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How do today's stand-up comedy stars go from a blank piece of paper to a fully-formed Edinburgh show or DVD? In each show, comedian Stuart Goldsmith interviews a comedy headliner in depth, about exactly how they make funny stuff from scratch. Comics are used to being asked “where do you get your ideas?”, but The Comedian's Comedian Podcast goes further, asking: How much of your real self is there in your persona? How much new stuff can you get away with jamming into a club set? How do you shape a set-list? What's your methodology? Have you got a methodology? Why haven't you got a methodology? For people who perform comedy, write comedy, enjoy comedy, or have an interest in comedians and what makes them so annoying. Part interview, part master-class, part therapy - this is The Comedian's Comedian Podcast.

How do today's stand-up comedy stars go from a blank piece of paper to a fully-formed Edinburgh show or DVD? In each show, comedian Stuart Goldsmith interviews a comedy headliner in depth, about exactly how they make funny stuff from scratch. Comics are used to being asked “where do you get your ideas?”, but The Comedian's Comedian Podcast goes further, asking: How much of your real self is there in your persona? How much new stuff can you get away with jamming into a club set? How do you shape a set-list? What's your methodology? Have you got a methodology? Why haven't you got a methodology? For people who perform comedy, write comedy, enjoy comedy, or have an interest in comedians and what makes them so annoying. Part interview, part master-class, part therapy - this is The Comedian's Comedian Podcast.
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How do today's stand-up comedy stars go from a blank piece of paper to a fully-formed Edinburgh show or DVD? In each show, comedian Stuart Goldsmith interviews a comedy headliner in depth, about exactly how they make funny stuff from scratch. Comics are used to being asked “where do you get your ideas?”, but The Comedian's Comedian Podcast goes further, asking: How much of your real self is there in your persona? How much new stuff can you get away with jamming into a club set? How do you shape a set-list? What's your methodology? Have you got a methodology? Why haven't you got a methodology? For people who perform comedy, write comedy, enjoy comedy, or have an interest in comedians and what makes them so annoying. Part interview, part master-class, part therapy - this is The Comedian's Comedian Podcast.

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244 - Tez Ilyas

4/23/2018
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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… Find tickets for Tez’s DVD taping at the South Bank Centre on 7th May at...

Duration:01:20:27

243 - Beth Stelling (Live from SXSW)

4/16/2018
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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 reward with regard to pace, bridging alt and mainstream, “putting your briefcase away” when it comes to your set-list, and why she’ll never make another bagel sandwich… www.sweetbeth.com @bethstelling See Stu on tour in the UK at www.comedianscomedian.com/tour Support the podcast at...

Duration:01:05:30

242 - Maria Bamford

4/9/2018
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It’s hard to imagine a more expressive, searingly honest and comprehensively funny comic than Maria Bamford. After a year which saw her series and new special on Netflix propel her finally to the earning that befits her talent, Maria reflects on how money, property and prestige don’t solve anything, what it’s like to be an ex-underdog, and whether it’s possible to make a not for profit TV show. We also cover the relationship between her bipolar and her day to day happiness, and ask how you...

Duration:01:24:02

241 - Jeremy Dyson (The League of Gentlemen)

4/3/2018
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Celebrating the release of hilarious and terrifying new movie “Ghost Stories”, co-creators and childhood friends Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson talk to Stu about the myriad connections between comedy and horror… Best known as the invisible fourth member of British comedy legends The League of Gentlemen, Jeremy Dyson is expert at making the familiar unfamiliar. We talk here about the elegantly simple process that he and Andy used to develop “Ghost Stories” from page to West End stage to...

Duration:00:47:49

240 - Andy Nyman

4/2/2018
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Celebrating the release of hilarious and terrifying new movie “Ghost Stories”, co-creators Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson talk to Stu about the myriad connections between comedy and horror… Now known primarily for his acting work, Andy was once the silent partner of genre-redefining magician Derren Brown. We talk in detail about misdirection, rhythm and dramatic tension, share Andy’s indignation at copycat performers, and find out whether it’s cooler to be Bernie than Elton… See Stu’s...

Duration:00:56:51

239 - James Davis (Live from SXSW)

3/26/2018
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James Davis’ star is in the ascendent. In this live special episode from South By South West in Austin Texas, we discuss how the “Hood Adjacent” comic keeps his material provocative without being exploitative. Just off the back of writing gags for Will Smith on a major new movie, we learn how James is levelling up… James on Twitter: @TheJamesDavis James on Insta: instagram.com/theejamesdavis @comcompod See Stu on tour in the UK HERE Give generously at...

Duration:01:20:54

238 - Maeve Higgins (SXSW)

3/19/2018
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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 led her to a more global consciousness. She shares some brilliant writing “cheats” for silencing your inner critic, and we explore in detail the close relationships she has cultivated with the editors of her novels and column… Find Maeve at www.maevehiggins.com or on...

Duration:01:17:26

237 - Ola The Comedian

3/14/2018
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Provocative, disarmingly frank and very funny, Ola is an emphatic voice in British comedy. As well as getting into the nitty-gritty of his creativity, we discuss Ola’s faith as the foundation of his self-belief, and take a whirlwind tour through #WhiteTears, intersectionality and how he feels about wielding the racial discomfort of his audience… www.olathecomedian.com @olathecomedian Sunday Service @comcompod See Stu on tour in the UK at www.comedianscomedian.com/tour Support...

Duration:01:50:59

236 - Julio Torres

3/8/2018
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An astonishingly original and creative approach to comedy finds El Salvadoran American “space prince” and SNL writer Julio Torres describing his favourite shapes to an audience, at some length. One of the most arresting comics around, we talk about his stillness, his spontaneity, and why he won’t and/or can’t change gear… spaceprincejulio.tumblr.com instagram.com/spaceprincejulio @juliothesquare @comcompod See Stu on tour in the UK at www.comedianscomedian.com/tour Support the...

Duration:01:27:49

235 - Colin Hoult

2/26/2018
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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...

Duration:01:58:31

234 - Arabella Weir

2/18/2018
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Her writing and performance in The Fast Show made her one of the most influential women in British sketch comedy; now Arabella Weir reflects on her work and the balance of power underpinning the five-man, most-often-one-woman sketch team. We discuss the tension and friction of making comedy; whether a happy person still has the same hunger to perform; and learn the awful truth about the genesis of her character “Girl Who Boys Can’t Hear”…

Duration:01:36:34

Compared To What

2/13/2018
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This is my new standup album “Compared To What”, which was my 2016 fringe show and my 2017 tour. If you enjoy it, you might consider liberally pasting the internet with this link to my new tour “Like I Mean It” - www.comedianscomedian.com/tour And if you loved it to bits you can buy a slightly better sound quality version, split into tracks like A Real Thing at https://tinyurl.com/y9w667du

Duration:01:01:32

233 - Jonathan Pie (Tom Walker & Andrew Doyle)

2/9/2018
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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 synthesis of an internet character into a live show, discover the politics of the writing team behind the agitator, and encounter the pressures of a weekly commitment to content. www.jonathanpie.com See Stu’s on tour: www.comedianscomedian.com/tour Support the podcast:...

Duration:01:15:49

232A - James Acaster: Returns (part two)

1/18/2018
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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 write. Unlock 45 mins of extra material from this conversation detailing James’ reaction to comedy criticism, and some brilliant advice he once gave Stu, at comedianscomedian.com/extras www.jamesacaster.com Get tickets for James’ tour: here See Stu’s on tour:...

Duration:01:03:09

232 - James Acaster: Returns (part one)

1/17/2018
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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 generation, he returns to the show to share his writing process and how he sneaked out an autobiography by stealth… www.jamesacaster.com Get tickets for James’ tour: here See Stu’s on tour: www.comedianscomedian.com/tour Support the podcast:...

Duration:01:22:12

A free gift of my new standup album “Compared To What”

12/22/2017
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Congratulations! You’re one of 1000 lucky subscribers to receive this free copy of my new standup album “Compared To What” (taken from my 2016 tour). Then I’m whipping it off the feed and everyone else can buy it! If you enjoyed this album, you can say thanks by showing off about it with a facebook post or tweet using this link and hashtag! https://tinyurl.com/y9w667du #comparedtowhat The new tour is on sale at www.comedianscomedian.com/tour and coming to a town near you in...

Duration:01:00:31

231 - Jess Robinson

12/19/2017
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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 as a seasoned professional, and learn how to survive stage school. Finally Jess overcomes her desire to please, and very honestly and painfully reveals why a standing ovation never seems...

Duration:01:38:15

230 - Dane Baptiste

12/11/2017
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Dane Baptiste is raising the bar for articulate, socially-conscious stand-up, and pulls no intellectual punches in this conversation, which takes in chakras, Arthur Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and transcendental perception… We talk about what it means to be the first black Briton to be nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award; why validation, gratification and dopamine aren’t the end goal; and why he’s a goofball. Follow Dane Baptiste @DaneBaptweets www.danebaptiste.co.uk Dane in...

Duration:01:54:45

229 - Zoe Coombs Marr

12/4/2017
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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 multiple award-winning creation “Dave” is a troubled hack comic and the centre of an awesomely meta-textual subversion and dismantling of the craft of comedy. We talk about the range and limits of character work, learn about feminist super-group show “Wild Bore”, and find out why she’d be happy to fail if it meant the world changed. See Zoe live...

Duration:01:23:50

228 - Howard Read

11/28/2017
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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 double-act banter with oneself, and learn what he can and can’t get away with… Remember to subscribe to the podcast for this year’s Xmas gift! Browse over 200 episodes at www.comedianscomedian.com See Stu on tour at www.comedianscomedian.com/tour More from...

Duration:01:41:17

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