KINGSTON based Simon Jenkins first met the public eye in 2008 on Channel 4's teen EduDoc "Year Dot". The programme followed him on his quest to make it as a stand up comedian, and led him to nationwide publicity. Now that the series has ended, I caught up with Simon to talk about his experiences on the programme and discuss the future. So Simon, where are you? I'm currently sat up to my dining room table in my lounge in Portsmouth. My best mate Tom is sat opposite me rolling a cigarette and Mum is sat on the sofa complaining she is unable to hear 'This Morning' on the TV. It is very snowy outside, and i am stuck here. Send help! The police are on their way. So what have you been doing since we last saw you on YearDot? Thanks -  Since YearDot I've been gigging across the UK on the Comedy Central live tour which was pretty good fun. Playing to lots of drunk students with broken dreams and built up regret about their A-Level results... I'm also doing some writing for a TV project which is due to finish this week and hopefully be commissioned for next year at some point. I've also been learning how to cook - you're all welcome round my place for some pasta & pesto...   Pasta and pesto? Does this mean we're going out now? What do you think is the biggest Difference YearDot has made to your life? I'm pretty sure we're officially together... I'm gonna change my facebook status... I'm no longer looking for 'random play'... I think YearDot made me realise I need to get better... So i took a few weeks out of performing to concentrate on my writing, then was luckily offered lots of gigs to try out all the material. Doing YearDot means i get recognised a fair bit... The best one so far... Two fit girls in the pub said my name and i turned around. One girl said, "are you that comedian from the telly"? I said yes and walked away feeling pretty good... She turned to her friend and said... "I told you... it WAS that gay comedian"... I'm not gay. Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear! As for our relationship i'm knitting a picture of us together as we speak. Do you have any other talents apart from comedy and pesto that you might like to persue? I'm gonna write a song about us called "that bloke and that girl what did sex and love that time"... Ronan Keating is gonna play the bassoon.  Other talents...? I can make my tongue go really big... I've just graduated from Uni where i studied Drama, so i suppose i can act a bit. I specialised in Pornographic acting so maybe i could break into that area... but to be honest, i have no real hopes.  Other talents include:  drinking coffee hopscotch  walking backwards  blinking  looking at things insulting women  *chess flu counting (forwards & backwards) * I can't play chess.  Counting forwards AND backwards? I need to lie down. I've lined up Tom Jones to do a very convincing sax solo. So, what is it about stand up that you love so much? When I was younger, like 12 or 13, I used to sleep at my Dad's house every Thursday. He'd let me stay up late and watch things like the Fast show and Badiel & Skinner Unplanned. I was a massive fan of Frank Skinner and just thought he was a genius. Then 6 years later when i moved to Kingston i was introduced to 'Outisde the Box' Comedy Club; a 50 seater 'underground' club in the centre of town. The compere Maff Brown (now one of my best mates) said "please welcome to the stage 'Frank Skinner'. I did a small poo. I couldn't believe I was about a meter away from my hero.  I saw him after the gig and he passed me and said hello. I realised he was just a normal bloke with a terribly dark & twisted mind, but also an incredible talent for making people laugh.  I decided i would try and do a bit of writing for stand-up and after going through it with Maff, I had my first gig in 2008 on the same stage I saw Frank Skinner on...  The running order of the second section was:  Bill Bailey... then me.  Pretty easy first gig then! That moves me onto my next question, what was the best gig you've done so far and why? I've done some wicked gigs in the past year.... I was a finalist in Paramount Comedy's Funniest Student of the Year. I did the Edinburgh Festival for the third time, but i think the best gig so far was at Outside the Box in Surbiton. I was compereing the night and introduced three of my heros / favourite comics: Andrew Lawrence, Carl Donnelly and the incredible Lee Mack. I was a pretty bizarre moment; one which again made me do a little bit of poo.   How would you describe your comedy for someone that's not yet had the pleasure of seeing you live? Ummm... Lot's of anecdotal stories that make me look like a rather pathetic person. More recently it's become accidentally political. I wrote one joke about Nick Griffin & got carried away... such is the way of a fat racist. To keep my writing up to date, I try and write about lots of topical material. As long as I'm gigging regularly, it makes the set quite fresh and appropriate. So as well as the BNP what really gets you writing? What gets on your nerves lately? What get's on my nerves... Not much really... - Kids with pink cheeks - Rubber Clogs - 5p pieces - Women with umbrellas  - Men with umbrellas  - People  - Crispy bacon - Ear wax - Ronald McDonald  - The fat italian bloke from 'go compare'  - Novelty mugs - Yellow cars - People who pop balloons  - When cheese doesn't melt on pasta - Men who think it's acceptable to call me 'chief'  - Men who think it's acceptable to call me 'boss'  - Men who think it's acceptable to call me 'fella'  - Sweetcorn (and other types of corn)  - Blue cars - The Chinese * - Dogs with human names. ie. Paul, Gareth, Partrick, Neil - Old men  - People who think parquet flooring is "the future"- Leather Driving Gloves - Scented candles (except cinnamon)  - Men wearing Speedos  - Toothpaste * The Chinese restaurant at the end of my road... Not the general race. They're ok.   I think that's it... I'll let you know if there's anymore i think of.  Thanks, I'll set up a PObox or something. Do you have any advice for any other young people who are thinking about stepping into comedy? When you say to someone that you're a comedian the response is always the same... Something along the lines of "that's one of the hardest things in the world... you're so brave"...  Not really. Firefighters, the Army, Teachers... they're brave. The point is, anyone can do stand-up. It's the same thing as making a presentation. It all comes down to confidence. Even if your material is not the greatest in the world, your confidence or style can carry you through.  In 2009, stand-up comedy went from being popular to becoming unavoidable. Every channel has some sort of stand-up show. Just look at McIntyre - outselling Hollywood blockbusters in the DVD charts. Because of this, there are comedy clubs absolutely everywhere. If you want to try doing stand-up, there are countless clubs to try your first gig at.  Don't think about doing it... just go for it! 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