London Hughes: "In school I used comedy to get boys"

London Hughes

We chatted to comedian London Hughes in the run-up to her appearance at Comic Relief Live. She told us about her first comedy job and favourite Comic Relief sketch featuring a sassy school girl and a baffled Prime Minister.

Hi London, it's not long until you hit the stage for Birmingham's Comic Relief Live gig, how do you prepare before a show?
I always go for a pre-show wee at the venue even if I don't really need to go, there's just something about me squatting over a public toilet seat that helps me zone in on my inner funny.

What’s the best heckle you’ve had?
Lol I've never been heckled! Although my mate told me that whilst gigging in America this guy heckled him with a compliment, he said, "Your jokes are shit! Great sneakers though".

How did you get into stand-up?
In school I used comedy to get boys to like me and to save me from bullies - they can't beat you up if they're laughing! All my friends told me I should do stand-up, so I did my first ever stand-up gig at my uni just for fun. It went really well and opened up so many doors and opportunities for me. Within a week of me performing my first ever gig, I landed a job hosting a comedy night in Soho and it just took off from there. I haven't looked back since.

What’s your favourite Comic Relief sketch?

Finish the classic joke:

Knock-knock, who’s there... interrupting cow - interrupting cow who - (interrupts) MOOOOO.

Why did the chicken cross the road... because he didn't give a cluck.

A man walks into a bar… he says owww.

An englishman, an irishman and a scotsman... were going down a lucky slide, whatever you said as you went down the slide appeared at the bottom of it... the englishman went down it and said "gold" and landed in a pot of gold, the irishman said "diamonds" and landed in a pot of diamonds, the scotsman said "weeeeeeeee" and landed in a pot of wee.

What do you call a deer with no eyes? No eye deer.

Catch London Hughes at Birmingham's The Glee Club on Wednesday 22 February for Comic Relief Live.