Tomorrow night marks the start of our first So Comedy Night of 2013! And with the new year comes a few changes: we’re excited to introduce Matt Richardson as our brand new resident MC! We had a few questions for Matt on the eve of his debut…
How does your role as MC differ from performing as a stand up? Which do you prefer?
I love performing as both, really – it’s hard to decide. I like chatting to the audience and improvising and it’s nice to know you made a night work and great for the other acts, but for flat-out glory doing a set is the best because you don’t get people coming up to you after saying “You were pretty funny, you should be a comedian” like you do when you MC! I like MCing because it means I can go back to the same clubs more often, such as the lovely North Wall So Comedy Club!
Your first solo show Hometown Hero will premiere at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe…can you tell us a bit more about what we can expect?
You can expect lots of high-energy, fast talking stories about things that are probably too rude to mention here! Audience chat, and it’s essentially a show about growing up – which is what I am still doing, I guess. It should be great fun and I am taking it on a national tour in the autumn (dates: www.mattrichardsoncomedy.co.uk/gigs) and will hopefully bring it to Oxford!
The Guardian recently called you “the next bright young sensation of comedy” – which comedians inspired you to get into stand up?Â
The first comedian I ever saw live was Jimmy Carr at the New Theatre in 2007. Last year I gigged at that venue with him, so that is certainly something that reminded me he inspired me to give it a go. Russell Howard was a big hero of mine when I started out, as was Greg Davies and Sarah Millican.
Twitter tells us you’re from Didcot – do you prefer performing for a local crowd or a London crowd?
Not only am I from Didcot, I still live there! I love performing locally, it’s great fun and you have an instant connection with the audience. When you start out lots of the new act gigs in London are hard and pretty poorly attended, but I’m at a point now where I get to play some amazing gigs in London, so I do enjoy it there. However, performing at The Cornerstone in Didcot was my only dream when I started and I’ve had a couple of solo shows there now, so that trumps everything – nothing beats walking out to a sold-out hometown crowd, where you can pretend to be a Hometown Hero (see what I did there? very clever!)
What’s your ideal Oxford night out?
I like The Living Room for a few drinks (not too many, it’s expensive) and then on to Thirst for a few more! I’d go to eat at Browns or Quod and I’d come to The North Wall to see a show, or to the Odeon on Magdalen St to watch a film (if you a pay a little extra they have sofas on the balcony)
If you’re interested to see Matt’s MC skills in action, the first of our monthly So Comedy nights starts on Thursday 14 March at 8pm. Book tickets online or call the box office on 01865 319450.