The Comedy Cast Interview with British Comedian Meryl O’Rourke

Meryl O'Rourke
Meryl O’Rourke

Welcome back to The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing from British stand-up comedian Meryl O’Rourke.

Meryl has been doing stand-up for about ten years now and has found a loyal following on the scene thanks to her particular style of humour and frank delivery. It would be unfair to call her ‘one of the lads’ but she’d make all your male friends blush with her anecdotes and two seconds later have them howling with laughter.

We spoke about her love of comedy, how it was passed onto her by her mother (bringing her to see Morecambe & Wise at the age of 5) and her love of comedy writing too. Comedy wasn’t the only thing she inherited from her mother; indeed a few years ago she won over many an audience and critic with her successful show “Bad Mother.” A show that dealt hilariously with the anxiety she’d inherited and how she came to terms with it when she started her own family.

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The Comedy Cast Interview with British Stand-up Comedian Gina Jenkinson

Gina Jenkinson
Gina Jenkinson

Welcome back to The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing from Hull-based British comedian Gina Jenkinson. When I first saw Gina’s stand-up show I was sure she was going to eat me alive on the show; she’s known for being controversial and a bit aggressive on stage, but all fears were quickly washed away.

Gina was incredibly lovely to speak to and she quickly opened up about her childhood. In 2015 she made headlines with her Edinburgh Fringe show “Desperately Seeking Attention” a show about how she dealt with her tumultuous upbringing. While researching I read it had been quite bad but what she revealed in the interview was quite shocking.

Thankfully Gina has a common trait among comedian; the insatiable will to succeed. She hasn’t let her past dominate her and when parenthood and marriage didn’t quite deliver the satisfaction she thought it would she set herself the goal of becoming a stand-up comedian. To be so open and honest on stage with material that’s pretty horrific at times and to make fun of it and to get other people to laugh both at and along with it takes a huge amount of talent and skill.

We also talk about Gina’s love of sketch, her comedic influences and inspirations growing up and we close the podcast with her hilarious song “Children of Africa/It’s My Birthday”.

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The Comedy Cast Interview with Irish Stand-up Comedian Danny O’Brien

Danny O'Brien
Danny O’Brien

Welcome back to The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing from Irish stand-up comedian Danny O’Brien.

Danny’s not all that long on the comedy scene but he’s certainly rising up through the ranks and gaining new fans quickly.

We had a chat about why he got into comedy, how and why it happened; after returning to Ireland from Australia he was determined to follow his dream.

We spoke too about his part in The Comedy Crunch, one of Dublin’s most talked about stand-up comedy shows, held on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights in The Stag’s Head. How his involvement came about and how it keeps going from strength to strength.

We also had a chat about who his comedic influences were growing up and how he he works on his sets for different audiences where he gigs.

And it wouldn’t be right for two Irish lads to chat and not natter about oral sex.

I think Danny is someone we should all be looking out for, he tours like a maniac, when he’s not at The Comedy Crunch he’s either across the water someone in Britain winning over crowds or further afield in America or Australia, you get what you deserve in this life and Danny’s certainly putting the work in to make him one of Ireland’s best. You’ll be seeing a lot of him in the future I feel.

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The Comedy Cast Interview with Graeme Watson

Graeme Watson
Graeme Watson

Welcome back to The Comedy Cast; today we have a very special Comedy Cast interview  with Graeme Watson.

A few weeks ago while researching potential guests I came across a Facebook post about a stand-up comedy course being held in Belfast; and with Belfast being such a hotbed of comedic activity in recent years I had to find out more.

Graeme Watson runs the course and just by sheer luck on my part it turned out that Graeme is one of the guiding hands behind Belfast and Northern Irish comedy, for shame I hadn’t heard of him before, but in my defense, I’m still new at this comedy game.

Graeme performs stand-up still but his main focus is in running comedy clubs and gigs, being one of the organisers of the Belfast Comedy Festival, running an annual stand-up comedy course and generally being an all-round good guy to comedians in Northern Ireland.

We had so many things to talk about as you’ll hear but of course we spoke about what attracted him to stand-up comedy in the first place and the process that led to him taking the bull by the horns and starting his own comedy nights.

We spoke about the annual stand-up comedy course he runs in Belfast and we both gushed over how Belfast seems to be having a Seattle grunge-like explosion in stand-up comedians and comedy writers.

I loved talking to Graeme, I think in the future we can definitely talk again and I was over the moon to hear him talk so passionately about the thriving Belfast comedy scene and just his love for comedy and for helping comedians.

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The Comedy Cast Interview with Ben MacLean

Ben MacLean, photo by Greg Sylwan
Ben MacLean, photo by Greg Sylwan

Welcome back to The Comedy Cast; today we have a very special guest, Ben MacLean, a Canadian stand-up comedian making a career for himself in Germany’s capital city, Berlin.

Ben MacLean was bitten by the comedy bug a while ago and even though he didn’t delve in immediately, choosing to take his time and perfect his jokes before gigging more.

It was really interesting to speak to Ben about the exploding stand-up comedy scene in Berlin; I’d heard stories that it was going through something or a boom and I’d be very skeptical to say the least so it was great that Ben was able to give a great picture of what’s really going on and I was put in my place.

We spoke about Ben’s influence, why he got into comedy, what the future hold and at the end; our True/False Challenge.

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