Show Me The Funny: We Talk To Rudi

Rudi was touted as a potential winner when Show Me The Funny debuted last month, but tonight he was shown the door by Copstick & Co. We caught up with him to find out where it all went wrong..

Can you talk us through your performance on tonight’s episode?
Well my performance was only five minutes, which you would normally try three or four times before you’d take it to TV. So for a first outing I honestly believe it wasn’t too bad. There was a lot of material in there that they obviously couldn’t fit into the hour show, but at that point in time I didn’t think it was as bad as it may have come across.

So where do you think it all went wrong?
Well it’s not so much that it went wrong. I think Jo was mainly disappointed because she knows that I’m a really good performer and I didn’t meet the standard she’s accustomed to, because we’ve worked together obviously. As I said though it was five minutes of material that had never been tested before. I think Alan Davies for me, wasn’t really looking at the potential or how I developed the material. As for Kate Copstick, it’s easy to be an arm chair critic, I could watch videos of somebody giving birth, but it doesn’t necessarily mean I’m an expert on births. So I think the judges have a kind of picture of the comic they’re looking for and I don’t think I fell into that category.

A conspiracy! So you and Stuart won the hospital radio challenge, giving you the chance to pick the running order for the gig. Can you explain your strategy on the line up?
The whole thing with the strategy of the line up was really to throw it all up in the air and make it more of a competition. I thought it would be interesting to see how the others deal when you spin it upside down. When you start off a show it’s like walking into a cold box and it’s not until after two performances do an audience actually begin to relax and open themselves up to laugh. By putting myself, Stuart and Pat in the first three on stage, I was hoping that the judges would consider this, look at the potential of the performances and decide for themselves whether or not we had the potential in the competition.

Both you and Stuart ended up in the bottom two though. In hindsight where would you have placed yourself?
Oh in hindsight! [Laughs] Hindsight is a beautiful thing as you know. In hindsight I think I would have just gone along with what everybody wanted to do, which would have had me at bottom. But when you’re at the bottom of the order you have to tiptoe around the subject matters that have been covered before, which is what I had to do with the other shows. But I would have worked with that, and who knows I’m might have been in the final.

The judge’s were unanimous on their decision to vote you off the show, saying you failed to take your second chance after last week’s disappointing performance. Do you think their comments were fair?
I think it was unfair of them to say I failed. I used the experience I have as a performer, I also tried to meet the requirements and what they requested me to do. I tried to perform not only to the audience but also down to the camera to try and hit people who were at home and quite a lot of that was left out. Also as all the judges will know you don’t know what will and won’t work until you test it out to an audience. Nobody goes on tour; nobody goes on TV without having tested the material first. So for us, we did a five minute performance and maybe four minutes of it was crap, but the other minute, that’s the material you then go away and work with. So to say I failed; no the judges’ comments weren’t fair.

What did you learn from the experience?
That reality TV is not the same as when you perform up and down the country. Reality TV is about being on the camera 24/7. I’m quite a serious guy and that became the focus, you didn’t see all the fun and laughter, because that wasn’t going to be relative to the tag that was given to me. So if you’re going to be on reality TV and be a stand up you have to be on form 24/7. I realised that’s not me. You take a great comic like Jack Dee; he jumped out of Big Brother for the simple reason that that was what was required of him. And that’s not what you want to do sometimes.

Are you going to continue doing comedy?
[Laughs] Are you asking me to give up my living? [Laughs] I love what I do. I’m Black, British and Proud! I enjoy getting on stage and entertaining people after they’ve had a hard day, and then they come up and tell you how much joy you’ve brought to them, and you’ve allowed them to forget about their worries. I enjoy not only being a distraction comedian, but also talking about the events that are going on. I found that with me being honest in my comedy, I’ve got a lot of corporate work from it, I’m going off to Las Vegas and then I’m booked up until March 2012. So I can see that far so far. I’ve also got a film coming out called Dog Street where I play the role of a butcher. So this comedy thing is not something I’ve just been dabbling in, it’s something that is my livelihood, it’s bought me a big house and it’s bought me a big car and it’s something that I love. So as long as people keep on laughing and people keep on coming to see me, it’s something I’ll be doing right up until my grave.

Who do you think deserves to win?
I deserved to win! [Laughs]. I think they are all great comics. I’d love to see Tiff have a go. I think things need to be shaken up on all the middle-class men on TV panels. I think Dan should have gone to be honest with you, but I’d love to see him have a chance. There aren’t enough Welsh comics. Pat is a funny funny guy, even though he says very little. Alfie would bring a big change to the scene. Stu’s a nice guy, just not as cutting edge as id like him to be. I don’t know, I think they are all great; I really couldn’t pick a winner.