by ASJAD NAZIR
A LOT of top comedy talent have openly said Kane Brown is the best British stand-up working on the UK circuit today.
The explosive funny man has been a regular at the popular Desi Central comedy events, which includes action-packed shows this month in Leeds, London and Birmingham.
Eastern Eye caught up with him to talk comedy, inspirations and if he has adopted any Indian qualities.
What connected you to stand up comedy?
I went to the comedy store one night and was so caught up in the effect acts had on the audience that I asked one of them how to get into it. I came from a background of sales so was really intrigued.
How do you feel when you are on stage?
I feel free. I try to get into a headspace where I want to be inspired by the comedy gods or whatever you want to call it. It has to be an organic experience, so I do my best to feel what type of energy is in the room.
How much of a comedy set is planned and how much is free-styled?
I’d say in all honesty, it’s never planned as such. I know there are subjects I want to talk about by looking at the demographic. But I don’t have a set list in my head. Doing it like this allows me to feel as free as possible and not get bogged down with trying to force an agenda.
You have done a lot of Desi Central events, but have you adopted any Indian qualities?
I have started to be more frugal with my money.
What is your threshold for spicy food?
(Thinks) Interesting. I am ok with some spice but when it’s too hot it’s not pleasurable going in or coming out.
Who is the funniest desi you know?
There are so many. But Sukh Ojla is the most recent talent I’ve seen that really caught my attention.
Are you under pressure to be funny in real life?
In real life, I’m a miserable old man, so in answer to your question, it’s a resounding, no!
Has being naturally funny helped you in real life?
Having the ability to make people laugh is a disarming quality to possess. I’m a big black guy and have to fit in with many different surroundings. Being able to make a connection through humour is a powerful tool to have.
What kind of comedy don’t you find funny?
I hate one liners. I can appreciate the talent, but I find it so boring. I always imagine what it would be like to listen to an hour of it. (Who knows, maybe I’m just jealous because I can’t write like that).
What inspires you as a comedian?
I’m inspired by so many things. My family is my main source of inspiration. I love people and trying to work them out. And figurng what makes them the way they are. I like to pick apart the very complex puzzle of what makes us who we are. Other great comics also inspire me. To watch a master such as Dave Chapelle at work and see the level of control he has over himself and the audience is mesmerising. Somehow he manages to stay in the pocket of every joke; never rushing his work, and getting the most out of each line. It is hard to spot if you’re not looking for it. I really enjoy my lifestyle and want to bring as much joy as possible to the people watching me.