Bexleyheath comic Joey Page hits the stage
PUBLISHED: 11:03 17 October 2013 | UPDATED: 11:03 17 October 2013
Born and bred in Bexleyheath, comedian Joey Page explains to Harry Kemble his love-hate relationship with his hometown and why he can call Noel Fielding and Tine Tempah friends of his...
How are you doing, Joey?
I am good. I have just finished supporting the Might Boosh at a couple of warm-up gigs they have been doing before they go to America. Like a squirrel I have just been trying to fill up my diary for the winter.
How did you get to know Mighty Boosh’s Noel Fielding?
Originally I did a gig with Noel about five years ago in Leicester Square. There was so much pressure because he is a hero of mine in comedy. I thought he wouldn’t even be there for me. Literally five minutes before I went on stage he tapped me on the shoulder and it was Noel. Afterwards we had a chat and he said, “you remind me of when I was younger, we should keep in touch”. I gave him my number and didn’t expect to hear from him but a month later he texted me and we stayed in touch ever since.
And what about Tinie Tempah?
I met Tinie Tempah when I filmed Never Mind the Buzzcocks, which Noel had got me on. There I found out that Tinie only lived up the road from me in Bexley...well not anymore. Who knows where he lives now. He probably lives on private jet. He is always really nice to me.
I would not say we’re mates but its pretty cool because if I text him, he always texts back. We always send each other Christmas texts because we’re both two local boys because he is from Slade Green.
Comedian Jack Whitehall admitted his girlfriend always vets his jokes before he uses them on stage. Do you have to run jokes past your girlfriend?
I have an on/off girlfriend and she is long suffering having to listen to my material. When I write something I might not get it right straight away but I know it will be a funny idea.
You’ve been doing standup in Bexley and Bromley - how has it been?
Last time in Bromley was a really good gig. I have been gigging around near Bexleyheath and sometimes it can be a bit rough and ready – a bit chavvy. I get heckled in the street because I wear a suit and a trilby most of the time. I am always a bit wary of going out on stage now for a local gig. But last time I did it in Bromley it was a really good laugh.
You do stand up and also compere - which do you prefer?
I would say 30 per cent of the time I am compere and the rest I do normal stand-up. My stand-up is more a stream of consciousness - it works better for a 20 minute set. I normally try not to use too much material when I am compering. it normally gives me loads of ideas to go in my stand-up set.
Can you tell our readers about your first-ever gig?
My first gig was after I finished my course where I learnt how to do stand-up comedy. At the end of that course you get to do a gig in front of your course. In preparation for that I did a gig at Royal Holloway University for my mate Jimmy. He had put on the open mic night there. I didn’t really know what I was doing, so I basically did quite a bad rip-off of Ricky Gervais. My mate Jimmy, though, just heckled me all the way through my set. It was quite a tough start.
Can you just give some “do’s” and “don’ts” for people who are looking to get into stand-up?
Don’t get into it for the money. People look at comedians, like Micky Flanagan, and think “wow, it would be great to be like him” but in reality it’s a lot of admin. It takes a long time to make a living out of it. It has taken me eight years to be able to afford to do it full time.
Try and write everyday – even if it just something small. Someone once told me the brain is like a muscle, you have to work it like you would any other part of your body.
Finally, just enjoy it. It is not like a normal job.