“If you start taking things too seriously you’re done for.” | Joe Hobbs talks navigating masculinity for his show, Big Boy

Tell us about the show you’re bringing to the Vault Festival, Joe Hobbs: Big Boy.

It’s about being a big boy. But not necessarily wanting to be a big boy. Or a small boy. Or a boy at all. Or even a man. Not that I want to be a woman either. It’s just that all the templates for manhood are shite. Is it possible to shun masculine stereotypes while still enjoying some of them sometimes? That’s what I’m trying to figure out. 

This is your first full length show. How did writing it compare with the shorter work you’re used to?

I just copied and pasted all the shorter bits together and pretended that was the story I wanted to tell all along

How did you decide which anecdotes to include in this show?

I think everyone has stories that they’d never tell anyone in a million years. Those are the ones I’m telling.

What inspired your irreverent comedic style?

People say life is short but it’s not. If you live 80 years… that’s 8 runs of Friends. Imagine that. Could it BE any less short? So you’ve gotta just have fun and take the piss as you go along. If you start taking things too seriously you’re done for.

You’ve had consistent praise from comedy competitions over the past couple of years. What do you have planned to top your past achievements in 2020?

Gonna try my hand at Crufts.

What do you hope people take away from your show?

Less money than they came with. And to feel inspired, or whatever.

Are there any other shows you’re looking forward to at the Vault Festival?


Ali Woods, David Ferguson, Olga Koch, Tom Mayhew, Mo Omar, Patrick Spicer, Pope Longeran, Shelf, Lew Fitz, Lulu Popplewell, Marise Gaughan, Sam Lake, Ben van der Velde, to name but a few

Do you have any advice for anyone looking to break into comedy?

Only do it if you can handle quarterly mental breakdowns. Ha ha ha, I’m joking. Monthly breakdowns.

Joe is performing Big Boy on 2nd February.

Book your ticket here.

Find out more about Vault Festival here.

You can keep up with Joe’s work by checking out his website or following him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.