Camden Close-Up: Matt Green
Love Camden loves its local talent. We aim to celebrate everything cultural in the borough, from Hampstead to Kilburn, from the British Library to that little café around the corner - we are always out to show what Camden has to offer. As part of this we launched our Camden Close-Up series: interviews with artists, thinkers, entrepreneurs and downright interesting figures that live, work or are inspired by the borough.
This month we interviewed stand-up comedian Matt Green, who is doing a new show 'Punch Up' at the Camden Comedy Club, 7 - 11 Aug 8 - 9pm as part of Camden Fringe 2018. Matt is returning to the Fringe after a sell out run and extra shows in 2017 with a new hour of jokes and stories, find out more!
1. What would you would do if you weren’t doing this? What would your parallel life look like?
I'd probably be that teacher or a lawyer who does loads of amateur dramatics and keeps annoying his friends in the pub saying he's thinking about doing stand up. I'm glad I'm not that guy. That guy sounds like he's hard work.
2. What do you think is most important: luck, chance, opportunity or hard-graft?
They are all obviously important, but I can say that everyone I know who is really successful works really hard. They might have needed some luck to get the opportunity, but once they got it they have held onto it with both hands.
3. What has been your most career defining moment to date and why?
I've had many great moments in my career: working with famous people and childhood heroes, performing at big events or exciting TV projects, but my first weekend of gigs at The Comedy Store in London was very memorable. It's always been a mark of quality to get to perform there, and the process took me nearly ten years, so when I finally made it I was very happy and it felt like a significant achievement. Plus I had five lovely gigs!
4. What are you most proud of and what are you least proud of……and why?
I'm most proud of my roast potatoes. Seriously, they are amazing. If I could work out a way of monetising them, I'd be rich.
Least proud? I once hit a parked car in a car park and just drove off. I don't think I did any damage, but that still keeps me awake at night.
5. Tell us a secret
I once met Frank Bruno in a sauna. He asked me to make it more steamy. I realise this sounds like a euphemism.
Matt has been performing stand up comedy for 15 years, at venues across the UK and the rest of the world. He also works as a writer and performer in TV and radio, with credits including Cuckoo, Fresh Meat, Cradle To Grave, Inspector Steine, Cabin Pressure, The Now Show (writer), The News Quiz (writer) and many more. He has written and performed many solo stand up shows at the Edinburgh and Camden Fringe festivals, including 2017's show LIVEs in Camden, which sold out and added extra shows.