Five minutes with… Comedian Damion Larkin

Published: Tuesday 16th February 2016 by Tom Drinkall

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Damion Larkin hosts the latest Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club night at Hull City Hall on Friday, February 19.

The show features comedians David Longley, Stephen Bailey and Fin Taylor, while Damion keeps the laughs coming thick and fast as master of ceremonies for the evening.

He chats to HEY Today about Friday’s show, his most memorable heckle and giving up stockbroking for a career in comedy more than a decade ago.

Are you looking forward to Friday’s show?

Yeah, absolutely. It’s my show, I run the whole shebang so I know what a great crowd it is we get in Hull. It’s always a really good laugh and a great atmosphere and the comedians we’ve got on are top notch so it’s going to be brilliant.

Why should people come and see the show?

Because it’s the best comedy show in Hull. We have comedians that have been on the telly and we have the best of the rest. The place is set up in the perfect manner for comedy and we’ve been going for well over a year now and the shows have been brilliant every single month.

What can you tell our readers about Friday’s line-up?

I’ve seen them all before, they’re all fantastic. Fin is the youngest comedian to ever do the warm-up for Never Mind The Buzzcocks on BBC2 and Pointless on BBC1.

Stephen Bailey has been a presenter on Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit On The Side on Channel Five and he’s also supported Katherine Ryan on tour. He’s absolutely phenomenal, I think he’s going to be a much bigger name in the future.

And David Longley’s one of the country’s top headliners, so it’s going to be an absolutely hilarious night.

Do you enjoy performing in Hull?

I have so many good memories from shows in Hull because they were all so good. The people of Hull are very down to earth and they love having a laugh. A lot of them are working class so they work hard all week and want to come and laugh their socks off, which they do.

What is it about hosting the show that you enjoy?

I like the interaction with the people, thinking off the cuff and just being spontaneous. I also like having the opportunity to improvise and nothing beats being in the moment.

What’s the best heckle you’ve received onstage?

I went through a phase of wearing some jeans that had supposedly fashionable rips in them. I used to wear them quite low down and the main rip was in the middle of my shinbone and a lady in the front row heckled, ‘Is that really where your knees are?’

You gave up a career in stockbroking to do comedy. Do you have any regrets?

I made that decision about 12 years ago and, although I haven’t got any regrets, I think my bank manager has got some. I’m trying to live the dream and I certainly have a lot more freedom now and I’m doing something I love. I’m a lot happier than I used to be so absolutely no regrets.

See Damion perform in Friday’s Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club night at Hull City Hall. For tickets, ring the box office on 01482 300 300 or visit www.hcandl.co.uk/hullcityhall

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Published: Tuesday 16th February 2016 by Tom Drinkall

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