If you thought wrestlers shared some of the tropes of comedians’ lives, wait til you hear about historians! Comedy-adjacent public historian, writer of “Dead Famous” and other superb books, and creator and host of “You’re Dead To Me” (BBC Sounds) Greg Jenner had factual oversight on every word of Horrible Histories ever recorded, and wrote some of the jokes too. He’s also a student of ComCom and probably our most learned ever guest…
We talk about his creative process in constructing analogies that package and frame his research; learn about the pitfalls of generalising and the responsibility of the historian; and he shares his deeply personal struggle with mental health, anxiety and extraordinary insomnia, and they effect they still have on his fraught relationship with celebrity.
30 mins of extra content available exclusively to the Insiders Club include Greg delving further into his anxieties, particularly those that accrete around social media and listener feedback; the joy of online kindness; “factoids” and his doomed quest to rid the internet of viral “fake facts”; and we learn about the hidden link between Rattus Rattus from Horrible Histories and Greg himself.
Go to www.comedianscomedian.com/insiders for this and much more, including the exclusive Insiders Q&As with Nish Kumar, James Acaster and Alfie Brown, and your invite to the forthcoming ones with Fern Brady and a “self-help for comedians” special with Amanda Donnet (MClinPsych)
The only comic ever to have consecutively won Best Newcomer and Best Show at the Edinburgh Fringe, John Kearns is a master at finding pathos in the prosaic, combining clowning and standup in a way that makes absolutely no sense written down. With influences from Jacques Tati to Neil Hamburger, we explore his sense of place within himself, overreaching in his writing, and ambition in his career...
Thirty minutes of extra content available exclusively to members of the Insiders Club includes John's brilliant technique for underpinning all his material with genuine pathos, and delves into writing for Harry Hill, meeting Chris Morris, and how the spotlight can burn...
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Filed Under: Alternative Comedy, Art, Audiences, Awards, BBC4, Best Newcomer, Bill Cosby, Bob Monkhouse, Character, Chris Morris, Clown, comcompod, Comedy, Competitions, Dave (TV channel), Directing, Dr Brown, Eddie Izzard, Edinburgh, Fame, Festival, Festival Comedian, Fosters Comedy Award, Free Fringe, Fringe, Gregg Turkington, Harry Hill, Interview, Isolation, Jobs, John Kearns, London, Mental Health, Neil Hamburger, Onstage Persona, Perrier Comedy Award, Persona, Phil Burgers, Problems, Radio 4, Risk, Soho Theatre, Stage Persona, Stand Up, Success, Tom Allen, Tony Hancock, Twitter, Whimsy, Woody Allen, Worth, Writing, Writing JokesComments: No Comments
Star of his own sitcom "Jerk" (BBC) and a gleefully discomforting stand-up, Tim Renkow makes his point with devastating wit. We talk about how people's exploitation of Tim's physical vulnerability has shaped his outlook and work, learn how his dispassion towards his audience's reaction makes him a stronger comic, and find out why he would rather be alone in a wood with a shotgun.
Content warning: strong language and discussion of sexual abuse.
Members of the Insiders Club can enjoy 20 mins of extra content with Tim giving us his analysis of the four types of Edinburgh fringe shows, precisely why he doesn't like award-winning shows, and what great idea he only tried saying on stage once...
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Filed Under: Audiences, BBC3, Bob Slayer, Bobby Mair, Comedy, Dylan Moran, Eddie Izzard, Edinburgh, Festival, Interview, Phil Kay, Richard Pryor, Soho Theatre, Stage Persona, Stand Up, Structure, student comedy, Success, Tim Renkow, TV, TV Comedy, USA, Worth, Writing, Writing JokesComments: 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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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
Present at the opening night of the London Comedy Store, Nick Revell has been performing satirical, political and absurd standup for four decades. After a ten year break to write for TV, including on topical sitcom "Drop The Dead Donkey", he humbly returned to the open mic circuit to relearn his craft, and shares his unique perspective on how things had changed in that time, on stage, in audiences and in green rooms. We talk about the benefit of sleepless nights, his new narrative shows, and whether after nearly forty years he's finally found his voice... 25mins of extra material available exclusively to members of the Insiders Club include Nick on the excess of the early days of the Store, and some brilliant technical advice on how to absorb an instinct for the shape of a joke... sign up at www.comedianscomedian.com/insiders www.nickrevell.com | @TheNickRevell And go and see Nick's brilliantly titled Fringe show: "Nick Revell: Eurasia’s Most Eligible Psychopaths and Their Lovely Homes" Tickets for my show Primer at this year's Edinburgh Fringe @ComComPod | www.comedianscomedian.com
Filed Under: Audiences, Channel 4, Comedy, Comedy Store, Dave Allen, Drop The Dead Donkey, Eddie Izzard, Edinburgh, Fame, Festival, Fringe, Greg Davies, Gyles Brandreth, Henning Wehn, Inspiration, Interview, James Acaster, Jay Leno, Jo Brand, Jobs, John Cleese, John Lloyd, Lenny Bruce, Mental Health, Monty Python, Nick Revell, Open Mic, Pappy’s, Patton Oswalt, Perrier, Persona, Peter Cook, political, Radio, Radio 4, Richard Pryor, Risk, Robin Ince, Sketch, Stage Persona, Stand Up, Stereotypes, Stewart Lee, Storytelling, Structure, Success, The Comedy Store, The House of Spirit Levels, Tony Allen, Tony Hancock, TV, TV Comedy, Twitter, We Are Klang, Whimsy, Worth, Writing, Writing Jokes, Writing On StageComments: 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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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
In a double first for the podcast we speak not only across a transatlantic internet connection but also to our first critic! But Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw is unlike any other; a fast-talking and acerbic eviscerator of computer games, his hilarious "Zero Punctuation" reviews regularly attract downloads in the millions, while his sci-fi and fantasy novels have garnered critical acclaim. We discuss world-building, why games lend themselves to horror more than comedy, and cover investment, anxiety and shouting rude words.
Extras: Yahtzee explores his comedy influences, his one attempt at standup and explains the iterative process behind his videos. Sign up now at www.comedianscomedian.com/insiders
Filed Under: Audiences, Character, Character Comedy, Charlie Brooker, Comedy, Eddie Izzard, Ego, Fame, First Open Spot, Gaming, Horror, Interview, Isolation, Jobs, Mental Health, Mogworld, Monty Python, Open Mic, Persona, Podcasting, Problems, Reviews, Risk, Stage Persona, Stereotypes, Success, Worth, Writing, Writing Jokes, YouTube, Zero PunctuationComments: No Comments
A comedy firebrand who channels his anger into punchy stories with great characterisation, Garrett Millerick had a breakthrough Edinburgh fringe this year with “Sunflower”, a show that was meaningful despite his efforts to the contrary. We talk about dealing with very difficult emotional material; which one day of his life is completely off-limits; and getting the sensation that Something Might Be Happening…
Stu’s 2019 tour of “End Of” has just gone on sale!
“A comedy masterclass… Endlessly inventive” (The List)
Tickets for the first half of the tour at these links:
07/10/2018 Aberystwyth Comedy Festival – The Coliseum
22/02/2019 Maidenhead – Norden Farm
01/03/2019 Falmouth – The Poly
29/03/2019 Crawley -The Hawth
05/04/2019 Reading – South Street Arts
17/04/2019 Oxford Old Fire Station
19/04/2019 Bromsgrove – The Artix
27/04/2019 Plymouth Barbican
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Filed Under: Audiences, Comedy, Eddie Izzard, Edinburgh, Ego, Festival, First Open Spot, Fringe, Gary Delaney, Interview, Jarred Christmas, Jason Manford, Live, Marcus Brigstocke, Nick Helm, Onstage Persona, Persona, Pleasance, Simon Munnery, Sketch, Soho Theatre, Stage Persona, Stand Up, Stewart Lee, Storytelling, Structure, Success, Tony Hancock, Up The Creek, Writing, Writing Jokes, Writing On Stage, Zoe LyonsComments: 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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