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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Tig Notaro: ‘Can I recall a bad gig? The first two years of my career’ by Interview By Liam Pape

The US comedian on heckling, why she gravitates towards silly people and the best and worst advice she’s ever been given Who did you look up to when you started out?In the open mic comedy …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:42AM
Monday, January 23, 2023

Jack Dee: ‘I’m a positive energy kind of guy’ by Interview By Liam Pape

The comedian on doing standup in prison, his first open mic with Paul Merton and taking I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue on tour How did you get into standup?I went to the Comedy Store in Leic…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:32AM
Monday, January 16, 2023

Jon Richardson: ‘My personal decline is much funnier than that of the country’ by Interview By Liam Pape

The comedian on supermarket petrol stations, working with his wife Lucy Beaumont and the comedy heroes he fell in love with in the 90s How did you get into standup?Sadly, by leaving the town…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:48AM
Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Cally Beaton: ‘Connecting with people is the only skill I have. Luckily it’s a superpower’ by Interview By Liam Pape

The former TV executive on life lessons from Joan Rivers, paper-plane heckles and a ‘perfect day’ doing Live at the Apollo Before becoming a full-time comedian, you were a high-profile T…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:54AM
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Ted Lasso’s Nick Mohammed: ‘I didn’t think about comedy seriously until doing a PhD in seismology’ by Interview By Liam Pape

The character comedian and TV star on meeting angry fans, his first UK tour as megalomaniac magician Mr Swallow and taking inspiration from Torvill and Dean Who did you look up to when you w…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:12AM
Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Sara Pascoe: ‘I got told not to wear skirts on stage – but you can be hysterical and wear a nice dress’ by Interview By Liam Pape

The comedian and author on performing at Hugh Grant’s birthday party, the problem with being labelled a ‘feminist vegan’, and her new show Success Story Why did you start doing standup…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:32AM
Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Rich Hall: ‘America is on the edge of the apocalypse – Britain is a shuffling of weird ghoulish political figures’ by Interview By Liam Pape

The standup and author on American-British rants, why Saturday Night Live wouldn’t work in the UK and the joy of offending Winnebago owners Your current show is called Shot from Cannons. W…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:06PM
Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Zoe Lyons: ‘My hair is growing back – I’ve promised myself I’ll go full 70s bouncing perm’ by Interview By Liam Pape

The comedian on the return of her alopecia, her midlife crisis, and finding the funny in life’s curveballs How did you get into comedy?At university I spent most of my time doing am-dram, …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:13AM
Monday, October 10, 2022

Kemah Bob: ‘I get so much bad advice from men who’ve never done comedy before’ by Interview By Liam Pape

The comedian and podcaster on the charms of British sitcoms, starting her own club night and hot new talent on the circuit What drew you to British comedy?Probably Skins or The Inbetweeners.…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:43AM
Monday, September 19, 2022

Laura Lexx: ‘I did 10 gigs for a master’s in standup comedy – then never stopped’ by Interview By Liam Pape

The comedian and author on studying laughter theory, industry frustrations and the perils of gigging at a racecourse How did you get into comedy?I studied the history of variety and vaudevil…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:19AM
Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Guz Khan: ‘I didn’t have an agent, I just had my mates’ by Interview By Liam Pape

The comedian talks about his hunt for fresh talent, the new series of Man Like Mobeen and how one disastrous standup gig led to multiple arrests Your route to the stage started with funny vi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:07AM
Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Helen Bauer: ‘The heckling turned into audience whack-a-mole then the whole room went quiet’ by Interview By Liam Pape

The standup on middle-child syndrome, the comedy scene in Berlin and the nightmare gig that she can’t forget What made you get into comedy?An unholy need for attention stemming from middle…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:49AM
Monday, August 22, 2022

Tim Vine: ‘It was such a bad gig, I went off stage and came back as Vim Tine’ by Interview By Liam Pape

The king of one-liners on his unlikely comedy hero, preshow prayers and the best heckle he’s ever got How did you get into comedy? I spotted an advert in the Stage newspaper advertising a …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:03AM
Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Thanyia Moore: ‘My material is my life, and then I sprinkle on some Hollywood to get the jokes’ by Interview By Liam Pape

The standup on the highs and lows of the Edinburgh fringe, Zoom hecklers and why she doesn’t have heroes Who on the circuit always makes you laugh?I’ve always been impressed by Athena Ku…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:07AM
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Rachel Fairburn: ‘A lot of standups have sucked the funny out of comedy’ by Interview By Liam Pape

The comic and podcaster on her pre-show rituals, the worst advice she’s been given and why routines about serious issues still need to make you laugh How did you get into comedy? I was a c…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:03AM
Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Markus Birdman: ‘If anything bad happens to a comic, we think: this will make a good routine!’ by Interview By Liam Pape

The standup on writing material about two strokes, his comedy bugbears and how the Edinburgh fringe has changed How did you get into comedy?By mistake really. My girlfriend’s friend though…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:33AM
Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Sara Barron: ‘My show has something for everyone – it’s properly good or extremely mediocre’ by Interview By Liam Pape

The standup on changing her role models, her pre-performance rituals, and the frustration of being asked to audition for ‘mom’ roles How did you get into comedy?I saw the film A Chorus …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:42AM
Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Celya AB: ‘I got a couple of laughs and couldn’t think about anything else for weeks’ by Interview By Liam Pape

The standup on who makes her laugh, what she misses most about home, and learning to tune out bad advice from drunk people What is your new comedy show about?Moving from Paris to Birmingham …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:42AM
Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Jen Brister: ‘After 10 minutes, two-thirds of the audience had left!’ by Interview By Liam Pape

The standup on the upsides of touring, her worst gig and finding reasons to be optimistic What’s an important lesson you’ve learned from being a standup?Don’t worry about what anyone e…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:37PM
Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Shaparak Khorsandi: ‘Love your audience without caring who they vote for’ by Interview By Liam Pape

The standup and author on what she’s learned from comedy, her traumatic gig at Glastonbury and who makes her howl with laughter What made you get into comedy?Benny Hill was my inspiration …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:33AM
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Sandi Toksvig: Always have a chair – the whole ‘standup’ thing is overrated by Interview By Liam Pape

The comedian, presenter and author on pre-show rituals, poor advice and the thrill of a hydraulic log-splitter Who inspires you?My wife, Debbie. She is a remarkable woman. Wise and witty. I …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:37AM
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Ed Gamble: ‘Terrifying ego and an astonishing lack of self-esteem got me into comedy’ by Interview By Liam Pape

The standup on his worst gig, being inspired by his cat, and the comic genius of Rylan Who inspires you?My cat, Pig. He wakes up, eats a bowl of tuna, does a huge dump, acts like an idiot fo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:33AM
Monday, May 9, 2022

Ria Lina: My best heckle? ‘I love you!’ by Interview By Liam Pape

The standup on starting out in comedy, increasingly savvy audiences and the best advice she has ever received How did you get into comedy?I think I fell into it. It was a night out with the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:18AM
Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Russell Kane: ‘A bad gig? The great dane that came up on to the stage’ by Interview By Liam Pape

The standup on courgette puns, comedy audiences and why John Kennedy Toole is his comedy hero What did you spend lockdown doing? I leaped straight into creating standup video rants which I c…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:03AM

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