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60 - Susan Calman (Live)


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Susan Calman is fierce and fiercely funny, unleashing her personal demons to devastating comic effect in her work and here in conversation. As well as exploring how not to approach the Edinburgh fringe, we also uncover how Susan translates her anger into comedy, the pressure she feels to be a spokesperson for gay people, and why she feels she doesn't deserve a glass...

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306 - Joz Norris (Live at Edfringe 2019)

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305 - Suzi Ruffell

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304 - Vikki Stone

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303 - Pete Holmes (Live at Just For Laughs Montreal)

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302 - Jayde Adams (Live at Southend Comedy Festival)

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301 - Simon Brodkin

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300 - Stuart Goldsmith

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299 - Sam Jay

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298 - Nick Revell

June 25th, 2019


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297 - Paul Smith

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296 - Markus Birdman

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295 - Russell Hicks

June 3rd, 2019


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294 - Ahir Shah

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293 - Andi Osho

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292 - JOSH WIDDICOMBE RETURNS (Live at Machynlleth Comedy Festival)

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291 - Bec Hill

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290 - Matt Braunger (Live at SXSW, Austin Texas)

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289 - Deborah Frances-White

April 22nd, 2019


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288 - Chris Addison

April 16th, 2019


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287 - Eugene Mirman, Live at SXSW

April 8th, 2019


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286 - Sindhu Vee (Live at Podfest Birmingham)

April 1st, 2019


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285 - Roy Wood Jr, Live at SXSW

March 26th, 2019


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284 - Kathy Griffin, Live at SXSW, Austin Texas.

March 18th, 2019


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283 - Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw

March 12th, 2019


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282 - Toby Hadoke

March 4th, 2019


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"Like I Mean It" Comedy Special now available for free!

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281 - Jake Johannsen

February 25th, 2019


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280 - Jeff Innocent

February 18th, 2019


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279 - POLICE COPS (Live at Vault Festival)

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278 - Eggsy (Goldie Lookin Chain) AKA John Rutledge

February 4th, 2019


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277 - Jessica Fostekew

January 28th, 2019


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276 - Ed Aczel

January 21st, 2019


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275 - Doc Brown

January 14th, 2019


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274 - Phil Ellis

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273 - Laura Davis

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272 - John Robertson

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271 - Laura Lexx

December 3rd, 2018


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270 - No Such Thing As A Fish (Live)

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269 - Sean Morley

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268 - Imran Yusuf

November 12th, 2018


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267 - Elf Lyons

November 5th, 2018


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Future Girl

October 31st, 2018


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266 - Ismo Leikola

October 22nd, 2018

Crowned "Funniest Person In The World" at the Hollywood Laugh Factory, Finnish Ismo is often described as a Scandinavian Mitch Hedberg.  We discuss …

265 - Mark Thomas

October 15th, 2018


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264 - Janeane Garofalo

October 8th, 2018


Championed as a Hollywood icon of the Slacker generation, Janeane Garofalo is a brilliant and fascinating stand-up, with the structure-free style …

263 - Garrett Millerick (Live at the Barn Theatre, Welwyn)

October 1st, 2018


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262 - Alice Fraser (Live at The Vintage Mobile Cinema, Edfringe)

September 25th, 2018


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261 - Alex Edelman

September 17th, 2018


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260 - Jack Docherty

September 10th, 2018


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259 - Rose Matafeo

September 3rd, 2018


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258 - Nick Thune

August 21st, 2018


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257 - Myq Kaplan

August 13th, 2018


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256 - Jen Brister (Live at Larmer Tree Festival)

July 30th, 2018


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255 - Scummy Mummies

July 23rd, 2018


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254 - Paul Foot

July 9th, 2018


Paul Foot has one of the most refreshingly original comic voices in the world. We delve deep into the 13 years he spent being brilliant but …

253 - The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue

July 3rd, 2018


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252 - John Luke Roberts

June 25th, 2018

Splicing together physical absurdity with beautifully cerebral joke-writing, John Luke Roberts is responsible for some genuinely ground-breaking …

251 - Robin Ince

June 19th, 2018


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250 - Simon Evans

June 11th, 2018


A fitting guest for the Sestercentennial of the show, Simon "The Patrician" Evans was once Guest Zero - without him the podcast might not exist at …

249 - Anuvab Pal

June 4th, 2018


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248 - Sophie Willan

May 28th, 2018


Sophie is a hurricane of comedy in action. Possessed of a singular voice, she focuses her wit on genuinely important subject matter, including the …

247 - Ben Target

May 21st, 2018


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May 15th, 2018


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246 - Anne Edmonds

May 14th, 2018


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245 - Ron White (Live from SXSW)

April 30th, 2018

One of the most recognisable faces of the "Blue Collar Comedy Tour", Ron "Tater Salad" White is adored by fans of his caustic wit and everyday …

244 - Tez Ilyas

April 23rd, 2018


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243 - Beth Stelling (Live from SXSW)

April 16th, 2018


Her laid-back style masking a sly wit that rewards your full attention, Beth Stelling is an indomitable comic force.Live at SXSW, we discuss risk and …

242 - Maria Bamford

April 9th, 2018


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241 - Jeremy Dyson (The League of Gentlemen)

April 3rd, 2018


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240 - Andy Nyman

April 2nd, 2018

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239 - James Davis (Live from SXSW)

March 26th, 2018


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238 - Maeve Higgins (SXSW)

March 19th, 2018


Marvellous Maeve Higgins has an apparently meandering style that conceals some seismic punchlines. Now resident in the US, she reveals how running a comedy workshop in Iraq and podcasting with different immigrants has …

237 - Ola The Comedian

March 14th, 2018


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236 - Julio Torres

March 8th, 2018


An astonishingly original and creative approach to comedy finds El Salvadoran American "space prince" and SNL writer Julio Torres describing his …

235 - Colin Hoult

February 26th, 2018


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234 - Arabella Weir

February 18th, 2018


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Compared To What

February 14th, 2018


This is my new standup album "Compared To What", which was my 2016 fringe show and my 2017 tour.


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233 - Jonathan Pie (Tom Walker & Andrew Doyle)

February 9th, 2018


Motormouth reporter Jonathan Pie is the creation of motormouth actor Tom Walker. His online videos of a furious news reporter apparently caught on camera are massively viral and often hilarious. We talk about the …

232A - James Acaster: Returns (part two)

January 18th, 2018


In the second part of our conversation, comedy craftsman James Acaster examines his relationship to his audience, and how that changes under a variety of different pressures, and also reveals why he never sits down to …

232 - James Acaster: Returns (part one)

January 17th, 2018


About to drop four interlinked standup specials on Netflix, James Acaster is also the only comedian ever to have been nominated for the Edinburgh comedy award five years in a row. One of the defining comic voices of his …

231 - Jess Robinson

December 19th, 2017


Jess "Mighty Voice" Robinson is a phenomenal vocalist and impressionist, who has her audiences in tears of bliss as well as laughter. We talk about her experience on "Britain's Got Talent" when she was "outed" by press …

230 - Dane Baptiste

December 11th, 2017


Dane Baptiste is raising the bar for articulate, socially-conscious stand-up, and pulls no intellectual punches in this conversation, which takes in …

229 - Zoe Coombs Marr

December 4th, 2017


I've never seen such an immediate standing ovation as the one we gave Zoe Coombs-Marr at the end of her show "Trigger Warning" this year. Her …

228 - Howard Read

November 28th, 2017


Uniquely funny and inventive stand-up Howard Read has recently been performing a double-act with an animated cartoon child version of himself. We discuss the madness behind his method, explore the hazards of improvising …

22X - Brian Regan (Re-release)

November 21st, 2017


Celebrating the release of Brian's Netflix special, his work now available in the UK for the first time, we're proud to bring you this blast from the past!  Well, 2016...

Brian Regan is the undisputed master of the …

227 - Sarah Kendall

November 13th, 2017


A superb comedian story-teller, Sarah Kendall's work is suffused with genuine meaning.  She talks vividly here about controlling her anxiety and the …

226 - Sean Patton

October 30th, 2017


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225 - Reginald D Hunter

October 23rd, 2017


Recorded at the close of the Edinburgh festival, this toweringly-charismatic lay-preacher of comedy is astonishingly candid in his reflection on the past few years. We get deep into some very personal stuff, as Reg …

224 - Tim McGarry (Live at Belfast Comedy Festival)

October 16th, 2017


One of the writers and stars of Northern Ireland's most successful sitcom "Give My Head Peace", wonderful Tim McGarry is adept at walking the …

223 - Jo Caulfield

October 10th, 2017


Is there such a thing as warm malice? One of the UK's classiest comics, Jo Caulfield wields spite like a glittering scalpel, to hilarious effect. We …

222 - Joe DeRosa

October 3rd, 2017


In this "lost" episode recorded in Edinburgh in 2016, Joe DeRosa peels back the layers of his hilariously disgruntled standup about anxiety, therapy and suicide. He rails against comedy being used to self-serve, …

221 - Michael Legge (Live at Objectively Funny Festival)

September 26th, 2017


Fuelled by a seemingly-bottomless well of anger, and capable of articulating it hilariously, Michael Legge rages that life isn't as beautiful as it …

220 - Sasheer Zamata

September 18th, 2017


Former SNL cast-member Sasheer is a phenomenally accomplished standup and comic actor, as well as a celebrity ambassador for the ACLU. At Just For Laughs Montreal, we discuss the confidence with which she frames her …

219 - Sugar Sammy

September 11th, 2017


Montreal's biggest comedy export, Sugar Sammy is a textbook example of a comic who made it happen all by himself. We discuss the cultural currents …

218 - Liza Treyger

September 4th, 2017


Possessed of an inordinate self-belief, Liza Treyger is one of the sharpest, funniest comics ever to not give a shit what you think of her. Named one of Variety's "Ten To Watch" at this year's Just For Laughs, the …

217 - W Kamau Bell (Live at Just For Laughs Montreal)

August 27th, 2017


Comedy powerhouse Kamau finds time in-between podcasting, writing, and hosting the Emmy Award nominated "United Shades of America"on CNN, to produce …

216 - Andy Daly

August 7th, 2017


A phenomenally accomplished comic improviser and character comedian, Andy Daly revels in revealing the blackly comic internal lives of his creations. We talk about his show "Review With Forrest McNeil", discover how …

215 - Ivan Aristeguieta

July 31st, 2017


Venezuelan Ivan is a comic powerhouse, with an intensely scientific approach underpinning his sensual performance. Self-taught by translating classic routines into Spanish, he's achieved a genuine mastery of the …

214 - Nick Cody

July 26th, 2017


A globe-trotting man-bear with a fiery beard and a heart of gold, Nick Cody becomes the audience's best friend on sight, but doesn't skimp on …

213 - Simon Munnery

July 17th, 2017


Responsible for some of the funniest and most intelligent one-liners in the world, Simon Munnery has a brain like none other. Rarely will you find another comic so enthralled by serving "the idea", whether through …

212 - Orlando Baxter

July 10th, 2017


A bright young thing of the Boston comedy scene, Orlando Baxter conceals a sharp wit beneath a laidback persona. We talk about college gigs, …

211 - Barry Cryer

July 3rd, 2017


For more than 50 years Barry Cryer OBE has been a lynchpin of British comedy. Having written for Morecambe & Wise, Tommy Cooper, The Frost Report and Kenny Everett, he still performs in "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" …

210 - Pippa Evans

June 27th, 2017


In-between appearing in Olivier Award-winning improvised musical "Showstopper!" and co-founding the "radically inclusive global movement" Sunday …

209 - Ed Gamble (Live at Stonefree Festival)

June 20th, 2017


Clean-cut to within an inch of his life, spunky Ed Gamble is a deft young comic who attributes his burgeoning success to being in the right place at the right time. We discuss the affect on his persona of the "Peacock …

Micro-pod: T-shirts! "Hell Week"! Wedding Amble!

June 15th, 2017


In this quicky micro-pod, Stu talks all soppy like about his recent nuptials.  (Also T-shirt pre-sale info and a quick ad for some London previews this weekend he neglected to advertise.  At all.)

For information …

208 - Jo Brand (Live at Soho Theatre)

June 12th, 2017


Since the 1980's Jo Brand has been synonymous with the best of British comedy, rising to the top of the industry at a time when female comics were outnumbered sixteen to one. We find out whether her grumpiness is an …

207 - Tom Ballard

June 5th, 2017


Multiple award-botherer Tom is well-read, politically-conscious and adept at turning argument into meaningful comedy. He's also really aggravatingly …

206 - Lost Voice Guy (AKA Lee Ridley)

May 29th, 2017


A punchline powerhouse with a genuinely unique act, Lee Ridley is adept at skewering his audience's unspoken prejudices. Unable to speak due to his cerebral palsy, Lee communicates entirely through an electronic aid, …

205 - Rhys Nicholson

May 22nd, 2017


Immaculate in appearance, delivery and hit-rate, Rhys Nicholson is a perfectly-balanced cocktail of a comedian. We discuss the relationship between …

204 - Jeremy Hardy (Live at Soho Theatre)

May 15th, 2017


In his fourth decade as a comic, Jeremy Hardy is a staple of British comedy radio. His passion for vivid, punchline-filled writing is further …

203 - Aunty Donna

May 8th, 2017


Aunty Donna are a six-man sketch team with specialists in video, sound design and stage direction reinforcing the classic clown family of octopus Statham, wild-eyed loon and wanking sex-monkey. We talk about the method …

202 - Hannah Gadsby (Live at Melbourne Comedy Festival)

April 11th, 2017


Having grown up in Tasmania at a time when her very sexuality was illegal, Hannah Gadsby has forged her anger into an annihilating comic weapon. Her new show "Nanette" is a heart-wrenching piece of work that rails …

20X - Melbourne Comedy Festival 2017 Special Post-amble

April 5th, 2017


No interview this week, but loads of great ones on the way, so this week I'm giving you an update of what's been happening in Melbourne. 

If you're going to the Melbourne Comedy Festival then make sure you see Deanne …

201 - Russell Brand

March 14th, 2017


Global comedy superstar Russell Brand is studying for a degree, raising a new baby, and assembling a new two-year tour. An Essex boy with cosmic ambition, his art is obsessed with finding the transcendent in the …

200 - Stewart Lee

March 6th, 2017


One of the most iconoclastic, pioneering and influential comedians in Britain, Stewart Lee has forged his post-punk ideals into a thrillingly funny live act, with the very form at his fingertips.We explore the …

199 - Paul Chowdhry (Live at Soho)

February 27th, 2017


An electrifying live performer, with a casual brutality that has audiences laughing despite themselves, Paul Chowdhry sells far more tickets than his …

198 - Mark Forward

February 20th, 2017


Mark Forward is one of Canada's finest comic exports, with a genuinely off-the-wall approach to his comedy, and the resolve that comes of having …

197 - Phil Wang

February 13th, 2017


Phil Wang is a suave dork, a confident nerd, a feminist creep and a very funny young man. We uncover his childhood being hit with sticks in Malaysia, and track his comedy odyssey via presidency of Cambridge Footlights …

196 - Rachel Parris

February 7th, 2017


Comedian, singer, musician and key member of improvisational powerhouse "Austentatious", Rachel Parris revels in undercutting her nice girl image with some tough material. We talk about how audiences listen differently …

195 - Elis James and John Robins (Live from Soho Theatre)

January 30th, 2017


Elis James and John Robins have both appeared on the show before as comics in their own right, but in this live special we focus on the work that goes into their endlessly funny and heartfelt radio and podcast …

194 - Brian Regan

January 23rd, 2017


Brian Regan is the undisputed master of the "act-out", reducing audiences to tears of joy as he inhabits one potent premise after another. We squeezed in half an hour backstage to talk about how he shapes and annotates …

193 - Angela Barnes

January 16th, 2017


Radio and TV regular Angela is a prodigious joke-writer with a reputation for sharp material delivered in a world-weary manner. A former mental …

192 - Elis James

January 9th, 2017


Like a reverse superhero, Elis James is a warm and charismatic story-teller, able to summon a hilarious, tiny-fisted, ranting neurotic from a parallel universe. We discuss how his persona changes when performing in …

191 - Pappy's Return

December 19th, 2016


Pappys return to the show after four years to discuss BBC3's Badults, live shows, their future together, and whether they'll ever go back to …

190 - Fern Brady

December 12th, 2016


Fern Brady is a fiercely funny and provocative comic, with an invigorating ability to combine eloquence and bluntness. A Guardian columnist and …

189 - Chris Gethard

December 5th, 2016


Softly spoken and absolutely committed to the truth, Chris Gethard took Edinburgh by storm with a searingly honest and blackly funny show about …

188 - Andy Askins

November 28th, 2016


One of comedy's happiest and most humble men, Andy Askins reduces audiences to tears with his beautifully subtle and innocent-seeming punchlines. We …

187 - Carmen Lynch

November 21st, 2016


Carmen Lynch combines deft writing, rhythm and performative poise, to deadly effect. We talk about stopping and re-starting comedy, and how it feels to escape from the day-job a second time. We also explore the beauty …

186 - Tony Law Returns

November 15th, 2016


A lot has changed since Old Tone's last appearance on the podcast. He's clean, sober and re-launching, but no less of a uniquely hilarious act.

We talk about how he's trying to extract value from everything in his life, …

185 - Jonny And The Baptists

November 7th, 2016


Jonny Donahoe and Paddy Gervers are political musical comics with real jokes, real music and real politics. Regulars on R4's The Now Show, and …

184 - Barry Crimmins

October 31st, 2016


Legendary comic Barry Crimmins kickstarted Boston's comedy scene in the 1980s, testified to the Senate against profiteering from child …

183 - Paul Currie

October 24th, 2016


Sweaty, bearded turbo-clown Paul Currie's shows are stuffed with unforgettable images, feelings and smells. Beloved of comedy's intelligentsia, this …

182 - Cameron Esposito

October 17th, 2016


A small-town girl who realised pretty late she was a giant lesbian, Cameron Esposito has evolved into a hilarious alpha-female hero comic. We talk …

181 - John Robins

October 10th, 2016


Erudite stand-up, amazingly elastic improviser, and Goldsmith facial-resembler, John Robins is hitting his stride. We talk about the difficulties of …

180 - Tim Minchin (Live at the Los Angeles Podcast Festival)

October 3rd, 2016


Multiple Tony and Olivier Award-winner, and Emmy-nominee Tim Minchin went from gigging keyboardist, to Royal Albert Hall smash hit, to Dreamworks …

179 - Loyiso Gola

September 26th, 2016


Why is Emmy-nominated South-African satirist and comedian Loyiso is treated like a rock-star by his nation's politicians? We explore the ability of …

178 - Lewis Black (Live at Just For Laughs, Montreal)

September 18th, 2016


Is Lewis Black the angriest man in America? We discuss Lewis' origins in theatre, his turnover of topical material, particularly in an election …

177 - Tiff Stevenson (Live at Larmer Tree Festival)

September 12th, 2016


A provocative and genuine comic, Tiff pulls apart her subject matter like a terrier, mining huge laughs from political, topical and personal …

176 - Bill Burr

August 15th, 2016


At the top of his game, stand-up Bill Burr is conquering the planet with an extraordinary creative ferocity. He delights in unsettling audiences by saying the un-sayable, before justifying his comic position with …

175 - Todd Barry

August 1st, 2016


There's dry, and then there's Todd Barry. On his "Crowdwork" tour, Todd's skill in low-energy one-liners allows him to spin unexpected angles into …

174 - Wendy Wason

July 18th, 2016


Wendy Wason gigs hard and acts in movies - but still juggles her comedy career with raising three children. We discuss her solid work ethic and …

173 - Jinkx Monsoon

July 11th, 2016


Superbly funny and very skilled Jinkx Monsoon won RuPaul's Drag Race IV, and with long-term collaborator Major Scales is continuing to weave that …

172 - Funmbi Omotayo

July 4th, 2016


Brilliant British-Nigerian comic Funmbi shares a fascinating take on his transition from the urban circuit to the mainstream, and his reasoning behind the move. We also explore the dynamic between hype, substance and …

171 - Shappi Khorsandi

June 24th, 2016


As you might expect from the impish British-Iranian comic who wears her heart on her sleeve, this conversation gets pretty deep pretty fast! We talk about shifting status, manufacturing common ground with your crowd and …

170 - Russell Howard

June 13th, 2016


Star of "Good News" and "Stand-up Central" as well as a former "Mock the Week" team captain, Russell Howard is also one of the UK's most electrifying live performers. In this unusually candid interview, he exposes the …

169 - Liam Williams

June 4th, 2016


Rigorously intellectual and brilliantly poetic, Liam Williams approaches comedy like writing a novel, but does he even enjoy standup? We talk about his experience of Cambridge Footlights, and examine a magpie approach …

168 - Joe Lycett (Live at Machynlleth Comedy Festival)

May 24th, 2016


Urbane, charming and totally in touch with what makes him funny, Joe Lycett is the figurehead for a new generation of British comics. We talk technique in detail, digging into "Pomodoro" and renting an office in which …

167 - Seymour Mace

May 17th, 2016


Darkly silly stand-up and clown Seymour Mace channels his anger and bitterness through a lens of pure sunshine. He talks candidly about the challenges of living with depression in comedy; hating people who you know to …

166 - Abigoliah Schamaun

May 4th, 2016


Brash but vulnerable, explicit but innocent, Abigoliah Schamaun loves whisky and hot yoga. We talk about her trans-atlantic transplant and the …

165 - Romesh Ranganathan (Live at Soho Theatre)

April 21st, 2016


Accelerating through the comedy industry with dizzying speed, BAFTA-nominated Romesh nonetheless has a quiet authority reminiscent of your favourite teacher. We explore his fearlessness, the support of his family, and …

164 - Jimmy Carr (Part Two of Two)

April 11th, 2016


In part two, Jimmy Carr explores the application of Neuro-Linguistic Programming to his personal life and work, and we learn the most common mistake he sees newer comedians make on panel shows. We also get to grips with …

164 - Jimmy Carr (Part One of Two)

April 4th, 2016


In this first part of a two hour interview with one of the UK's most respected comedians, Jimmy Carr reveals the inner mechanism of his bulletproof …

163 - Mike Wilmot

March 26th, 2016


"Uncle Mike" tells it like it is. A veteran standup possessed of an extraordinarily empathic relationship with his crowd, Mike loves enrapturing and …

162 - Tania Edwards

March 19th, 2016


With a cut-glass accent that reflects her precision-tooled comedy, Tania Edwards inflicts maximum damage with faint praise. We talk about her …

161 - Dave Gorman (Live at Soho Theatre)

March 11th, 2016


One of the most inventive comics in Britain, documentary pioneer Dave Gorman gives us a genuinely thorough and methodical analysis of the four (or more) phases of his career. We discuss the TV show he's least proud of, …

160 - Gein's Family Giftshop

March 7th, 2016


Bird-flipping, bumhole-shouting Gein's Family Giftshop are horror-obsessed, wildly inventive and deeply funny. We dig into the internal dynamics of …

159 - Spencer Jones aka The Herbert (Live at Bob Slayer's Blundabus)

February 26th, 2016


Winner of two UK Barry Awards - voted on by comedians - for his 2015 show "Proper Job", Spencer Jones is a natural born, funny-boned twinkler. Never mind his clowning, props, vocal loops and charming idiocy, he reduces …

158 - Hari Kondabolu

February 19th, 2016


With appearances on "Conan", "Letterman" and "Totally Biased", comic firebrand Hari Kondabolu has a lot to say, and the research to back it up. We …

157 - Nathan Caton

February 12th, 2016


With his own Radio Four series and a raft of Mock The Week appearances under his belt, Nathan Caton remains astonishingly down to earth and level-headed. We explore panel-show tactics, discuss using comedy to heal …

156 - Matt Kirshen

February 4th, 2016


Wise beyond his years, the innocent-seeming Matt Kirshen has an extraordinary breadth of experience in UK comedy, even before "Last Comic Standing" introduced him to an American audience. As well as some very vigorous …

155 - Jena Friedman (Live at the Edinburgh Fringe)

January 22nd, 2016


Wickedly spiky and dry as sand, controversy-courting stand-up Jena Friedman has writing credits for "Letterman" and "The Daily Show" under her belt. We discover her unusual origin, as her thesis on Chicago's improv …

154 - Mark Steel (Live at the Edinburgh Fringe)

January 16th, 2016


In at the beginning of alternative comedy, and now a "venerated lefty" and Columnist Of The Year 2015, punchy pundit Mark Steel has lost none of his …

153 - Isy Suttie (Live at the Soho Theatre)

January 8th, 2016


Stand-up; songwriter; Peep Show's "Dobby"; and under it all still "The girl who jumped off Matlock Bridge for a quid", Isy Suttie applies a psychedelic imagination to her forensic grasp of life's minutiae. We explore …

152 - Daniel Sloss (Live at the Edinburgh Fringe)

December 19th, 2015


Alarmingly successful for one so young, tender wee boy Daniel Sloss likes to get his teeth into an argument on stage. We discuss the pleasures and …

151 - Ronny Chieng (Live at the Edinburgh Fringe)

December 10th, 2015


Ronny Chieng is the fastest-rising new comic in Australia, with huge audiences flocking to his shows from the word go. With a boxer's eye for society's weak spots, he's at the forefront of a new generation of comics who …

150 - Stewart Francis (Live at the Edinburgh Fringe)

November 27th, 2015


"How dare I not be entertaining!?" One of the world's greatest one-liner comics, Stewart Francis brings his quickfire mind to bear on the podcast, and gets grappling. For a man who claims he has no need to perform, …

149 - Will Durst (Live at the Edinburgh Fringe)

November 21st, 2015


An extraordinary education in stand-up from someone who's been doing it since the seventies! San Francisco-based Will Durst mixes observations about …

148 - Aisling Bea (Live at the Edinburgh Fringe)

November 14th, 2015


An irrepressibly charming personality, Aisling Bea's standup bubbles over with unusual perspectives and ludicrous family stories; few acts have climbed as high as fast. She talks here about finding a balance between her …

147 - Jason Byrne (Live at the Edinburgh Fringe)

November 4th, 2015


Introducing Jason Byrne to an audience is like dropping a vitamin tablet into a glass of water; his shows are a masterclass in improvised mayhem. He talks here about the challenges of translating that madness onto TV, …

146 - Dave Anthony

October 23rd, 2015


Known for years as being the guy whose unchecked anger screwed up his career, Dave Anthony has resolved his issues and enjoys a career which …

145A - Jimmy Pardo (Part Two of Two)

October 19th, 2015


In the second part of our conversation, Jimmy Pardo discusses his incredibly successful "Never Not Funny" podcast, the super fans who regularly go to …

145 - Jimmy Pardo (Part One of Two)

October 16th, 2015


Sick of being told he was the funniest guy off-stage, something had to change for lightning-fast wise-cracker Jimmy Pardo. Fortunately it did, and he …

144A - Todd Glass (Part Two of Two)

October 12th, 2015


In this second part of our conversation, blisteringly funny Todd Glass issues a passionate call to people to "keep evolving". He also details the …

144 - Todd Glass (Part One of Two)

October 10th, 2015


Todd Glass is a runaway train; stoked by righteous anger, coupled together by a natural warmth. Known for coming out of the closet some thirty years into his career, he talks here about the ramifications of that …

143 - Jackie Kashian

October 7th, 2015


Charismatic, stubborn and powerful, Jackie Kashian might have started off life as a "spooky reading girl", but is now the rallying champion of nerd …

142 - Joel Dommett (Live at the Edinburgh Fringe)

October 2nd, 2015


Having chosen possibly the only career where his good looks can count against him, comedy- and creativity-addict Joel defies those who would write …

141 - Matt Lucas

September 25th, 2015


One of the most recognisable faces in UK comedy, Matt Lucas charts his journey from Shooting Stars' improvising baby-grow nutcase George Dawes, to …

140 - Mae Martin (Live at the Edinburgh Fringe)

September 18th, 2015


Canadian comic Mae Martin combines sparkling punchlines and disarming candour in her deeply personal standup. We talk about her startling origin as …

139 - Tommy Tiernan (Live at the Edinburgh Fringe)

September 12th, 2015


Comedy speaks through Tommy Tiernan like an elemental force. One of Ireland's most respected comic exports, his latest challenge is to improvise an hour without repeating anything he's ever said before. We discuss the …

138 - John Lloyd (Live at the Edinburgh Fringe)

September 4th, 2015


Sage-like producer of QI, Blackadder, Not The Nine O'Clock News and forty years' worth of some of Britain's finest comedy TV and radio, John Lloyd …

137 - Katherine Ryan (Live at the Edinburgh Fringe)

August 24th, 2015


Red in tooth and claw, Katherine Ryan is adept at shredding celebrities and has a few choice words too for her sister's whore friends. She reveals a gentleness behind the exterior that critics love to call "waspish", …

136 - Justin Moorhouse

August 16th, 2015


An actor and radio presenter as well as a touring comic, Justin Moorhouse is a supernaturally warm presence with the ability to make any audience sit up and beg. We go into detail on his story-boarding and structuring …

135 - Charlie Baker (Live at Latitude Festival)

August 9th, 2015


Showman, crooner and superb standup Charlie is the embodiment of an all-rounder, as well as one of the warmest performers on the UK circuit. Live at …

134 - Andy Kindler

August 2nd, 2015


Perhaps the nearest the USA has to a true "comedian's comedian", Andy Kindler has been railing at audiences (and his own supposed lack of performance …

133 - Patton Oswalt (Live at Just For Laughs, Montreal)

July 30th, 2015


A strong contender for Stu's favourite comic of all time, Patton Oswalt is a behemoth of invention, imagination and creativity. Live from Montreal, at which he won "Stand-up Comedian of the Year", we discuss what lifts …

132 - Moshe Kasher

July 29th, 2015


Ready for some in-depth comedy theory?  Brainiac standup and one half of The Champs podcast, Moshe Kasher talks us through an exploded diagram of his approach to the art and craft of comedy. As well as detailing an …

131 - Jen Kirkman

July 28th, 2015


From the "Just For Laughs" Comedy Festival in Montreal, Jen Kirkman breaks down the elements of her personality that create such a thrilling dynamic in her stage and screen performance.  Relentlessly analytical of her …

130 - George Egg

July 27th, 2015


"Anarchist Cook" George brings his ludicrous visual comedy to the Edinburgh Fringe for the first time this summer.  George bakes his own bread, builds his own props, and survives his hotel-based weekends in a …

129 - Adam Buxton (Live at Soho Theatre)

July 17th, 2015


Podcast pioneer, arch-noodler, jingle-master and YouTube cosmonaut, Adam Buxton invented loads of your favourite stuff before it was famous. We talk about the creative urge; exploiting one's family for material; and how …

128 - Daliso Chaponda (Live at Darlington Comedy Festival)

July 10th, 2015


Is Daliso Chaponda Malawi's only professional comic? Methodical to a fault and gleefully non-improvisational, Daliso talks us through the crafting of …

127 - Gavin Webster (Live)

July 3rd, 2015


Second-ever winner of the voted-for-only-by-comics "Comedians Comedian" award (no relation), Gavin Webster is one of the most frequently requested guests on this podcast. A true circuit stalwart with a phenomenal …

126 - Nazeem Hussain

June 26th, 2015


Creator and host of his own TV show "Legally Brown", Nazeem Hussain aces it in sketch, stand-up and on the road. Unusually for a comic he's also an upstanding pillar of his community! As well as winning the Melbourne …

125 - Dara Ó Briain

June 19th, 2015


Host of Mock The Week for 14 series, as well as a superlatively talented touring comic, Dara Ó Briain is uniquely placed to reveal the secrets of mainstream success. In this unmissable episode he goes into detail on the …

124 - Ian Stone

June 12th, 2015


As well as co-hosting The Football's On show on BT and the Tuesday Club podcast, Ian Stone is an unbreakable club comic with a resume that includes …

123 - Wil Anderson (Live)

June 5th, 2015


One of Australia's hottest comic properties, Wil Anderson is utterly charming as he analyses his career and the length of time it took him to find his voice. A self-confessed "dag", he outlines the relationship between …

122 - Zoe Lyons

May 29th, 2015


One of those acts floating around at the very top of the circuit, completely ready to outgrow it, Zoe Lyons is an expert at wringing every drop of …

121 - Mitch Benn (Live)

May 22nd, 2015


With a staggering sixteen year back-catalogue of weekly topical songs under his belt, musical comedian Mitch Benn is a firm fixture of "The Now Show" on Radio 4. We talk about circuit snobbery regarding "the cheating …

120 - Mark Watson (Live)

May 15th, 2015


Comedy's marathon man Mark Watson is known for his feats of intellectual and performative endurance, and also for his phenomenal comic story-telling. We get our teeth into the anxieties he exposes in his more recent …

119 - Nina Conti (Live)

May 8th, 2015


The complex relationship between a ventriloquist and her puppets is brought to life in mind-expanding detail in this live episode, as comedian, clown and filmmaker Nina Conti lays her creative process bare! Startlingly …

118 - The Midnight Beast

May 1st, 2015


Teenbait rap comics The Midnight Beast have generated tens of millions of YouTube hits and two TV series by spoofing boybands, whilst secretly being basically a real one. They combine exceptional talent in audio/video …

117 - Nick Mohammed

April 24th, 2015


A startlingly creative character comic, Nick Mohammed produces utterly silly work with a rigorous technical backbone. We talk about his most enduring …

116 - Des Bishop (Live)

April 17th, 2015


Burning with narrative intensity, Irish-American Des Bishop learnt to perform standup in Gaelic and now Mandarin, such is his commitment to following …

115 - Gina Yashere

April 10th, 2015


"Russell Peters stole my shit!" So alleges dynamic and outspoken comic Gina Yashere, who sold up and left the UK to make it in the United States, …

114A - John Gordillo (2 of 2)

April 3rd, 2015


In the second part of this conversation, we look in detail at John's principles for directing standup. Not so much a list of rules as a whole …

114 - John Gordillo (1 of 2)

March 27th, 2015


Director or script-editor of over sixty other acts including Michael McIntyre, Eddie Izzard and Reginald D Hunter, John Gordillo is a superb comedian in his own right. The antithesis of a one-liner act, we discuss his …

113A - Tim Key (2 of 2)

March 20th, 2015


The second half of this conversation with the warrior poet/comic/divvy focuses on Tim's relationship with comedians Alex Horne and Mark Watson, and how his position as their respective foils gave him the freedom to …

113 - Tim Key (1 of 2)

March 13th, 2015


A lager-sodden "not deliberately bad" poet, Tim Key is responsible for some of the most startlingly theatrical fringe comedy of the last ten years.

112 - Liz Miele

March 6th, 2015


A smart cookie based in New York, Liz Miele combines punchline density with social media acumen. She runs, she dates, she cries, she talks about it all. But is she actually as "Emotionally Exhausting" as her show …

111 - Brendon Burns

February 27th, 2015


Brendon Burns returns to the show, live at Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival, to clear up some matters of condescension, technique and the petulance …

110 - Lou Sanders

February 20th, 2015


Lou Sanders is off the rails. Her deliciously shameless stage persona is backed up by punchy writing, peppered with surreal flavours. From gurus to glitter, we discuss the technique behind her tackle...

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109 - Andrew O'Neill

February 13th, 2015


Occult comedian Andrew O'Neill describes jokes as "spells to make people laugh". We talk about the differences between magick and faith, getting …

108 - Harley Breen

February 6th, 2015


Cult-runaway Harley Breen is a man mountain with a barnstorming club and festival act. Underneath his loudmouth lumbersexual persona is a deeply …

107 - Urzila Carlson

January 29th, 2015


South Africa-born Urzila Carlson is now one of New Zealand's favourite acts, winning “Best Female Comic” there an astonishing five years running. …

106 - Thom Tuck

January 24th, 2015


A wilfully preposterous boozehound in a pashmina, Thom Tuck is a superbly theatrical stand-up, one third of fringe-conquering sketch outfit The Penny …

105 - Katy Wix

January 15th, 2015


Star of the brain-smashingly surreal sketch show "Anna and Katy", and Daisy in "Not Going Out", Katy Wix is an actress with an exceptional comic mind. We talk about the roots of creativity, the fear of daydreaming, and …

104 - Alfie Brown

January 8th, 2015


Alfie Brown is variously known as the future of British comedy, the enfant terrible of the comedy circuit, and/or a jumped-up posh kid rebelling against anything that'll have him. Frustratingly, he's almost certainly …

Christmas Mega Pod with Carl Donnelly and Chris Martin

December 24th, 2014


Live from the Phoenix in Oxford Circus, Stuart, Carl and Chris get gently inebriated while hosting a saucy three-way mash-up of their respective podcasts! Happy Christmas one and all!

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103 - Mickey "D" Dwyer

December 18th, 2014


Mickey "D" Dwyer is an outrageously charismatic comic, with an almost mutant ability to win over the toughest room, from the UK to his native Australia and back. Retaining the dynamism, skills and stories from his …

102 - David McSavage (Live)

December 12th, 2014


David McSavage is one of Stu's all-time favourite performers, with an incredibly elastic, glib and scathing sense of humour. In between slinging barbs at his homeland and his fellow comics, he gives us a glimpse of a …

101 - Nish Kumar

December 4th, 2014


Fiercely intelligent political and socio-political comic, friend of the show and self-confessed “great laugh”, Nish Kumar is at the height of his …

100 - Phil Kay (Live)

November 27th, 2014


It's episode 100 of the podcast and Stu's been saving this one up! If you've donated in the last few months you'll have heard this one as a sneaky pre-release but here it is for the rest of us... Phil Kay is a force of …

99 - Luisa Omielan

November 20th, 2014


Luisa Omielan has established herself as a comic force to be reckoned with, by-passing the usual club/progression route, and cultivating an audience …

98A - Ross Noble (2 of 2)

November 13th, 2014


In part two of this conversation with the free-wheeling comedy craftsman, Ross Noble argues that ideas with unusual logic are often mistaken for "surreal" comedy, and explains his process of un-honing ideas by starting …

98 - Ross Noble (1 of 2)

November 6th, 2014


Ross Noble makes apparently casual improvisation into an art form, breathing life into nonsense for hours at a time and provoking gales of laughter.

97 - Prince Abdi

October 30th, 2014


Prince Abdi is a sublimely daft story-teller, whose material spills out of a life where he can't help saying "yes". We talk about his upbringing and …

96B - David Cross "Clapping In the Usa" Exclusive Deleted Track from "It's Not Funny" (2014, Sub Pop)

October 23rd, 2014


David Cross asked me to distribute this never-before-heard deleted track from his 2014 album "It's Not Funny", featuring H. Jon Benjamin as the voice of God. The track was intended as the finale of the album but never …

96A - David Cross (2 of 2)

October 23rd, 2014


In the second part of our conversation, standup and comic actor David Cross explores offence, outrage and sensitivity. We also talk about his work on Arrested Development and Mr Show, and dig into his process, his …

96 - David Cross (1 of 2)

October 16th, 2014


The star of "Arrested Development", "Mr Show" and "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret", David Cross is also a phenomenal stand-up, whose work howls at the stupidity and hypocrisy around him. In part one of …

95 - Trygve Wakenshaw

October 9th, 2014


Bloody lovely Trygve is a superb physical improviser, and more of a "weird lanky white brittle idiot" than a clown. We dissect the hilarious savagery of his imaginary worlds, and talk about stealing ideas from yourself, …

94 - Tom Stade (Live)

October 2nd, 2014


Although he's frequently referred to as a "philosophical" or "stoner" comic, Tom Stade is actually a Level Twenty Comedian. He waxes lyrical about striving for wisdom in his writing, rather than cleverness, and why he …

93 - Eleanor Tiernan

September 25th, 2014


Eleanor Tiernan makes tremendously articulate comedy, often out of morally murky ideas and subjects. She talks here about the comedy scene in her …

92 - Josie Long (Live)

September 17th, 2014


Irrepressibly positive, and relentless in her pursuit of betterment, deliriously funny Josie Long is much more than a figurehead for “whimsy”. We talk here about how her humour has developed from Japanese frog gods to …

91 - Steen Raskopoulos

September 10th, 2014


Impro aficionado Steen Raskopoulos has mastered a style of audience interaction that lets his volunteers contribute to the show, rather than simply …

90 - Bridget Christie (Live)

September 5th, 2014


The leading voice of feminism in UK comedy, devastatingly funny Bridget Christie is adept at unearthing humour in difficult or important topics. She …

89 - Phill Jupitus (Live)

August 27th, 2014


From "Porky the Poet" to "Never Mind The Buzzcocks" to his own stand-up tours, Phill Jupitus is responsible for a prodigious comic output. We discuss his origins as a performer, his use of his family in his material, …

88 - Sam Simmons (Live)

August 14th, 2014


Sam Simmons is not a “surreal” comic, despite his propensity to turn into a horse whilst windsurfing.  He's responsible for some of the funniest, most imaginative comedy in the world, and has an unshakeable faith in his …

87A - Edfringe Mini Ep

August 6th, 2014


A quick hello and a couple of recommendations for the Edinburgh Fringe 2014 For information regarding your data privacy, visit

87 - John Hastings

July 30th, 2014


>John Hastings has the soul of an alt comic, hiding between the power-chords of a bullet-headed club-jockey.  He describes in detail how the …

86 - Noel James

July 23rd, 2014


A master of off-the-wall wordplay, Noel James is disarmingly honest about his struggles with comedy and real life. We analyse his use of metaphor and …

85 - Kyle Kinane

July 17th, 2014


A self-confessed “sad, bearded white dude”, Kyle Kinane has more empathy than the next road warrior, and more bite than the next peddler of whimsy.  He talks here about eschewing personality in favour of better jokes; …

84 - Nick Doody

July 10th, 2014


Nick Doody is a textbook "unsung hero" of comedy: fiercely analytical, and with an approach to jokes that is both cerebral and instinctive.  He talks here in fascinating detail about elements of his writing process: …

83 - Aamer Rahman

July 2nd, 2014


Aamer Rahman was on the verge of giving up his career in overtly-political comedy when his youtube standup clip on “reverse racism” went …

82 - Andy Zaltzman

June 25th, 2014


The grand high sultan of Bullshit-istan, Andy Zaltzman is one half of the incredible Bugle Podcast, and combines densely-written satirical nonsense …

81 - Adrienne Truscott

June 19th, 2014


New York-based former cabaret comic Adrienne Truscott is an articulate, passionate and hilarious new voice in stand-up. Her "Asking For It" show won …

80 - Jarred Christmas

June 11th, 2014


An improvisational powerhouse, Jarred Christmas finds the time to pepper his irrepressible joie de vivre with damn fine jokes. He spills the beans here about his current state of flux between the attraction of live work …

79 - Luke Heggie

June 5th, 2014


Although still new, Luke Heggie is a breath of dry, dusty air to a circuit stuffed with comic book-readers and “star-fuckers”. A blue-collar Aussie …

78 - Michele A'Court

May 28th, 2014


Autobiographical and observational comedian, blogger and feminist, Michele A'Court speaks passionately about authenticity, insecurity and the right …

77 - Tom Wrigglesworth

May 22nd, 2014


A softly-spoken, foppish figure who luxuriates in language, Tom Wrigglesworth is equally at home spinning a yarn or smashing up a weekend club. He talks here about authenticity in his work, and the right of the teller …

76 - Ben Hurley

May 15th, 2014


Laidback observationalist Ben Hurley made a foray to the UK some years ago, and returned to his native New Zealand to become a TV hero. We get stuck into the relationship between British and NZ comedy, and the pros and …

75 - Carey Marx (Live)

April 30th, 2014


Carey Marx is a silver-tongued charmer who delights in navigating boundaries of logic, language and taste. With a unique take on verbal dexterity and misdirection, informed in part by his previous career as a magician, …

74 - Claudia O'Doherty (Live)

April 25th, 2014


Claudia O'Doherty is a genuine comedy pioneer, who uses high concepts and holograms in order to have fun behaving like a dickhead. We talk about the …

73 - Max And Ivan (Live)

April 17th, 2014


To call Max and Ivan a comedy double-act with a narrative doesn't really do justice to this pair of rubber-faced, multi-voiced storytellers, who have …

72 - David O'Doherty (Live)

April 9th, 2014


Does "whimsy" have to mean fairy lights and bunting, or is it just owning a bag? David O'Doherty is a multi-award winning comic and musical noodler, …

71 - Kerry Godliman

April 3rd, 2014


A recipe for a happy life as a comic? Kerry Godliman is a superb observationalist, and a tremendous comic actor. She shares her philosophy on writing, gigging and how to achieve a positive work-life balance, as well as …

70 - Tim Vine (Live)

March 25th, 2014


Alongside his famously prodigious output of punnery, Tim Vine is a wonderfully imaginative comedy creator. As well as talking us through his writing …

69 - Ed Byrne (Live)

March 19th, 2014


Ed Byrne is a charming, argumentative sod - with a fantastically natural comic ability. We discuss whether it's funnier to take time finding the truth of a subject, or to switch your opinions to find the must comically …

68 - Sean Hughes (Live)

March 12th, 2014


Sean Hughes is a thoughtful, reflective performer, with a passion for self-expressive and profound comedy. A pioneer of the themed, narrative standup …

67 - Gary Delaney (Live)

March 5th, 2014


Punchline virtuoso Gary Delaney knows one-liners inside and out, and in this crackling live episode treats us to a comprehensive technical analysis of his art.
Taking grammar, rhythm, emphasis and narrative into account, …

66 - Will Franken (Live)

February 27th, 2014


Will Franken is a one-man sketch explosion who creates multi-layered and mind-bending comedy with the exuberance of a bedroom DJ. From writing a new …

65 - Nick Helm (Live)

February 20th, 2014


Nick Helm grunts and sweats his way through a hilarious hurricane of jokes, songs, poetry and swearing, all the while undergoing a total emotional …

64 - Tony Law (Live)

February 12th, 2014


Tony Law's regeneration from acquired-taste surrealist to must-see force of nature has been borne of depression and crippling debt. He exists now in …

63 - Marcus Brigstocke (Live)

February 6th, 2014


Sidetracked by youthful addictions, and making up for it with an incredibly intense approach, Marcus Brigstocke produces brilliant political comedy …

62 - Norman Lovett (Live)

January 29th, 2014


Rambling man Norman Lovett is the comedy equivalent of a tai chi master, using subtlety and gentleness to often devastating comic effect. In this episode Norman is convinced to put aside his distrust of analysing …

61 - Bo Burnham (Live)

January 23rd, 2014


Bo Burnham is a frighteningly talented youtube-wielding wunderkind, with a gag-filled show that defies you to write him off as precocious. We explore the inherent amorality of comedy, the responsibilities of the …

59 - Rob Delaney (Live)

January 8th, 2014


According to his mother, Rob Delaney is “a monster who does good things”. We talk about the differences between his standup persona and his voice on Twitter, as well as detailing the specific techniques he used to …

58 - Sarah Millican Returns (Live)

December 30th, 2013


Sarah Millican returns for a live sequel, in which we go into detail on how she copes with her ever-increasing fame, and being regarded as one of the …

57 - Jason Manford (Live)

December 16th, 2013


Effortlessly charming observationalist Jason Manford is arguably comedy's Mr Accessibility. With a touring schedule designed to cover the entire …

56 - Andrew Maxwell (Live)

December 11th, 2013


Consistently better-informed than the motor-mouthed “funny fucker” he appears, Andrew Maxwell explains how he turns his opinions into comedy without the use of a writing desk. What he does instead might surprise you, as …

55 - Milton Jones (Live)

November 27th, 2013


One of the best joke-smiths in the world, Milton Jones is a consistently funny powerhouse of verbal cartoons, wordplay and clowning. We explore his persona, his process, and the advantages of making something really bad …

54 - David Baddiel (Live)

November 12th, 2013


From Wembley sell-out star to complex comic philosopher, David Baddiel returned to this year's Edinburgh Fringe with a stand-up lecture about fame. We discuss his rigorous self-analysis and how appealing he finds the …

53 - Al Murray (Live)

October 29th, 2013


For nearly twenty years, Al Murray has been at the forefront of British character comedy. We talk about the genesis of the “Pub Landlord” and really dig into the methods behind the crowd-work at which he excels. Al …

52 - The Pajama Men (Live)

October 16th, 2013


Virtuoso sketch comedian, The Pajama Men combine rich characterisation and zinging one-liners, to the extent that one of their recent shows was the single best-reviewed work at an entire Edinburgh Fringe. They discuss …

51 - Phil Nichol (Live)

October 1st, 2013


Although they are both of the highest quality, Phil Nichol keeps his two performance styles very separate. He gives us some very specific insight …

50 - Greg Proops (Live)

September 18th, 2013


The Smartest Man In The World speaks frankly about life, lyricism and the pursuit of laughter. We talks about the evolution of Greg's linguistic …

49 - Hal Cruttenden (Live)

September 12th, 2013


After years of superb work at the very top of the circuit, Hal Cruttenden is finally breaking through into the mainstream. We talk about how the best …

48 - Marcel Lucont and Alexis Dubus

September 1st, 2013


Raconteur, bon vivant and flanneur extraordinaire, the award-winning Marcel Lucont is inching his way up the comedy ladder. Alexis Dubus, Marcel's confidant, talks frankly about the differences between their styles and …

47 - Brendon Burns (Live)

August 9th, 2013


Edinburgh comedy award winner Brendon Burns speaks candidly about “the most self-absorbed art-form there is”, and savages what he sees as the covert bigotry and condescension in the UK. We also delve into the dynamic …

46A - Richard Herring (2 of 2)

July 17th, 2013


Part two of the interview sees Richard talking about his standup. He explores his status and persona onstage, admits which subjects he finds …

46 - Richard Herring (1 of 2)

July 10th, 2013


Richard Herring is a prolific comedian, blogger and podcaster, comprehensively mining his every experience for comic potential. As well as exploring …

45 - Jarlath Regan

June 24th, 2013


How do you make comedy out of stuff that hurts? The low-falutin' Jarlath Regan opens up about the near-tragic event he turned into a show, and why he had to leave his own country to pursue comedy. We also explore the …

44 - Milo McCabe

June 11th, 2013


Milo McCabe is a superb character act with an unusual origin. We discuss growing up in the shadow of a comedian father, and the use of NLP and other …

43 - Benny Boot (Live)

June 5th, 2013


It's the second Live special, and London-based Australian gagsmith Benny Boot lets us in on his effervescent cartoon-like imagination. We talk about the unusual techniques he employs to create a writing environment, why …

42 - Tom Binns (Ian D Montfort, Ivan Brackenbury)

May 29th, 2013


The creator of barnstorming character acts such as hospital radio DJ Ivan Brackenbury and “spirit comedium” Ian D Montfort, comedian Tom Binns now faces a unique challenge. As well as musing on the conceptual engine …

41 - Tom Gleeson

May 22nd, 2013


A study in confidence, Australian Tom Gleeson trades in lean, punchy material that batters an audience into submission. We discuss how "comedy's Lex Luthor" changed from being a competent but boring standup, into a …

40 - Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall

May 14th, 2013


Talented, dedicated and analytical, Melbourne-based Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall is part of a new generation of comics. We discuss the acquisition of stage-time in a town with relatively few gigging opportunities, and …

39 - Felicity Ward

May 8th, 2013


Felicity Ward hilariously combines expert physical characterisation with heartfelt storytelling. Speaking just after the recording of her first DVD in Melbourne, she describes her creative process, her experiences in …

38 - Tom Allen

May 1st, 2013


The quintessential comic raconteur, Tom Allen's work sizzles with wit, candour and warmth. We discuss his rhythm, musicality and sociable methods of generating material, as well as investigating the self-criticism and …

37 - Geraldine Hickey

April 24th, 2013


With an unselfconscious charm and a superb skill for finding the funny in true stories, Geraldine Hickey is a delightful comedian to spend an hour …

36 - David Quirk

April 16th, 2013


Known for his hyper-personal material about death, infidelity and suicide, David Quirk is happy to be an outsider, to the comedy community as well as his audience. We discuss the tropes of contemporary standup and …

35 - Asher Treleaven

April 10th, 2013


Rubber-legged comedy mantis Asher Treleaven has been nominated for the most prestigious awards in the UK and Australia. He talks here about his transition from art-house darling to club-fit road act, and the changes in …

34 - Clarke MacFarlane

April 2nd, 2013


Variety superstar Clarke MacFarlane blends elements of stand-up, clowning and skills to create the show-stopping, crowd-surfing "Mario, Queen of the Circus". Touring with La Clique and La Soiree has allowed him to hone …

33 - Lindsay Webb

March 27th, 2013


Lindsay Webb is comedy's Mr Queensland. A hard-working positive-thinker, he once held a Guinness World Record for the longest stand-up show, and manages to make waves in the industry without a consistent TV profile. We …

32 - Carl Donnelly

March 12th, 2013


Suede-hooved waffler Carl Donnelly makes comic storytelling look easy. His turn of phrase and relaxed narrative style has influenced a wave of newer acts, but his eye for a genuinely funny idea sets him apart from his …

31 - Heath "Chopper" Franklin

March 5th, 2013


Heath Franklin performs stand-up as his alter-ego “Chopper”, a caricature of Australia's infamous career criminal and self-promoter. We explore the …

30 - Jim Jefferies (Live)

February 28th, 2013


The only man who can say “cunt” in America, Jim Jefferies uses his brutal comic instinct to tell somehow heart-warming stories. He discusses here the self-deprecation that makes dirty comedy acceptable, the importance …

29 - Rhod Gilbert (Live)

February 21st, 2013


How close is Rhod Gilbert's furious persona to his real self? In this revealing interview, the workaholic wizard discusses truth and fiction, lonely …

28 - James Acaster (Live)

February 12th, 2013


He might look like he's just won a Duke of Edinburgh Award, but he's got a mean streak a mile wide... In this special episode recorded live after a 30min performance, thrillingly talented “Slim Jimmy” Acaster reveals …

27 - Rob Rouse

February 5th, 2013


One of the nicest men in comedy, with an effervescent wit and fantastic jokes, Rob Rouse is also better placed than most to observe the ups and downs of a career in TV. He talks here candidly about the effect his …

26 - Stephen Grant

January 29th, 2013


Stephen Grant is one of the hardest-working comedians in Britain, with an unshakeable belief in the meritocracy of comedy. We go into depth on how we writes for himself and with other higher-profile comics including …

25a - All Day Edinburgh (Live)

January 22nd, 2013


Stu's on holiday! But you can still experience the brief but fascinating interview Stu held with comedian Michael Legge at Michael's "All Day …

25 - Terry Alderton (Live)

January 16th, 2013


Terry Alderton is an electrifying comic, with extraordinary energy, passion and invention; he's also one of the bravest performers I know. In spite of his hugely loved and respected work however, he still has feelings …

24 - Pappys (Live)

January 9th, 2013


Big-hearted gangshow “Pappy's” are the sweatiest, loveliest bunch of dickheads you could ever hope to see pretending to be in their twenties on BBC3. …

23 - Dr Brown (Phil Burgers)

December 18th, 2012


Are stand-up comedians simply repressed clowns? That's the question posed by Phil Burgers, iconoclastic creator of the deliriously funny “Dr Brown”. He passionately explores the the importance of receiving an audience …

22 - Abandoman (Live)

December 11th, 2012


Rapper and comedian Rob Broderick AKA Abandoman is a force of nature, whose invincible positivity is matched only by his breathtaking performance skill. He talks in depth about his origins in rap and comedy, and how he …

21 - Mike Gunn

December 4th, 2012


Mike Gunn survived a serious drug addiction to become a circuit favourite, loved for the warmth in his dark humour, and for his exceptional joke-writing. As well as including some excellent practical suggestions for …

20 - Eddie Pepitone (Live)

November 28th, 2012


If you missed Eddie Pepitone in his first UK appearances at this year's Edinburgh Fringe, you're a chump. A truly mesmerising comic's comic, and …

19 - Hannibal Buress (Live)

November 20th, 2012


Hannibal Buress was described by Chris Rock as “the funniest young comic i've seen in years”. In this Edinburgh Fringe show he talks to us about working on Saturday Night Live and 30Rock, and goes into detail on his own …

18 - The Boy With Tape On His Face (Live)

November 13th, 2012


Multi award-winning "The Boy With Tape On His Face" is the silent comedy creation of Sam Wills. Sam talks us in detail through his journey from …

17 - Mark Maier

November 6th, 2012


Mark has 25 years' experience of tickling ribs and strangers, in the US and the UK. He discusses writing in a workshop format, and the relationship between script and improvisation. He also seems to be one of the …

16 - Alan Davies (Live)

October 30th, 2012


Alan Davies is best known in the UK as a panellist on QI and as the star of Jonathan Creek, but he's recently returned to his roots as a superb observational stand up. In this live show from the Gilded Balloon, he …

15 - Josh Widdicombe

October 22nd, 2012


Josh Widdicombe is a rising star on the UK circuit, with a host of competition wins and nominations to his name. He's also a champion of pure …

14 - Celia Pacquola

October 16th, 2012


Failed waitress Celia Pacquola likes to imagine dying in the arms of people she's only just met. A gifted storyteller with an effervescent charm, she …

13 - Fred Macaulay (Live)

October 10th, 2012


Twinkling anecdotalist Fred was the first Scot to MC the Comedy Store, and now presents his own show on BBC Radio Scotland, as well as touring his stand-up. He explains his preference for finding the funny in a live …

12 - Noel Britten

October 3rd, 2012


Noel is retiring from comedy, after more than 15 years as a highly sought-after one-liner and prop comic. Straddling the worlds of stand-up, magic and street-performing, he offers a unique perspective on the lost art of …

11 - Sara Pascoe (Live)

September 19th, 2012


In this show, recorded live at the Gilded Balloon during the Edinburgh Fringe, pioneering comedian Sara Pascoe talks at length about her writing …

10 - Liam Mullone

July 31st, 2012


Liam would rather be accused of fascism than being boring. Leaving behind the "intellectualised whimsy" of his former persona, he has embarked on a …

9 - Alun Cochrane

July 24th, 2012


Alun's comedy displays a unique mastery of subtlety and texture. He talks us stage by stage through the creation of one of his most recognisable …

8 - Arthur Smith

July 3rd, 2012


Arthur is an almost shamanic figure on the UK comedy scene; a warrior-poet who combines a love of language with a healthy disregard for some of society's formalities. He talks here about learning to write without fear, …

7 - Sarah Millican

June 19th, 2012


Sarah Millican is relentless and wonderful. A household name in the UK for her stand-up comedy, she is also a massive comedy nerd and has a lot to …

6 - Adam Bloom

June 5th, 2012


Adam Bloom understands jokes in a way most of us can only dream of. From his first gig, "when the white noise stopped", to his current position as a comedian and freelance fixer of other people's gags, he lets us in on …

5 - Paul Sinha

May 23rd, 2012


Paul is that rare thing - a comic who can make the political personal and vice versa. He lets us into his well-ordered but intriguing view of comedy …

4 - Ben Norris

May 9th, 2012


Already an experienced headliner, Ben is on a continuing quest to unleash the improvisational demon within. But can he run naked into battle without the temptation to put his pants back on? Also discussed: why comedians …

3 - Dan Antopolski

April 25th, 2012


It's Episode 3, and Stu interviews Dan Antopolski in his writing-cellar.  

Dan explores how to wrong-foot an audience's assumptions, and argues comedy …

2 - Dan Evans

April 11th, 2012


Live once more at the Top Secret Comedy Club, Stuart interviews unsung king of the one-liner, Dan Evans. Dan confesses to sometimes regarding his …

1 - Rob Deering

March 19th, 2012


In this opening show, Stuart Goldsmith grills fabulous comedian Rob Deering, live at the Top Secret Comedy Club, Covent Garden.

Rob admits he drinks …

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