By Benjamin Coren
A young Horsham comedian is enjoying success with his new show currently touring the UK. The next stop on Stephen Foster’s tour is Billingshurst and we caught up with him to find out about the tour and his journey so far in comedy.
“I’d always been a fan of comedy. Some of my early inspirations were Rik Mayall, and the Carry On films. People said I was funny and I should try comedy, so when I was around 16 I started to do sets around clubs and pubs.”
After working hard, perfecting his set, finding out what worked and what didn’t Stephen took part in Sussex’s Search For A Star 2011 and won.
Stephen said: “From there I started to get a lot more bookings, eventually I was told about a new TV talent show called Don’t Stop Me Now and I secured a place on it.”
Stephen made it into the finals of the show and finished in second place.
“This year’s been a very big year for me. I started the tour in May and we’ve been going since then, I also did a show in The Capitol, Horsham, in September, the upcoming Billingshurst show on Saturday, November 2, will be the final show.”
Stephen has been touring with comedian Phil Read. “It’s been really good and there’s been a great response from the audience. It’s given us a lot more confidence and I’m really pleased with it.”
Stephen likens his style to Jimmy Carr, his act is quite deadpan and Stephen likes to include a lot of one-liners in his show. He draws a lot of inspiration from vaious environments he finds himself in and from watching other comedians perform. Stephen said: “I write around Horsham, I get inspired by things people say or do, or from reading news articles. I often find my best work tends to come when I’m not trying too hard.
“My absolute dream would be to become a successful comedian and to do it as a full-time job.”
Stephen’s final show is at the Billingshurst Centre on Saturday, November 2. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm. There will be a licensed bar and tickets are available from the Billingshurst Centre, Austen’s Home Hardware, and www.wegottickets.com at £10 each.
To find out more about Stephen follow him on Twitter @stephenfoster90 or search for Stephen Foster on Facebook.