Show and Tell #8 - Gary Colman

Gary Colman
06 September 2017

Gary Colman is a professional stand-up comedian and actor. He describes himself as 'not the world's worst Diff'rent Strokes tribute act'. He says his Macbeth is...hilarious. Gary has also written several performed plays and 4 successful Edinburgh shows. Prior to comedy and acting he was in the army, qualified as a doctor (and medical officer to UK Special Forces), trained in both Arctic warfare and Jungle warfare, competed in the British Snowboarding Championships, worked as a dive instructor and still fights in amateur competition as a kick boxer. He'll be performing at September Barnstormers gig

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A sunset, a bottle of wine, the wife and kids playing on a tropical sandy beach. I'm back home with a tub of ice cream and Netflix. 

What lies at the heart of your own desire to write and perform standup comedy? 
As a kid all my heroes where comics- Eric Morecombe, Ronnie Barker, Danny Kaye. I wanted life to be like that. In my head it kinda is. 

Who’s your favourite comedian and why? 
In all honesty Ian Stone is probably one of my favourite stand-up comedians. Annoyingly he is my sisters ABSOLUTE favourite. Annoying as she's my sister and I'm a comedian! He seems effortlessly funny, with a phenomenal laugh rate and is always coming up with new material. He is one of the best in the country at the moment. 

Choose 1, 2 or 3 of your all-time favourite music tracks.
I'm really getting into my kids' music. My 7 year old son has been into  Kiss since he was 5! I agreed to take him to see them if they ever played the UK (although I only said that as I assumed they were dead). Hence I went to my first Rock Concert (me aged 50!) with my 7yr old Tom when Kiss played the at O2 this summer. He plays them on a loop. So maybe God Made Rock and Roll or Detroit City. My ten year old plays Creep by Radiohead constantly. So something's clearly gone wrong somewhere. Personally I used to love Chet Baker and Nat King Cole so it's been something of a musical education. 

From your favourite poem – could you give us a few lines that mean something to you?
When my Granda used to babysit he'd always recite this poem...
"The boy stood on the burning deck, his pockets full of crackers. 
A burning spark flew across,
And blew off both his..." (I can't remember the rest). 

If you were to die and come back as a person, animal or a thing, what would it be? 
I love the optimism of "IF I were to die". We both know I die on a regular basis. 

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Natalie Portman (I may have misread that question). 

Which artwork/film/book has most inspired you?
The film The Court Jester by Danny Kaye. One of my earliest memories is of my dad, my granda and me (and I couldn't be any older than 6) watching that movie together and all three of us crying with laughter. I appreciate that Danny Kaye clowning around isn't art... it's far more skilful and important than that. 

Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? 
"Tomorrow is promised to no one".