After appearances on Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo, comedian and onetime EastEnders actor Stephen K Amos lands his own series this week as he presides over a mixture of stand-up, sketches and special guests. TV&Satellite Week magazine caught up with him to find out more about The Stephen K Amos Show…
I’d say my show is a bit Dave Allen-esque… We’ve got a monologue, guests and sketches where I get to dress up and play all sorts of bizarre people. It’s not a black show or a gay show; it’s just funny.
When you come and see me live, I’m quite animated, because I want to reach the people in the back row… On TV you’ve got to pull all that back by at least 40 per cent because it looks ridiculous. I don’t want to scare people off.
I originally studied law, and had this idea that I would work for the Citizen’s Advice Bureau… But imagine taking home people’s stress and problems every day. Thankfully, comedy came along at the right moment.
For years on the comedy circuit, I was the only one in a suit… My approach was, if you’re going on stage and entertaining people who have paid good money, you should make a bit of an effort, not look like some bloke who’s just stepped up out of the audience.
I’m addicted to daytime TV, especially Judge Judy… She reminds me of my mum. If it all goes belly-up for me in the comedy business, I might reinvent myself as Judge Amos.
The offer to appear on EastEnders came out of the blue… “Would you like to play a doctor?” I was like, “Of course I would!” Now my dream is to do a couple of episodes of Corrie, which is the funniest soap on TV. It’s like a panto.
I’ve done a comedy pilot called Navid and Johnny for the BBC… It’s written by Simon Nye and stars Omid Djalili and myself as two guys living in a guest house. I’d describe it as Only Fools and Horses meets Rising Damp.