This weeks show we are celebrating is from a stand up comedian who is on the road with one of his first stand up tours. The tour kicks off this week at The Hunters Club in Bury St Edwards and runs until November when it ends in Norwich. I caught up with Dom Mackie To find out all about it.
Hello Dom tell us a little bit about yourself!
My name is Dom Mackie, I am 21 years old and I do stand up comedy all over the world.
How did the show come about?
We all make stupid decisions in our life. I make soooooo many I have started to lose count. We all deal with those stupid situations however in different ways, some people learn from them, some people bury them under the carpet and hope they never see the light of day, I embrace these stupid ideas. My show basically goes with the idea that it is ok to make these stupid decisions and we shouldn’t be afraid to remember them.
How did you get into stand-up comedy?
I was a member of my universities’ comedy society and I did improv there a lot. When doing that a guy said to me ‘you should try stand up’ so I went to a local open mic night he ran and it went well.
Funny thing was I actually gave up comedy for a year after a really bad gig that happened at my university, I lost all motivation to do comedy. Then I was a last-minute replacement for a charity open mic night, rewrote my material and it went really well, I’ve been doing it since.
Tell us a little bit about the show?
My show is called ‘Poor Life Choices’, it is a therapeutic session to help audience members feel better about themselves…just the way that is done is by telling them the unfortunate things that have happened in my life…because what is the best way to make yourself feel better than to embrace someone else’s suffering. Throughout the show, I get to know my audience and share stories from my life…but with a humorous twist and by the end of the show, we all feel like we’re a community and more positive at the end…I hope…haha.
What comedy styles do you want to see more of this year and why?
This is a random one, this may be controversial but there isn’t a comedy style I want to see more of. There is a style I want to see less of and that are character acts, don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen some character acts that have made me lose the ability to walk. But it takes a certain style of humour to master that and there are some character acts that just…don’t. I feel that some comedians can’t do characters because it isn’t them who is funny…it is the person they are trying to be. So either I want to see more of a solid character act or less acts who haven’t found their feet as a character yet, be more confident in your own material before you become a character.
What festivals are you planning on heading to this year?
Wow, a lot of festivals actually. Starting at the Bury St Edmonds Fringe, then off to Brighton, then in July I’m taking my show to the Toronto Fringe Festival and the Greater Manchester Fringe. Going to be a busy year, with that and all the touring going on.
It is April – The month of fools! What is the silliest character you have bought to a show and why?
I’m the only character you see (see above), I’m just silly and idiotic, which is the silliest one you’ll see.
What advice would you give for people thinking about starting stand up comedy themselves?
It is a an incredible experience and an amazing industry. Don’t be afraid to make an arse of yourself on stage, the best way to make people laugh with you is to first make them laugh at you. Savour every moment and never take it for granted, it is the most fun I have ever had an I will never give it up. It is also very challenging and it will take time so prepared to make sacrifices and be patient.
What is the best thing about a night for the audience?
Apart from it being funny? Haha. Suppose the best thing about it should be a comic who isn’t behind a brick wall, if a comic just pretends the audience isn’t there it feels really robotic, I love talking to the audience and I love hecklers, it means they want me to come out my shell and I damn well do.
If people want to find out more about you, where can they follow you on social media?
I have facebook (Dom Mackie – Comedian), Twitter (@domstandup) and Instagram (@Cooldom50). I also have a website (www.dommackie.co.uk). Give me a follow or a like, would love to see you at a show.
In three words – Why should people come and see your show?
Original, stupid, therapeutic.
QUICK FIRE ROUND
What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
When I was younger, I was addicted to eating play dough, I loved the salty taste. I used to buy some just to eat it, it was weird…
If you could trade lives with anyone for a day, who would it be and why?
Oh 100% Jodie Whittaker, I just wanna know the feeling to go into work and fly the bloody Tardis! Playing the Doctor is my dream!
If you could paint anything, what would you paint?
That got me thinking, I never really paint in the first place. I guess if I was to choose one thing, there’s this area in France I go to every summer, I would love to paint the beautiful view there so it is forever on my wall.
What is the most delightful word you can think of?
Bunny, I bloody love rabbits, I had a cuddly rabbit when I was younger…still do…bunnies are cute rabbits, what’s not to love?
‘Something Just Like This’ – Chainsmokers and Coldplay…Coldplay are my favourite artist of all time and the Chainsmokers are my second favourite artist…best collaboration before infinity war! Amazing song!
Who is your comedy hero and why?
Russell Howard, by a mile! He started off so young and made a name for himself at the start of his adult life. He inspired me to not be ashamed of myself and to pick up the mic and just give it my all.
What is your favourite movie quote?
Its not from a film but my favourite quote was from Doctor Who: ‘What’s the point of being a grown up if you can’t be childish sometimes’.
Who is your favourite cartoon character and why?
Quagmire from Family Guy, he is so outrageously funny. Just not giving a crap what people think of him and he is just so…horny its hilarious!