Comedy Podcast | The Comedy Cast Interview with President Obonjo, Benjamin Bello

We have a very special episode today the current President of the Lafta Republic; President Obonjo.

Hello and welcome back to The Comedy Cast.

President Obonjo is an outrageously-funny character developed by Benjamin Bello, we had a great laugh together for the interview with some of it being done in character.

We spoke about Benjamin’s comedy career and about how it all came together when he came up with the character of President Obonjo of the Lafka Republic. We also chatted about his influences and why he got into comedy in the first place.

We spoke too about being an emigrant in the UK and how that has had an effect on both his career and character, what he misses from Nigeria and how he stays in touch with his culture.

We had a wee natter about the President’s plans for world domination and close with the question; what the worst piece of advice he could give new stand-up comedians.

President Obonjo, photo by
President Obonjo, photo by Steve Best

We have a very special episode today the current President of the Lafta Republic; President Obonjo.

Hello and welcome back to The Comedy Cast.

President Obonjo is an outrageously-funny character developed by Benjamin Bello, we had a great laugh together for the interview with some of it being done in character.

We spoke about Benjamin’s comedy career and about how it all came together when he came up with the character of President Obonjo of the Lafka Republic. We also chatted about his influences and why he got into comedy in the first place.

The we spoke too about being an emigrant in the UK and how that has had an effect on both his career and character, what he misses from Nigeria and how he stays in touch with his culture.

We had a wee natter about the President’s plans for world domination and close with the question; what the worst piece of advice he could give new stand-up comedians.

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Comedy Podcast | The Comedy Cast Interview with American Stand-up Comedian Karen Rontowski

Today you’ll be hearing from an American stand-up comedian, Karen Rontowski.

Had a great laugh with Karen, not only about comedy, but also about what she likes to do in her spare time; reading tarot cards and ghost hunting.

Of course, we also have a chat about comedy; why Karen got into the business, her influences, clean comedy and her appearance on the David Letterman show.

Karen Rontowski
Karen Rontowski

Hello and welcome back to The Comedy Cast; Today you’ll be hearing from an American stand-up comedian, Karen Rontowski.

Had a great laugh with Karen, not only about comedy, but also about what she likes to do in her spare time; reading tarot cards and ghost hunting.

So we had a great chat about reading tarot cards and even said that my kid probably sees ghosts when he stares into space. Karen has ghost hunted all over the world too so we had a wee talk about that.

Of course, we also have a chat about comedy; why and how Karen got into the business. We spoke too her influences and the comedic influences in her house when she was growing up.

I quizzed Karen about the American phenomenon of clean comedy and how American stand-up comedians have to be able to change between both frequently. Finally then, we speak about her appearance on the David Letterman show and our usual True/False Challenge.

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Comedy Podcast | The Comedy Cast Interview with Irish Comedian Ryan Cullen

Ryan will be well-known to anyone that has ever seen any of the Facts videos; where Irish people give their reactions to eating or drinking crazy food from around the world, or their reaction to watching something strange from other countries, usually America for some bizarre reason.

Had a great chat with Ryan about the Facts videos, about his love for comedy and in particular his special type of comedy, his time at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, his influences growing up and what the future holds for him.

 

Ryan Cullen
Ryan Cullen

Welcome back to The Comedy Cast; Today you’ll be hearing from Irish stand-up comedian, Ryan Cullen.

Ryan Cullen will be well-known to anyone that has ever seen any of the Facts videos; where Irish people give their reactions to eating or drinking crazy food from around the world, or their reaction to watching something strange from other countries, usually America for some bizarre reason.

Had a great chat with Ryan about the Facts videos, about his love for comedy and in particular his special type of comedy, his time at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, his influences growing up and what the future holds for him.

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Comedy Podcast | The Comedy Cast Interview with Penelope Solomon

Today you’re going to be hearing from English comedian Penelope Solomon, who in her own words ticks all the boxes of ‘northern-female-jewish-comedian’

Penelope’s background is in sketch comedy and acting so we had a great chat about sketch comedy and also her time working on Goodnight Sweetheart an award-winning BBC comedy staring Nicholas Lyndhurst (of Only Fools and Horses fame) from the 1990s.

We also had a chat about her successful time at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with her latest show “I Was a Penis”

Penelope Solomon
Penelope Solomon

Hello and welcomed back to The Comedy Cast; Today you’re going to be hearing from English comedian Penelope Solomon, who in her own words ticks all the boxes of “Northern-Female-Jewish-Comedian”.

Penelope’s background is in sketch comedy and acting so we had a great chat about sketch comedy and also her time working on Goodnight Sweetheart an award-winning BBC comedy staring Nicholas Lyndhurst (of Only Fools and Horses fame) from the 1990s.

We also had a chat about her successful time at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with her latest show “I Was A Penis at the Royal Festival Hall”.

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Comedy Podcast | The Comedy Cast Interview with Rahul Kohli

Today you’re going to be hearing from a man who isn’t afraid to go where most comedian are, Rahul Kohli. A comedian who made a big slash at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe festival.

Rahul had just come back from a very successful stint at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival so we chatted about that, we also talked about Brext, and not giving a fuck about it; growing up the son of emigrants in Newcastle; political correctness; Rahul’s fearlessness in tackling ‘difficult’ subjects and a wee chat about the state of the England football team.

Rahul Kohli
Rahul Kohli

Hello and welcomed back to The Comedy Cast; Today you’re going to be hearing from Rahul Kohli, a man who isn’t afraid to go where most comedian are. A comedian who made a big slash at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe festival.

When we spoke, Rahul had just come back from a very successful stint at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. So of course we had to have a chat about that.

We also talked about Brext, and not giving a fuck about it and the mood in Britain since the referendum.

Then we spoke about growing up the son of emigrants in Newcastle, why his parents chose Newcastle and how Newcastle holds a special place in his heart.

We had a natter about political correctness and how its real meaning has been lost over the last few year. What I love most about Rahul’s comedy is his fearlessness in tackling ‘difficult’ subjects so we had to tackle that subject too.

We had wee chat about the state of the England football team too and we finished off with our True/False Challenge.

Rahul was fiercely interesting and his stand-up is nothing short of brilliant, I really hope we’ll be seeing a lot more of him on stage and on TV in the future.

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Comedy Podcast | The Comedy Cast Interview with Eric Lalor

Eric Lalor
Eric Lalor

Hello and welcome back to The Comedy Cast; Today we have an interview with Eric Lalor one of Ireland’s most well-loved stand-up comedians.

Eric is well-known to the vast majority of the Irish population thanks to a 10+ year career as a stand-up comedian. He has also appeared on the Dublin soap opera Fair City and his journalistic work over at joe.ie, Ireland’s most well-known entertainment websites.

Honestly, I had such a great time interviewing Eric and I think he had good craic too, we chatted about how he started in comedy and why he owes so much to his wife and Irish-American comedian Des Bishop.

We spoke too about his influences and his style of comedy and how he has learned to work a crowd and judge how far he can go with them each night.

We had a natter too about growing up on Dublin’s northside and how it affected his style of comedy.  Dublin slang gets a mentions too and we even had a few words for Ireland’s greatest striker Robbie Keane on the day following his retirement from international football.

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Comedy Podcast | The Comedy Cast Interview with Ruth E. Cockburn

Today you’ll be hearing from an English comedian from Blackpool, Ruth E. Cockburn (it’s not pronounced as it’s spelt, so behave).

We had a right old natter about her former career as a substitute teacher, teaching things like sex education to teenagers, why she got into comedy, her influences, her Donald Trump song and her current project Love Letters from Blackpool which she plans to tour next year.

Ruth E. Cockburn, photo by Karen McBride
Ruth E. Cockburn, photo by Karen McBride

Welcomed back to The Comedy Cast; Today you’ll be hearing from an English comedian from Blackpool, Ruth E. Cockburn (it’s not pronounced as it’s spelt, so behave).

We had a right old natter about her former career as a substitute teacher, teaching things like sex education to teenagers, why she got into comedy, her influences, her Donald Trump song and her current project Love Letters from Blackpool which she plans to tour next year.

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Comedy Podcast | The Comedy Cast Interview with Cornelius Patrick O’Sullivan

Today you’ll be hearing from mighty Cork comedian Cornelius Patrick O’Sullivan

Cornelius had just returned from his time at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival so we had a chat about that and the articles he wrote for Headstuff.org (here)

We also chatted about why get into comedy, his influences etc. and of course our True/False Challenge

Cornelius Patrick O'Sullivan
Cornelius Patrick O’Sullivan

Hello and welcome once again to The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing from mighty Cork comedian Cornelius Patrick O’Sullivan

Cornelius had just returned from his time at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival so we had a chat about that and the articles he wrote for Headstuff.org (here)

We also chatted about why get into comedy, his influences etc. and of course our True/False Challenge

Cornelius’ Facebook 

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Comedy Podcast | The Comedy Cast Interview with Ruaidhrí Ward

Ruaidhr’s been active on the Irish comedy scene for a little while now and he’s one of the best out there, so keep an eye out for him. I loved talking to him, I had a great time, he really had me laughing while we chewed the cud on comedy, Northern Ireland, Brexit and our usual True/False Challenge.

Ruaidhrí Ward
Ruaidhrí Ward

Hello and welcomed back to The Comedy Cast, today you’ll be hearing from one of Belfast’s finest; Ruaidhrí Ward.

Ruaidhrí’s been active on the Irish comedy scene for a little while now and he’s one of the best out there, so keep an eye out for him.

I loved talking to him, I had a great time, he really had me laughing like we were old mates catching up.

We had a good old chat about all things comedy, how and why he got into it. We spoke too about the current comedy scene in Northern Ireland; why it’s so good at the moment and striking while the iron is hot.

Of course we spoke about growing up in Northern Ireland during The Troubles.

We have a natter about Brexit too and we got a bot ranty about the ludicrousness of it all. We spoke too about Ruaidhrí’s love for appearing in sketch comedy videos and his love for making videos too. We have a laugh about his social media pages too; especially his storify pages where he hilariously live tweets mundane things like a visit from the refrigerator repair man.

Finally then we finish up with our usual True/False Challenge.

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Comedy Podcast | The Comedy Cast Interview with Adam Grabowski

Today you’ll be hearing an interview with the ultra-talented American stand-up comedian Adam Grabowski

Adam has to be one of the hardest working comedians at the moment in the states, now and again he gets a day off and I was lucky enough to get to interview him about life on the road, gigging the college scene, why he got into comedy among other things and our usual True/False Challenge too

Adam Grabowski
Adam Grabowski

Hello and welcome back to The Comedy Cast. Today you’ll be hearing an interview with the ultra-talented American stand-up comedian Adam Grabowski

Adam has to be one of the hardest working comedians at the moment in the states, now and again he gets a day off and I was lucky enough to get to interview him.

We spoke about life on the road and how he deals with being away from friends and family and how he keeps sane while leaving out of a suitcare going from hotel to comedy club to hotel to airport.

We spoke too about gigging the college scene and how he’s taken it upon himself to be a kind of ‘good uncle’ figure for college students, helping them out and listening to them and giving them a place to share problems.

We also spoke about why he got into comedy among other things and we finished off with our usual True/False Challenge too.

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