Ivo Graham: 'Doing a rap is specifically not my skillset'
- Brian Donaldson
- 4 April 2019
Youngest ever winner of So You Think You're Funny keeps up his fine form with a show about parenthood
The onstage persona of Ivo Graham is of a well-educated but utterly personable chap, one wouldn't say boo to the proverbial waterfowl. Yet, over the last year, you may have seen him absolutely slaughtering two fellow comics on the small screen. First there was his brutal take-down of Fern Brady on Comedy Central's Roast Battle: 'if it's not too much of a Hollywood cliché, I think we came out of it as better friends and with more respect for one another'. And then he went up against Nathan Caton in a vicious hip hop stand-off during ITV2's Don't Hate the Playaz: 'it had the potential to be extremely humiliating, as doing a rap is specifically not my skillset'.
Back in his comfort zone, Graham is currently touring with Motion Sickness, a show all about his love life and parenthood. 'We rather stepped out of the conventional order of things, with marriage very much tbc, and instead we've gone straight to baby which in the short term seemed more stress-free than planning a wedding.'
Whatever the long term holds for Graham, the comedic fates certainly seem aligned in his favour. An acclaimed and talented comic (a decade ago, he was the youngest ever winner of So You Think You're Funny), he has shown in the likes of 2017's Educated Guess that he can turn his hand to other gifts. There, he proved he could wield his memory to staggering effect when asked to match currently serving British MPs with their constituencies and throwing in a quiz element.
'I am a loyalist to stand-up and a well-told story but I love that extra bit of variety that you get when someone has a genuine skill. And there was a genuine sense of jeopardy at the end with the quiz. I don't want to talk it up too much but I really did love that, and I would like to do more things in the future that involve not just stand-up but a quiz element. That's when I'm at my happiest.'
Ivo Graham: Motion Sickness is on tour until Thu 30 May.