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My First Gig Podcast with Duane Doogan

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My First Gig Podcast explores the when, the where and the why of comedians' first ever gigs. Hosted by Irish comedian Duane Doogan for the Cherry Podcast Network.

My First Gig Podcast explores the when, the where and the why of comedians' first ever gigs. Hosted by Irish comedian Duane Doogan for the Cherry Podcast Network.




My First Gig Podcast explores the when, the where and the why of comedians' first ever gigs. Hosted by Irish comedian Duane Doogan for the Cherry Podcast Network.






18. Django Gold

My guest this week is Django Gold, writer for the Stephen Colbert Show and formerly Senior Writer for The Onion and of course, stand-up comedian. We chat about his first gig and I get a little nostalgic about my 90's playwright adventures. Go follow Django on Twitter at @django and tune in The Colbert Show each night! Follow this podcast across social media @MyFirstGigPod. Follow me @DuaneDoogan. This podcast is part of the Cherry Podcast Network.


17. Carmen Lynch

This week I’m joined by Carmen Lynch, you may have seen her on the television on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with David Letterman, Inside Amy Schumer, Conan, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to name but a few. She’s the co-host of The Human Centipod podcast and joined me this week to discuss her first ever gig! Go follow Carmen on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and everything else @CarmenComedian and check out The Human Centipod on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you...


16. Tom Rhodes

My guest this week is Tom Rhodes, a veteran of the comedy game but still standing the test of time, hear the story of how he's been preparing for his first gig since birth. Also, I chat about my cat turning 20 this year and wonder if I'm losing my mind. Go follow Tom on Twitter & Instagram @_TomRhodes and tell him you're being your own best friend! Then check out his latest album 'Around the World' on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and more. Follow this podcast across social media...


15. Kate Willett

My guest this week is Kate Willett, star of Netflix’s The Comedy Line-Up and Late Night with Stephen Colbert. Fantastic comedian from San Francisco based out of New York City. We get into her first gig and how a fortunate first gig could be the difference between a career and a one time thing. Also, try to get a little positive message about admitting we love to do this and miss stand-up comedy deeply. Make sure to follow Kate on Twitter @katewillett & Instagram @kate.willett and you can...


14. Marty DeRosa

Episode 14 is out and it's with Chicago's own Marty DeRosa, Marty is well known in professional wrestling circles as part of $5 Wrestling on the Highspots Wrestling Network, co-host of Marty & Sarah Love Wrestling, formerly Wrestling with Depression & Comedians You Should Know. Was great to sit down with Marty, talk a bit of wrestling, talk a bit of nostalgia, starting out in comedy and his first gig. Make sure to follow Marty on Twitter & Instagram @MartyDeRosa and go listen to Marty &...


13. Adam Cayton-Holland

Week three of the 'isolation interviews' while we're all under house arrest and my guest is Adam Cayton-Holland. Out of Denver, Colorado. Adam has been featured on Conan, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Comedy Central. The creator of TruTV's Those Who Can't and the My Dining Room Table podcast. We met a few years ago in Dublin and I was delighted to sit down and hear how Adam's career began and his life at the time. Make sure to follow Adam on Instagram @caytonholland, on Twitter @CaytonHolland,...


12. Emma Willmann

It's the second week of the 'isolation interviews' and my guest this week is Emma Willmann. Star of Netflix's The Comedy Line-Up, Crazy Ex Girlfriend and a regular on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. A regular on the New York City comedy circuit and now based out of Los Angeles, we had a chat about her discovery of what stand-up was, when she thought it could be a possibility and a horror of a first gig at a crab shack! Make sure to follow Emma on Instagram @EmmaWillmann, on Twitter...


11. Todd Barry

Hey look! It’s Series 2! Yeah, I didn’t plan on releasing Series 2 until May and I didn’t plan on recording new interviews online with comics from around the globe but look, I also didn’t plan on being stuck inside with a global pandemic keeping us all grounded. So, while this is one week removed from the Series 1 finale, this is not an extension this is very much a new series, the isolation interviews I’ll call them. My first guest on this new series is the fantastic Todd Barry, based out...


10. Langston Kerman

In the series finale, my guest is Langston Kerman. Langston is an American comedian who I met at the Vodafone Comedy Festival we were both performing on in the Summer of 2019, we sat down at the festival to discuss how hosting poetry performances, a crazy open mic debut followed by some help from comics helped him find his way. It's a great chat and a great end to the first series of shows here. Thank you so much for joining me over the last few months, I cannot wait to come back with...


9. Kiri Pritchard-McLean

I’m back! After a hectic schedule and the small matter of moving house last week got in the way, I’m delighted to finally bring Episode 9 to you with the wonderful Kiri Pritchard-McLean. This is another from the Kilkenny Cat Laughs recordings from June 2018. Kiri’s first gig is an interesting one as it’s the first in the series to take place at a ‘Gong Show’, which to me seems a terrifying prospect but it’s all worked out in the end! If you want to check Kiri out, she’s heading on tour...


8. Seann Walsh

My guest today on my birthday edition of the My First Gig Podcast is the amazing Seann Walsh. One of the best observational comedians around today and just as fun a guest. *Warning* This was recorded in the busy courtyard backstage at the Vodafone Comedy Festival and does include some background chatter but don't let that distract you if anything just close your eyes and imagine you're there. This is a great example of why I love this format for the interview as deep diving into comedians...


7. Jamali Maddix

This week my guest is Jamali Maddix, star of Live at the Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats, the John Bishop Show, his own Viceland documentary series ‘Hate Thy Neighbor’ and much more and he joined me in Whelan’s in Dublin, Ireland ahead of his performance of his Edinburgh Fringe Festival sold out show, Vape Lord, in October 2018. An interesting chat about how a rush and a push from a friend forced him on stage for his first gig… unless of course, gigs as a toddler count?! Throw this on, have a...


6. Stuart Goldsmith

My guest today is Stuart Goldsmith, if you're here, listening to comedians talking, you'll know who Stuart is. The host of the Comedians Comedian Podcast, Stuart has spent the last decade sitting down with your favourite comedians about the art of comedy to a degree that just wasn't available previously. A former street performer turned Stand-Up Comedian, I met Stuart in Whelan's in Dublin back in 2017 ahead of a performance of his Edinburgh Fringe show "Compared to What?". This was actually...


5: Catherine Bohart

As seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats, The Mash Report, ITv Stand Up Show, Comedy Central Roast Battle and much more, relative newcomer Catherine Bohart has wasted no time in establishing herself as one of the most promising comedians to emerge in the last few years, no doubt going to be a name that just gets bigger and bigger. I sat down with her in the Summer of 2018, while she was gearing to bring her show Immaculate to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, discussing her first gig and how she found...


4: Laura Lexx

This week I'm delighted to welcome Laura Lexx as my guest to discuss her first ever gig. Laura's recently appeared on Season 14 of Live at the Apollo on BBC and Comedy Central UK's Roast Battle and if you've not heard of her yet then here's the perfect introduction. In this fun chat we explore her love for Boyzone and reliving the Now That's What I Call Music compilation albums before diving into how a background in improv lead to a career in stand-up comedy. Follow the podcast across...


3: Reginald D. Hunter

Duane is joined by the wonderful Reginald D. Hunter today on Episode 4 of My First Gig Podcast. One of the most recognisable comedians from the past two decades in the UK, as seen on just about everything from Live at the Apollo to Have I Got News For You and much more. A regular star at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival sit down and tune in to find out how it all got started over 20 years ago. Follow the podcast across social media @MyFirstGigPod. Follow me @DuaneDoogan. This podcast is part...


2: Ardal O'Hanlon

The guest today is Ardal O'Hanlon. Probably best known as the man behind Father Dougal Maguire in the iconic Father Ted but back home in Ireland, he's responsible for not just helping but creating the Irish comedy scene, hear all about that in today's episode. Recorded at Cherry Comedy in Whelan's in early 2019, Ardal was in do test out some material ahead of his tour; The Showing Off Must Go On (on sale now!) & we sat down before the show to discuss his early days. Follow the podcast...


1: James Acaster

It's here! The first ever episode of the My First Gig Podcast with your host Duane Doogan. Duane's a comedian based out of Dublin, Ireland and each week will be sitting down with some of your favourite comedians to discuss their first gig & their life at the time. The first guest is the fantastic James Acaster. Recorded at the Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in the Summer of 2018, shortly after the release of James' Netflix series Repertoire. Beware of rogue barman in the background...


My First Gig Episode 1 Guest Reveal

The My First Gig Podcast with Duane Doogan launches with the first episode on January 8th, 2020. Subscribe now to get the episode the minute it’s launched!