Paul Foot sounds exhausted as he says: “I’ve just been sending a 33-page fax.”
Despite living in the age of paperless offices, email and cloud computing, the fax is still king in Paul’s house.
“Doesn’t everyone use faxes?” he cries. “When you want to see a piece of paper, what else can you use? The post? I suppose you could put it in the post, but that’ll take a day or so. What else do people do? Email? How does that work? You’d have to scan 33 pages...”
Fair point, but when did he last receive a fax?
“Do I ever get faxes?” he cries. “Never. No. I never receive, I only send. And I only send them to one person – my accountant, who gets this massive fax once a year, all muddled up, things upside down. It takes me ages to fax it. It’s very satisfying to send, you see it going through ... page 31, page 32, page 33... complete! Marvellous!”
Welcome to the world of comedian Paul Foot, a unique character who is bringing his unique sense of humour to the Midlands.
“For me it’s the most obvious things that occur to me during the day, to others, it’s not so obvious,” he explains of what he finds amusing.
“But it’s so different to what the other comedians do. It’s just things that make me laugh when I get up in the morning. People have said it’s absurd and surreal, but I don’t like those labels.”
Hailing from Buckinghamshire, Paul tried his hand at stand-up as a teen. Avoiding traditional gags, he “just made stuff up,” and his singular style developed.
“I never watched stand-up, I created my comedy in a vacuum. I was never influenced by other comedians around me. I made up my own methods.”
Paul’s latest one-man-show is entitled Words.
“Well, it has words in it and words are important to it,” he says.
“For example, I take two words that are different, they have the same letters apart from one different, and I analyse this to a considerable extent.
“Sometimes I talk about ‘rookery’ and ‘rockery’, which are two very different words I could analyse to the extent that it’s not necessary.
“A lot of it’s very pedantic.”
* Paul Foot plays Birmingham’s Glee Club on October 30. For tickets, ring 0871 472 0400 or go to www.glee.co.uk/birmingham . Paul also plays Warwick Arts Centre on November 8 and Bromsgrove Artrix on November 19.