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Questionnaire: The Not So Late Show

Questionnaire: The Not So Late Show


The Not So Late Show With Ross and Josh will be in Edinburgh in August ’17 as part of its Fringe Festival. See what Ross (the tall one) and Josh (the short one) have to say right here, right now.



DISORDER: What are you working on right now?

ROSS: We’re writing, tweaking and polishing our Edinburgh Fringe show. Over two years of sketches somehow squeezed into one hour. 

JOSH: I’ve got a great idea for a box that moves between floors. Like stairs, but quicker. 


What people, places or things inspire you? 

R: [Comedian] Limmy’s Twitter account, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and 90s pop culture.

J: Gennaro Contaldo, wherever he is, with whatever he’s surrounded by. 


What artists turn you on, and why?

R: Comedically? Reeves & Mortimer, Mike Birbiglia, Key & Peele, James Acaster. Musically? D.D Dumbo, Murder by Death, The Thermals and, yes, WHY?


What is your ultimate ambition?

R: To have a large body of hilarious, well respected work.

J: To have a large body. 


What got you started as a comedian?

R: The VHS tape Frank Skinner live in Birmingham. Only took 14 years after watching it to grow the balls to have a go. 

J: Four years ago Subway charged me £479 for a sandwich by accident, when I went to ask for my money back they refused saying that “I might have ordered 100 sandwiches”. I started doing stand up as a way to quell my rage about the incident.


What has been the biggest surprise along the way?

R: How much work goes into writing complete and utter nonsense and how much just one word can change whether a joke is funny or not. 


Who was your first crush?

R: Alicia Silverstone. I was 10 when Clueless came out. It was a wonderful, confusing time. 

J: Caroline Aherne. 


Who are your favourite fictional heroes? 

J: I don’t have any fiction heroes but my real life hero is Italian chef and life mentor Gennaro Contaldo, fantastic.


What do you like to eat or drink? 

R: Duck hash with kimchi from The Greedy Pig in Leeds for lunch. Because it’s the most comforting food in the world. 


When do you feel most yourself? 

R: First thing in the morning when I bounce out of bed, full of the joys of spring, only to remember all the things I keep putting off doing. There’s a good thirty seconds of feeling alive right there. 


When are you at your worst?

R: I over-analyse everything. It took me 10 minutes to decide whether this truly was my worst trait, therefore proving it definitely is. 


What injustice do you hate the most? 

R: People who don’t thank you for letting them through a gap whilst driving. Is it too much effort to raise your fucking hand for a split second? And I’d put all the money in a big pot and distribute it equally so we could all get on with more important things. Like writing bad jokes. 

J: Encores. Get off the stage you preening, self-indulgent tosspot. Also, war is pretty bad.


What talent do you wish you had? 

R: I wish I could play the piano and speak Spanish. Separately at first and then perhaps as an Enrique Iglesias tribute artist. 

J: Height. 


What is your dominant characteristic?

J: The overwhelming smell of wild onions. In Spain they call me ¡Las Cebollas Locas! 

R: Dominance. 


What do you appreciate most in your friends? 

R: An ability to debate things endlessly and also to tell me when to stop debating things endlessly. 

J: A tolerance for the smell of wild onions. 


What innovation do you love most? 

J: Craft beer. I can now get drunk by drinking something that is nice and has a cost threshold that prevents me from becoming a full-blown alcoholic.

R: The Internet. Though this is also my answer to which innovation I hate the most. 


Unpaid endorsement: what can you recommend?

J: I have a key ring that has a bottle opener, some nail clippers and a small map of South Carolina on it. I one day hope to use all three simultaneously. 

R: I bought some fantastic boots from Shoe Embassy over the winter. They’re the comfiest things in the world and make me look much more fashionable than I actually am. 


What is your idea of happiness?

J: A mental or emotional state of well being defined by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. 

R: A bottle of red wine on the Amalfi Coast and a life of autonomy. 


What is your present state of mind? 

R: Tired, stressed, excited, hungry, confused, aroused and distracted. So nothing new. 

J: Drunk. 


What would you do if you were not doing this?

R: Betting on horse racing. If it’s not one, it’s the other. 

J: Some other comedy?