Published on May 16th, 2013 | by Dedee W0
Billy T Nominee – Joseph Moore
Joseph Moore is one of my favourite Fanfictioneers, mainlyfor his thrilling fast paced deliveries and a great range of impressions, accents and sound effects thrown in for good measure. He’s a compelling storyteller. Sometimes he gets so into it the wrong words can slip out (such as in this pearler of a clip right here – a Phil Goff Fanfiction from the FanFiction 2011 Election Night Special) but that makes it even more funny, and we all know how audiences love those on-stage bloopers.
He’s written songs for musicals such as Bombs Away! – A Musical and Space Race for previous festivals, but this was the first time I’d heard of his love of rap and hip hop. It seems this guy’s musical mind knows no bounds.. who knows? Come check out his mad rapping skills and see for yourself.
Your show Dope Ass Jokes looks like a treat for for fans of musical comedy and any amateur rappers out there. I heard that as a kid you wrote raps, can you tell us about that?
Most kids I knew wrote raps when we like 12. It was when Eminem was everywhere, and we had just discovered swearing. So he was a hero to us. I was also really into the likes of Ja Rule, DMX, basically anything with swearing. The raps I wrote didn’t have any swearing though, cos I was afraid my Mum would read them. One did have a “I’m a bad mother ‘shut-yo-mouth’” in it though.
How long have you been doing comedy and how did you first start out?
I’ve been doing stand-up comedy for about 3 years, but been involved with comedy in general for way longer. I started out as part of a kind of double-act with my pal Nic Sampson. We’ve written four of five comedy plays, and hopefully will write a whole bunch more. I gave stand up a go when we took a year off the comedy festival and I missed being on stage (and the performers’ pass).
You also wrote the music for Bombs Away! – A Musical, for the 2012 Comedy Festival. Any plans to write more musicals in the future?
Totally. Maybe not a full on theatrical musical like Bombs Away! any time soon. But I will keep making music for comedy and theatre for sure. I wrote all the original music that features in Dope Ass Jokes, and that was probably my favorite part of working on the show. Making music on my computer is what I spend most of my spare time doing. Can’t get enough. I guess like how old people must like “reading books” or whatever.
Who are your comedy heroes and mentors and are any of them at the festival this year?
My first comedy hero was Steve Wrigley, who I used to watch in Wellington when I was at comedy nights on a fake ID. When he is on form, riffing on some obscure idea taken from the audience, he really is the best in the country I think. He also got me my first paid gig in comedy, so I think I’m contractually obliged to say he is my hero.
What were the highlights of your recent trip to the Melbourne Comedy Festival with the FanFiction crew?
I loved being able to see heaps of shows for free! It was really inspiring to see just how good the comedians my age were over there. Here, me and the other Billy T nominees are often considered “young” but, in Australia, that’s totally the norm. There are people my age with enormous followings, their own TV shows, it was cool to see how comedy fans had embraced younger, weirder comedians, and I hope it’s a sign of things to come over this way.
What’s your advice to any of the Class Comedians or up and coming young comedians who may aspire to be a Billy T Nominee in the future?
I guess trust that what you think is funny, is funny. I spent a lot of time trying to write jokes that I thought other people would find funny, and it wasn’t until I learnt to trust my own messed up instincts that I have felt really confident as a comedian. If you don’t make yourself laugh, there’s no point trying it on anyone else.
What other stuff are you doing at the Comedy fest this year? e.g. Late Laughs, FanFiction
Good examples! I am doing FanFiction Comedy and did Late Laughs down in Wellington. Two wildly different, enjoyable shows. And if anyone reading hasn’t seen it, I can’t recommend coming along to FanFic enough. It’s such an unpredictable show, where amazing comics read material that you can guarantee you won’t see anywhere else. And probably the highest ratio of Hunger Games jokes per minute in the festival.
Dates: Mon 13 – Sat 18 May, 8.45pm
Venue: The Classic Studio, Level One, 321 Queen St
Tickets: $13 – $18
Bookings: www.ticketek.co.nz www.comedy.co.nz