Mick Ferry talks stand-up, his first ever gig, comparisons with Les Dawson
On leaving his job as an upholsterer to try his hand at stand-up:
“I got to that age [Ferry is 46] where I wanted to try something different. I didn’t want to get to 40 and feel like I hadn’t done anything. I wouldn’t say I was the funniest kid at school or anything – that’s not for me to judge is it? But maybe I was the most annoying. I messed about a lot. So I thought: ‘Why not mess around on stage and see if anyone else finds it funny?’
“I’ve got the best job in the world now. I basically get paid for talking a load of old cobblers. What better job is there than that? I certainly don’t want to go back to getting up at 6am and working 12-hour shifts as an upholsterer. That was hard, hard, work. This is easy peasy by comparison.
On his first ever gig at the Frog and Bucket in Manchester:
“I was so drunk I can’t remember much of it. I turned up early and the guy said, ‘you’re not on until midnight’, so I spent the next three hours getting trollied. I’m not sure how it went, to be honest. But I went back for more, which is the main thing.”
On comparisons with Les Dawson:
“It’s very kind of people to say. It’s an honour to be compared to someone like that. But I’m not so sure, I don’t think I’m a patch on him. I think someone once said I have a lugubrious face, so maybe we’ve got that in common. We’ve both got miserable faces.”