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 inter-dimensional ABK is a brilliantly original comic with a penchant for wordy intelligent material that leaves no-one behind. He’s also the creator of the most absurdly wonderful animated trailer for an Edinburgh show you’ve ever seen.
We talk about why he never likes to be part of a group; attention to detail and the merits of commitment; and gives his thoughts on how we get to the A-timeline…
20 minutes of extra content available exclusively to members of the Insiders Club include Alasdair gives a fascinating example of using jokes as a means of hiding internal mechanics when scripting video games, and ponders potentially falling between the two stools of arty and club comedy. Go to www.comedianscomedian.com/insiders for this and much, much more.
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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!
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Stu also co-hosts the “Child Labour" parenting podcast with Sindhu Vee
(And the latest episode with Sara Barron is a BELTER!)
Mondays 9pm BST - "The Infinite Sofa" chat show
Top celebrity talent (previous guests include Dara O'Briain, Sarah Millican and Russell Howard) join Stu and 12 members of the public, in an increasingly cult-like live online performance experiment.
Tuesdays 8pm BST - "Chops" Online comedy club
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Twins Randy and Jason Sklar blow audiences away with their extraordinarily layered stand-up, weaving their delivery alongside, through and around each other’s voices; sparring, arguing and then dropping into perfect sync on a punchline.
We get stuck into their writing process, the difficulties of working as a team when their family lives don’t sync as easily as their creative lives, the challenge of identifying a target audience when you straddle mainstream and alternative, and why the “ball don’t lie”…
25 mins of extras available exclusively to the Insiders Club include how Randy and Jason approach Roast Battles, why they love tagging jokes and the TV pitch it inspired, and we find out which twin is the happiest. We also get an insight into their episode of NPR podcast “This American Life”, when they were made aware of a genuinely mind-blowing possibility about their identities as twins. Join now at www.comedianscomedian.com/insiders
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Filed Under: Alex Edelman, Andy Kindler, Andy Samberg, Audiences, Bill Burr, Comedy, Interview, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Rogan, Marc Maron, Monty Python, Noel Fielding, Onstage Persona, Podcasting, Risk, Sarah Silverman, Sklar Brothers, SNL, Stage Persona, Stand Up, Stereotypes, Structure, Success, SXSW, The Mighty Boosh, The Office, TV, USA, Worth, Writing, Writing JokesComments: 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
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
One of the co-founders of Newport's finest musical export "Goldie Lookin Chain", John "Eggsy" Rutledge is an irrepressibly joyful soul who raps but isn't a rapper.
We talk about the development of the band, why you can't ever get off the tour bus, his "Unexplainers" podcast with Mike Bubbins, and how and when to avoid the grownups.
www.theunexplainers.co.uk | @theunexplainers | @TheGLC | Goldie Lookin Chain
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Stu’s 2019 tour of “End Of” is on sale now!
“A comedy masterclass… Endlessly inventive” (The List)
Tickets for the first half of the tour at these links:
22/02/2019 Maidenhead – Norden Farm
01/03/2019 Falmouth – The Poly
13/03/2019 Salisbury Art Centre
20/03/2019 Cheltenham Playhouse
29/03/2019 Crawley -The Hawth
05/04/2019 Reading – South Street Arts
12/04/2019 Leamington Spa - Royal Spa Centre
17/04/2019 Oxford Old Fire Station
19/04/2019 Bromsgrove – The Artix
27/04/2019 Plymouth Barbican
9-11/05/2019 Soho Theatre, London
Filed Under: Adam and Joe, Age, Alcohol, Audience Participation, Audiences, Awards, BBC, Big Brother, College, Comedy, Directing, Drinking, Fame, Festival, Flight Of The Conchords, Improv, Inspiration, Interview, Jobs, John Cleese, Mainstream, Money, Monty Python, Music Videos, Musical Comedy, Nick Helm, Onstage Persona, Parody, Persona, Podcasting, Public Enemy, Radio, Reality TV, Rhod Gilbert, Risk, Success, Worth, YouTubeComments: No Comments
Championed as a Hollywood icon of the Slacker generation, Janeane Garofalo is a brilliant and fascinating stand-up, with the structure-free style you'd expect from someone who read from notes on her first HBO special. She's candid about crying daily within the TV "sausage factory" of crime drama which draws in former film stars, and lets loose on the makers of 24 and Criminal Minds. She also talks about her activism, how her parents "raised a quitter", and turns out to be surprisingly well-informed on British comedy... Extra material for members of the Insiders Club includes Janeane on the competition between reviewers to be as critical as possible, how it felt to be actively passed on by Netflix, the trials of selling shows when you eschew social media, and a secret message left to Stu when he went for a wee and left the recorder running... All available when you join the Insiders Club for £2 per month or whatever you think is fair at www.comedianscomedian.com/insiders
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:
Filed Under: Acting, Actor, Age, Alan Partridge, Alcohol, Audiences, Brass Eye, Chris Morris, Comedy, Comedy Central, Comedy Store, Criminal Minds, Criticism, Edinburgh, Ego, Fame, Fear, Feminism, Feminist, Festival, Festival Comedian, Fringe, Gender, George Carlin, Harry Enfield, Interview, Jobs, London, Mental Health, Monty Python, Mr Show, Netflix, New York, Onstage Persona, Persona, Reviews, Risk, Seinfeld, SNL, Stage Persona, Stand Up, Stereotypes, Steve Coogan, Steve Martin, Stewart Lee, Storytelling, Structure, Success, The Pleasance, Tina Fey, TV, TV Comedy, Twitter, USA, Woody Allen, Writing, Writing Jokes, Writing On StageComments: No Comments
Occult comedian Andrew O’Neill describes jokes as “spells to make people laugh”.
We talk about the differences between magick and faith, getting information about the world through standup, nailing your really weird colours to the mast, and trying to be your own favourite comedian…
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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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