Show and Tell #12 - Stefano Paolini

Stefano Paolini
15 September 2017

Stefano Paolini is a regular face on the national and international comedy circuit, where his mixture of stand-up comedy, characters, impressions and beatboxing have seen him perform across the U.K and in numerous other countries. He'll be performing at our September Barnstormers gig.
Stefano is also an author and in 2015 he published his debut book called ‘Missing Presumed Drowned: A true story of the internment of Italians resident in Britain during the Second World War’. A man of many talents he is - we loved this hilarious ’30 Simpsons Impressions” video on his YouTube channel.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
My idea of perfect happiness is lying on a beach watching the sunset with the sound of waves gently lapping the shore.

What lies at the heart of your own desire to write and perform standup comedy?
I like to entertain people, and I have managed to turn what I used to get told off for doing in the classroom at school into a job.

Who’s your favourite comedian and why?
Dom Irrera. He is an American comedian who intersperses his stand-up with characters and brings them vividly to life on stage to hilarious effect.

Choose 1, 2 or 3 of your all-time favourite music tracks.
Miles Davis, Kind of Blue: Freddie Freeloader; Puccini, Tosca: E Lucevan le Stelle and The Sex Pistols, Never Mind the Bollocks: Anarchy in the UK.
From your favourite poem – could you give us a few lines that mean something to you?
I have a very limited knowledge of poetry, but I find these poetic words from Theodore Roosevelt inspiring when I hear them, “…If he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

What is your greatest extravagance?
My 30-year-old VW Mk2 Golf Gti. It’s totally impractical, thirsty and uncomfortable for the many miles driving to and from gigs, but it’s been with me every step of the way since I became a full time comic and I can’t let go if it.   

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Creatively, listening to the many different accents and languages from around the world that are found in London. I made a clip on YouTube where I speak thirteen different languages in thirteen British regional accents.  

Which artwork/film/book has most inspired you?
The film Kind Hearts and Coronets where Alec Guiness plays eight different characters is brilliant. I like doing characters in my stand-up and making them sound and speak differently is very difficult and in the film he carries it off with aplomb.  

Favourite website/blog?

Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
La pazienza e la virtu dei forti

Best recent read?
War of the Worlds by H.G Wells.

What is your final word?