Si Hawkins checks in with comics who've journeyed to the darkest depths of development hell - TV, radio, film or new-fangled web ventures - and are still standing.
Thursday 28th November 2019
We were wondering where in the West End to meet Robin Ince for a chat about his books (out and forthcoming), progress hinderers, problematic material, and this year's two-city Nine Lessons and Carols for Curious People. What better setting than tea at the British Museum, right next to some totem poles?
Monday 23rd September 2019
Late in the Edinburgh Fringe we hunkered down with John-Luke Roberts to talk about his splendidly-crafted but stupidly-named new show - now on tour - plus TV writing, tricky audience sizes, Izzard, Python, his early stuff, his awkward stuff, and that surprising award snub last year.
Monday 16th September 2019
As her UK tour rolls into Soho Theatre, Circuit Training finds Shappi Khorsandi in a high street store, actively juggling life and comedy. It's a balance that wasn't really working before her big TV break - but this show celebrates those circuit days. Although that I'm A Celebrity windfall was clearly handy too...
Monday 10th June 2019
The last time Circuit Training bumped into Lloyd Griffith he was embarking on a new job with Soccer AM. Now - as he limbers up for a 3pm kick-off at Richmond's Big Funny Fest - the busy Sky, Netflix and net-minding comic is going international.
Friday 10th May 2019
Yikes! This month it's ten years since the first Circuit Training dropped, and so to celebrate we go deep with the UK-bound, also-celebrating Kevin Smith. It's 25 years since he inspired a generation of budding directors with Clerks, then inadvertently became a stand-up, a job that nearly proved terminal last year. He's in splendid form about that, his Springsteen-like live shows, podcast wives, Marvel vs Mallrats, and - unexpectedly - Ian Cognito.
Saturday 30th March 2019
He took eyebrow-acting lessons from Roger Moore, became a jumper-clad TV presenter then a high-ranking whip in John Major's government, where he changed marriage forever. Now Gyles Brandreth is on tour, but one topic is off the table. "If I mention Brexit during the show I give everybody their money back."
Tuesday 16th October 2018
How did Kanye West, lazy DJs and a necklace inspire Abandoman's new direction?
Friday 28th September 2018
The acclaimed absurdist Paul Currie won a Comedians' Choice award for his latest show Hot Donkey at the Edinburgh Fringe - now he brings it and a first Greatest Hits hour to Galway's Vodafone Comedy Carnival. But will his trolley travel too?
Monday 2nd July 2018
Rocking a 100% record when it comes to brilliantly-realised high-concept comic productions, Joseph Morpurgo brings his fourth mini masterpiece to a suitably highbrow setting on Thursday evening.
Tuesday 8th May 2018
Friday 16th March 2018
It's been a big year since we spoke to the increasingly in-demand Desiree Burch, with the Albert Hall to come. So why is she currently doing a week of experimental theatre?