Arts Q&A: Micky Bartlett on Enid Blyton, The Bonnevilles and his memories of sexual education lessons

Jenny Lee puts performers and artists on the spot about what really matters to them. This week Lurgan funnyman Micky Bartlett

Micky Bartlett who is performing his new show Blissfully Ignorant at this month's Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

1. When did you think about comedy as a career and what were your first steps into it?

I'd wanted to be a comedian for as long as I can remember. The day we were taught about 'the birds and the bees' in high school was a defining moment. They gave us the science version before lunch, then the Catholic, Bible version afterwards. I remember thinking "someone has to hear how funny this is".

2. Best gigs you've been to?

Hands down, the best gig I was ever at was the legendary Bill Burr in Glasgow. He has some Irish dates this year, so if he's reading this and needs a support act.

3. Fantasy wedding/birthday party band?

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats.

4. The record you'd take to a desert island?

Arrow Pierce My Heart by The Bonnevilles.

5. And the book?

An idiots guide to escaping a desert island.

6. Top three films?

The Shawshank Redemption, Memento and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (don't judge me).

7. Worst film you've seen?

Alien vs. Predator. It's been 10 years and I still haven't forgiven those b*****ds

8. Favourite authors?

My all time favourite book is one I read as a kid, and it's The Adventurous Four by Enid Blyton.

9. Sport you most enjoy and top team?

I'm really not into sport. I was never any good at it so when I watch professional athletes it just reminds me that I have fallen arches.

10. Ideal holiday destination?

Anywhere warm. Not so warm that I have to wear flip flops though. Can't get the orthopaedic insoles into those.

11. Pet hate?

People breathing loudly when they eat.

12. What's your favourite:

Dinner? My mums lasagne. She puts cold tea in it, shouldn't work but it does.

Dessert? Ice cream.

Drink? Pints.

13. Who is your best friend and how do you know each other?

Connor 'the bear' McLernon. We've known each other since we were six.

14. Is there a God?

If I find him I'll let you know.

:: Micky Bartlett is performing his new show Blissfully Ignorant at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival from August 3-28 at 5.15pm at the Gilded Balloon's Teviot Balcony.


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