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It’s obvious that jungle royalty Joel Dommett loves to stay in shape.

When he’s not leaving us gasping for breath with his stand-up, he’s gasping for breath himself at CrossFit.

As he shows off his impressive body as our Gay Times Fitty,  Joel talks to us about body image in comedy, avoiding desserts – literally – and the importance of staying grounded.

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“Weirdly, my exercise regime is better when I’m on tour,” Joel explains on how he keeps his exercise regime up when on the road.

 “When I’m sat in London my time always gets filled up with TV shows and stuff, but when I’m on tour I only work in the evening. So, I fill the day with working out, then I gig in the evening.

“And nowadays you’ve got Marks and Spencer and Waitrose, so you can just have salads along the way.”

Matt Crockett / Gay Times

Matt Crockett / Gay Times

Joel later explaining why he’s such a big fan of CrossFit.

“It’s just so good. But I believe everyone should find their own thing. A lot of people force themselves to go to the gym, but if you’re forcing yourself, don’t do it!

“Do something else, because there’s so much you can do – you can play lacrosse, you can play squash, you can go swimming…”

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Joel admitting he understands why some people find CrossFit intimidating.

“Honestly, give it a go. It will change everything for you! It’s a real cult, as soon as you’re involved, you’re stuck. It’s a great thing to be addicted to. Some people choose drugs or sex, I choose to sweat with other men.”

Matt Crockett / Gay Times

Matt Crockett / Gay Times

But can being in great shape be a hindrance in the world of comedy?

Yeah, it can sometimes,” Joel tells Gay Times. “But when I did I’m a Celeb… I hope people were still finding me funny as well as looking at me in the shower.

“Back in the day, you had to be more self-deprecating to be a comedian, but now I think it’s changing. American comedy influences British comedy now, because of YouTube and stuff, and American comedy is much more outward and confident.

“You can have a great comedian like Kevin Hart, who’s sponsored by Nike and has his top off all the time doing work out videos. As long as you’re likeable and funny, that’s the core of it – even if you look like someone that’s walked fresh out of Love Island.”

Matt Crockett / Gay Times

Matt Crockett / Gay Times

Matt Crockett / Gay Times

Matt Crockett / Gay Times

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Joel adding what it means personally for him to shoot (behave) for an LGBT+ publication.

“Well, I think of it in the same way I would appearing in a straight magazine. I really like Gay Times, I think it’s really important that it keeps going, and it keeps relevant and great! “The fact that you’re even considering me to be inside the pages of it is a wonderful compliment.”

First printed in the October issue of Gay Times 2017. You can follow Joel on Twitter here