This week we talked to Helsinki based stand-up comedian Mikko Kauppinen. You can see Mikko’s BTA profile by clicking HERE.
Please introduce yourself.
My name is Mikko Kauppinen and I’m a comedian based in Helsinki. I’ve been doing stand-up for 2 years.
How did you end up being a stand-up comedian?
I have always enjoyed watching comedy in tv-shows, movies and live. I grew up with it. I cannot stop trying to think funny things. That makes an everyday, normal, serious conversation challenging. In 2013 I started writing down things I found funny in case one day I get a chance to perform them in front of an audience. After moving to Helsinki in summer 2013 I went to see an open mic club at On the Rocks. After the show I asked for a spot from Ali Jahangiri, the club’s host. In November 2013 I did my first gig.
How do you come up with your jokes/stand-up routine?
My jokes are quite short, little things, popping into my head every now and then. I just have to write them down asap. I joke about things I know something about, like dogs, glasses and funerals. Not so much about politics or responsibility.
Any tips for aspiring stand-up comedians?
If you’re hesitating about doing your first gig, Just do it. Don’t worry if you think your set is not ready or something like that, because it will never be ready. If you have a few minutes of material, just go on stage and tell your jokes. And repeat. And believe in your own thing.
Which comedians do you look up to?
I admire Mitch Hedberg for his unique and couraging style.
What is the best thing about stand-up comedy?
Making a room full of people laugh gives you a feeling you can’t get from anywhere else. I have also made some great friends with other comedians.
Most memorable show you had?
First one that comes to mind is a show we did with André Wickström, Tommi Mujunen, Jape Grönroos and Isak Rautio at Helsinki City Theatre’s Arena-stage in 2015. It was my biggest audience so far and I really enjoyed performing there. And there was cake.
If you could choose, which artist would you like to see live? Dead or alive.
I wish I could see Michael Jackson live in the 90’s. I have a friend who did and I get so jealous when I think about it.
Tell us about your regular hang out? Have you ever had a comedy show there?
Usually I just hang around at home. Never had a show there. Maybe I should invite all my neighbours for an evening of comedy. And of course only the most annoying ones show up.
Thanks for the interview Mikko! Until next week guys!