"The only other time was when Arsenal legend Thierry Henry looked me in the eyes and I cried..." Idle chit-chat with Archie Maddocks
Hey Archie, how the heck are you?
Yeah I’m good. Life’s good, even when it’s not, it’s still good.
What have you been up to today?[Ed's note: this was last week.]
Today I have been in Wolverhampton for a TV project that I’m currently working on. It was lovely and has got me really excited for the future.
Where are you right now?
I’m filling this out from an overcrowded and overbooked train with quite a few pissed off passengers – which I’m enjoying far too much if I’m honest.
Describe your comedy style.
I would say I’m quite anecdotal – I love a story, quite quick and generally enthusiastic and upbeat.
So, you all ready for the Fringe then?
Can you ever be ready? I don’t you can ever prepare enough for this month-long beast. If I’m honest this is the least prepared I’ve ever been for the Fringe, but this is the best show I’ve got. I’m not sure if there’s a correlation there or not...
How have your preview shows been going?
The more I do, the better they get. They’ve mostly been very nice. There’s been two that have made me question the essence of being and why I decided to subject some increasingly angry people to my rambles though, but only two...
Tell us what you can about your new show for the Fringe, ‘Matchstick’, in two sentences?
A show that you should definitely come and see. It’ll leave you thinking for days and give me the Nutella money I need to sustain my fluffy body.
How many times have you been to the Fringe, and what’s your best experience there?
This will be my fifth year in a row. Probably meeting my girlfriend up there, which will be four fringes ago now.
You’ve got a great poster for your Fringe show, where’s that from?
Ah thanks! Well it was designed by the mega-talented Lise Richardson (get her to do things for you, she’s very good!) and I was going for a kind of gentle/funny propaganda vibe.
As usual for you comedian types, there’s no bio on your website, so, in the style of a haiku, tell us about you.
There is too a bio on my website you liars! But I’ll do one for you anyway...
Funny and thoughtful,
Smart? Not entirely sure.
Nutella is life.
[Another Ed note: we are liars, fair cop. In slight mitigation the bio is beneath quotes saying how amazing Archie is and therefore we didn't read it properly.]
I see on Twitter Konnie Huq has been telling you some home truths, what did you say to get a reaction from her?
Oh yeah! I was on TalkRadio on the weekend and she was one of the call-ins – I’d been complaining about it being so hot in my flat despite the weather cooling down, so Konnie said “you’re probably going to hell”. Absolutely slaughtered my childhood.
It seems like you guys have to do a bunch of these Q&A’s before the festival, what’s the worst question you’ve been asked so far? (And don’t read any further before answering…)
I love ALL Q&As equally...
And, honestly, are they a ball-ache to do, or in any way *cough* good fun?
I actually find them quite fun. It’s nice and tricky saying nice things about myself that might make people want to come to the show but also not like the worlds’ cockiest prick. Have I managed that so far?
Borderline... Ha. No, you're getting it spot on. TV shows; which one would be your dream show?
To be in or to write? To be in I would say Would I Lie To You, I think it’s brilliant. To write, something like Breaking Bad or The Wire.
Another Twitter observation, you’re obviously a big supporter of Justice4Grenfell, what would you like to say on that topic?
People deserve justice for what happened and those to blame cannot and must not be allowed to get away with what they let happen. I have faith that justice will eventually prevail, but when that will be is another question.
Tell us a charity we should support. And why.
Well, Justice4Grenfell, there’s not so much a charity as a community organisation – and they can always do with more support. Alongside that - Mind. It’s important to help fund things like this so that people can seek the help that they need. I think they do a lot of good work, often thankless, and should be supported. I feel the same with St Mungo’s.
When was the last time you were starstruck?
I was closing a gig in Putney a few years ago. This guy bops after to me after the show, he’s like “yo fam, that was good still” and I realise it’s Romeo from So Solid Crew! I was so starstruck, all I could do was quote his own lyrics back to him, so I went “oh my god, two multiplied by ten plus one?”. He nodded and said “Romeo done.” Then I screamed. The only other time was when Arsenal legend Thierry Henry looked me in the eyes and I cried...
What other comedian is worth checking out?
There’s so much, but I’d encourage people to try and see someone they haven’t seen before to broaden horizons.
What’s the question we should have asked you today but haven’t?
Are you happy?
Finally, how do you take your coffee?
I like a flat white. Don’t know what it is, but I like it!
Archie performs ‘Matchstick’ at Just The Tonic (The Mash House) at 1.55pm, 2nd – 26th August (not 13th). Tickets are on sale now.
You can follow Archie on Twitter to see what he's up to.