The Salon Varietés Theatre in Fuengirola is to host two nights of stand-up comedy this weekend. The shows will present some of the UK's top comedians, including Dave Thompson, Geoff Whiting and Sean Meo.
Originally a full-time snooker player, Sean Meo has been a professional stand-up since 1989. Since then, he has risen to the very top of the UK comedy scene. Sean's impressive wealth of material sets him apart from many of his contemporaries and he intends to demonstrate this in the Salon Varietés this weekend.
SUR in English caught up with the comedian this week when he revealed his surprise at learning that his surname means “I pee” in Spanish.
What made you give up snooker in preference of a career in comedy?
I wanted to quit while I was ahead. Snooker is a sport and by its nature competitive. Snooker was all about trying to beat the opponent. I'd rather make him laugh.
You wrote some material for Bruce Forsyth; was he an inspiration/hero?
Yes. Bruce knew the scripts so well he could do them backwards. What looked spontaneous on screen was meticulously planned. He was the ultimate professional and a lovely man to know.
You have been described as “surreal, sexy and very, very funny”. Do you consider your show or yourself sexy?
[Laughs] No, not really. People find power sexy. I don't do sex material in my act and I don't swear either.
You have also been accused of dressing like someone from a Kay's catalogue. Are you style conscious?
Who cares what I look like? I think there are more important things happening in the world to spend too much time ironing.
Have you performed in Spain before?
Is Gibraltar in Spain? [SUR: No.] In that case, I haven't performed in Spain.
You were voted comic of the year by Time Out. Were you deserving of this recognition?
[Laughs] That's for the audience at the Salon Varietés to decide. As long as I do my best, I don't judge myself.
Dave Thompson refers to your act as “brilliant”. How would you describe him?
I've known Dave for years. We have different personalities. He's more of a clown. We've had great times together, scuba diving in Thailand. We make each other laugh a lot, but not when we're underwater.
Does it bother you that your surname means “I pee” in Spanish?
(Laughs heartily) I didn't know that. There goes my plan to retire to Spain. Lucky I'm a comedian and not a teacher in a Spanish secondary school!
What can the audience expect at the Salon Varietés?
I think our two nights at the Salon Varietés will be very entertaining. What you'll see on stage is a lifetime's work.