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.
Friday 13th November 2015
Thursday 29th October 2015
Why was Dara O Briain kidnapped by a SWAT team? What annoys Ed Byrne about panel shows? And why did working for Countryfile put him off mountains? All will be revealed, in another excruciatingly geeky edition of Circuit Training.
Thursday 15th October 2015
You may know him best from umpteen panel shows, but the on-tour Andy Hamilton co-wrote some of Britain's biggest comedies, often minutes before broadcast, and an A-list indie film last year - but what's this about Peppa Pig and Iron Man?
Saturday 12th September 2015
18 years ago Fred MacAulay took a job that possibly hijacked his rising TV stardom - but does he regret it? The touring-again Scottish comic tells Circuit Training about contentious sackings, ripped-off comics, Ally McCoist, and the infamous Tub of Lard.
Monday 25th May 2015
Almost certainly the first Circuit Training interview that mainly concerns an anti-war demonstration. Here we discuss Omid Djalili's acclaimed documentary, We Are Many, plus Oliver Reed, tricky Joe Orton plays, bad TV recordings, Iranian horror films...
Wednesday 5th November 2014
For the 75th Circuit Training, our first return visitor, and a suitably epic chat with Mark Thomas. He's on often eyebrow-raising form, about arms sales, corporate spying, conspiracy theories, ISIS, Labour, and, er, clitoral stroking. But is it still comedy?
Tuesday 19th August 2014
He's probably better known for his hugely popular podcast than his performing (for the moment) - so what's Stuart Goldsmith's own masterplan? Why does he turn down 'shiny floor' roles? And which TV job was 'stressful, unpleasant and phenomenally frustrating?'
Thursday 24th July 2014
Freestyle hip-hop duo Abandoman are just about the most roof-raising, impossible-to-follow stand-up act you've ever seen. But are they caught between stools? Or other, more sinister furniture? (Warning, may contain geeky music references)
Thursday 17th April 2014
A snapped heel, torn cruciate and broken relationship - the last year has been memorable for Marcus Brigstocke, to say the least. He talks about crowd-pleasing injuries, tabloid infamy, meeting Amy Childs, not meeting Maria Miller, his forthcoming political campaign and ongoing Daily Show dream.
Friday 20th December 2013
After a traumatic two year indoctrination, Jarlath Regan has finally taken to London life and just won an iTunes award for his popular new podcast, featuring the likes of Dylan Moran and, er, Tony Cascarino. But can he still sell the Christmas cards?
Wednesday 29th May 2013
A circuit legend, Andre Vincent also helped launch much modern TV satire (but not the 'abysmal' 10 O'Clock Live, he'd hasten to add), before an abortive Robbie Williams experience put him right off. And what happened to his bits on Stewart Lee's recent show?
Monday 1st October 2012
What ever happened to Lee Hurst? Thrust into our front rooms via a popular sporting panel game, he then retreated from TV and sent the rumour mill into TheyThinkIt'sAllOverdrive. Here the touring-again comic gives Circuit Training the full and frank.
Saturday 30th June 2012
For the 50th edition of the Circuit Training column, Si Hawkins looks back at some of the most interesting bits from his interviews. Featuring choice cuts from the likes of Dave Gorman, Rich Fulcher, Adam Buxton, Sean Hughes and Richard Herring.
Saturday 19th November 2011
Widely blamed for fatally wounding US drama Northern Exposure, Paul Provenza went and showed 'em by making a surprise hit of dirty-mouthed doc The Aristocrats. Now he's bringing Set List to Soho, and scaring the bejeezus out of Britain's best comics.
Tuesday 8th November 2011
What do teen heart-throbs do when they reach middle-age? Whatever they fecking well feel like doing. Here Hughes talks Sean's Show, Buzzcocks, drugs, drink, Hicks and his actively-unsexy new live hour, plus a gentle dig at a couple of comedy untouchables.
Tuesday 17th May 2011
Si Hawkins interviews Andrew Collins. Andrew's first solo-sitcom - Mr Blue Sky - has reached Radio 4 after absolute aeons, and he's finally broken The Guardian too (well, their website). But doesn't he miss being locked in cupboards with Rod Stewart?
Saturday 30th April 2011
Not Going Out star Tim Vine is hardly ever in right now as he negotiates a nationwide tour. But in this interview with Si Hawkins, he travels back to the mid-1990s, when his warmth was all the rage, quiz shows came calling and he tried to break America with a chimp.
Monday 14th March 2011
David Schneider is cursed to hear shouts of 'Smell My Cheese!' wherever he goes, such as this year's Edinburgh Festival. But how close was he to a similarly-resonant part in Lord of the Rings, and with which massive mainstream celeb did he once form a (frankly surreal-sounding) double act?
Saturday 15th January 2011
It's a good 25 years since John Shuttleworth first graced our screens with his mighty organ, since when he's dabbled in radio, film, even the Eurovision Song Contest, with varying degrees of non-success. Is he bitter? Si Hawkins finds out...
Tuesday 30th November 2010
Adam and Joe's beguiling Mr Buxton on his little-known stand-up non-career, Thom Yorke's weeping fits and how the humungous success of The Persuasonists nearly turned him all Hollywood.
Tuesday 10th August 2010
Are you heading up to Edinburgh this August? Do you have a pulse? Then be warned: Eleanor is on the prowl.
Thursday 15th July 2010
So what did we make of Lee Nelson's Well Good Show? Really? Blimey. We were going to meet for an in-depth dissection of this much-discussed series, but couldn't be arsed, so Circuit Training texted Lee a few questions and about a month later he texted them back.
Sunday 17th May 2009
Si Hawkins introduces the idea behind Circuit Training. We'll be checking in with the people who've survived that journey from circuit to studio, in one direction or another, and with those poor souls currently mired in the depths of development hell.