My Weekend

Stand-up comedian Scott Mitchell, who works in finance, says his comedy job is his hobby.
Stand-up comedian Scott Mitchell, who works in finance, says his comedy job is his hobby.PHOTO: COMEDY LOUNGE, PERTH, AUSTRALIA

Stand-up comedian Scott Mitchell, 41, has a day job in the finance sector and is the founder of Comedy Hub Singapore. On Monday, he will be putting on Comedians Against Humanity, an open-mic show for aspiring comics, at Muddy Murphy's (111 Somerset Road) from 8.30pm.

The Scotsman, who has been in Singapore for 12 years, lives in Tanah Merah with his British wife, an occupational psychologist, and four children, aged four to 18.

Do you have a regular weekend?

No, not really. I've got four children, so they pretty much decide the agenda. Whatever parties they've got arranged - birthday parties and their classmates' parties - we have to go and do all of them.

The thing we try to fit in when we have time is definitely breakfast out, either on Saturday or Sunday, but we always try to have dinner on Sunday at a hawker centre, usually at East Coast Park.

What are your hobbies?

I don't have time for hobbies because of the children, so the comedy job is my hobby.

Other than that, we sometimes try to go to the movies during the weekend as a family because there's nothing better than sitting in the dark and not talking to one another (laughs).

Movies are my passion, beyond comedy.

If you could go somewhere for the weekend, where would it be?

New York. I would be on tour buses, attending musicals and watching plays. I would be wandering through Central Park or going to a New York Yankees game or ice-skating if it's winter. The last time I was in New York, it was to see U2. I would catch up with friends - I've got some comedian friends living there. And going to watch comedy. I just love that city.

If you could spend the weekend with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

The first person who comes to mind is Billy Connolly. He is one of the top comedians, a most hilarious man, and he's Scottish like me. I grew up with him and he was, like, illicit humour - you weren't allowed to listen to him because he used bad words, so you would steal your parents' records and, when they were out , listen to the albums and learn new words you'd never heard before.

Second to Billy would probably be Bono, the lead singer of U2. I think he would be quite interesting to have around - not so much for his music, although I do love U2's music - but more to have a chat about the stuff he does with his campaigns for social justice and all that.

Another would be my grandfather because he died before I was born. My dad doesn't have a photograph of him, so what would be really cool would be to meet him so I could take a photo of him and show it to my dad.

Brina Tan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 06, 2016, with the headline 'My Weekend'. Print Edition | Subscribe