Interview: Kieran Boyd (2019)

kieran boyd interview

Kieran Boyd has been described as “Impressively sharp. Expect big things” by The Sunday Times, and “Like a young Simon Amstell…Impressively funny…Terrific material” by Kate Copstick of The Scotsman, while he was also a member of the sketch group WitTank who garnered much acclaim before they recently split up. Now he’s taking a new show up to Edinburgh entitled “Crashing The Party” which will explore what happened, with stories about life before, during and after the wheels come off and the tank runs dry. Here he talks about that show, what he likes and dislikes about the festival, how he’s evolved as a comedian since he began and what he’d do instead of wiping the smile off of Elon Musk’s face.

Comedy To Watch: How would you describe your comedy to someone who wasn’t previously aware of your good self?

Kieran: Anecdotal storytelling mixed with observational stand up. Funny stories and jokes from a thoroughly nice chap who’s doing his best, thank you.

CTW: And what can you tell us about your Edinburgh show?

Kieran: It’s about spending 12 years doing sketch comedy with my best mates and the scrapes we got into and it’s loads of fun. If you’re reading this, come! We’d get on, I can tell.

CTW: What are your favourite things about the festival?

Kieran: The sheer variety and depth of entertainment on offer within about a square mile? That and working one hour a day and eating dozens of crepes probs.

CTW: And are there any aspects you don’t like?

Kieran: Sure, when I’m flyering in the rain… but at the time of writing I’m eating fajitas and in a good mood so let’s not bring people down, eh?

CTW: When it comes to stand up, how do you feel you’ve evolved since your first ever gig?

Kieran: There was actually nearly 2 years between my very first gig as a stand up in 2006 and my second gig in 2008, so it obviously took me a while to get over the trauma of how absolutely shit I was at first. I’d say it took me 3 years to stop shaking and get nerves under control. And then a long time to figure out what I wanted to say and how. I’m always learning.

CTW: What’s the funniest thing that’s happened to you since you started performing?

Kieran: Becoming professional, ha! Also, I did a very funny fall once – went down like a sack of spuds onto my arse and then just kept rolling, you know? No? You had to be there.

CTW: If you could change any element of the stand up scene, what would it be?

Kieran: Boring answer but a lot of fees haven’t changed since the 90’s. *YAWN* Sorry – finished the fajitas now and my mood is slipping.

CTW: If money were no object, what would you like to create?

Kieran: What, anything? I should probably do something for the common good of humanity, or to wipe the smile off Elon Musk’s face, but to be honest I just want a world where trains & the tube are 24hrs. God, that’s boring isn’t it?

CTW: And finally, if you could interview yourself, what question would you most like to ask? And what would the answer be?

Kieran: Am I boring? (Yes).

Alex Finch.
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Related Links:
You can buy tickets for Kieran’s Edinburgh show “Crashing The Party” here.
You can follow Kieran on Twitter here.
A clip of Kieran performing stand up on youtube.

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