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English funnyman comes to make Swedes laugh

Vivian Tse · 18 Oct 2010, 17:34

Published: 18 Oct 2010 17:34 GMT+02:00

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English comedian Paul Foot's daily (or nightly) routine may be the envy of even the most seasoned coach potato, but despite the late hours that he keeps, it is in no way a relaxing lifestyle - not for him, at least.

"I laze about in bed in the morning. That is the only thing I've done all day, but it's very frenetic. I'm more like an athlete. Yes, I'm always up in the night, I'm writing and thinking and things, then I sleep," the entertainer tells The Local during a recent early afternoon chat.

"I don't like to write in the midday, it puts enormous strain on the heart. I do light admin, then ease into the day with lunch, then have an afternoon nap, then get up for dinner and do a show. There is lots of thinking to do. It takes up hours. That's my job, to think," he adds.

The performer was originally headed towards a career as an accountant. Fate intervened while he was pursuing a mathematics degree at university, when the self-described formerly shy child took to the stage and tried stand-up comedy.

"As soon as I did it, I decided it was going to be my career for the rest of my life and went into show business," he recalls.

As a child, Foot was very shy and nervous, but he found his voice in the most unlikely of places.

"My first shows were during maths lessons. I would stand up and recite a poem," he admits.

Foot has previously performed in Denmark, as well as Germany and Hungary, in addition to the UK and US. Foot anticipates that the majority of the audiences in Sweden will be Swedish.

"I have never been to Sweden. I'm quite excited. I think it will be a mixture of some expats, but most Swedes in the audience. In Denmark, they were almost all Danish, but speak English. I just charm them with my wit," he says.

The country has made quite the impression on him ahead of his first visit to Sweden.

"I'm definitely bringing my winter jacket. It's already cold here. I don't even know what it looks like in Sweden. I imagine it will look Scandinavian, with quite white houses and very tall women. I imagine Swedish women are all very tall," he reveals.

His ideas about Swedes don't stop there.

"I imagine Swedish men have blond hair and are all extremely attractive. Everyone in Sweden is attractive. I imagine everyone in Sweden is very confident and strong. They go skiing all morning and spend the afternoon swimming in an icy lake and in the evening drinking," he says.

Foot's routines derive from "all the things that have happened in my life pouring out, but all mixed up in the wrong order," he says.

As to why he is coming now?

"It has been arranged. I've been ordered to go to Sweden to make people laugh. Sometimes I speak to people in the audience. Nothing can be ruled out. Sometimes I involve people in some sort of improvised play, but they can just sit and relax watching me being them," he explains.

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Foot has also made his mark on radio and television. During his tour of Sweden, he will appear on the BBC's Never Mind the Buzzcocks for the first time in a segment taped last month, but he will not be watching himself.

"I never see myself on TV. I just need to look at myself in the mirror," he says.

Stateside, he has appeared in the finals of NBC's Last Comic Standing, as well as shows in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

Further afield, he will head to Norway for the first time in January and appear at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in Australia in April.

Paul Foot kicks off his maiden tour of Sweden on Wednesday in Linköping at Café M at 7.30pm (100 kronor), followed by shows in Märsta at Kung Carl Comedy Club (K3C) on Thursday at 8pm and Stockholm on Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 4pm at Kafé Klavér (100 kronor). He will also make a short appearance at Stockholm's RAW Comedy on Saturday night, although he will not be advertised.

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Your comments about this article

20:59 October 18, 2010 by Bromma
I saw Paul in "Last Comic Standing" but I can't remember anything about him besides his name. Maybe that is a good thing, or bad, I can't decide at the moment. Would I go and see him? Definitely not; for one thing I am in the U.S. and it would be a long way to go to see someone that you don't remember perform perform. Otherwise I might.
12:24 October 19, 2010 by Skånedave
I went to school with him. Quiet, mousy bloke who you didn't really notice. But look at him now! Fair play to him...
15:55 October 20, 2010 by Syftfel
Does he do his schtick in unaccented, grammatically correct, Swedish? How else are Swedes going to absorb his routine?
01:35 October 22, 2010 by beefinswede
awful excuse for a comedian
18:26 October 24, 2010 by jackdunstan
spoiler alert 2007 clip youtube under 'Paul Foot Live Musings'

word for word but on saturday night stockholm, 2010... maybe time to write some new material Mr Foot.
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