This Christmas, a very special comedy festival is taking place at an abandoned gentlemen’s club in the City of London.
The HoHo Theatre at the Grotto of Comedy is the work of anarchic comedy promoting genius Bob Slayer and this December it will play host to selection of alternative comedy shows, from the now traditional Weirdos Christmas Pantomime to Nick Helm’s Fuck Fest and Laugh Out London’s own fundraiser nights for Shelter.
For the next couple of weeks we’ll bring you festive interviews with some of the acts taking part, but for the first one we thought we’d start off with Bob Slayer himself.
If you could design a Christmas jumper what would you have on it?
An upside down double decker bus
What date do you put up the Christmas decorations in your house and how far do you go?
The Bob Slayer household is pagan as hell itself. On December 1st we drag a massive yule log in through the front door then open all the windows and let nature flood in…
Christmas has been associated with a lot of classic comedy moments, from Morecambe and Wise to The Royle Family. What are your Christmas comedy memories?
My mother sat on the kitchen floor laughing her head off attempting to load the washing machine while she was full of gin. I was probably ten and I’ve still never seen a funnier Christmas special. I love you gin mum!
What is the worst present you have received at Christmas?
An empty bottle of gin from my mum. And when I unwrapped it she let out a little shriek of genuine surprised excitement, which turned to gloom when she found it empty….
What’s your suggestion for a Christmas cracker joke?
Hello, I’m Bob Slayer. I turned down the Arctic Monkeys… etc
Are you looking forward to performing in such a unique space as The Grotto of comedy?
Oh man I am excited as a dog with 17 Christmasses. And we are fairly sure it wont flood this year.
What’s the strangest location you’ve performed in previously?
Naked at the Royal Festival Hall…
We will be raising lots of money for Shelter this year – An estimated 100,000 children thought to be homeless in the UK this Christmas. Discuss!
LOL selected the charity and I was so pleased they did as around the time of doing last years christmas show a friend with a disability was facing eviction. Id got to know the people who work at Shelter and the great work they do. We turned to them and they helped massively. Not just with sorting the situation for my friend but also addressing the prejudice of the landlord so it wouldnt happen again. If we were all better people then no one would be homeless.