Craig Campbell is a Canadian comedian who’s been based in the UK, specifically Devon, for a long while now.
Previously part of a comedy trio The Dinks, with Tony Law and Dan Antopolski, and alongside Stewart Francis and Glenn Wool as part of The Lumberjacks, he’s been using his adventurous personality to pull material from the strangest of places.
We caught up with the man himself and asked him about scary gigs, why he pulled out of an Everest-based stand up event and how to get away with performing whilst very high.
His comedy is like a knife fight in a muddy trench
Campbell’s comedy can veer from the more observational and mundane (see his cheese material on Russell Howard’s Good News) to frankly bizarre stuff about talking to the cops on mushrooms.
For a man who’s travelled far and wide, inside his own mind and out, he can often present the unconventional as the everyday.
His comedy is best described to the uninitiated as “like a knife fight in a muddy trench”.
“My adventures are my memories, my memories are my material. [My humour is] mutually reliant on them but as I get older my adventures hurt my hips more.”
He’s a bit of a Piste-artist
Campbell, as a devoted snowboarder, has been performing at ski resorts from Austria to Whistler for years, usually as part of the Altitude Festival.
The sort of gigs he generally plays are a bit more normal.
“I try to keep it ‘more usual’ as of late as they tend to be lower risk and more fun for all involved.”
Which brings us onto his ‘fish-bait machete’ encounter.
He needs to choose better friends
“I had a couple of huge, very angry Hawaiian dudes armed with fish-bats and machetes approach me after [a gig] attacking the truck I’d been travelling in. I protected myself by emptying my bowels and shaking uncontrollably.
“They then placed their machetes under their massive, fat, fish-bat arms, shook my hand and advised me to ‘keep better company’ and now I do [as I’m currently] touring with Frankie Boyle.”
Campbell has in fact played in front of 300,000 people during Boyle’s record breaking tour in 2010; joining him again in 2012.
Everest is on-ice
The highest comedy gig in the world, scheduled for Everest’s Base Camp on 15 April 2016 is taking place 5,365m above sea level. With a raft of circuit stars like Martin Mor, Tom Wrigglesworth, Wayne Deakin and Micky D.
Campbell himself was forced to pull out due to “a slower than expected recovery from October’s Arthroscopic Surgery, due to arthritis progressively and aggressively disintegrating my hips.”
Although, with plans to hit up Bosnia in the near future, he wont be short of material.
He’s a comedian that’s literally on acid
And finally, if you want to perform high, so very high, Craig has a few tips.
“I know EXACTLY what comedy is like when performed high. Acid’s an extremely wily horse to ride through a show. My main advice to the novice would be never admit you’re on it, wear sunglasses regardless of all other circumstances (ie: whether or not it’s actually sunny).
“They’re imperative to this crucial goal. As [to] why you’re wearing sunglasses in the dark, it will be far easier to explain than the state of your pupils.”
Craig Campbell’s Don’t Look Down is at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival this March and nationwide during spring 2016.