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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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Episodes

257 - Myq Kaplan

8/13/2018
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Myq Kaplan just bubbles over with jokes; every punchline has a topper and every topper has a tag in his absurdly punchline-dense cascade of comedy. We talk about structure, rhythm and where it all comes from, and enjoy a superb counter to the question "are you happy?" http://myqkaplan.com/ Tickets for Myq's Edinburgh show @MyqKaplan See "The Comedian's Comedian" podcast live with special guests "No Such Thing As A Fish" (the QI Elves podcast) at London Podfest, 9.30pm on Sunday 16th...

Duration:01:02:06

256 - Jen Brister (Live at Larmer Tree Festival)

7/30/2018
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Jen Brister is one of those comics who has been excellent for a long time and is finally getting some proper recognition. Her passionate, witty material about love, motherhood and human relationships is backed up a real talent for characterisation, and lashings of anger and self-doubt; a bulletproof bag of nerves if you will… We talk about her brief stint as a BBC6 Music presenter, how her subsequent fall from grace reinvigorated her comedy career, and what was going through her mind as...

Duration:01:02:19

255 - Scummy Mummies

7/23/2018
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“Scummy Mummies” Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson are a pair of stand-ups with a hit parenting podcast unlike any other. Unafraid to get shit in their eyebrows and tell you about it, we discover the dynamic between them, get the lowdown on their very eventful live tour shows, and hear the infuriating story of their TV smash-in-waiting getting held down by The Man (or Some Men). Visit scummymummies.com to listen to the Scummy Mummies podcast and buy tickets for their live shows. You can...

Duration:01:02:18

254 - Paul Foot

7/9/2018
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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 unreliable, and the psychological toll imposed by the heroic deaths necessary to achieve genuine excellence. We talk about his writing partnership, his “guild of connoisseurs”, and the Australian run of shows that changed everything… Hungry for more? Experience Paul’s jaw-droppingly comprehensive 30 minute explanation of his “seven styles of comedy”...

Duration:01:31:27

253 - The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue

7/3/2018
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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...

Duration:01:08:18

252 - John Luke Roberts

6/25/2018
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Splicing together physical absurdity with beautifully cerebral joke-writing, John Luke Roberts is responsible for some genuinely ground-breaking comedy. We discuss how he was vice-president of Cambridge Footlights while not feeling part of it, how he battles his ego and why he was drawn to Ecole Phillipe Gaulier. We also explore what it feels like to perform as a terrifying clown of your own dead father… Extras available by joining the Insiders Club at www.comedianscomedian.com/insiders...

Duration:01:30:17

251 - Robin Ince

6/19/2018
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Comedian, broadcaster, science-afficionado and author of forthcoming psychological memoir “I’m A Joke And So Are You”, Robin Ince’s ideas flow through him like neutrinos. We discuss his constant state of “hypervigilant” anxiety, improvisation and tangents, success and frustration. Once or twice he even pauses for breath… @RobinInce / www.RobinInce.com / The Infinite Monkey Cage Hear an extra 40 minutes of Robin Ince, as well as bonus material from the likes of Dara O’Briain, James...

Duration:01:25:22

249 - Anuvab Pal

6/4/2018
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Anuvab Pal is one of a new generation, exploding out of India’s relatively recent “comedy Big Bang”. This disarming, witty act reveals how hard he finds it to embrace the Western “free thought” approach to learning, and waxes lyrical on the difference between art and “retail entertainment”, as well as giving us the low-down on who to watch out for in Indian comedy… Hear extra material from this conversation with Anuvab, as well as extras from Russell Howard, James Acaster and more, PLUS...

Duration:01:27:38

248 - Sophie Willan

5/28/2018
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Sophie is a hurricane of comedy in action. Possessed of a singular voice, she focuses her wit on genuinely important subject matter, including the cuts to social and mental health care services. We talk about obtaining government funding for her comedy tours, the “politics of politeness”, and what happens after the conversation about class in comedy… Hear extra material from this conversation with Sophie, as well as extras from Russell Howard, James Acaster and more, plus a load of...

Duration:01:22:39

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5/15/2018
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To unlock the full live show as well as bundles of extra content, sign up to a recurring donation at www.comedianscomedian.com/donate New acts submit their stuff for community critique! You interview Stu - about start-ups, writing techniques and how to make comedy out of emotionally-charged life stories, plus anything else you can think of! Extra content from new episodes (coming soon Paul Foot in incredible detail on his seven styles of comedy)! Stu’s philosophy on performing at the...

Duration:00:51:57

246 - Anne Edmonds

5/14/2018
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Recorded in 2017, this episode refers to Anne’s previous Barry nomination and not her most recent one, which might hint at the kind of quality of comic we’ve got here… We talk about her ability to inhabit incredibly funny and idiosyncratic Australian characters, her eye for detail, and then completely miss out on her excellent ABC “noir”-ish sitcom “The Edge Of The Bush”. @anneedmonds1 @comcompod Join the comcompod community to receive the members-only podcast stuffed with extra content...

Duration:01:04:38

245 - Ron White (Live from SXSW)

4/30/2018
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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 calls-it-like-he-sees-it Texan charm. We talk about his discovery of the part of his brain that went on to make him his fortune, about what it means to murder a crowd, and what it’s like to be a joke when he’s working on you… Find more of Ron White: @ron_white www.tatersalad.com Learn more about the...

Duration:01:00:23

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

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