My Comedy Hero: James Acaster on The Rock

'It's nice to have a big muscly guy being funny and stupid'

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This article is from 2014.

My Comedy Hero: James Acaster on The Rock

The Rock was one of my favourite comedy characters growing up, and I still think he is. Mainly because he took himself so seriously by being ridiculous and a buffoon all the time but always took the high status. I liked all his little catchphrases and mannerisms; he would call people ‘jabroni’, which is still very funny and tell everyone they needed to know their roles and referring to himself in the third person all the time.

There’s not many comedy characters that make me laugh as much as The Rock does; it’s nice to have a big muscly guy being funny and stupid. And he’s in an arena where people take themselves far too seriously and he’s making himself look like an absolute idiot. I could try and sound more clever, but if I’m being honest with myself, it has to be The Rock. I never liked wrestling, but I thought The Rock was brilliant, and that is a statement to how funny he is that I’d even watch a show that I didn’t like just to see him on it. All of wrestling was stupid and I didn’t understand why my friends took it so seriously and saw it as a real thing. I didn’t get how they couldn’t see that WWF was a massive platform for this comedy genius.

Òran Mór, Glasgow, Sun 9 Nov.

This article is from 2014.

James Acaster: The Trelogy

Stand up from the 2015 Chortle Best Show winner, as he presents Recognise, Represent and Reset on tour.

The Glee Club, Nottingham

Tue 2 May

£16 phone for availability / 0871 472 0400

Wed 3 May

£16 / 0871 472 0400

Thu 4 May

£17.60 / 0871 472 0400

Hen & Chicken, Bristol

Wed 17 May

£16 / 0117 902 0344

Thu 18 May

£16 / 0117 902 0344

Fri 19 May

£16 / 0117 902 0344

Kettering Arts Centre

Thu 11 May

£17.60–£43.20 / 01536 513858

Fri 12 May

£17.60–£43.20 / 01536 513858

Sat 13 May

£17.60–£43.20 / 01536 513858

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