Comedy Podcast | The Comedy Cast with American Comedian Turner Sparks

Turner Sparks
Turner Sparks

Hello and welcome back to The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing from American stand-up comedian Turner Sparks.

We kick off the interview speaking about how he learned to play Gaelic (Irish) football while living in China.

There’s no getting around it, Turner Sparks is a pretty cool name, so we get talking about about our porn star names.

We speak then about Irish Americans and why Americans in general feel the need to identify with the homelands of their ancestors.

We speak about Turner’s role in establishing one of the first English-language comedy clubs in China, the Kung Fu Komedy Club. We talk about how and why Turner moved to China and how after a year he opened an ice-cream truck business. That lasted for 10 years until the Chinese government got involved.

We chat then about how Turner had always wanted to be a comedian and about why he was so eager to set up a comedy club when the chance presented itself.  We get onto the difficulties of running an English-language comedy club in a foreign country, but he also speaks of the doors it opened for him and about flying over English-speaking comedians to perform in China.
We also talk about the challenge of keeping sets interesting for audiences when you gig in front of the same people regularly and how it and of itself it has many advantages and disadvantages.

We talk then about how since returning to America he has found that being able top concentrate on strengthening his act and really honing a set has improved since coming home.

We go full comedy nerd then and speak about the different levels of comedy writing and how the first level is speaking about yourself and not you’re feelings about things and who some people can get trapping into never getting out of that first level of writing.

Turner Spark’s website: here

Lost in American podcast: here
Turner’s Twitter: here

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Comedy Podcast | The Comedy Cast with Irish Comedian Ger Staunton

Ger Staunton
Ger Staunton

Hello and welcome back to The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing from Irish stand-up comedian, Ger Staunton.

We kick off the interview and we speak about an Edinburgh preview show Ger had just performed in London along with previous Comedy Cast guest Danny O’Brien.

I ask him about the nature of preview shows and about how much a set will change from the previews to the actual Edinburgh set. We speak too about learning to be critical of your work and how sometimes it doesn’t matter what you think of a bit, it’s the audience that are the best judge of new material.

We speak about Ger’s podcast with former Comedy Cast guest Martin Angolo, Canary in a Comedy Goldmine, where Martin tests out new material on Ger.
It’s a brilliant podcast and I urge you all to subscribe, the lads are hilarious together.

I tell Ger that I get the impression for other comedians in Dublin that he’s somewhat looked up to, but he reveals it’s not because of his talent as a comedian…

We speak about Ger’s job of being a video editor for live sporting events and some short films he’d made in the past in particular Bealtaine, a short about an old neighbour who brought back a dying tradition to Mayo.

We talk then about how and why Ger got into comedy. Ger’s speaks then about putting the foot down in comedy recently and about how the more you put into performing regularly the more you’ll get out of it.

We speak about the comedy scene in Dublin, the advantages and disadvantages to gigging to a lot of tourists and people who don’t regularly attend comedy and how as new comics you have to be willing to work hard and do the small gigs before getting the bigger ones.

Ger Staunton’s Website: here

Ger’s Twitter: here

Ger’s Facebook: here

 

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Comedy Podcast | The Comedy Cast with American Comedian Ryan Bourassa

Ryan Bourassa
Ryan Bourassa

Hello and welcome back to The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing from American stand-up comedian, Ryan Bourassa.

We kick off the interview and we get straight into comedy. The comedy scene in Las Vegas has always been a strange one, so I asked Ryan for his opinion on it.

I ask Ryan about the inspiration behind one of my favourites jokes of his, involving Ikea and a baby and how parts of the internet turned on him for it.

We speak about skirting the line between what is offensive and what’s funny and how comedians have to always be aware of it and aware that’s it changes from comedy club to comedy club and from different areas and on top of that with the politicial landscape changing almost daily too.
Ryan also talks about how the same joke can get a completely different reaction from different crowds even on the same night.

We speak about Ryan’s really outstanding podcast Mental Chillness, a solo podcast where he speaks candidly about his battle with Borderline Personality Disorder.
We talk then about the illness and how Ryan has dealt with it since he was diagnosed. He speaks about why he started his podcast and how, for a change, the internet has welcomed it with open arms.

We speak about how I came across Ryan many, many years ago on Twitter and we get speaking then about atheism and why religion is the worst of all the mental illnesses.

We speak about Ryan’s love for the darker elements of comedy and alternative comedy, he also talks about how he talks enjoyment out of being cynical, sarcastic and pissing on the parade.
But he says too that this all comes from honesty and that being honest onstage allows people to identify with him more.

Ryan speaks passionately then about staying true to yourself in comedy and how not selling out and keeping artistic integrity is so important.

Ryan Bourossa’s website: here

Ryan’s Podcast Mental Chillness: here

Ryan’s Twitter: here

Ryan’s Facebook: here

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Comedy Podcast | The Comedy Cast with American Comedian Jeremy Pace

Jeremy Pace
Jeremy Pace

Hello and welcome back to The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing from American stand-up comedian, Jeremy Pace.

We kick off the interview speaking about Missouri where Jeremy’s from, I know very little about the state so I was keen to know what it was like growing up there for Jeremy.
We get talking then about the commonalities we share in both growing up in small rural towns and that god-awful Dutch outfit Scooter get a dishonourable mention.

We chat then for a bit about Jeremy’s day job where he helps people with addictions and we speak too about his own battles with addiction in the past.
We also talk about why drug addiction is so common among creatives.

We talk then about how former addicts use comedy to deal with their pasts and how when they meet together they love trading funny/horror stories with each other.

We speak about how and why Jeremy got into comedy and his previous career in Burlesque in Washington DC. We talk too about a stand-up comedy course he took before going on stage for the first time. He also speaks about his mantra of being truthful in his comedy.

We get chatting then about the community spirit that is present in comedy, how people are far more supportive than in other art forms.

We speak about what it’s like to share the same stages in LA that so many legendary comedians have threaded over the years and he shares a story about pissing off stand-up comedian and TV actor, Ali Wong.

Jeremy Pace’s YouTube: here
Jeremy’s Instagram: here
Jeremy’s Facebook: here

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Comedy Podcast | The Comedy Cast with Irish Comedian Chris O’Neill

Chris O'Neill
Chris O’Neill

Hello and welcome back to The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing from Irish stand-up comedian and Jesters Comedy Club chief Chris O’Neill.

We kick off the interview speaking about where Chris in from in Ireland, a place called Naas. Although well known in Ireland, Naas’ reputation isn’t widely known, that’s probably a good thing though…

We also talk about his what Chris studied as a student and I finally got to ask something I’ve always wanted to ask a politics student.

We speak about where Political Satire is going wrong in Ireland, and why it’s hard to perform satire aimed at Irish politicians in front of Dublin audiences.
We dig a bit deeper then on the subject and discuss why we don’t see enough comedy on Irish television.

We get onto Jesters Comedy then. Regular listeners will know that the Jesters name pops up a lot when we have guests based in Dublin on the show and it was the reason I wanted to speak to Chris.
We get into comedy promotion here and how he runs the nights and why he decided that instead of just hosting regular open mic and guest nights he wanted to challenge the comedians gigging in Dublin with themed nights and challenges.
We speak about the different themed-nights, Jesters Raw,  Jesters Weird, Jesters Surprise and Jesters Politics, that he runs and why he decided on them.

We speak about the workshop Chris holds every year in October to help new comedians with their gigs at the following year’s Edinburgh Festival, he offers advice on things like who to apply to, organising where to stay, technical aspects of venues and more besides.

And finally then we chat about his role at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where he runs two compilation shows and helps to put on over 150 shows every year.

Rent-a-Comic Facebook Group: here

Peadar Kearney’s pub: here

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Comedy Podcast | The Comedy Cast with Irish Comedian Niamh Marron

Niamh Marron
Niamh Marron

Hello and welcome back to The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing from Irish stand-up comedian Niamh Marron.

We kick off the interview speaking about coming from County Monaghan and why the county produces so many excellent stand-up comedians. And poultry farms.

Niamh was a photography student before getting into comedy so we spoke about that for a bit and if there’s any cross over between photography and comedy, and her mighty Instagram page.
We speak too about her final college project, something really cool where she mixed photography and comedy.

We speak about how and why she got into comedy.

We talk then about what it’s like to die on stage and how with Niamh it makes her more determined to right that wrong the next time she’s on stage. We chat about one incident in particular when she had the unfortunate experience of a whole room turning against her, but she explains how she won them back.

We have a chat about her experience on Britain’s Got Talent and how their toilets had no window and she couldn’t escape.

We talk about a play that Niamh was recently a part of, Living on the Edge, we spoke about the play, the idea behind it and how she became involved in it.

Finally then we chat about the watered-down comedy on TV and how it’s a sad reflection of the spontaneity of live comedy.

Niamh Marron’s website: here

Niamh’s Twitter: here

Niamh’s Facebook: here

Niamh’s Instagram: here

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Comedy Podcast | Weekly Roundup 26-5-17

Another mighty week at Comedy Cast Towers.

On Monday I had the please of hosting an English comedian that I’m a massive fan of, Tiernan Douieb. Tiernan’s been doing stand-up for a few years now and he hosts the brilliant Partly Political Podcast, a weekly podcast where he tries to make some sense of the mental political landscape of the UK.

It’s such a great podcast, you’ll all know by know I’m quite political and I’m with Tiernan when he says that they should all be lambasted and made fun of, because they’re all morons…well, not quite his words, but you get what I mean.

You can listen to the podcast here, or you can watch it on YouTube below:

 

On Wednesday I put out another episode of Trailer Trash, taking a look at the new Spider-man film:


On Thursday then I got to speak to Irish actor and comedian Tom Moran, he’s just brought out his own web series called Fix Me, check it out and he hosts the mighty podcast, Personality Bingo over on the Headstuff Network.

We had a great chat about comedy and acting and his involvement with the Facts YouTube guys.

Listen here or watch below:

 

And finally then, my roundup of what’s gone viral on the Internet this week:

 

 

 

Comedy Podcast | The Comedy Cast with Irish Comedian & Actor Tom Moran

Tom Moran
Tom Moran

Hello and welcome back to The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing from Irish actor, comedian and writer Tom Moran.

We kick off the interview speaking about a favourite of Irishmen when they get talking; the weather. We get onto living in Dublin then and Tom tells a mad story about what he was expected to do to get a flat on Dublin’s Capel Street.

Tom hosts the wildly successful podcast Personality Bingo, so we speak about the idea behind the show and how it’s been going.

We get talking then about Tom’s web series Fix Me, we get deep on it and talk about the writing of it and the challenge of writing about a therapist and a patient.

Tom is also a contributing memeber of the Facts Channel. You will probably know about them by now having had a few guests on from the crazily successful YouTube channel, so we get talking about that, how he got involved and what he likes about it.
We dug a bit deeper on the subject too and we pondered upon why tradition media outlets don’t try to get successful new media types on board.

We turn the subject then to The Belly Button Girl, a one man play Tom wrote and performed last year. He reveals it’s been booked again for this year so we speak about it and the process of getting it from script to stage.

Finally then we speak about Tom’s comedic influences growing up and what comedians he looks up to now.

Tom Moran’s Twitter: here
Tom’s Instagram: here
Squad Productions: here

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Comedy Podcast | The Comedy Cast with English Comedian Tiernan Douieb

Tiernan Douieb
Tiernan Douieb

Hello and welcome back to The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing from English stand-up comedian and satirist, Tiernan Douieb.

We kick off the interview with me telling Tiernan about how I sacrificed a Pavlova date to be with him and then we get into where he gets his awesome name from.

Usually with the podcasts I tend to wait until towards the end before speaking about guests’ podcasts, but with Tiernan I wanted to get straight into it.
Tiernan has a really mighty podcast every week called Partly Political Broadcast. If you have any interested in British politics at all you should subscribe to it because it’s pure mighty. He mixes satire, gags and serious topics absolutely brilliantly so it was really mighty to speak to him about the podcast.

Of course, because the podcast is politically motivated we delved into British politics. We bitch about Theresa May and the Conservatives, Brexit, and the upcoming Scottish dilemma.

The lies on a ‘massive effing bus’ gets a mention as well and Tiernan reveals exactly why he started his podcast and how it helps him to make sense of what’s happening in UK politics at the minute.

We talk about why voter apathy is large among young people and some of the solutions to it. Tiernan brings up Rexit, it involves robots!

We chat about Tiernan’s first gig, how he was so excited that he couldn’t sleep even after it, he also tells me one of the jokes he did that night.
We speak about him doing a comedy course and how when doing it he knew that comedy was what he wanted to do in his life.

We also discuss the thin line between exaggeration and bullshit and how the best comedians thread that line.

Tiernan’s Podcast: Partly Political Broadcast

Tiernan Douieb’s Twitter: here

Tiernan’s Facebook: here

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Comedy Podcast | The Comedy Cast with Irish Comedian Damien Kiely

Damien Kiely
Damien Kiely

Hello and welcome back to The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing from Irish stand-up comedian, Damien Kiely.

We kick off the interview with Damien telling me about his bittersweet weekend, a communion for one of his kids and a cat funeral.

We speak about where Damien is from, what he calls the Harlem of Dublin.

We talk about what’s been happening in Ireland that’s been making headlines recently but we end up speaking about burying animals in the backyard and Scientology. Stephen Fry gets an honourable mention as well.

We chat about how and why Damien got into comedy and he tells me about how hitting the big 4-0 was a real turning point for him in his life.

Damien speak about his first ever gig in the Ha’penny Inn at the Battle of the Axe, and about how a couple of Dutch tourists were nice enough to laugh along even though they’d no idea what was going on.

We speak about the Dublin comedy scene, its community spirit and how encouraging it is for new comedians.

Damien speaks openly about therapy in his act so I asked hm about his own experiences with going to therapy following his battle with substance abuse.

Damien Kiely’s Twitter: here

Damien’s Facebook: here

Damien’s YouTube: here

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