Radio 4 and Rastamouse writer Nathan Caton headlines Laughing Bishops Comedy Club
A comic with credits from Rastamouse to Radio 4 will be finding the funny at Bishop's Stortford's own comedy club on Saturday.
Live at the Apollo star Nathan Caton will be headlining the Laughing Bishops Comedy Club compered by Stortford’s own Paddy Lennox with support from Gareth Richards and Matt Green.
Since abandoning his architecture studies at 19 and hitting the stand-up circuit, the 33-year-old Londoner has won an army of fans with his blend of personal and political humour.
The 6ft 2in comedian said: “I’m a big softie – looks can be deceiving. I’m a huggy bear. I guess my material is a brand of personal anecdotes along with social commentary on the world.”
A former winner of the Chortle Student Comic of the Year award and FHM Stand Up Hero finalist, he has appeared on Russell Howard’s Good News, Mock the Week and Comedy Central’s The Comedy Store. The channel is also home to his pilot, The Nathan Caton Show.
At the same time, he has racked up the hits on radio with The News Quiz, The Now Show and his own programme, Can’t Tell Nathan Caton Nothing on Radio 4.
A self-confessed sports geek and life-long Brentford football fan, he has also appeared on Sky Sports’ Soccer AM.
His writing credits include episodes of the CBBC cartoon Rastamouse, penned after he met the team behind the animated cult success while making his Comedy Central showcase.
He said: “At the time I wrote it I thought it was going to be a little kids’ thing – I didn’t realise it was going to become a phenomenon.”
But making a live audience laugh is his first love and enduring passion.
“The stand-up comedy performing life, that’s always going to be my bread and butter. That’s what got me doing TV, radio and writing. Stand-up holds a special place in my heart.”
Llife on the road does have its downside, however, with his work stopping him spending leisure time with friends and family.
He joked: “I’d be surprised if my girlfriend knows what I look like, but it’s part of the job and I enjoy what I do.”
He credits his “strong, tough and admirable” mother and grandmother with inspiring his own attitude to relentless gigging.
“It’s definitely made me the person I am today, being a strong individual and having a massively strong work ethic.”
Nathan’s relatives have become part of his act, with jokes and anecdotes about his mum and brother, while his grandmother starred with him – and threatened to steal the show - in the BBC’s Gran Jury, where the Caton family matriarch Gan Gan gives her no-nonsense takes on the problems of life for millennials.
“I hope they don’t mind – because I’m getting paid and paying the bills. My brother may complain sometimes, but I think he likes it really.”
He joked: “As for my grandmother, she’s such a performer… I was going to have to fire her. I get my eccentricity from her.”
Current affairs are also a rich source of inspiration. “The world at the moment, there’s so much you can make jokes with – it’s about finding the funny wherever you can in the world.”
Nathan does not believe comedy has boundaries but admitted he set his own limits of acceptability when putting a routine together.
In the coming months, he will be preparing for a tour in 2019, working hard writing a routine and trialling the fresh material to weed out duff jokes.
“Trust me, it happens… You have to fail in order to grow and develop as a comedian.”
* Nathan Caton, Matt Green and Gareth Richards appear at Laughing Bishop’s Comedy Club at the Water Lane United Reformed Church hall this Saturday (Sept 29). Doors open at 7.30pm, the show starts at 8.30pm and the last act is on at 10.30pm. Tickets are £16.50 (includes booking fee; concs £11.50) online at www.wegottickets.com/paddylennox. Cash-only bar. Pop-up Indian food from Rekha Joshi £6 for curry. For more details, see https://laughingbishops.co.uk/