So I’m interviewing a South African comedian tomorrow for SA Fusion magazine. I used to work for them full-time before I merged into advertising, so now I do freelance for them on a part-time basis. Is quite a nice little set-up.
I love compiling questions to ask people. Especially famous people. I like to catch them off guard. I’m not one of those journalists that ask stupid stuff like:
- What’s your star sign?
- What’s your favourite colour?
And my all-time worst:
- What inspires you?
Because no one gives a shit.
This comedian guy is going to rather get this thrown at him over coffee tomorrow:
- Why do you think you’re funny?
- Do your friends think you’re funny, or are you boring off-stage?
- Has an audience ever not laughed at one of your punchlines? What did you do to rectify this uncomfortable faux-pas?
- What makes YOU laugh? (Are you a Blackadder fan, more importantly, or toilet humour do it for you?)
- Tell me a funny joke. And it had better be funny.
- Give SA Fusion readers five pick-up lines.
- You do tai-chi. Why not aerobics? Does a leotard daunt you? Or is it just the Jane Fonda image?
That kind of stuff.
Maybe I’m wrong. So I’ll ask you just to make sure.
When reading about somebody, what do you want to know?