The Spotlight on… Ray Peacock

ray_peacock4Name: Ray Peacock.

Where do you live?:Hertfordshire in a posh bit which gnaws at my socialist conscience but allows me to worry less about my car.

How long have you been gigging for?: Five years in a sketch group called Big And Daft, eight years as a stand up.

What do you do?: When I compere I do making it all up, in my current set I talk about being approached by gay men in toilets and a bullying/constructive criticism of former EastEnders actor Raji James. He is one of my best friends and he brought that show to its knees.

Who makes you laugh?: My friend Ed Gamble who is a sort of comedian. We did a podcast together (The Ray Peacock Podcast, see iTunes) with Raji, and since it ended Ed and I have to talk to each other for three hours a day on the phone to deal with the withdrawal symptoms. I laugh the most in my life during those phone calls. As for comedians, Count Arthur Strong, Dan Antopolski and Les Dawson.

At which London venues do you usually appear?: As a general rule I do independent clubs as opposed to chains. I think the club I have played the most in London is EDComedy in Forest Hill.

What is your favourite London venue?: Judging by my best ever London gig, I’ll go for Outside The Box in Kingston. There was Omid Djalilli in the first section, Bill Bailey in the second, then me. There are plenty of clubs that would have emptied after Bill, or had a big drop off in enthusiasm, but it was a very comedy literate, up-for-it audience who made the gig a joy. Fat Tuesdays and EDComedy are strong contenders too.

What are you/should you be famous for?: At most of my gigs there are some people who know me from the podcast, and sometimes there are a couple of men outside with photos for me to sign from when I was in Doctor Who, but they never actually come into the gig.

What is your placing in the Top Million Comedians League?: Ha ha… yep thinking too much about that may tip off my depression… the highest we got in the podcast charts was 20 I think, so there is probably a sum you can do to work it out – number of comedians with podcasts, number of comedians in the world, then something to do with maths.

Which celebrity do you look like?: According to the Times Online and various wits in audiences, Justin Lee Collins. According to my mum, Kenneth Branagh. According to Ed, Karen Matthews.

Whose sex face would you least like to see?: I would hate to rule anyone out – there is something to be learned from every encounter. Even if that’s just an “important lesson”.

Audiences love it when I… humiliate bullies.

Audiences hate it when I… go back to material after fucking about… I rarely even try to these days.

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