Happy Comic: Not Your Parents Candid
Comedy Ave Exclusive Interview
legend Alice Cooper is being interviewed by
a faux TV reporter regarding a benefit concert
he is on his way to perform at. Everything
is going smoothly until the reporter answers
a cell phone call. From his mother. Cooper
thinks it's all fun and games and continues
his side of the interview alone until the
phone conversation veers toward the serious--apparently
someone, possibly mum, has fallen down a ravine.
Seconds later the reporter rushes off to his
mum's aide, leaving Cooper standing in his
wake befuddled--a common expression for those
duped by comedian Dom Joly's hidden-camera
show Trigger Happy TV on Comedy Central.
Q: Where did the idea for Trigger Happy TV
DJ: An old man in a park slipped a piece of
paper into my pocket and when I got home I
found it. It contained the whole concept of
Trigger Happy, even down to what music to
use and where to find certain costumes. If
only I knew who he was I could give him some
of the enormous royalties we've earned but
I don't, so tough.
Q: Where does your comedic sense stem from?
DJ: I was raised in Lebanon in the middle
of a particularly brutal civil war so there
weren't many laughs then, so I guess I'm just
trying to catch up.
Q: Other than the civil war, what were your
major comedy influences growing up?
DJ: I always found Motown very amusing. I
used to sit in front of my television and
laugh and laugh, especially at Otis Redding.
I also used to find humor in things that others
didn't-such as cheese and streetlights.
Q: Do you have a team of writers helping you
DJ: No, I'm not a big team player. I prefer
to hang out with myself and try to make strangers
laugh on busses. If two rows laugh then it's
Q: Do you need permits in England to do the
stuff you do? Or do you just setup guerilla-style
and run for the hills when the bobbies come.
DJ: Firstly, only an American would use the
word bobbies, no-one calls them that. We prefer
the "Fuzz" or "Bacon." We never get permits
because if you ask people they say no. We
managed to set up an entire series of scaffolds
and backdrops blocking the whole view of Buckingham
Palace from Trafalgar Square and no-one ever
asked us why or whether we had permission.
It stayed there for three days before anyone
Q: Have you been tapped for anything big since
the airing of Trigger Happy TV?
DJ: Oh yes....I sang the national anthem in
the half-time section of the semi-final of
the World Soccer Cup. Unfortunately it was
in Korea and I had food poisoning, but it
was a real rush.
Q: What is your assessment of American hidden
DJ: Pretty awful, lacking in any form of subtlety
or style, but hey what do I know?
Q: And how about the mother of them all, Candid
DJ: Terrible. The Funt family are a particularly
odd bunch. They made a film once called Things
to Say to a Naked Woman or something like
that, and it was simply an excuse for old
men to ogle young women in a fairly creepy
way. Stop it!!! Time to retire to the nineteenth
Q: Have you ever really pissed someone off
DJ: We once made a nun cry in a supermarket
when we accused her of shoplifting over the
P.A. system. When we told her it was a joke
she got really vicious and kicked me hard
in the shins and threatened us with legal
Q: Did you play a lot of practical jokes on
people growing up?
DJ: I used to dig big holes in my garden and
cover them with leaves and bamboo and wait
for people to fall in. Unfortunately, my grandmother
paid us a visit and she fell in breaking both
her legs and her collarbone and nine ribs.
I didn't play any more pranks for some time.
Q: What's the craziest thing you have ever
DJ: I once tried to pee on a trout and it
bit me. I still have a scar to prove it.
Q: Is the thought of invading America something
DJ: No, but I've often wanted to turn Canada
in to some sort of theme park. I'd call it
Mooseworld and get people to drive through
the place laughing at the locals.
On the subject of animals, you have a
lot of skits with people dressed in animal
costumes. What's with the animal fetish?
DJ: I like sweet cuddly things, they keep
me safe from harm in this big horrible
Speaking of cuddly things: Any gorgeous celebrities
that you would like to perform for? DJ: I'm
obsessed with Jennifer Capriati. There is
something about a woman who looks like a horse
and can give me a good game of tennis-that
just does it for me.
Q: Do you find that comedy is an aphrodisiac?
Or is that just a load of crap women like
to tell us matters most to them?
DJ: I find that pornography is more of an
aphrodisiac, but everyone gets turned on by
different things. Certainly I have never been
aroused by Robin Williams' chest hair.
Q: What is the prime difference between American
and English women?
DJ: English women have a third nipple, which
I find much sexier than the classic dual-
nippled American lady.
Q: What is your ultimate goal in entertainment?
DJ: To make a movie called Nude Celebrity
Look-alike Deliverance. Basically it would
be a remake of Deliverance but using nude
celebrity look- alikes.
If you want to squeal with laughter, Trigger
Happy TV currently airs on Comedy Central
10:30 Thursdays or check your local listings.