A ramshackle prospective who's who (also: when's when and where's where) for this year's truncated Edinburgh Fringe. Feels nice. Might see you there.
Superb comedian, thrilling storyteller and born survivor Janey Godley not only answers back to her online death-threats, but publishes her whereabouts with an open invitation to "come and have a go". We talk about how she thrived despite abuse, poverty and alcoholism in her upbringing; detail her absolute conviction in the power of honesty; and learn how an early experience at the Edinburgh Fringe led her to reject the comedy industry and focus instead on her audience.
CW: We talk about abuse Janey suffered as a child, at the very start of this show, and throughout.
25 mins of extras available exclusively to members of the Insiders Club include Janey on how her refusal to play along led to her being banned from a chain of comedy clubs; how she approaches publicising criminal connections whilst keeping her own nose clean; the ramifications of her husband’s autism, and the glee she feels at her daughter Ashley Storrie’s success in the comedy world. Join now and support the show at www.comedianscomedian.com/insiders
Thanks to the Stand Newcastle
www.janeygodley.com | @janeygodley
Janey Godley’s Soup Pot Tour is on right now - tickets available through her website
Stuart Goldsmith's Edinburgh Fringe show "The Void" is on sale now at tinyurl.com/stu2020
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Returning to stand-up this month with a run at Soho Theatre, after many years working on other projects including his sitcom Plebs, Tom Basden is inventive and prolific, also handsome. We talk about the parallels between the superb musical comedy that won him Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh fringe and his new stand-up, discover Tom's English middle-class-ness and why he's very suited to telling some "guys" to "calm down", and explore whether his work ethic is pathological...
Extras exclusively available to the Insiders Club include some really specific insight into the structuring and writing of Tom's sitcom "Plebs", and the dangers of mining real life events for comedy, and Stu railing at the injustice of how the TV sketch show "Cowards" didn't become better known. Join the Insiders Club at www.comedianscomedian.com/insiders
Find details and tickets for Tom's imminent Soho Theatre run:
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Vikki Stone is a polymentalist, which is like a polymath for instruments. You'll all be using it soon...
Combining pinpoint observations with an innate compositional ability, not to mention all those tangible musical skills, she's underscoring set-ups and key-changing punchlines until your ribs hurt. We talk about side-hustles, captivity and the tricks of the trade, and find out why you're wrong about panto...
Tickets for Vikki's show Song Bird at the Ed Fringe
www.vikkistone.com | @VikkiStone
Tickets for my show Primer at this year's Edinburgh Fringe
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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:
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Vaudeville musical prop-based comedy dickheads, the Raymond and Mr Timpkins Review have been winning standing ovations all over Britain for decades. We talk about their origins filling in during the scoring on battle of the bands nights, why they consider themselves hobbyists despite being full-time professionals, and find out how and why they're gearing up for their first ever Edinburgh Fringe run...
Hear extra material from guests including Robin Ince, Dara O'Briain, James Acaster and more, PLUS a load of other interactive comedy projects giving you more tailored direct advice on creating work. Don't miss out, download the private "Insiders Club" podcast at www.comedianscomedian.com/insiders
See Tony and Andy in the Pleasance Dome at 8.30pm, in "Ham"
See Stu's new show "End Of" at Edinburgh this August!
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Very funny, amazingly watchable, and offering genuine insight into his personal and social politics, Tez Ilyas is a Northern, working-class, muslim comic capable of going all the way. Exceptionally frank about his disappointment on being overlooked for award nomination, he goes on to identify the historic lack of diversity on the judging panel of one of the most highly regarded prizes in British comedy...
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Colin's sublime creation "Anna Mann" is a faded actress (little ripple of recognition?) on a mission to fight the fascists! But she is only the tip of phenomenally creative and hilarious iceberg of talent. We shine a light on the darkness of his "Carnival of Monsters", and discuss surviving depression, moving on from a double-act, and get some unbelievable detail on how he "invites Anna in"...
See Anna on tour at www.colinhoult.net/tour
And discover Anna's new podcast by following @ColinHoult on Twitter!
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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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