Apr 27 2011 By Jenny Coombes
Norman Lovett Red Dwarf
Funnyman Norman Lovett found fame in cult comedy Red Dwarf. But the stand-up comedian has more on his CV than his role as dry-witted, quick-tongued spaceship computer Holly. JENNY COOMBES caught up with him ahead of his appearance at Ruislip's Comedy Bunker on May 11.
BY HIS OWN admission, Norman Lovett has a silly job.
The stand-up comedian and former Red Dwarf star is a familiar face on the comedy circuit and his dead-pan humour and quiet surrealism never fails to draw in a crowd.
The 64-year-old has no intention of stepping out of the spotlight just yet.
He said: "People always say I could never do your job – stand up in front of all those people.
"Well don't do it then.
"It's a silly job really.
"I think to be doing it for all this time you must love it, it must be in your skin.
"I feel I'm natural at it and I must be doing the right job."
Lovett came to comedy when he was well into his thirties – before that he worked as a coffee machine maintenance man and an art gallery attendant – and found major success as ship computer Holly in everyone's favourite deep space comedy.
He left the show after two series – returning at the end of series seven and throughout series eight – and has continued to be a formidable force on the comedy scene ever since.
He doesn't do it for the money, he insists.
"I've never worshipped money. Making people laugh is a wonderful thing to do.
"Every audience is different and you can get to know them and what works for them."
In a career that has spanned three decades, Lovett's audiences have included cheeky hecklers and sleepy members of the public.
He is mostly remembered for his role as Holly, a fact that sometimes grates a little, he admits.
"It can be frustrating," he said. "I have had a few heckles about it in my time. People can sometimes be a bit insensitive about it."
He is hoping the audience at the Comedy Bunker in Ruislip will appreciate him for his comedy instead.
"I'm just instinctively funny," he said. "I don't know where it comes from.
"I always try and do things that other comedians haven't done."
What does he think about the soaring popularity of the modern day comic?
"There's so much energy involved in today's acts – you can get tired out just watching them.
"My act gives people a chance to breathe and relax."
Lovett will appear at the Comedy Bunker, Ruislip Golf Course, Ickenham Road, West Ruislip, on May 11 at 8.45pm.
Tickets cost £10 from www.comedybunker.co.uk.