Welsh comic and writer Lloyd Langford is originally from Baglan, Neath Port Talbot but he currently lives in London with Rhod Gilbert as his landlord we managed to catch up with Lloyd and find out more about his work, who makes him laugh and what it is like working with other comics.
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You are involved in a lot of radio productions where you have worked with a range of comedians and celebs, what show was the most fun and why?
I’ve been lucky to work with some great names in British comedy including Anne Reid, Stephen Fry and Angus Deayton. A recent highlight was working on The Unbelievable Truth with David Mitchell and meeting Graeme Garden. It was a pleasure bouncing off David as he’s got such a quick wit. I tried to argue that Australians koalas have more rights than Australian children as the Australians themselves are descended from criminals and have a rather haphazard approach to the legal system. I might have lost some of the Aussies in the room, if I’m honest.
You are regular panelist on Ask Rhod Gilbert and seem to suffer at his hands, off air do you get your revenge?
Off air I do subtle things. I regulary spike his drink with a chemical that makes his nostril hair grow at three times the human average. I also convince him that when he cuts his own hair it looks good, even though in reality it looks like Edward Scissorshands has been on the gin, decided to have a bash at it but only has a 40 watt lightbulb for illumination.
If you could be anyone for just a day, who or what would you be?
I would be David Cameron and I would immediately resign from my post as Prime Minister. Then I’d punch myself in the face for the remainder of the day, occaisionally pausing to ask a passerby to knee me really hard in the plums.
Who makes you laugh and who would you most like to work with?
These are some people who make me laugh: Liam Mullone, Jon Richardson, Roisin Conaty, Fred Cooke, Celia Pacquola, Hannibal Buress, Alex Horne and Coconut Lady. I think I’d most like to work with Steve Martin.
If you were not a comedian what job would you most like to do, and what would be your worst nightmare?
The job I most covet at the moment is playing corpses in television dramas.
I’ve been practicing looking dead and I think I’ve properly nailed it now. So casting directors, if you’re reading this, I’m a bit pale anyway (saves on makeup costs) and can lie completely still with my eyes shut for up to 15 minutes. I would not like to be a taxi driver. I cannot drive and I have no problem with immigrants, thus ruling me out of 85% of UK taxi work.
You have written for a lot of tv and radio shows including Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Have I Got News For You, Live At The Apollo to name but just a few, where do you get your inspiration from?
A lot of those shows are topical, and so I use newspapers and the internet to research stories and possible joke angles. I occasionally use my spirit guide, Kevin, to help me if I get stuck. Also, I’m often writing for and with some pretty funny people, So we just knock ideas to and fro, until we work up some stuff we’re happy with. If you’re writing jokes, it helps if you’ve got Rhod Gilbert, Simon Amstell, Dan Swimer or Greg Davies sat across the table from you. In the case of Rhod Gilbert, he has to be sat across the table from you lest you get tangled up in his copious nose hair, like some sort of nasal assault course.
If you going on a long journey what do you take to read, newspaper, fiction, autobiography or comic?
I usually take a fiction book, a non-fiction book, an MP3 player, a laptop and a newspaper. If my train gets delayed, I never want to face the prospect of looking through the onboard magazine. At the moment, I’m reading Greil Marcus’ The Shape of Things To Come: Prophecy and The American Voice and listening to Link Wray’s Bullshot. You can’t really go wrong with either of those two.
Do you miss living in Wales?
I do. I try and come back whenever I can. I just went on holiday to Tenby, which was brilliant. I swam in the sea, walked along the beach and did my utmost to clean the place out of real ale and moules marinière.
Interview by Nicky Cook November 2012
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