Canary Wharf Comedy Club: Joel Dommett
Comedian Joel Dommett is an MTV presenter who has also starred in BBC3's Impractical Jokers and teen drama Skins. He'll be coming to Canary Wharf's East Wintergarden for a comedy spectacular on February 18. He tells us what sent Justin Bieber crazy and why he turned down an HSBC mortgage (Joel not Justin).
■ Hi Joel. Looking forward to coming to Canary Wharf?
I am. I've been over that way a few times and Greenwich, because Up The Creek is one of my favourite clubs to perform in. But comedy doesn't normally happen in Canary Wharf.
The last time I did a gig there was for a full HSBC party and at the time I was just looking to get a mortgage for a house and I was trying to get some advice really. They told me I was unlikely to get a mortgage but in the end I got one so the joke's on them. I got it with NatWest!
I tend to just pick up general banking advice in Canary Wharf.
■ What material will you be using?
Some stuff from my new show that I really think is my best stuff. I'll be on for about half an hour I guess and if I'm enjoying myself I'll do new fun material but if not then I'll bring out the old stuff. They usually both get laughs.
■ You're known for finishing sets with nunchucks. Should we be prepared for this in Canary Wharf?
Well if I did that at every gig no-one would come to see me. It takes so much effort, with the lighting and sound, I wouldn't want to burden Canary Wharf with such madness. So you're safe.
■ Just to check how accurate Wikipedia is here are some facts... You were born in 1988?
No, 1985. Why would somebody make that up?
■ At least people think you're younger than you are. It does say "circa" so it's an estimate.
Is that what circa means? Fantastic. I'm going to use that all the time now. Meet you tomorrow. Circa 2.30.
■ And your first gig was in Los Angeles?
That's true. About seven years ago, I was travelling over there and for a month I used to go to these comedy clubs. In the end they let me in for free. They must have felt sorry for me, turning up every night.
So I thought I might as well try it and ended up coming home and doing it for real. Slowly it took over my life and the rest of my life gradually fell apart.
■ You also did a warm-up show for Justin Bieber?
Yes I did. A couple of years ago. I only did 10 minutes but it was mad. I was in the presence of the King of Pop. And the King of DUIs.
■ Did you see any signs of impending meltdown?
I didn't see any but the fact there were 10,000 people screaming his name gave an insight into how things could go wrong.
If I opened the window and 10,000 people screamed my name I think I would be a right dickhead. But they won't so I guess I'm OK.
■ Canary Wharf Comedy Club also features Zoe Lyons, Nathan Caton, Carl Donnelly and Phil Nichol on February 18 at East Wintergarden. For tickets costing £12 go to seetickets.com.