Rick Murtagh

We speak about why everyone needs a healthy dose of nihilism in their lives from time to time,
Getting out of the hustle and bustle of living in a big city,
and why he took a break from his normal style of comedy and on the challenge of doing one-liner comedy for a year.

Rick Murtagh
Rick Murtagh

We speak about why everyone needs a healthy dose of nihilism in their lives from time to time,
Getting out of the hustle and bustle of living in a big city,
and why he took a break from his normal style of comedy and on the challenge of doing one-liner comedy for a year.

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Cally Beaton

Cally Beaton

We speak about her past working with TV Production Companies
Her amazing job that she does now
And about how none other than Joan River told her to get into stand-up comedy

Cally Beaton
Cally Beaton

Cally Beaton with The Comedy Cast

We speak about her past working with TV Production Companies
Her amazing job that she does now
And about how none other than Joan River told her to get into stand-up comedy.

 

 

 

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Kevin Gootee

Kevin Gootee with The Comedy Cast

We speak about his Amazon series Comics Watching Comics,
the idea behind the show and why he wanted to start it,
And why the corporate world compelled him to get into comedy.

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Kevin Gootee
Kevin Gootee

Kevin Gootee with The Comedy Cast

We speak about his Amazon series Comics Watching Comics,
the idea behind the show and why he wanted to start it,
And why the corporate world compelled him to get into comedy.

 

 

Comics Watching on Comics on Amazon: here

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Reem Edan

Reem Edan with The Comedy Cast.

We speak about growing up as the daughter of Iraqi immigrants and how it has provided so much material for her comedy,
Her recent involvement in a record-breaking stand-up comedy event
And the importance of knowing what the eggplant/aubergine emoji means.
Oh and she’s also filmed with Elizabeth Banks, all this in less than 2 years in comedy.

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Reem Edan
Reem Edan

Reem Edan with The Comedy Cast.

We speak about growing up as the daughter of Iraqi immigrants and how it has provided so much material for her comedy,
Her recent involvement in a record-breaking stand-up comedy event
And the importance of knowing what the eggplant/aubergine emoji means.
Oh and she’s also filmed with Elizabeth Banks, all this in less than 2 years in comedy.

We get straight into comedy as Reem had been gigging the night before the interview and we speak about how she works new material into her sets and the LA comedy scene in general.
She speaks too about being asked to join an invite-only stand-up comedy course and what she learned from it, in particular methods that were very useful for setting up joke premises.

We speak about the new phenomenon of corporate comedy classes for team building in companies and Reem’s reaction to it is pretty funny.

We talk then about Reem taking part in a recent record-breaking stand-up comedy event in LA and her part in it.

We speak about growing up as the daughter of Iraqi immigrants to American and how it’s provided her with so much material for her comedy.
As well though, Reem speaks about getting away from using the ‘outsider’ label in her comedy and wanting to write comedy that’s more inclusive rather than pointing out and joking about what makes her different.

A few months ago Reem had a few gigs on this side of the water so I was keen to ask her about some of the differences she noticed between American and British/European audiences.
She also speaks about how she changed her jokes to fit better with British audiences, simple little changes that were really effective.

We speak about Reem involvement with WhoHaHa, a company co-founded by Elizabeth Banks which focuses on women in comedy and how she starred in a short sketch with Banks a while ago.
Remember folks, she’s only at comedy less than 2 years. We speak then about if she’d like to get into more of the writing side of comedy.

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Reem on Swaay: here

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Seamus Kelly

Seamus Kelly with The Comedy Cast.

We speak about why Irish peoeple put a goat on top of some scaffolding,
Where his cynical sense of humour comes from,
Being open about his mental health issues and
His experiences of running a comedy night in rural Ireland.

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Seamus Kelly
Seamus Kelly

Seamus Kelly with The Comedy Cast.

We speak about why Irish people put a goat on top of some scaffolding,
Where his cynical sense of humour comes from,
Being open about his mental health issues and
His experiences of running a comedy night in rural Ireland.

Hello and welcome back to The Comedy Cast.

We speak about how a Kilkenny man ended up in rural Kerry; for love and he speaks openly about how he didn’t really like where he grew up and how it tends to bring back bad memories.

We talk about that common thing Irish artsy-types have of wanting to always get away. We chat then about where Seamus has ended up in Kerry, a small village called Castlemaine. Well-known for the song The Croppy Boy. It’s such a mighty part of the world, if you get a chance to go to Kerry, go.
We speak about Kerry’s maddest festival the Poc Fair, a festival where they put a wild goat on top of a platform, 3-stroeys up in the air, for 3 days and the town gets drunk for a few days.

Seamus’ sense of humour can be extremely dark at times, cynical and really cutting. It’s a style of humour that personally I love and wish there was more of. So we speak about it for a while and we talk about how that kind of humour was natural to him and how he uses comedy and jokes to work out his thoughts and views on both topical and personal subjects.

We get talking then about a comedy night Seamus used to run in Tralee in Kerry and the challenges involved with running a comedy night in rural Ireland, we speak about the highs and lows of it and whether or not he’d like to get back into it.

Seamus is very open about his issues with mental health, he tells me about trying to commit suicide a few years ago and we get talking about his issues here. I’ve never suffered from depression so I wanted to ask Seamus more about it and how it’s treated and how he battles with it.
Irish listeners will already know about this, but in the Irish media it’s common to hear the phrase ‘it’s OK not to be OK sometimes’ we get talking about this and vent our shared frustration that we don’t buy it and that the Irish media are being disingenuous when they say it. They’re doing it rather to be politically correct rather than actually caring about mental health issues.

We talk about the George Hook shenanigans, the hypocrisy of the media in it, indeed the theocracy of the media in general and how it’s all just a game to sell ad space really.

We return to comedy then and speak about the differences between performing in front of rural audiences and town/city audiences. Cork and Mullingar come in for particular praise.
We also get talking about the sketch videos that Seamus posts to his Facebook page, check them, the link is below, because they’re extremely funny and you get a real sense of Seamus’ wicked sense of humour.

We speak then about Inside the Kingdom, a satirical Facebook page when Seamus endeavours to inform the world about what’s going on i Kerry and tells a hilarious story about an article he wrote making fun of the Rose of Tralee.

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Khairy

The Comedy Cast with Khairy

Khairy’s from Baltimore so we speak about the stand-up comedy scene there,
The Wire gets a mention too,
How he once braved a hurricane in nothing but his underwear,
And how on his first night performing he did a 10 minute set to 200 people with just one joke.

Khairy
Khairy

The Comedy Cast with Khairy

Khairy’s from Baltimore so we speak about the stand-up comedy scene there,
The Wire gets a mention too,
How he once braved a hurricane in nothing but his underwear,
And how on his first night performing he did a 10 minute set to 200 people with just one joke.

 

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Facebook: here
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Morry Morgan

The Comedy Cast with Morry Morgan

We speak about how Morry went from being a scientist to a successful businessman to co-founding Australia’s best stand-up comedy school, The School of Hard Knock Knocks,
How to identify opportunities in niches,
the nuts and bolts of teaching stand-up comedy,
and how to say the dog’s bollox in Chinese.

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The School of Hard Knock Knock
The School of Hard Knock Knocks

The Comedy Cast with Morry Morgan

We speak about how Morry went from being a scientist to a successful businessman to co-founding Australia’s best stand-up comedy school, The School of Hard Knock Knocks,
How to identify opportunities in niches,
the nuts and bolts of teaching stand-up comedy,
and how to say the dog’s bollox in Chinese.

Morry Morgan is one of the founders of Australia’s best stand-up comedy school, The School of Hard Knock Knocks.

We kick off the interview speaking a bit about Melbourne where Morry is living and whether they’re sick off all the Irish immigrants yet.
Morry runs one of Australia’s best stand-up comedy school with Australian stand-up comedian Ben Horozitz, so we speak about for a bit, why they set it up in Melbourne and the ideas behind the school’s ethos.

Morry speaks about how he took a stand-up comedy course to improve his stage presence while giving speeches, he met Horowitz on the course and they decided to go into business together and started The School of Hard Knock Knocks.

Morry Morgan was a very successful businessman in China, so I really needed to know some bad language in Mandarin.
We also speak a bit about his past in Cyber security and in particular some of the amazing drones that were developed while he was working there.
Morry wrote a book about his time in China, Selling Big to China: Negotiating Principles for the World’s Largest Market, so we spoke about that, why he wrote it, its success and how it lead to Morry giving a Ted Talk on serendipity while living there.

We get a bit deeper on that and speak about Serendipity a bit more, and I ask Morry about where does he think his readiness to embrace new ideas and his attraction to opposites and finding niches and improving on them comes from.

We get back then to The School of Hard Knock Knocks and speak about the meat and the bones of the courses that Morry and Ben offer.

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The Comedy Cast with Matt Nagin

The Comedy Cast with Matt Nagin

We speak about Laughter Therapy and how it has helped him with Crohn’s Disease over the years,
Why parody is more important than ever in our messed up over-politicized world and,
Why vomiting is just as contagious as laughter.

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Matt Nagin
Matt Nagin

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

We kick off the interview speaking about Matt’s surname, it’s close to naggin and all Irish people will know what one of them is (it’s a 200ml bottle of spirits if you don’t know) but it’s also close to a poisonous snake in Hindi he tells me.

There’s a documentary on YouTube starring Matt called The Edge of Comedy. It’s about an aspiring comedian starting out and running his own show, the ups and downs that go along with it. We speak about the documentary then and talk about how his opinions on comedy have changed since starting in the business to now.
We get talking then about how Matt had never originally wanted ot get into comedy but it was his love of writing that lead to him getting up on stage at an open mic night in New York.

We get talking about what lies behind the many reasons as to why comedians get up on stage, why comedians feel the need to want to make people laugh.

We get talking then about risque jokes, things like rape and abortion, the Holocaust and we discuss about how even though they are taboo subjects you can still joke about them, but the jokes have to be better than normal otherwise you rish the audience turning against you.

We get chatting then about the recent phenomenon of safe spaces, trigger words and political correctness and social justice warriors and how it’s really a sad state of affairs for both society and comedy.

Matt Nagin’s website: here
Matt’s Amazon Page where you can buy his books: here
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Matt’s YouTube: here

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The Comedy Cast with Art Corral

The Comedy Cast with Art Corral

We speak about his journey into stand-up comedy,
His involvement with a street gang for many years,
Sticking up a pizza-delivery guy with a Nintendo gun and giving a house entruder a vasectomy.

Art Corral
Art Corral

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

We kick off speaking about the Grizzly Grizzly Nation and how Art got the name thanks to the gang he was in. Could’ve been worse he tells me, it was almost Fozzy Bear.

We get talking a bit about Art’s past, he was involved with a California gang for many, many years. we speak about his childhood and about how knowing that his father and uncles were involved in the gang had always been something attractive for him.

We take a break from the gang-related stuff for a while then and switch the conversation to stand-up comedy. We speak about how and why Art got involved in it and how it’s been going since he started. Art speaks about how comedy came pretty early to him, he was picked on by his older sisters’ boyfriends and he used to use humour and jokes to deflect attention away from him.
We get talking then about how Art’s school life went, especially knowing that his Dad and uncles were involved in gang activity. He tells me that he was a bit of a class clown and was always getting into trouble when growing up.

Art opens up about parts of his gang-life, telling me that he spent an awful lot of time behind bars between the ages of 11-18, but he tells a hilarious story about how he got busted for sticking up a pizza-delivery guy with a Nintendo gun.
He tells another story of how his father confronted a cop in a restaurant’s restroom that was harassing Art and what followed.

We get talking then about how Art’s house was broken into one night and how he gave the intruder a vasectomy. Yes, you read that properly.

Finally then we speak about his comedy influences and he tells a story about how he recently shared a stage with none other than Judd Apatow.

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The Comedy Cast with Russell Hicks

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We speak about his recent Edinburgh show, The Brain is in the Heart,
How he became a comic who now embraces spontaneity and improvisation on stage,
And that special type of bomb that’s so bad even other comedians don’t talk to you.

Russell Hicks
Russell Hicks

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

We kick off the interview with Russell being in the midst of his Edinburgh Fringe Festival experience, he tells me he’s been doing about 4-5 shows per days, his own solo show The Brain is in the Heart, as well as spots all over the city.

We have a wee chat then about podcasting then, Russell has just started a new podcast, Off the Grid. He had, of course, already been hosting a podcast about comedy called Art, For Fuck Sake, so we get talking about the art form, why he’s interested in it and some of the mistakes people make when appearing on them.

Russell’s changed quite a lot since starting out in comedy, going from a person who, in his own words, didn’t like the audiences and being an angry-Bill Hick’s type of comedian to someone who has learned to embrace spontaneity and improvisation while on stage, indeed now, the vast majority of his sets are improvised.
So, we get chatting about that and I ask him about how he practices his sets and how he prepares for something even though so much of it is made up on the spot.

We get chatting then about a comedic hero we both share, Lenny Bruce and his importance. Russel speaks about how Bruce didn’t mind not getting laughs because he was being honest and the laughs would come later. He says that this approach is what really inspired him to become a better comedian.

We get talking then about the idea of the critic. We go to town on this, our shared hated for critics and criticism comes to the boil here. You won’t like this if you’re a critic, but there’s no apologies here.

Russell is a brilliant writer and I urge you all to visit his website and read his blog posts. There was another article about hero worship, so we speak about that and why people who worship heroes can’t see the wood for the trees, they get too mixed up in thinking that an idol is perfect when really we’re all humans and prone to mistakes and the like. Russell believes that of course we can praise people and admire what they’re doing but it’s important to remember that we can all achieve our goals and putting people on pedestals only leads to putting far too much pressure on ourselves.

Russell Hicks will be already well-known to some thanks to his videos on YouTube where he takes hecklers to task and destroys them. We get talking about putting heckle videos online, the temptation of doing it to earn a few bob but also how it’s not a real reflection of a comedian’s set. I ask him whether he was ever nervous of attracting the wrong crowd becaose if the videos, would they attract hecklers to his show?

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Russell’s YouTube: here

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