Complete The Circuit is our series of interviews with regulars on the Scottish comedy circuit. Each comedian answers our questions then nominates someone else to answer them next, until, having asked everyone who’s anyone we get back to the beginning. Next up, suggested by Liam Withnail, is Christopher Macarthur-Boyd…
Who are you, what are you and how are you feeling?
My name is Christopher Macarthur–Boyd, I’m a stand-up comedian, and I’m feeling reasonably okay.
When did you first think “I’m a comedian”?
There was a girl I liked and she told me I was the funniest person she ever met, and I figured if I eventually made a living out of doing so, she would fall helplessly in love me. That did not work, but now I have zero life skills and a solid fifteen minutes.
When did anyone else first think you were a comedian?
I am still yet to see proof that anyone does.
How do you like to work?
I keep a little brown notebook on my bedside table, and I write down the things that keep me awake at night.
Someone nicks your joke. What do you do?
Send them a threatening e-mail, then get an e-mail back with proof that they’ve been doing that line since before I even done my first gig. Decide then to never do your admin e-mails while drunk on coconut rum.
What do you like most about the Scottish comedy circuit?
The vast majority of the people in it!
What do you like least about the Scottish comedy circuit?
The slight minority of the people in it.
The Fringe – Heaven or Hell and why?
Bit of both, really! Dizzying highs and bends-inducing lows. But as Dave Mustaine of Megadeth once said, “Hindsight is always 20/20. But looking back, it’s still a bit fuzzy.”
What would you ban from comedy?
References to Dave Mustaine of Megadeth in online Q&As with Scottish comedians.
In the kingdom of comedy, who’s the ruler, and what’s your role in the court?
I am the kneeling peasant at the end of the royal banquet table, begging for scraps. Good laugh, though!
Give us a comedian we should talk to next…
You should talk to Rosco McClelland. He’s very funny.