The Comedian's Comedian Podcast with Stuart Goldsmith

The Comedian's Comedian Podcast with Stuart Goldsmith

Nazeem Hussain. The Comedian's Comedian Podcast

The Comedian's Comedian Podcast (ComComPod) is Stuart Goldsmith's Chortle award nominated, widely praised show in which stand-up comedians are interviewed to find out how they create funny stuff. Not just "where do you get your ideas from?", but charting the journey of an idea from head, to page, to stage. It's for anyone who loves comedy, makes comedy, writes comedy, or just has an interest in comedians and what makes them so annoying.

Episode #126 - Nazeem Hussain. Creator and host of his own TV show Legally Brown, Nazeem Hussain aces it in sketch, stand-up and on the road. Unusually for a comic he's also an upstanding pillar of his community! As well as winning the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Best Newcomer, he is also the recipient of awards for leadership in diversity, and is the patron of a refugee charity. We talk about how his faith feeds into his work, being "a tough-talking idiot", and the reality of being genuinely targeted by shadowy government organisations...


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Episode 125 - Dara O Briain

Episode 125 - Dara O Briain

Date: 19th June   Length: 58 mins   Size: 26.9mb

Host of Mock The Week for 14 series, as well as a superlatively talented touring comic, Dara O Briain is uniquely placed to reveal the secrets of mainstream success. In t......   Listen

Episode 124 - Ian Stone

Episode 124 - Ian Stone

Date: 12th June   Length: 68 mins   Size: 31.4mb

As well as co-hosting The Football's On show on BT and the Tuesday Club podcast, Ian Stone is an unbreakable club comic with a resume that includes TV panel games,......   Listen

Episode 123 - Wil Anderson

Episode 123 - Wil Anderson

Date: 5th June   Length: 81 mins   Size: 37.5mb

One of Australia's hottest comic properties, Wil Anderson is utterly charming as he analyses his career and the length of time it took him to find his voice. A self-confessed 'd......   Listen

Episode 122 - Zoe Lyons

Episode 122 - Zoe Lyons

Date: 29th May   Length: 72 mins   Size: 33.3mb

One of those acts floating around at the very top of the circuit, completely ready to outgrow it, Zoe Lyons is an expert at wringing every drop of funny out of a subject. We tal......   Listen

Episode 121 - Mitch Benn (Live)

Episode 121 - Mitch Benn (Live)

Date: 23rd May   Length: 68 mins   Size: 31.3mb

With a staggering sixteen year back-catalogue of weekly topical songs under his belt, musical comedian Mitch Benn is a firm fixture of The Now Show on Radio 4. We talk ab......   Listen

Episode 120 - Mark Watson (Live)

Episode 120 - Mark Watson (Live)

Date: 15th May   Length: 82 mins   Size: 38.2mb

Comedy's marathon man Mark Watson is known for his feats of intellectual and performative endurance, and also for his phenomenal comic story-telling. We get our teeth into the a......   Listen

Episode 119 - Nina Conti (Live)

Episode 119 - Nina Conti (Live)

Date: 8th May   Length: 73 mins   Size: 33.8mb

The complex relationship between a ventriloquist and her puppets is brought to life in mind-expanding detail in this live episode, as comedian, clown and filmmaker Nina Conti la......   Listen

Episode 118 - The Midnight Beast

Episode 118 - The Midnight Beast

Date: 1st May   Length: 90 mins   Size: 41.9mb

Teenbait rap comics The Midnight Beast have generated tens of millions of YouTube hits and two TV series by spoofing boybands, whilst secretly being basically a real one. They c......   Listen

Episode 117 - Nick Mohammed

Episode 117 - Nick Mohammed

Date: 24th April   Length: 90 mins   Size: 41.5mb

A startlingly creative character comic, Nick Mohammed produces utterly silly work with a rigorous technical backbone. We talk about his most enduring creation Mr Swallow, and ho......   Listen

Episode 116 - Des Bishop (Live)

Episode 116 - Des Bishop (Live)

Date: 17th April   Length: 78 mins   Size: 35.6mb

Burning with narrative intensity, Irish-American Des Bishop learnt to perform stand-up in Gaelic and now Mandarin, such is his commitment to following through on an idea. He giv......   Listen

Episode 115 - Gina Yashere

Episode 115 - Gina Yashere

Date: 10th April   Length: 86 mins   Size: 39.7mb

'Russell Peters stole my shit!' So alleges dynamic and outspoken comic Gina Yashere, who sold up and left the UK to make it in the United States, becoming the only Brit e......   Listen

Episode 114 - John Gordillo (Part 2)

Episode 114 - John Gordillo (Part 2)

Date: 3rd April   Length: 60 mins   Size: 27.5mb

In the second part of this conversation, we look in detail at John Gordillo's principles for directing stand-up. Not so much a list of rules as a whole approach to helping a com......   Listen

Episode 114 - John Gordillo (Part 1)

Episode 114 - John Gordillo (Part 1)

Date: 27th March   Length: 73 mins   Size: 33.6mb

Director or script-editor of over sixty other acts including Michael McIntyre, Eddie Izzard and Reginald D Hunter, John Gordillo is a superb comedian in his......   Listen

Episode 113 - Tim Key (Part 2)

Episode 113 - Tim Key (Part 2)

Date: 20th March   Length: 71 mins   Size: 33mb

The second half of this conversation with the warrior poet/comic/divvy focuses on Tim's relationship with comedians Alex Horne and Mark Watson, and how his position as th......   Listen

Episode 113 - Tim Key (Part 1)

Episode 113 - Tim Key (Part 1)

Date: 13th March   Length: 67 mins   Size: 31.4mb

A lager-sodden 'not deliberately bad' poet, Tim Key is responsible for some of the most startlingly theatrical fringe comedy of the last ten years. From his outrageous origin as......   Listen

Episode 112 - Liz Miele

Episode 112 - Liz Miele

Date: 6th March   Length: 76 mins   Size: 35.1mb

A smart cookie based in New York, Liz Miele combines punchline density with social media acumen. She runs, she dates, she cries, she talks about it all. But is she actually as '......   Listen

Episode 111 - Brendon Burns (Interview 2)

Episode 111 - Brendon Burns (Interview 2)

Date: 27th February   Length: 66 mins   Size: 30.8mb

Brendon Burns returns to the show, live at Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival, to clear up some matters of condescension, technique and the petulance of his youth. In addition to ......   Listen

Episode 110 - Lou Sanders

Episode 110 - Lou Sanders

Date: 20th February   Length: 83 mins   Size: 38.5mb

Lou Sanders is off the rails. Her deliciously shameless stage persona is backed up by punchy writing, peppered with surreal flavours. From gurus to glitter, we discuss the techn......   Listen

Episode 109 - Andrew O'Neill

Episode 109 - Andrew O'Neill

Date: 13th February   Length: 56 mins   Size: 25.7mb

Occult comedian Andrew O'Neill describes jokes as 'spells to make people laugh'. We talk about the differences between magic and faith, getting information about the world throu......   Listen

Episode 108 - Harley Breen

Episode 108 - Harley Breen

Date: 6th February   Length: 75 mins   Size: 34.6mb

Cult-runaway, Harley Breen is a man mountain with a barnstorming club and festival act. Underneath his loudmouth lumbersexual persona is a deeply principled single father with a......   Listen

Episode 107 - Urzila Carlson

Episode 107 - Urzila Carlson

Date: 29th January   Length: 64 mins   Size: 29.9mb

South Africa-born Urzila Carlson is now one of New Zealand's favourite acts, winning Best Female Comic there an astonishing five years running. Irrepressibly cheerful, she combi......   Listen

Episode 106 - Thom Tuck

Episode 106 - Thom Tuck

Date: 24th January   Length: 74 mins   Size: 34.2mb

A wilfully preposterous boozehound in a pashmina, Thom Tuck is a superbly theatrical stand-up, one third of fringe-conquering sketch outfit The Penny Dreadfuls, and co-ri......   Listen

Episode 105 - Katy Wix

Episode 105 - Katy Wix

Date: 15th January   Length: 76 mins   Size: 70.2mb

Star of the brain-smashingly surreal sketch show Anna & Katy, and Daisy in Not Going Out, Katy Wix[/]p is an actress with an exceptional comic mind. We talk about the ......   Listen

Episode 104 - Alfie Brown

Episode 104 - Alfie Brown

Date: 8th January   Length: 94 mins   Size: 108mb

Alfie Brown is variously known as the future of British comedy, the enfant terrible of the comedy circuit, and/or a jumped-up posh kid rebelling against anything that'll have hi......   Listen

Episode 103 - Mickey D

Episode 103 - Mickey D

Date: 19th December 2014   Length: 70 mins   Size: 81.8mb

Mickey 'D' Dwyer is an outrageously charismatic comic, with an almost mutant ability to win over the toughest room, from the UK to his native Australia and back. Retaining the d......   Listen

Episode 102 - David McSavage (Live)

Episode 102 - David McSavage (Live)

Date: 19th December 2014   Length: 69 mins   Size: 79.5mb

David McSavage is one of Stu's all-time favourite performers, with an incredibly elastic, glib and scathing sense of humour. In between slinging barbs at his homeland and his fe......   Listen

Episode 101 - Nish Kumar

Episode 101 - Nish Kumar

Date: 4th December 2014   Length: 84 mins   Size: 96.2mb

Fiercely intelligent political and socio-political comic, friend of the show and self-confessed 'great laugh', Nish Kumar is at the height of his powers. We discuss the self and......   Listen

Episode 100 - Phil Kay (Live)

Episode 100 - Phil Kay (Live)

Date: 27th November 2014   Length: 70 mins   Size: 80.6mb

It's episode 100 of the podcast and Stu's been saving this one up! If you've donated in the last few months you'll have heard this one as a sneaky pre-release but here it is for the re......   Listen

Episode 99 - Luisa Omielan

Episode 99 - Luisa Omielan

Date: 20th November 2014   Length: 84 mins   Size: 96.5mb

Luisa Omielan has established herself as a comic force to be reckoned with, by-passing the usual club/progression route, and cultivating an audience all her own. We explore the ......   Listen

Episode 98 - Ross Noble (Part 2)

Episode 98 - Ross Noble (Part 2)

Date: 14th November 2014   Length: 53 mins   Size: 60.3mb

In part two of this conversation with the free-wheeling comedy craftsman, Ross Noble argues that ideas with unusual logic are often mistaken for 'surreal' comedy, and explains h......   Listen

Episode 98 - Ross Noble (Part 1)

Episode 98 - Ross Noble (Part 1)

Date: 6th November 2014   Length: 73 mins   Size: 84.6mb

Ross Noble makes apparently casual improvisation into an artform, breathing life into nonsense for hours at a time and provoking gales of laughter. In the first part of this con......   Listen

Episode 97 - Prince Abdi

Episode 97 - Prince Abdi

Date: 31st October 2014   Length: 80 mins   Size: 90.9mb

Prince Abdi is a sublimely daft story-teller, whose material spills out of a life where he can't help saying 'yes'. We talk about his upbringing and his reluctant involvement in......   Listen

Episode 96 - David Cross (Part 2)

Episode 96 - David Cross (Part 2)

Date: 24th October 2014   Length: 66 mins   Size: 76.8mb

In the second part of our conversation, stand-up and comic actor David Cross explores offence, outrage and sensitivity. We also talk about his work on Arrested Development[/i......   Listen

Episode 96 - David Cross (Part 1)

Episode 96 - David Cross (Part 1)

Date: 16th October 2014   Length: 70 mins   Size: 80.3mb

The star of Arrested Development, Mr Show and The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, David Cross is also a phenomenal stand-up, whose work howls ......   Listen

Episode 95 - Trygve Wakenshaw

Episode 95 - Trygve Wakenshaw

Date: 10th October 2014   Length: 83 mins   Size: 95.5mb

Bloody lovely Trygve is a superb physical improviser, and more of a "weird lanky white brittle idiot" than a clown. We dissect the hilarious savagery of his imaginary worlds, and talk ......   Listen

Episode 94 - Tom Stade (Live)

Episode 94 - Tom Stade (Live)

Date: 2nd October 2014   Length: 75 mins   Size: 86.3mb

Although he's frequently referred to as a 'philosophical' or 'stoner' comic, Tom Stade is actually a Level Twenty Comedian. He waxes lyrical about striving for wisdom in his wri......   Listen

Episode 93 - Eleanor Tiernan

Episode 93 - Eleanor Tiernan

Date: 25th September 2014   Length: 63 mins   Size: 58.8mb

Eleanor Tiernan makes tremendously articulate comedy, often out of morally murky ideas and subjects. She talks here about the comedy scene in her native Ireland, how to find the......   Listen

Episode 92 - Josie Long (Live)

Episode 92 - Josie Long (Live)

Date: 17th September 2014   Length: 66 mins   Size: 75.8mb

Irrepressibly positive, and relentless in her pursuit of betterment, deliriously funny Josie Long is much more than a figurehead for 'whimsy'. We talk here about how her humour ......   Listen

Episode 91 - Steen Raskopoulos

Episode 91 - Steen Raskopoulos

Date: 15th September 2014   Length: 64 mins   Size: 74.2mb

Impro aficionado Steen Raskopoulos has mastered a style of audience interaction that lets his volunteers contribute to the show, rather than simply supplying a punchline. Nomina......   Listen

Episode 90 - Bridget Christie (Live)

Episode 90 - Bridget Christie (Live)

Date: 5th September 2014   Length: 61 mins   Size: 84.8mb

The leading voice of feminism in UK comedy, devastatingly funny Bridget Christie is adept at unearthing humour in difficult or important topics. She talks here about her comic o......   Listen

Episode 89 - Phill Jupitus (Live)

Episode 89 - Phill Jupitus (Live)

Date: 28th August 2014   Length: 78 mins   Size: 108mb

From Porky the Poet to Never Mind The Buzzcocks to his own stand-up tours, Phill Jupitus is responsible for a prodigious comic output. We discuss his origins as a perform......   Listen

Episode 88 - Sam Simmons

Episode 88 - Sam Simmons

Date: 14th August 2014   Length: 70 mins   Size: 95.8mb

Sam Simmons is not a 'surreal' comic, despite his propensity to turn into a horse whilst windsurfing. He's responsible for some of the funniest, most imaginative comedy in the w......   Listen

Episode 87 - John Hastings

Episode 87 - John Hastings

Date: 30th July 2014   Length: 80 mins   Size: 90.9mb

John Hastings has the soul of an alt comic, hiding between the power-chords of a bullet-headed club-jockey. He describes in detail how the Canadian circuit differs to the UK, an......   Listen

Episode 86 - Noel James

Episode 86 - Noel James

Date: 24th July 2014   Length: 74 mins   Size: 85.1mb

A master of off-the-wall wordplay, Noel James is disarmingly honest about his struggles with comedy and real life. We analyse his use of metaphor and analogy as well as delving ......   Listen

Episode 85 - Kyle Kinane

Episode 85 - Kyle Kinane

Date: 17th July 2014   Length: 59 mins   Size: 66.9mb

A self-confessed 'sad, bearded white dude', Kyle Kinane has more empathy than the next road warrior, and more bite than the next peddler of whimsy. He talks here about eschewing......   Listen

Episode 84 - Nick Doody

Episode 84 - Nick Doody

Date: 10th July 2014   Length: 80 mins   Size: 74.1mb

Nick Doody is a textbook 'unsung hero' of comedy: fiercely analytical, and with an approach to jokes that is both cerebral and instinctive. He talks here in fascinating detail a......   Listen

Episode 83 - Aamer Rahman

Episode 83 - Aamer Rahman

Date: 1st July 2014   Length: 64 mins   Size: 59.3mb

Aamer Rahman was on the verge of giving up his career in overtly-political comedy when his YouTube standup clip on 'reverse racism' went life-changingly viral. We talk about ang......   Listen

Episode 82 - Andy Zaltzman

Episode 82 - Andy Zaltzman

Date: 24th June 2014   Length: 86 mins   Size: 78.5mb

The grand high sultan of Bullshit-istan, Andy Zaltzman is one half of the incredible Bugle Podcast, and combines densely-written satirical nonsense with improvised flights of fa......   Listen

Episode 81 - Adrienne Truscott

Episode 81 - Adrienne Truscott

Date: 19th June 2014   Length: 78 mins   Size: 89.4mb

New York-based former cabaret comic Adrienne Truscott is an articulate, passionate and hilarious new voice in stand-up. Her Asking For It show won the panel prize at the ......   Listen

Episode 80 - Jarred Christmas

Episode 80 - Jarred Christmas

Date: 11th June 2014   Length: 80 mins   Size: 110.8mb

An improvisational powerhouse, Jarred Christmas finds the time to pepper his irrepressible joie de vivre with damn fine jokes. He spills the beans here about his current state o......   Listen

Episode 79 - Luke Heggie

Episode 79 - Luke Heggie

Date: 5th June 2014   Length: 55 mins   Size: 100mb

Although still new, Sydney-based Luke Heggie is a breath of dry, dusty air to a circuit stuffed with comic book-readers and 'star-fuckers'. A blue-collar Aussie bloke who won RA......   Listen

Episode 78 - Michele A'Court

Episode 78 - Michele A'Court

Date: 28th May 2014   Length: 60 mins   Size: 100mb

Autobiographical and observational New Zealand comedian, blogger and feminist, Michele A'Court speaks passionately about authenticity, insecurity and the right to challenge. We ......   Listen

Episode 77 - Tom Wrigglesworth

Episode 77 - Tom Wrigglesworth

Date: 22nd May 2014   Length: 78 mins   Size: 107.9mb

A softly-spoken, foppish figure who luxuriates in language, Tom Wrigglesworth is equally at home spinning a yarn or smashing up a weekend club. He talks here about authenticity ......   Listen

Episode 76 - Ben Hurley

Episode 76 - Ben Hurley

Date: 20th May 2014   Length: 82 mins   Size: 112.84mb

Laidback observationalist Ben Hurley made a foray to the UK some years ago, and returned to his native New Zealand to become a TV hero. We get stuck into the relationship betwee......   Listen

Episode 75 - Carey Marx (Live)

Episode 75 - Carey Marx (Live)

Date: 30th April 2014   Length: 65 mins   Size: 75.04mb

Carey Marx is a silver-tongued charmer who delights in navigating boundaries of logic, language and taste. With a unique take on verbal dexterity and misdirection, informed in p......   Listen

Episode 74 - Claudia O'Doherty (Live)

Episode 74 - Claudia O'Doherty (Live)

Date: 26th April 2014   Length: 61 mins   Size: 83.36mb

Claudia O'Doherty is a genuine comedy pioneer, who uses high concepts and holograms in order to have fun behaving like a dickhead. We talk about the inspiration behind topics li......   Listen

Episode 73 - Max and Ivan (Live)

Episode 73 - Max and Ivan (Live)

Date: 17th April 2014   Length: 62 mins   Size: 85.43mb

To call Max & Ivan a comedy double-act with a narrative doesn't really do justice to this pair of rubber-faced, multi-voiced storytellers, who have a penchant for sneaking actua......   Listen

Episode 72 - David O'Doherty (Live)

Episode 72 - David O'Doherty (Live)

Date: 11th April 2014   Length: 62 mins   Size: 85.65mb

Does 'whimsy' have to mean fairy lights and bunting, or is it just owning a bag? David O'Doherty is a multi-award winning comic and musical noodler, with a real emotional depth ......   Listen

Episode 71 - Kerry Godliman

Episode 71 - Kerry Godliman

Date: 3rd April 2014   Length: 81 mins   Size: 111.41mb

A recipe for a happy life as a comic? Kerry Godliman is a superb observationalist, and a tremendous comic actor. She shares her philosophy on writing, gigging and how to achieve......   Listen

Episode 70 - Tim Vine (Live)

Episode 70 - Tim Vine (Live)

Date: 31st March 2014   Length: 58 mins   Size: 79.25mb

Alongside his famously prodigious output of punnery, Tim Vine is a wonderfully imaginative comedy creator. As well as talking us through his writing techniques, he describes how......   Listen

Episode 69 - Ed Byrne (Live)

Episode 69 - Ed Byrne (Live)

Date: 19th March 2014   Length: 62 mins   Size: 86.62mb

Ed Byrne is a charming, argumentative sod - with a fantastically natural comic ability. We discuss whether it's funnier to take time finding the truth of a subject, or to switch......   Listen

Episode 68 - Sean Hughes (Live)

Episode 68 - Sean Hughes (Live)

Date: 13th March 2014   Length: 58 mins   Size: 100mb

Sean Hughes is a thoughtful, reflective performer, with a passion for self-expressive and profound comedy. A pioneer of the themed, narrative stand-up show, after the 90s he qui......   Listen

Episode 67 - Gary Delaney (Live)

Episode 67 - Gary Delaney (Live)

Date: 5th March 2014   Length: 89 mins   Size: 121.89mb

Punchline virtuoso Gary Delaney knows one-liners inside and out, and in this crackling live episode recorded in Wolverhampton he treats us to a comprehensive technical analysis ......   Listen

Episode 66 - Will Franken (Live)

Episode 66 - Will Franken (Live)

Date: 27th February 2014   Length: 55 mins   Size: 75.48mb

Will Franken is a one-man sketch explosion who creates multi-layered and mind-bending comedy with the exuberance of a bedroom DJ. From writing a new 90 minute show monthly to be......   Listen

Episode 65 - Nick Helm (Live)

Episode 65 - Nick Helm (Live)

Date: 20th February 2014   Length: 75 mins   Size: 89.14mb

Nick Helm grunts and sweats his way through a hilarious hurricane of jokes, songs, poetry and swearing, all the while undergoing a total emotional breakdown on stage. In this po......   Listen

Episode 64 - Tony Law (Live)

Episode 64 - Tony Law (Live)

Date: 12th February 2014   Length: 57 mins   Size: 78.31mb

Tony Law's regeneration from acquired-taste surrealist to must-see force of nature has been borne of depression and crippling debt. He exists now in a dynamic between ecstatic m......   Listen

Episode 63 - Marcus Brigstocke (Live)

Episode 63 - Marcus Brigstocke (Live)

Date: 6th February 2014   Length: 59 mins   Size: 81.95mb

Sidetracked by youthful addictions, and making up for it with an incredibly intense approach, Marcus Brigstocke produces brilliant political comedy underpinned by passion and ri......   Listen

Episode 62 - Norman Lovett (Live)

Episode 62 - Norman Lovett (Live)

Date: 30th January 2014   Length: 61 mins   Size: 83.96mb

Rambling man Norman Lovett is the comedy equivalent of a tai chi master, using subtlety and gentleness to often devastating comic effect. In this episode Norman is convinced to ......   Listen

Episode 61 - Bo Burnham (Live)

Episode 61 - Bo Burnham (Live)

Date: 22nd January 2014   Length: 60 mins   Size: 81.63mb

Bo Burnham is a frighteningly talented YouTube-wielding wunderkind, with a gag-filled show that defies you to write him off as precocious. We explore the inherent amorality of c......   Listen

Episode 60 - Susan Calman (Live)

Episode 60 - Susan Calman (Live)

Date: 15th January 2014   Length: 59 mins   Size: 67.58mb

Susan Calman is fierce and fiercely funny, unleashing her personal demons to devastating comic effect in her work and here in conversation. As well as exploring how not to appro......   Listen

Episode 59 - Rob Delaney (Live)

Episode 59 - Rob Delaney (Live)

Date: 8th January 2014   Length: 61 mins   Size: 70.82mb

According to his mother, Rob Delaney is 'a monster who does good things'. We talk about the differences between his stand-up persona and his voice on Twitter, as well as detaili......   Listen

Episode 58 - Sarah Millican - Part 2 (Live)

Episode 58 - Sarah Millican - Part 2 (Live)

Date: 21st December 2013   Length: 54 mins   Size: 62.99mb

Sarah Millican returns for a live sequel, in which we go into detail on how she copes with her ever-increasing fame, and being regarded as one of the 100 most powerful women in ......   Listen

Episode 57 - Jason Manford (Live)

Episode 57 - Jason Manford (Live)

Date: 16th December 2013   Length: 61 mins   Size: 42.57mb

Effortlessly charming observationalist Jason Manford is arguably comedy's Mr Accessibility. With a touring schedule designed to cover the entire country, we investigate the moti......   Listen

Episode 56 - Andrew Maxwell (Live)

Episode 56 - Andrew Maxwell (Live)

Date: 11th December 2013   Length: 59 mins   Size: 67.82mb

Consistently better-informed than the motor-mouthed 'funny fucker' he appears, Andrew Maxwell explains how he turns his opinions into comedy without the use of a writing desk. W......   Listen

Episode 55 - Milton Jones (Live)

Episode 55 - Milton Jones (Live)

Date: 27th November 2013   Length: 58 mins   Size: 39.83mb

One of the greatest joke-smiths in the world, Milton Jones is a consistently funny powerhouse of verbal cartoons, wordplay and clowning. We explore his process, his persona, and......   Listen

Episode 54 - David Baddiel (Live)

Episode 54 - David Baddiel (Live)

Date: 12th November 2013   Length: 60 mins   Size: 41.89mb

From Wembley sell-out star to complex comic philosopher, David Baddiel returned to this year's Edinburgh Fringe with a stand-up lecture about fame. We discuss his rigorous self-......   Listen

Episode 53 - Al Murray (Live)

Episode 53 - Al Murray (Live)

Date: 29th October 2013   Length: 60 mins   Size: 41.63mb

For nearly twenty years, Al Murray has been at the forefront of British character comedy. We talk about the genesis of the Pub Landlord and really dig into the methods behind th......   Listen

Episode 52 - The Pajama Men (Live)

Episode 52 - The Pajama Men (Live)

Date: 17th October 2013   Length: 63 mins   Size: 43.79mb

Virtuoso sketch comedians The Pajama Men combine rich characterisation and zinging one-liners, to the extent that one of their recent shows was the single best-reviewed work at ......   Listen

Episode 51 - Phil Nichol (Live)

Episode 51 - Phil Nichol (Live)

Date: 1st October 2013   Length: 60 mins   Size: 41.99mb

Although they are both of the highest quality, Phil Nichol keeps his two performance styles very separate. He gives us some very specific insight into the unusual dynamic betwee......   Listen

Episode 50 - Greg Proops (Live)

Episode 50 - Greg Proops (Live)

Date: 18th September 2013   Length: 62 mins   Size: 42.62mb

'The Smartest Man In The World' speaks frankly about life, lyricism and the pursuit of laughter. There's talk about the evolution of Greg's linguistic style, and how he borrows from au......   Listen

Episode 49 - Hal Cruttenden (Live)

Episode 49 - Hal Cruttenden (Live)

Date: 12th September 2013   Length: 59 mins   Size: 40.49mb

After years of superb work at the top of the circuit, Hal Cruttenden is finally breaking through into the mainstream. We talk about how the best subjects are the ones that scare......   Listen

Episode 48 - Marcel Lucont and Alexis Dubus (Live)

Episode 48 - Marcel Lucont and Alexis Dubus (Live)

Date: 2nd September 2013   Length: 59 mins   Size: 40.82mb

Raconteur, bon vivant and flanneur extraordinaire, the award-winning Marcel Lucont is inching his way up the comedy ladder. Alexis Dubus, Marcel's confidant, talks frankly about......   Listen

Episode 47 - Brendon Burns (Live)

Episode 47 - Brendon Burns (Live)

Date: 9th August 2013   Length: 60 mins   Size: 41.46mb

Edinburgh comedy award winner Brendon Burns speaks candidly about 'the most self-absorbed art-form there is', and savages what he sees as the covert bigotry and condescension in......   Listen

Episode 46a - Richard Herring

Episode 46a - Richard Herring

Date: 18th July 2013   Length: 57 mins   Size: 39.59mb

Part two of the interview which sees Richard Herring talking about his stand-up. He explores his status and persona onstage, admits which subjects he finds difficult to include ......   Listen

Episode 46 - Richard Herring

Episode 46 - Richard Herring

Date: 10th July 2013   Length: 77 mins   Size: 53.44mb

Richard Herring is a prolific comedian, blogger and podcaster, comprehensively mining his every experience for comic potential. As well as exploring the unique resource of his d......   Listen

Episode 45 - Jarlath Regan

Episode 45 - Jarlath Regan

Date: 24th June 2013   Length: 73 mins   Size: 50.02mb

How do you make comedy out of stuff that hurts? The low-falutin' Jarlath Regan opens up about the near-tragic event he turned into a show, and why he had to leave his own countr......   Listen

Episode 44 - Milo McCabe

Episode 44 - Milo McCabe

Date: 12th June 2013   Length: 80 mins   Size: 54.63mb

Milo McCabe is a superb character act with an unusual origin. We discuss growing up in the shadow of a comedian father, and the use of NLP and other psychological techniques to ......   Listen

Episode 43 - Benny Boot (Live)

Episode 43 - Benny Boot (Live)

Date: 5th June 2013   Length: 70 mins   Size: 47.70mb

It's the second Live special, and London-based Australian gagsmith Benny Boot lets us in on his effervescent cartoon-like imagination. We talk about the unusual techniques he em......   Listen

Episode 42 - Tom Binns

Episode 42 - Tom Binns

Date: 29th May 2013   Length: 82 mins   Size: 56.65mb

The creator of barnstorming character acts such as hospital radio DJ Ivan Brackenbury and 'spirit comedium' Ian D Montfort, comedian Tom Binns now faces a unique challenge. As w......   Listen

Episode 41 - Tom Gleeson

Episode 41 - Tom Gleeson

Date: 22nd May 2013   Length: 81 mins   Size: 55.65mb

A study in confidence, Australian Tom Gleeson trades in lean, punchy material that batters an audience into submission. We discuss how "comedy's Lex Luthor" changed from being a......   Listen

Episode 40 - Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall

Episode 40 - Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall

Date: 14th May 2013   Length: 70 mins   Size: 47.93mb

Talented, dedicated and analytical, Melbourne-based Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall is part of a new generation of comics. We discuss the acquisition of stage-time in a town with rel......   Listen

Episode 39 - Felicity Ward

Episode 39 - Felicity Ward

Date: 8th May 2013   Length: 80 mins   Size: 54.85mb

Felicity Ward hilariously combines expert physical characterisation with heartfelt storytelling. Speaking just after the recording of her first DVD in Melbourne, she describes h......   Listen

Episode 38 - Tom Allen

Episode 38 - Tom Allen

Date: 5th May 2013   Length: 73 mins   Size: 50.39mb

The quintessential comic raconteur, Tom Allen's work sizzles with wit, candour and warmth. We discuss his rhythm, musicality and sociable methods of generating material, as well......   Listen

Episode 37 - Geraldine Hickey

Episode 37 - Geraldine Hickey

Date: 24th April 2013   Length: 61 mins   Size: 41.92mb

With an unselfconscious charm and a superb skill for finding the funny in true stories, Geraldine Hickey is a delightful comedian to spend an hour with. We talk about her recent......   Listen

Episode 36 - David Quirk

Episode 36 - David Quirk

Date: 16th April 2013   Length: 59 mins   Size: 40.43mb

Known for his hyper-personal material about death, infidelity and suicide, David Quirk is happy to be an outsider, to the comedy community as well as his audience. We discuss th......   Listen

Episode 35 - Asher Treleaven

Episode 35 - Asher Treleaven

Date: 10th April 2013   Length: 66 mins   Size: 45.26mb

Rubber-legged comedy mantis Asher Treleaven has been nominated for the most prestigious awards in the UK and Australia. He talks here about his transition from art-house darling......   Listen

Episode 34 - Clarke MacFarlane

Episode 34 - Clarke MacFarlane

Date: 2nd April 2013   Length: 74 mins   Size: 51.11mb

Variety superstar Clarke MacFarlane blends elements of stand-up, clowning and skills to create the show-stopping, crowd-surfing Mario, Queen of the Circus. Touring with La Cliqu......   Listen

Episode 33 - Lindsay Webb

Episode 33 - Lindsay Webb

Date: 23rd March 2013   Length: 59 mins   Size: 40.31mb

Lindsay Webb is comedy's Mr Queensland. A hard-working positive-thinker, he once held a Guinness World Record for the longest stand-up show, and manages to make waves in the ind......   Listen

Episode 32 - Carl Donnelly

Episode 32 - Carl Donnelly

Date: 12th March 2013   Length: 76 mins   Size: 52.62mb

Suede-hooved waffler Carl Donnelly makes comic storytelling look easy. His turn of phrase and relaxed narrative style has influenced a wave of newer acts, but his eye for a genu......   Listen

Episode 31 - Heath 'Chopper' Franklin

Episode 31 - Heath 'Chopper' Franklin

Date: 4th March 2013   Length: 61 mins   Size: 41.90mb

Heath Franklin performs stand-up as his alter-ego Chopper, a caricature of Australia's infamous career criminal and self-promoter. We explore the careful path Heath treads to av......   Listen