Robin Ince: Q&A

Hailed by many as 'Intellectually audacious' Robin Ince is an award-winning comedian, writer and an initiator-galvaniser of several projects that champion books and ideas including Robin Ince's Bad Book Club.  We asked him who, what, why and wherefore monkeys and other things:

What are you most passionate about?

I am passionate about reason, despite being frequently unreasonable

What 3 words would you say best describe you?

Happy angry idiot

Are there any comedians, past or current, you'd cite as exploring the taboo, or saying 'the unsayable', and if so why?

The usual suspects – Lenny Bruce’s 'Are there any niggers?' in routine must have been very potent the first time he aired that on stage

What's an important piece of insider knowledge you have as a writer and performer?

Don’t try and please other people, try and please yourself and hope others are pleased too

What 3 words best describe the comedy circuit?

Narcissistic tantrum ring

How did you get into your area of work?

I started watching stand up live when I was a teenager and it made me diseased enough to have to do it

What creative masterpiece do you wish you'd written or created?

Annie Hall

Any upcoming projects you're excited by?

Putting on science shows in 3000 seaters with the Uncaged Monkey tour is pretty darn exciting