stand-up you’ll be seeing plenty more of – Pierre Novellie winner of the 2013 Amused Moose Laughter award, Manxman, and Coventry hate figure

Hello Pierre! Please Pierre_Novellie1introduce yourself to the London is Funny readers.
Hello! I’m Pierre Novellie, originally South African, moved to the Isle of Man and grew up there, now British.

Whereabouts in London are you AS WE SPEAK?
I am in Paddington station eating a mediocre burger, waiting to go to Bath for a gig.

Re stand-up comedy, you any good?
I would say so! Unless I’m part of some grand and cruel experiment.

How long have you been going?
I started doing stand-up when I was 18 at university, so about four years.

Best and worst gig please?
The best was when I did Red Raw at the Edinburgh Stand and ended up doing 20 minutes after Tom Stade and Dylan Moran had done 10 minutes of new stuff each – utterly terrifying but the energy in the room was unreal, and Tom Stade hung about to see me and was a real gent about my set. My worst gig was probably in Coventry, I was compering a Christmas-time gig full of office workers and got abuse for being an immigrant. Grim.

What one thing about comedy do you wish people had told you before you started it?
Get used to the idea of having to repeat your “best 10” over and over again, and you have to find ways of keeping it fresh.

What do your family think of your act?
I think it really helped for them to come see me perform at the Fringe and do well in competitions and so on – it reassured them that I hadn’t just gone mad and that maybe I could really do this.

What’s your favourite bit of your material at the moment?
I do a bit about early medieval Welsh law that I really enjoy at the moment.

Who makes you laugh?
The Goons, Jonny Lennard, Phil Wang, Louis CK, Stewart Lee, Trevor Noah and many more.

Do you have a secret talent?
I can drink beer pretty quickly, and I can sort of play the didgeridoo.

If you were to appear on a chat show as a guest, what would be your walk-on music?
Hos Tokolosh by Jack Parow from 0:45 onwards.

Describe your dancing.
Rarely sober and sometimes dangerous (I am a large man and I get in the way) .

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