Dustin Demri-Burns of Cardinal Burns impressed his comedy partner Seb Cardinal after performing what can only be described as one of the most disturbing mime acts ever carried out. He told the Guardian he feigned disfiguring himself in a shooting after having a “rough time” with his girlfriend. By the way, if you thought this was going to be about Damon Albarn, the Blur frontman was never, contrary to Wikipeida rumours, a mime artist (although he was a tea boy).
Two Door Cinema Club haven’t always been cool - or at least their frontman hasn’t. Alex Trimble says Steps were the first band he saw live when he was about nine or 10. By 11 he was rocking out at Korn gigs.
Billy Bragg joined the army when he was 23 after the band he was in broke up, signing up for nine years with two conditions - he wanted to drive a tank and he didn’t want to go to Northern Ireland. He bought himself out a few months later.
She might be a singer now, but Lykke Li used to want to be a marine biologist. She told the Telegraph: “I felt such a deep connection with dolphins. I felt like they were the only ones who understood me.”
Clean Bandit take a very classical approach to pop, blending classical stringed instruments with electronic music. But not everyone understood their style, with band member Jack Patterson telling the BBC some record companies initially thought they were a joke band, saying: “We had some meetings with record companies and they were like: 'So why should we sign you? This is obviously a joke band', which was quite harsh.”
Dara Ó Briain won a national debating championship while at University in Ireland - something he claims helped ready him for the world of stand up comedy because you rely on the same tricks; a little knowledge and a lot of conviction.
Simon Amstell might have become famous for his sarcasm but it didn’t always work in his favour. Before getting his job at Popworld, he was sacked from Nickelodeon for being “sarcastic and mean to children”.