Interview: Tim Muller on Laugh Now, Google Later

Tim Muller has a show in the 2017 New Zealand International Comedy Festival called Laugh Now, Google Later, which you can get tickets to here:

Who are you and how did you get started in comedy?

I’m Tim Muller, scientist by day, comedian by night, quite good at making pancakes by morning. As far as I remember, I couldn’t sleep one night and sort of accidently wrote a set, and figured I may as well perform it.

What inspired your Comedy Fest show?

Donald Trump, fake news, stupid facebook arguments, that real estate agent in Paihia who got arrested for dealing P on the side, Sir Peter Gluckman’s epic and wonderful rant called ‘scientific advice in a troubled world’, and the original 1979 edition of ‘Guess Who?’. I think those are the main ones.

Why should people go and see your Comedy Fest show?

Hopefully people will learn almost as much as they laugh. Also, it’s at 5:30, so you can come straight from work and still get home in time to watch the News on +1.

If you could describe your fest show in 3 words what would they be?

Funny. A lot.

What’s your favourite part about the NZ Comedy Fest?

Stating the obvious, but it’s a festival. There’s a real buzz around the venues, all of the comedians go to each other’s shows and cheer each other on. It’s like Christmas, but for a family that likes each other.

What’s the most important thing to you about doing comedy?

I think it’s one of the few scenarios in our society where a bunch of strangers can have a conversation about important issues (admittedly a one-sided one) without it descending into a screaming match (usually). That said, if I never achieved anything on stage other than making people laugh, I still think it’d be an excellent use of my time.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into comedy?

Write lots. 90% of what you write will suck, and that’s normal and ok. The top 10% is all that counts.
Also, get on stage as soon and as often as you can.

Aside from your own, what are three comedy fest shows people should go and see?

That’s an evil question. Like choosing a favourite child. Anyway, here goes. These people are all good mates and I’m really excited about their shows:

Buy tickets to Laugh Now, Google Later here:

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