Stewart Francis - on curry, jokes and football
It may seem like gag-meister Stewart Francis has got a joke about everything – but he won't poke fun at curry. His trips to the comedy clubs of Leicester usually involve a trip to an Indian restaurant although he won't let spicy dishes inspire his material.
"I'm not going to be making any jokes about curry – it's too delicious, it's one of the best parts of gigging in Leicester!
"In fact I usually end up in an Indian restaurant after a gig when I have had a few beers – I want to try it out sober this time!"
The Canadian king of the one-liner has become a major draw on these shores since moving to England, amassing rave reviews and word-of-mouth recommendations.
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TV appearances on Mock the Week and Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow have also raised his profile.
Now he's on the road with his own hour plus show, which is one long relentless bombardment of jokes.
"This show is just over an hour long so I do have a lot to remember when I'm on stage," he says.
"But I am very focused. I have some new material. As a writer of one-liner jokes I will always tend to have some new material.
"I will also have some golden stuff in there which is just too good to leave out. I am not like a story-telling comedian where I only need six good punchlines in an hour.
"I tell lots of jokes made up of new material and my golden stuff."
Stewart says he won't be resorting to gags which poke fun at our neighbours and probably wont use "local" references.
There's a good reason why.
"Many years ago, I put together some local stuff for Leicester for a gig I was doing at Jongleurs.
"One of them was about the players in the Leicester City football team sounding like unusual pets.
"The punchline was something like 'Savage Guppy', 'is it?'. The room fell silent..."
Stewart's show is called Tour de Francis and has a rather bizarre description, like a lonely hearts ad. It reads: "Lonely, well-endowed, white Canadian male, with dreamy hazel eyes, 6ft 4in, 40-plus, now living in London. Many interests include, sports, cheese, hearing laughter and prompting encores.
"Seeks free-thinking, slim audience, with nice legs, 18 to 75. Could lead to sore cheeks. Non-smokers only."
So if you fit the bill and would like to respond, Stewart Francis will be appearing at the Y Theatre in East Street, Leicester on Saturday, October 31 at 8pm.
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