HERE’S a deep one to start with: where does your comedy come from?
My comedy comes from my innate neediness, my over-sensitivity and my paranoia.
Really what I’m trying to do is lay bare my character flaws and neurosis as a cheap form of therapy.
Does Funeral Addict mark much of an evolution from your previous shows in terms of the material?
It doesn’t mark a change in my style – but doing an hour-long show is very different to doing 10, 20 or even 30-minute sets, as the audience’s attention has to be kept for longer.
They also expect there to be changes in pace, so you can’t just do one-liner jokes for 60 minutes. You need to bring the audience on a ‘journey’.
So, I have longer routines and stories that I wouldn’t normally do as part of my shorter sets, as well as things from my normal set.
You came to stand-up quite late on in life. How steep has the learning curve been?
The learning curve is quite steep and the thing about stand-up comedy is that you don’t know how steep it is when you begin.
Every time you reach a new milestone, there’s a new one to tackle up ahead. It’s only in hindsight that you look over what you’ve done in the past and realise how much you’ve improved over time.
Is ‘getting on the telly’ still the holy grail for stand-ups?
I think getting on the television can be a big boost for a comedian’s profile. But, for me, it would very much depend on the nature of the show.
I don’t see myself as a Live at The Apollo comedian but if something more idiosyncratic came along, I’d give it thrilled to do them.
In your blog about your Edinburgh festival experience last year, you made it sound absolutely exhausting. Are you actually looking forward to doing it all again in a few weeks?
Absolutely. I can’t wait to get over to Edinburgh again. It’s a lot of hard work but it’s also great fun. You get to do a huge amount of gigs when you’re over there, so you learn a lot.
You also learn how to put on a proper show, promote and publicise it, change things that aren’t working and meet other performers to network with.
You get to see a lot of other shows, not just comedy, but theatre, music and arts. There’s a mine of inspiration over there.
It’s part working holiday, part boot camp.
You’ve recently competed in the BBC Radio 2 Comedy Awards and the Secret Policeman’s Ball. Can you tell us a bit about the cut-throat world of comedy competitions?
They do have a different atmosphere to other gigs. Comedians can be very competitive, which wouldn’t be my favourite thing about doing comedy.
Competitions can magnify that aspect. I’ve taken part in a few competitions over the last few years and, really, unless you win, they can be quite draining.
Often the decisions are made by the people running the competition, who have their own agendas, or they are made by the audience where the winner is the one who brought the most family and friends. Winning can raise your profile for a while but ultimately if you’re a good comedian, you’ll progress with or without them.
Becoming a good comedian is a marathon rather than a sprint. If you’re good and you keep gigging, people will notice.
Who’s your favourite up-and-coming comedian?
My favourite up-and-coming comedian in Ireland at the moment is a guy called Conor Neville.
He got to the final of So You Think You’re Funny in Edinburgh last year. I’d love to have half the writing talent he does.
Which do you prefer: a good gag or hilarious anecdote?
Good gag. Every time.
Complete this sentence: Here lies Christian Talbot…
…it went OK? Didn’t it?
■ Christian Talbot plays Arthur’s in Dublin tonight and The International Bar tomorrow night. For full tour dates and information about Christian, visit