Al Murray's stand-up tips

The Pub Landlord tells us how it's done

On expat audiences: ‘What I think is really entertaining with British expats is they hold everything at arm’s length. They’re sentimentally nostalgic for the UK and secretly relieved they’re not there at the same time.’

On audience intelligence: ‘If the audience isn’t clued up they’re a lot harder to connect with, they don’t get some of the London or UK shorthand.’

On which style of comedy to try and playing to your strengths: ‘If you say you don’t like one-liners, you’re a storyteller, it’s because you can’t do one-liners. You end up doing the kind of comedy you can do. I play a character – but I can’t play myself.’
Al Murray performs at Dubai World Trade Centre on October 4. Dhs300-500. www.timeouttickets.com.

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