A quite brilliant stand-up, with gloriously unique and surprising one-liners, Aaron Chen started comedy incredibly young, and was already working to shed every ounce of hackery while still in his teens. As well as his deeply alt roots and proclivity to experiment with comedy forms, he is also a master of the internally collapsing vox pop, pushing through the soul-crushing rejections to a place of genuine brilliance.
We talk about his early experiments with ultra-awkwardness, his astounding YouTube figures, why he searches for the one-line joke in every story, and discover why he never performs in Chinese, despite his huge Chinese audience.
Go to www.comedianscomedian.com/insiders for ad-free episodes, extra content from every show that has it, and much more - including the exclusive Insiders Q&As with Nish Kumar, Alfie Brown, James Acaster and Fern Brady, plus the incredible “self-help for comedians” special with Amanda Donnet.
Wisdom School with Aaron Chen (Adult Swim)
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Stu offers remote talks to business on what the distilled wisdom of over 350 comics can teach you about resilience, especially in times of pandemic.
“The most inspiring talk I’ve had in years!” (LEGO staff member)
Find out more at www.stuartgoldsmith.com
Stu’s “Virtual Office Party” is now available as the perfect solution to remote-working office parties, sales conferences, motivational and wellbeing events.
“It was an absolutely hysterical and wonderful evening, for both those partaking and everyone watching online!”
- Maria Kuzak (Fundraising Manager at CALM)
“The games and interactive element were hilarious and extremely well executed! 10/10 from us, you created a real buzz in our business, thank you."
- Ben Gott (SVP at Merkle)
For more info on how this unique concept can bring your staff together while working apart, go to www.stuartgoldsmith.com
Zach, Mark and Broden return to the podcast on one of the last stops of the campaign trail for their new Netflix special “Aunty Donna’s Big Ol’ House Of Fun”. It’s an extraordinary achievement, as they bring exactly what’s brilliant about their live work to the TV, and it will have you breathless with laughter.
Purveyors of, in the words of one ComCom fan, “Dubstep Python”, they reveal all about the first edit of the show where no one laughed, choosing authenticity over perfection, why none of the context matters, and how they managed to make a TV show without compromising on anything.
25 minutes of extra content available exclusively to members of the Insiders Club includes the boys on the polarising ability of their work, which sketch grabs new fans most successfully, their three-take system for improvising on camera, and how much pud is a little bit of pud…
Go to www.comedianscomedian.com/insiders for this and much more, including the exclusive Insiders Q&A with James Acaster.
Everything Stu's up to:
Stu’s “Infinite Sofa” chat show is now available as the perfect solution to remote-working office parties, motivational and team-building events.
“It was an absolutely hysterical and wonderful evening, for both those partaking and everyone watching online!” Maria Kuzak (Fundraising Manager at CALM)
For more info on how this unique concept can bring your staff together while working apart, go to www.virtualofficeparty.co.uk
Stu also offers remote talks to business on what the distilled wisdom of over 350 comics can teach you about resilience, especially in times of pandemic.
“The most inspiring talk I’ve had in years!” (LEGO staff member)
Find out more at www.comedyinsights.com
This podcast is @ComComPod on twitter and instagram
Filed Under: Alternative Comedy, Audiences, Aunty Donna, Australia, Character, comcompod, Comedy, Edinburgh, Interview, Netflix, Onstage Persona, Reviews, Risk, Sketch, SNL, Stage Persona, Stand Up, Stephen Fry, Streaming, Structure, Success, Surreal, TV Comedy, Worth, Writing, Writing Jokes, Writing On Stage, YouTubeComments: No Comments
"America's Funnyman" Neil Hamburger is the disturbing comic creation of Gregg Turkington; deeply funny, vile and poignant in equal measure. Ordinarily reluctant to talk about his alter-ego, Gregg gradually uncovers his love for outsider art, and the qualities he considers genius. We learn about the origins of Neil in prank phone calls and fake live shows, the comedy he can't stand and why, and the utterly original concept behind his live albums.
Over 30mins of extra content available exclusively to members of the Insiders Club include Gregg on being booed onto the stage supporting Tenacious D at Reading Festival, and how it meant no more to him than a crowd at Madison Square Garden chanting his name! We also learn the surprising basis to whom he won't attack and why, and find out why he considers interviews pointless... Support the show today with a recurring donation and receive your access to the Insiders Club private podcast at www.comedianscomedians.com/insiders
www.americasfunnyman.com | @NeilHamburger
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Filed Under: Acting, Age, Alternative Comedy, Art, Audience Participation, Audiences, Australia, Character, Character Comedy, comcompod, Comedy, Controversial, Controversy, Dark Humour, Directing, Festival, Festival Comedian, First Open Spot, Gregg Turkington, Heckles, Inspiration, Interview, Jobs, Kanye, Music, Music Videos, Musical, Onstage Persona, Persona, Risk, Stage Persona, Stand Up, Stereotypes, Steve Martin, Structure, Success, Tenacious D, TV, Twitter, Upright Citizens Brigade, USA, Worth, Writing, Writing Jokes, YouTubeComments: No Comments
A captivating comic with enormous mass appeal, Jimeoin has built a career across the UK and Australia, dancing lightly through absolute silliness and rock solid punchlines. We talk backstage after his barnstorming Edinburgh show about harnessing daftness, the creative benefits of sitting alone in a dark room and how easy it is to become a monster when you get your own TV show at 24 years old...
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www.jimeoin.com | @jimeoin
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Filed Under: 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Age, Alcohol, Audiences, Australia, Billy Connolly, Bob Mills, Comedy, Conan, Eddie Izzard, Edinburgh, Fame, Festival, First Open Spot, Frank Skinner, Fringe, Gilded Balloon, Ian Cognito, Interview, Irish, Kevin Bridges, Live At The Apollo, Mainstream, Mental Health, Michael McIntyre, Micky Flanagan, Milton Jones, Observational Comedy, Omid Djallili, Onstage Persona, Perrier, Persona, Phil Ellis, Sean Lock, Stage Persona, Stand Up, Stephen Fry, Structure, Success, TV, TV Comedy, Worth, WritingComments: No Comments
An exclusive conversation with the man behind (and underneath) "Randy", a searingly honest, multi-layered and genuinely brilliant standup comedian who happens to be a purple felt puppet. A multiple international award-winner and nominee, Heath has never felt comfortable talking as himself, but finally gave into Stu's overtures at Just For Laughs Montreal. We talk about the gap between truth and fiction, vulnerability and addiction, and what it feels like to expose your true self whilst staying hidden.
30mins of extra content available to members of the Insiders Club include Randy's secret origins (fictional and actual), how Heath writes a show in a week, the confessional element of his show "Randy Is Sober", and what it looks like under whatever Randy is appearing on top of... Join now at www.comedianscomedian.com/insiders
@RandyFeltface | feltface.com
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Filed Under: Actor, Art, Audience Participation, Audiences, Australia, Buster Keaton, Comedy, Festival, Fin Taylor, First Open Spot, Heath McIvor, Interview, Jim Henson, Jobs, Just For Laughs, Puppetry, Randy Feltface, Sesame Street, Stage Persona, Success, TV Comedy, Worth, WritingComments: No Comments
Beloved of her fans, and radiating a genuine adoration for people, Bec Hill fizzes with comic creativity. We talk about how she lost and refound her sense of play, and explore the relationship between her faith, her self-critical voice and her work. We also cover the difference between a nerd, a geek and a dork; and talk fringe shows, flipcharts and whether she peaked at Piaf...
Extra material exclusively available to members of the Insiders Club includes:
- Her biggest challenge with social media and the surprising reason she no longer posts jokes
- How Bec dealt with a new act reproducing a very specific aspect of her style and what she fears from big business
- Bec and Stu share some more private stuff about what success means to us both.
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See Bec at this year's Ed Fringe here
www.bechillcomedian.com | @bechillcomedian
See my show at Soho Theatre between 9th-11th May
Filed Under: Acting, Actor, Adelaide, Audiences, Australia, Awards, Bec Hill, Comedy, Eddie Izzard, Edinburgh, Ego, Equality, Fear, Festival, Festival Comedian, Fringe, Gaming, Gender, Glee Club, Hannah Gadsby, Improv, Interview, Jobs, Josie Long, Mental Health, Onstage Persona, Persona, Plagiarism, Reviews, School, Stage Persona, Stand Up, Storytelling, Structure, Success, Twitter, Viral, Whimsy, Writing, Writing Jokes, YouTubeComments: No Comments
Creator and host of the Guilty Feminist podcast, Deborah Frances-White is a phenomenally energetic woman on a mission. A former Jehovah's Witness, she now leads her own army of followers, employing the machinery of business to liberate and entertain, and to inspire genuine activism. We explore how improv conquers repression, go into detail on the genesis of her extraordinary podcast and its roadmap for the future, and she exhorts the listener to make your own model.
Extras available only to members of the Insiders Club include two incredible pieces of advice: one on how to pass pretty much any interview for anything, and the other on how as a comedian she nipped bitterness in the bud. Plus some truly brilliant coaching on why and how to create your own model for success.... Join now at www.comedianscomedian.com/insiders
Her movie Say My Name is out on 23rd April, go to guiltyfeminist for tickets and details.
deborahfrances-white.com | @DeborahFW | guiltyfeminist.com
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27/04/2019 Plymouth Barbican
28/02/20 Cambridge Junction
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Charity Gig Shout-out!
On Monday 13th May, help support women, children, mothers and babies in the world’s poorest communities. Tickets for this gala line-up featuring loads of past ComCom guests and more besides can be got at the Leicester Square Theatre website or www.womenandchildrenfirst.org.uk/comedy
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Filed Under: Acting, Audience Participation, Audiences, Australia, BBC4, Bridget Christie, Comedy, Diversity, Dr Who, Drama School, Drinking, Feminism, Feminist, Fern Brady, Festival, First Open Spot, Fringe, Gender, Hannah Gadsby, Interview, Jobs, Josie Long, Katherine Ryan, Leicester Square Theatre, London, Marcus Brigstocke, Mental Health, Miranda Hart, Persona, Podcasting, Risk, Sara Pascoe, Sarah Millican, Sofie Hagen, Stage Persona, Stand Up, Structure, Success, Suzi Ruffell, The Guardian, The Guilty Feminist, TV, Twitter, Victoria Wood, Worth, Writing, Writing Jokes, Writing On Stage, YouTubeComments: No Comments
Recorded in 2017, this episode refers to Anne's previous Barry nomination and not her most recent one, which might hint at the kind of quality of comic we've got here... We talk about her ability to inhabit incredibly funny and idiosyncratic Australian characters, her eye for detail, and then completely miss out on her excellent ABC "noir"-ish sitcom "The Edge Of The Bush".
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And come and see Stu's standup tour now!
16/05/2018 Norwich, Epic Studios
18/05/2018 Northampton Royal & Derngate
19/05/2018 Warwick Arts Centre (Coventry)
20/05/2018 Shrewsbury, Henry Tudor House
23/05/2018 Swindon Arts Centre
26/05/2018 Farnham Maltings
30/05/2018 Aldershot, West End Centre
01/06/2018 Sheffield, The Lescar
02/06/2018 York, The Basement
03/06/2018 Newcastle – The Stand
04/06/2018 Leeds, Duke Studios
08/06/2018 Southampton, Hanger Farm
09/06/2018 Cambridge Junction
12/06/2018 Edinburgh, The Monkey Barrel
13/06/2018 Glasgow, The Stand
15/06/2018 Birmingham Glee
17/06/2018 Brighton Komedia
21-23 June London, Soho Theatre
29/06/2018 Tringe Festival
Filed Under: Acting, Audiences, Aunty Donna, Australia, Barry Award, Comedy, Competitions, Edinburgh, Equality, Fame, Feminism, Festival, Fringe, Gender, Interview, Jobs, Mainstream, Money, Persona, Stage Persona, Stand Up, Stereotypes, Storytelling, Success, TV, TV Comedy, Twitter, Writing, YouTubeComments: No Comments
Fin Taylor and Caimh "CK" McDonnell are the last guests in this burst of episodes, then I'm on a break for August to record more content at a mystery festival somewhere past Berwick Upon Tweed... If you're reading this check @comcompod for more updates!
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