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Laugh out Loud – 5 minutes with Johnny Cochrane

Greenwich Magazine caught up with the stand-up comedian and London resident after his performance at Up the Creek Comedy Club

1. What your latest ventures other than tonight's show?

I'm about to start filming two series of an animal based factual show for CBBC, which is really exciting. I'm also preparing to take a show up to the Edinburgh Fringe this year. 

2. How does tonight's show compare to your other work? 

I really enjoy the TV work, it often leads us in to doing new things that we wouldn't get to do otherwise and that's great. But I love the buzz you get from performing live, that immediate gratification you get from working with an audience. 

3. What can the audience expect from tonight's show?

I would say lots of energy from The Blackout Night at Up the Creek - and a really diverse array of acts. Plus some original comedy… some of it will actually be so original that it won't make anyone laugh and may result in the house lights being turned off. 

4. What were your feelings ahead of the show? 

I am always excited to host The Blackout Nights on a Thursday. I love getting to know the audiences and it's always great for me to watch all the new acts - plus add my own flavour whilst hosting.

5. What's Up the Creek like as a place to perform?

It’s a really special place - it has a totally unique atmosphere, which can intimidate some acts, but I love the fact that if you get the crowd on side there's a wonderful energy. That said, if the crowd don't like what you're doing, they will let you know pretty quickly. 

6. What are some of your favourite Greenwich locations?

Apart from Up the Creek I would say Greenwich Park is a great location. In the summer in particular, its a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. I also like the new Nando's by Cutty Sark. There's not many places that can't be improved by having a Nando's around.

Johnny is next hosting The Blackout at Up the Creek Comedy Club, Greenwich on Thursday 12th March.


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