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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

266 - Ismo Leikola

10/22/2018
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Crowned "Funniest Person In The World" at the Hollywood Laugh Factory, Finnish Ismo is often described as a Scandinavian Mitch Hedberg. We discuss his intertwined logic and absurdity, learn how his fascination with jokes annoys even other comics, and analyse "Are you happy?" as a trick question... Extra material for members of the Insiders Club includes Ismo on the perfect joke, what not to assume of your audience, and an example of a joke in Finnish translated into English, all on the...

Duration:01:15:28

265 - Mark Thomas

10/15/2018
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Mark Thomas is familiar to fans of British comedy as the innovative leftie agitator whose "Comedy Product" show entrapped arms dealers, torturers and Tories to hilarious effect, and at genuine risk to his safety and liberty. He survived being placed on the Domestic Extremist watch-list, and has transformed into a masterful theatre-maker; no less angry but producing richer and more nuanced work. We discuss the dynamic between selflessness and control, learn the influence of critical...

Duration:01:00:23

264 - Janeane Garofalo

10/8/2018
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Championed as a Hollywood icon of the Slacker generation, Janeane Garofalo is a brilliant and fascinating stand-up, with the structure-free style you'd expect from someone who read from notes on her first HBO special. She's candid about crying daily within the TV "sausage factory" of crime drama which draws in former film stars, and lets loose on the makers of 24 and Criminal Minds. She also talks about her activism, how her parents "raised a quitter", and turns out to be surprisingly...

Duration:01:22:50

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

10/1/2018
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A comedy firebrand who channels his anger into punchy stories with great characterisation, Garrett Millerick had a breakthrough Edinburgh fringe this year with “Sunflower”, a show that was meaningful despite his efforts to the contrary. We talk about dealing with very difficult emotional material; which one day of his life is completely off-limits; and getting the sensation that Something Might Be Happening… @MillerickComedy www.garrettmillerick.com Stu’s 2019 tour of “End Of” has just...

Duration:01:11:40

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

9/24/2018
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A purveyor of rigorously intellectual stand-up, searing personal material, and diamond-hard puns, Alice Fraser joins the ComComPod community for a live special episode - moments after the entire audience had enjoyed her superb show "Ethos". Covering bullying, Buddhism and artificial intelligence, can Stu crack this immensely self-assured nut? Follow Alice on Twitter @Aliterative www.alicecomedyfraser.com Download "Trilogy" and find out about Tea With Alice, The Bugle, and Alice's...

Duration:01:11:28

261 - Alex Edelman

9/17/2018
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Responsible for the best reviewed comedy show at Edfringe 2018, Alex Edelman is an irrepressibly funny comic, with a grasp of joke structure and narrative arc that is both innate and studied. We cover his Modern Orthodox Jewish upbringing, and as well as identifying a "a confessional arms race" in modern comedy, he reveals a desperate need to be accepted by his peers. But is he really "solicitous and pandering"? Extra content for this episode includes Alex's hypothetical "formula" for an...

Duration:01:34:50

260 - Jack Docherty

9/10/2018
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Best know nowadays as Chief Commissioner Cameron Miekelson from BBC Scotland's "Scot Squad", Jack Docherty first came to comedy in 1980 with his sketch group "The Bodgers" arrival at the Edinburgh Fringe. We explore how the Fringe has changed, trace his career via the Channel Four sketch show "Absolutely", and resulting spin-off "Mr Don & Mr George", and discover his frustrations on hosting the chatshow that was a Channel 5 flagship. We also unpack which absurdist elements of Jack's...

Duration:01:05:48

259 - Rose Matafeo

9/3/2018
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Winner of the 2018 Edinburgh Comedy Award (called it!), Rose Matafeo brought the thunder to #edfringe this year, with a barnstorming performance of her show "Horndog". We discuss how she ensured her hilarious material about female sexuality brought the whole room along with it; how she's actively mining for hot takes; and why she has a quintuple-threat approach to performance. @Rose_Matafeo See "The Comedian's Comedian" podcast live with special guests "No Such Thing As A Fish" (the QI...

Duration:01:07:19

258 - Nick Thune

8/21/2018
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Whipsmart hipster Nick Thune combines hilarious club chops with genuine insight. In a hotel room at SXSW we discuss how he has fashioned a beautiful cage of a career, the difference between "open" and "closed" jokes, and deserving happiness. We also hear the incredible tale of the time he got to sift through the old notebooks of comedy legend Mitch Hedberg... www.nickthune.com @nickthune Watch Nick's latest special 'Good Guy' on Amazon Prime See "The Comedian's Comedian" podcast...

Duration:01:04:13

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 follow...

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

250 - Simon Evans

6/11/2018
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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 all. A touring and club powerhouse, and Radio 4 regular, his every line and inflection is a polished diamond. We explore the grind necessary to achieve those results, discover the devilment beneath his political dalliances, and learn which TV comic pushed him to "adapt or die"... Hear extra material from this conversation with Simon, as well as...

Duration:01:26:50

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

247 - Ben Target

5/21/2018
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Considering oneself "an artist who works in the field of comedy" is the starting point for a fascinating re-framing of the whole goddamn thing, in this conversation with the wonderfully funny, curious, and extraordinarily inventive Ben Target. We discover a shared inspiration in an Argentinian circus, explore Ben's holistic approach to theatre-in-the-round, and find out why minor authority figures are inherently funny... See Ben's Edinburgh Fringe show...

Duration:01:22:39