“I grew up in Basingstoke – just south of London – then went to University in Southampton before heading back to Basingstoke for a few years. Having spent my whole life in that corner of the UK, I decided it was time for a change when I realised the city had little to offer me anymore, and vice versa.

Looking to further both my career and my stand-up, I opted to move to Bristol. The idea of this was daunting to me but, like most things in life, it turned out to be much simpler in reality. This was, in large part, down to the warmth and generosity of the people here at Hartley. I owe a lot to them!

Having previously worked in Standard Pensions Administrator roles, the company told me I was eligible for the department’s more senior position. I was extremely grateful that they offered to progress my career in this way and have found the role to be very rewarding. In short, I am tasked with maintaining the company’s book of business and responding to escalation cases amongst our HNW clients. From here, I am hoping to push further into management and take an active role in both interviewing and 1-to-1’s.

As I mentioned, though, I moved to Bristol partly for its stand-up comedy scene. People always ask me if I find material in my day job but, on the whole, I try to keep the two things separate. In any case, the world of pensions and finance turns out to be not that funny.

As you can imagine, the scene in Bristol is fantastic. There’s a liberalism and art-house feel that runs through the whole city. When I arrived, I found the Facebook group of this writer’s room that meet once a week in the back of a pub. People were really welcoming and I now go every week to pitch material and test-run my one-liners. Everyone is in the same boat and understands the vulnerability of stand-up – so the atmosphere is great.

For me, comedy is all about the minutae; how you appear, how you dress, pre-empting people’s judgements about you and working them into your material. From there, you have to create a chemistry with your audience and draw them into your world. We all have funny stories and observations – but a comedian has to go beyond that ‘you needed to be there’ feeling. You build your world up with clarity and make the audience feel as though they were there. As you can imagine, this – like many other aspects of stand-up – is a great skill for life in general.”