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“My secret? Just fucking go for it! No guts, no glory!” | Randolph Tempest on the risks you take to make great comedy

Tell us about you/your act.

What now? That would be preposterous! Another time… perhaps.

How did you get into comedy?

There was a door with a sign on saying, ‘DO NOT ENTER’. I opened that door. That door lead to comedy.

Take us through the relationship between your art and Tesco’s.

There is no relationship! I have over the years worked part time for various supermarkets (Tesco’s and Aldi being the main two). My art has been an escape from the utter mundanity and stifling non-creative atmosphere of those supermarket cash cows.

Between the pipe, the hat and the disco ball, you have quite a unique look. Where does your sense of style come from?

The late actor Oliver Reed and the disco ball is all RuPaul darling. I like to mix macho masculinity tough guy bullshit with highly charged full on glamour fun and sophistication. It’s complicated but it works for me!

How are your accessories incorporated into your show?

The pipe sometimes. The large hat and disco ball so far (and sadly) never. I like to tease.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever had?

There’s been so many! However, there is one I did in the exotic town of Skipton. It was a small pub venue (I can’t remember it’s name) I’ll refer to it as ‘small pub’ and it was rammed, packed. A gentleman at the back was by the pub door, he was laughing so much and leant on the door and fell through it! No one was harmed.

What’s your favourite thing about working in comedy?

Seeing people smiling, laughing at what you are doing. It’s a magical joyous thing.

Who is your favourite comedian we’ve never heard of?

Tony Lemondrops. I haven’t heard of him either but I bet he’s hilarious!

What challenges have you faced working in comedy?

Not enough risks are taken. It’s too safe. If you’re unknown and don’t have any connections in the industry then you have to work harder getting noticed. And then when you do, you constantly have to prove that you’re good at your comedy thang.

How do you think that comedy as an industry can better address these issues?

The industry needs to stop being obsessed with what someone has won and done and be on the lookout for people who are naturally funny. The funny bones people! Take more chances, be more open to having a mixture of comedy styles. We don’t all want vanilla! Variety is the spice of comedy life!

Your performances are near iconic on the comedy circuit. Do you have a secret to creating comedy that is so unique?

They are? I didn’t realise I’d reached icon level! I’m very flattered. You must thank all two of those people who said that. My secret? Just fucking go for it! No guts, no glory! It might not always work but just like in Gone With The Wind … tomorrow is another day!

Do you have any advice for aspiring acts looking to stand out?

Be inspired by others but don’t become a carbon copy. And maybe wear a t-shirt saying ‘look at me’. Don’t follow trends or the crowd/sheep. Be the shepherd and lead the way and your comedy flock will eventually follow!

What appealed to you about being part of a show like Blizzard?

I was going to get paid! Ha, ha! I think Jonny Collins who has set up the night is doing a great job and totally embracing being different in whatever way you want to see that, as a good thing. A safe place for people who sadly wouldn’t feel welcome in some comedy clubs. A kaleidoscope of comedy acts you’ll find nowhere else! And I like the name Blizzard. I bought a Blizzard badge and trolley keyring you know!

What have you got coming up that we should look out for?

I’ll be doing the Randolph Tempest Experience as part of Funny Things in Wolverhampton on the 1st November. No idea what that’ll be but it’ll be an experience! It’s a one hour show and hopefully I’ll be taking it to more venues next year. And of course I’ll be popping up at various venues doing my thang before then! Thank you kindly!


You can find out more about Randolph Tempest and keep up with what he’s doing next by following him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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