Andrew Clay forged his stand-up comedy career in Australia, before returning battle-hardened to New Zealand. The brutality of that environment is among the things he discusses in this Funny As interview. Clay also talks about:
- Being the dude at the back of the class, trying to make people laugh
- The lightbulb moment when Australian comedian George Smilovici told him he should be a stand-up comedian
- Feeling pride when his conservative dad said “you’d be good at that”
- The “walking off to the sound of your own footsteps” moments of stand-up comedy, and the immediacy of knowing "straight away whether you're doing well”
- Writing two stage plays, “to try to be funny in a different way”
For more of Andrew Clay, check out this Funny As interview with Clay and fellow comedian Mike King.
This interview was recorded for 2019 TV series
Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy.
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