Stuart Goldsmith talks to fellow stand-up comedians about how they create funny stuff and manage their career. These very in-depth interviews are interesting and revealing. There's over 100 episodes here:
23rd May 2015. 68 minutes.
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...
15th May 2015. 82 minutes.
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 anxieties he...
8th May 2015. 73 minutes.
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 lays her creative...
1st May 2015. 90 minutes.
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 combine...
24th April 2015. 90 minutes.
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 how he has cultivated...
17th April 2015. 78 minutes.
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 gives us a...
10th April 2015. 86 minutes.
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...
3rd April 2015. 60 minutes.
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...
20th March 2015. 71 minutes.
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 their respective foils gave...
13th March 2015. 67 minutes.
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 a...
6th March 2015. 76 minutes.
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...
27th February 2015. 66 minutes.
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 discussing...
20th February 2015. 83 minutes.
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 technique behind...
13th February 2015. 56 minutes.
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 through stand-up, nailing your...
6th February 2015. 75 minutes.
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 reflective nature and...
29th January 2015. 64 minutes.
Urzila Carlson is now one of New Zealand's favourite acts, winning Best Female Comic there an astonishing five years running. Irrepressibly cheerful, she combines her natural talent with...
24th January 2015. 74 minutes.
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-ringmaster of The Alternative Comedy Memorial...
15th January 2015. 76 minutes.
Star of the brain-smashingly surreal sketch show
Anna & Katy, and Daisy in Not Going Out, Katy Wix is an actress with an exceptional comic mind. We talk about the...
8th January 2015. 94 minutes.
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 him. Frustratingly,...