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:
31st March 2014. 58 minutes.
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 he structures an...
19th March 2014. 62 minutes.
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...
13th March 2014. 58 minutes.
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 quit the fishbowl...
5th March 2014. 89 minutes.
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 of his art. Taking...
27th February 2014. 55 minutes.
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...
20th February 2014. 75 minutes.
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 podcast,...
12th February 2014. 57 minutes.
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 madness and total...
6th February 2014. 59 minutes.
Sidetracked by youthful addictions, and making up for it with an incredibly intense approach,
Marcus Brigstocke produces brilliant political comedy underpinned by passion and rigorous research. Find out what it's...
30th January 2014. 61 minutes.
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 put...
22nd January 2014. 60 minutes.
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 comedy, the responsibilities...
15th January 2014. 59 minutes.
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 approach...
8th January 2014. 61 minutes.
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...
21st December 2013. 54 minutes.
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...
16th December 2013. 61 minutes.
Effortlessly charming observationalist
Jason Manford is arguably comedy's Mr Accessibility. With a touring schedule designed to cover the entire country, we investigate the motives and consequences of his workaholic approach...
11th December 2013. 59 minutes.
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. What he does instead...
27th November 2013. 58 minutes.
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 the advantages...
12th November 2013. 60 minutes.
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-analysis and how appealing...
29th October 2013. 60 minutes.
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...
17th October 2013. 63 minutes.
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 an entire Edinburgh...
1st October 2013. 60 minutes.
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 between his...