March 4, 2022
IN CONVERSATION WITH STEVE BEST
Photography by Steve Best
Interview by Karin Svadlenak Gomez
Steve Best is a comedian and a photographer, combining both these passions into a fascinating career. He is also a twin. "My twin brother is ten minutes older than me. Time, I'm told, for my mum to have a cup of tea in-between deliveries," says Steve. Growing up in Surrey in England, Steve now lives and works in London with his wife, son and daughter. Steve has been on the British comedy circuit since 1992 and in that time he has been lucky enough to work with and make friends with a lot of comedians. He is welcome in any green room, camera and all. "So me having a camera doesn’t make me a photographer to them, but just a comedian with a camera," Steve explains. He has an extraordinary talent to capture those rare moments that tell a compelling story with sensitivity, realism and humour.
This ten year project has been close to Steve's heart and he has previously published two books 'Comedy Snapshot' and 'Joker Face' with over 1000 comedian portraits. He is due to release his third book 'Comedians', a high end coffee table book, and Steve shares with The Pictorial List some of those selected shots, "I've been documenting my scene, the comedy scene, backstage and on stage, the highs and the lows, the camaraderie and the competition, the loneliness and the isolation, and the outright joy of being a stand-up comedian." We interview Steve to find out more about his new book, himself, his comedy, and his photography.
"It takes a comedian to know a comedian and Steve just instinctively knows how to get the shot. The pictures that capture the joy, laughter and camaraderie of those off-stage moments and what it is to be part of the gang of clowns…."