Joel Dommett – 'I've got to do my absolute best to deliver something which is beyond people's expectations'
- Brian Donaldson
- 30 August 2017
Stand-up made famous by reality TV takes on the challenge of big expectations
You can slog away for years on the live comedy circuit making steady in-roads on the nation's affections, but all it takes is a spot on a reality TV show to suddenly propel you into the big league. That is the fate which has befallen Joel Dommett whose appearance on I'm a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! (for those who care about this kind of thing, he came second behind Gogglebox's Scarlett Moffatt) means he can now take his cheeky brand of stand-up to large theatres across the country.
Did he have any idea that the ITV show would have such an impact on his career? 'It was a real gamble doing it,' he admits. 'I thought a lot about the pros and cons; the entire time I was in there I was so scared that the comedy community was going to shun me because I'd gone into a massively commercial reality show. But they've been so lovely, as well as this new demographic of people. To have both of those teams on my side is the dream, really.'
Now the Gloucestershire-born stand-up can take his work into sizeable rooms, but he doesn't feel that it's as much of a leap as others might think. 'My shows, weirdly, have always been quite big, but whereas before they were kind of ironically big in small venues, now they just fit the larger rooms. There's a real story arch to the show, a huge crescendo, and a really big epic ending.
'People saw me on a reality show being kind of funny, so I feel I'm in a real position where I have to deliver more. I'm fully aware that this reality TV thing might be a small bubble and that bubble might burst, so I've got to do my absolute best to deliver something which is beyond people's expectations so they come back to see me again.'
King's Theatre, Edinburgh, Sat 23 Sep; Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Sun 24 Sep.