Adam Bloom Interview
If you could combine neurosis, honesty and beautiful absurdity into a perfectly weighted comedy package then you will be left with the genius that is Adam Bloom. Liberation Frequency watched his latest Edinburgh Preview (at The Amused Moose in Soho), and even got the chance to speak to the man himself.
Despite the material being largely experimental, tonights' routine never feels like a dry run. The audience are soon left exhausted just by watching Bloom's sheer energy output. The manic unrelenting delivery of his observations is underpinned by a likeable warmth and charm that creates an immense rapport between him and his audience. Furthermore his material gains strength from the empathy it draws from the crowd as they are exposed to the inner conflicts that are central to Bloom's routine. Specifically in this case Bloom bemoans the fact that by wanting to be friendly and loving to the world around him he is paradoxically led to more conflict and anger than if he'd just kept his politeness and sensitivity underwraps. Bloom proves this point with a barrage of side splitting anicdotes riding the main 'anger management' premise of a routine peppered with superb one liners and razor-sharp observations.
After the show we decided to pick his brain on all things comedy, old skool Hip Hop, Beck, Rubik's Cubes and possessing a large manhood!?
Liberation Frequency: What are you up to at the moment?
Adam Bloom: Working hard on my new Edinburgh Show. It’s mainly about anger and my battle with it. My comedy is slightly unusual in the sense that I’m generally positive about life; so complaining to this extent will be quite new for me. My conclusion is still positive, though.
LF: What is your favourite rumour or press about yourself that isn’t true?
Adam Bloom: Apparently, I was about to take part in a threesome when a friend rang to ask how my gig had gone that night and I’d said that it went well and one of the girls disagreed, saying that she felt I’d lost the crowd a bit towards the end and I got so annoyed that I stormed out. I wrote a Radio 4 show about it, tracing it to its original source.
LF: What one fact can you tell us that no one else knows about you?
Adam Bloom: That I don’t choose strangers above my Fiancée, friends and family to share secrets with. Okay, then… when I was 14 years old, I could just about suck my own c**k. (I was short, slim, an early developer and a breakdancer…and had a big cock)
LF: Ricky Gervais is one of your fans, have you ever met him?
Adam Bloom: Yes, several times. I first met him in 2000, just as he was writing The Office. He was very humble, so much so (and in a strangely confident way) that I could sense that he was onto something big. I even picked up on it the moment he stood up to shake my hand. His enthusiastically puffed out chest and ‘genuinely pleased to meet you’ smile told me that he was entering my business on a mission and respected all those he’d watched in the past and was about to humbly overtake. It was beautiful. I recently interviewed him for a documentary on pausing for Radio 4. He was stunningly articulate.I could’ve easily made an hour show just from using his thoughts on pausing in The Office.
LF: If you could sum up your stand up comedy style in three words what would they be?
Adam Bloom: Original. Honest. Mischievous.
LF: Who in comedy past and present do you look up to the most?
Adam Bloom: Past, Woody Allen, Emo Philips & Alexei Sayle. Present Sean Lock, Daniel Kitson & Phil Kay.
LF: What did you do before you did stand-up?
Adam Bloom: I was a cocktail barman who desperately wanted to be a stand-up comedian.
LF: What is it like doing the Edinburgh Festival and how do you prepare?
Adam Bloom: It’s like Disneyland for comedians, but it goes on for a week too long. I prepare by doing lots of previews, new material nights at comedy clubs and thinking about my show a lot in cafés and on park benches.
LF: What was the worst gig you ever played?
Adam Bloom: My sixth ever gig. I was 23 and it was at, what is now one of my favourite clubs in Britain, Up The Creek in Greenwich. I was booed off by 300 people in front of TV cameras for Channel 4’s Reportage. I cried when I got home.
LF: What is on your MP3 Player?
Adam Bloom: One XClan track. 60 gig, the irony.
LF: What band or artist or song is your guilty pleasure?
Adam Bloom: Beck.
LF: What is your favourite heckle of all time and/or your favourite response to a heckle?
Adam Bloom: I was once having a very tough Christmas gig and I said ‘Any questions?’ and this very bored-looking woman, with her head on her chin, barely looked up said ‘Any jokes?’ Christmas gigs are generally in front of people who have never seen live comedy before and yet are outspoken about their opinions on the comedians. This woman displayed all that I hate about those gigs, but with great delivery.
LF: What was the last album you bought?
Adam Bloom: X Clan. Return To Mecca. Hugely disappointing, given that their first album was groundbreaking and their second was a masterpiece. Then again two of the three original members have sadly died since their second album. Brother J is still a genius. Sorry if no one knows them. It’s a New York rap group and, right this second, I wish I was black because, as they point out all the time, their music isn’t meant for white people to listen to.
LF: If you could take one person with you on a desert island who would it be?
Adam Bloom: The person who first wrote that question. A fit punishment.
LF: If you were approached to star in a reality TV show, would you do it and how much for?
Adam Bloom: No, never. And not for a million pounds. I was asked to do E4’s King Of Comedy and turned it down, flatly. I’m just not into doing that kind of thing. However, I lived in pitch black solitary confinement (apart from loo breaks and meals) for 48 hours for BBC’s Horizon. It was a scientific experiment to see the effects on the human brain having been left alone for long periods of time.
LF: Do you think alternative comedy on TV is a dying breed, with shows in the mould of Young Ones etc. being ditched in favour of middle of the road sitcoms like My Family?
Adam Bloom: A bit, I also think ‘alternative comedy’ is a dying phrase. There are still shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm and the ingenious Arrested Development. So, at least The States is keeping us with good things at the moment.
LF: I hear you are a bit handy with a Rubik’s Cube?
Adam Bloom: Yes, at 10 years old my record was 37.2 seconds. This year I took an interest again as a warm-up for Andrew Maxwell’s Fullmooner’s and shattered my record with 29 seconds. I cheered loudly, alone in my flat.
LF: Eastenders or Corrie?
Adam Bloom: Neither.
LF: Lager or Wine?
Adam Bloom: Wine. Red only. Until a few years ago, it was white only. Same with coffee now (you’ll never know which way round it is)
LF: Pizza or Curry?
Adam Bloom: Curry. I gave up meat six weeks ago. I’ve just discovered a seafood Indian restaurant that’s blown my mind. It’s called Rasa Samudra and is in Charlotte St in Soho. I lived opposite it for over five years and didn’t eat there once. Now I’ve eaten there twice.
LF: Boxers or Y Fronts?
Adam Bloom: Boxers. That 80’s Levis advert in the laundrette still exists in our minds.
LF: Are Jaffa Cakes wrongfully classed as biscuits?
Adam Bloom: No, wrongly named as cakes. And that question was wrongly named as a question.
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