Posts tagged ‘family’

September 3, 2014

runs in the family

H Andy dolphin
In what felt like quite a peculiar exercise – like therapy that I hadn’t paid for – I was interviewed by the Guardian in tandem with my elder brother Andy about both being funny people and from the same family.

If you’ve met my family, you’ll know that there are a lot of funny people in it. My brother Rick took a sensible career path that doesn’t require a GSOH, but he’s hilarious; Andy’s long-time cohort John Oliver said Rick is the funniest person he’s ever met. And more than three years later, lots of people still talk to me about the speech my dad made at my wedding. I don’t actually remember what was in the speech, although I know there were many Class A puns; I just remember laughing till I cried.

Zaltzmans aren’t much inclined to talk to each other about Feelings, so humour is our form of emotional currency. Luckily mum is a proper well-rounded human being, so she stops the family being merely a bunch of hollow wise-cracking sociopaths.

If you’d like to read about it, the interview is here.