Interview: Angelos Epithemiou
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Comedy can be found everywhere, you just need to look hard enough. It could be in something you see in the street, a picture on the internet or it could be found in a burger van. Former burger van owner Angelos Epithemiou is rapidly becoming one of the hottest commodities in comedy after being found by Shooting Stars host Bob Mortimer. “I used to [work in a burger van] and I was very good at it,” said Angelos. “In fact I was so good at it they given me an award for it. Mortimer come on and presented the award to me. Then he got chatting to me and I got chatting to him, and he said ‘will you come on my show?’. “Now I’ve seen this bloody show, and I thought ‘what a load of rubbish’, it’s babyish and they’re a pair of chancers. So when he asked me I said ‘no’, then he asked me again I said ‘no I’m not doing it’ and then he asked me again and I said ‘oh all right, I will’. He twisted my arm. So that’s how I got on this show.”Angelos replaced George Dawes on “Shooting Stars” as the scorekeeper. But he’s not overly excited by the role. “It takes up a lot of my bloody time, they’re a pair of idiots, they make me look like an idiot on there. It’s an hour and a half of my life I won’t get back every week. “It’s tricky, I don’t know anything about numbers and yet I have to do the scores. You’d have thought they’d have sorted that about but they haven’t.” He says that despite the fame of working on “Shooting Stars”, he definitely prefers working on his burger van. However, he can’t as it has been blown up by, what Angelos calls “mysterious forces”. Following the success of Angelos’ performances on “Shooting Stars”, he was booked to do a special Christmas tour in December last year. Such was the demand of the tour, however, many more dates were added for early this year. “I didn’t expect it to be so popular, I only wanted to do one date. Then they said ‘no you can’t, you’ve got to do more’. I was thinking ‘how am I gonna watch all the tele I gotta watch if I gotta do all these blinkin’ dates?’. Then they just added more and more and more, I thought ‘this is ridiculous’. I’d rather be at home with my feet up eating ice cream, but I can’t now I’ve got to go out and do these shows.”
Angelos will be bringing his unique style of comedy to the Engine Shed later this month. Photo: Emery PR
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