The Comedy Cast Interview with American Stand-up Comedian Liysa Callsen

Today you’ll be hearing from an American stand-up comedian Liysa Callsen. Liysa and I had a great chat about all things comedy. First we spoke about why she got into comedy and why, in some of her YouTube videos, you’ll hear her saying “Improv saved her life.” So we had a chat about changing direction in life at a time when most people are settled and finding true happiness through comedy.

We talked too about Liysa’s comedy coming from a very personal place, rather than ganging up on easy targets she believes in being truthful with the audience. We spoke about her influences growing up, she talked too about growing up the daughter of blind parents and marrying a blind man and all the comedy-gold material that provided her with.

We also spoke about the new trend in the corporate world of using improve comedy for team building and motivational exercises. And finally we spoke about her latest undertaking; Women, Wine & Whiskey.

Liysa Callsen
Liysa Callsen

Hello everybody and welcome back to another episode of The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing from an American stand-up comedian Liysa Callsen.

Liysa and I had a great chat about all things comedy. First we spoke about why she got into comedy and why, in some of her YouTube videos, you’ll hear her saying “Improv saved her life.” So we had a chat about changing direction in life at a time when most people are settled and finding true happiness through comedy.

We talked too about Liysa’s comedy coming from a very personal place, rather than ganging up on easy targets she believes in being truthful with the audience. We spoke about her influences growing up, she talked too about growing up the daughter of deaf parents and marrying a deaf man and all the comedy-gold material that provided her with.

We also spoke about the new trend in the corporate world of using improve comedy for team building and motivational exercises. And finally we spoke about her latest undertaking; Women, Wine & Whiskey.

Liysa’s website: here

Liysa’s Facebook: here

Liysa’s Twitter: here

Liysa’s YouTube: here

Women, Wine & Whiskey: here

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The Comedy Cast Interview with Canadian Author Ira Nayman

We have something very special for you today, an interview with the Canadian sci-fi and comedy author Ira Nayman. When Ira got in touch about an interview I was delighted to finally have a comedy author coming on, little did I realise the body of work Ira’s published over the year and so my delight was increased tenfold when I realised I’d get to grill him about his lengthy career and the many, many books he’s published.

We started off then with how and why he got into writing and his past where he wrote for radio and television, the differences in writing for radio and television compared to prose and book writing. We also spoke about his two main bodies of work “Alternate Reality News Service” where reporters are sent into other dimensions to document what they find; it has been described as ‘a science fiction version of The Onion’. I loved this idea, I’m fascinated by the idea of alternative realities so we had to talk about that.

This idea is also present in Ira’s other main body of work, four works of science fiction based in the multiverse where The Transdimensional Authority and The Time Agency, where the main characters monitor and police travel between universes and between time in the case of The Time Agency.

We spoke about working with publishers and editors and he gave a great answer to my closing question regarding advice for people starting in comedy.

Ira Nayman
Ira Nayman

Hello and welcome back to another episode of The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing from Canadian author, Ira Nayman.

We have something very special for you today, an interview with the Canadian sci-fi and comedy author Ira Nayman. When Ira got in touch about an interview I was delighted to finally have a comedy author coming on, little did I realise the body of work Ira’s published over the year and so my delight was increased tenfold when I realised I’d get to grill him about his lengthy career and the many, many books he’s published.

We started off then with how and why he got into writing and his past where he wrote for radio and television, the differences in writing for radio and television compared to prose and book writing. We also spoke about his two main bodies of work “Alternate Reality News Service” where reporters are sent into other dimensions to document what they find; it has been described as ‘a science fiction version of The Onion’. I loved this idea, I’m fascinated by the idea of alternative realities so we had to talk about that.

This idea is also present in Ira’s other main body of work, four works of science fiction based in the multiverse where The Transdimensional Authority and The Time Agency, where the main characters monitor and police travel between universes and between time in the case of The Time Agency.

We spoke about working with publishers and editors and he gave a great answer to my closing question regarding advice for people starting in comedy.

Ira’s website: here

Ira’s Facebook: here

Ira’s Twitter: here

Ira’s Goodreads page: here

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The Comedy Cast Interview with English Stand-up Comedian Rosie Wilby

Today you’re going to be hearing from English stand-up comedian Rosie Wilby. By the time Rosie had even gotten into stand-up comedy she’d already had a pretty great career, journalism, music journalism, then fronting a band during the hayday of Britpop, all of that before deciding to become a stand-up.

So, of course, we spoke about all of that and we spoke about her natural inquisitiveness, finding inspiration in everyday life, being personal onstage.

We also spoke about her comedy influences, both past and current. We spoke about Rosie being a prominent figure within the LGBT comedy scene in Britain, where feminism is in 2016. Rosie gave a wildly popular and much lauded TedTalk last year entitle “Is Monogamy Dead?” a talk, obviously about monogamy, relationships, breakups, open relations and the surprising fact that she found out that women cheat far more than men.

Rosie Wilby
Rosie Wilby

Hello and welcome back to another episode of The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing from English stand-up comedian, Rosie Wilby.

Today is episode 30 so it is! Delighted to make it this far and there’s so many, many more people to interview.

Today you’re going to be hearing from English stand-up comedian Rosie Wilby. By the time Rosie had even gotten into stand-up comedy she’d already had a pretty great career, journalism, music journalism, then fronting a band during the hayday of Britpop, all of that before deciding to become a stand-up.

So, of course, we spoke about all of that and we spoke about her natural inquisitiveness, finding inspiration in everyday life, being personal onstage.

We also spoke about her comedy influences, both past and current. We spoke about Rosie being a prominent figure within the LGBT comedy scene in Britain, where feminism is in 2016. Rosie gave a wildly popular and much lauded TedTalk last year entitle “Is Monogamy Dead?” a talk, obviously about monogamy, relationships, breakups, open relations and the surprising fact that she found out that women cheat far more than men.

Rosie’s website: here

Rosie’s Twitter: here

Rosie’s Facebook: here

Out and Outabout in London, Rosie Wilby’s Resonance FM show: here

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The Comedy Cast Interview with Icelandic Stand-up Comedian Bylgja Babylons

Today we’ve got something very special for you lovelies, an interview with Bylgja Babýlons, an absolutely hilarious Icelandic stand-up comedian.

We started off with Bylgja teaching me a few Icelandic swear words. You can never have enough swear words in my experience. We spoke too about how to deal with the Icelandic winters, how the Icelanders are more Irish than Scandinavian thanks to Vikings stealing Irish women.

We spoke about Bylgja’s acting career and how it lead her into stand-up comedy, stand-up comedy in Iceland and how it’s evolved, possibly moving abroad to further her career.

We also talked about her style of comedy, being labelled ‘rude’ and guest-listing haters for her gigs. Vaginas make an appearance too. I grilled Bylgja about her excellent make-up tutorials on YouTube, how she works on her act and doing strange things to find inspiration.

Bylgja Babylons
Bylgja Babylons

Hello and welcome back to a new episode of The Comedy Cast; today we’ve got something very special for you, Bylgja Babylons, an absolutely hilarious Icelandic stand-up comedian.

We started off with Bylgja teaching me a few Icelandic swear words. You can never have enough swear words in my experience. We spoke too about how to deal with the Icelandic winters, how the Icelanders are more Irish than Scandinavian thanks to Vikings stealing Irish women.

We spoke about Bylgja’s acting career and how it lead her into stand-up comedy, stand-up comedy in Iceland and how it’s evolved, possibly moving abroad to further her career.

We also talked about her style of comedy, being labelled ‘rude’ and guest-listing haters for her gigs. Vaginas make an appearance too. I grilled Bylgja about her excellent make-up tutorials on YouTube, how she works on her act and doing strange things to find inspiration.

I had great fun during this interview, Bylgja is incredibly funny and was wonderful to talk to. It’s so cool to hear about comedians from non-English speaking countries getting into comedy and being fantastic at it. I dearly hope Bylgja gets the chance to hit some of the comedy festivals over the next few year so that more people get to see her.

Bylgja’s Facebook: here

Bylgja’s Twitter: here

Bylgja’s YouTube: here

 

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The Comedy Cast Interview with Northern Irish Stand-up Comedian Micky Bartlett

Today you’re going to be hearing from one of Northern Ireland’s most hotly-tipped stand-up comedians, Micky Bartlett. Listeners will certainly have heard his name before on the Graeme Watson episode and you all know by know that I have a major thing for the current Northern Irish comedy scene so I had to get Micky on as a guest.

We had a great laugh together, really did. Micky has to be one of the most relaxed comedians we’re ever had on and it felt far more like a conversation over a pint than an interview. Nonetheless we nattered about how and why he got into comedy, ducking out of comedy for two full years after dying on his arse one night and making videos with, and being the victim of, the very talented Colin Geddis.

We spoke too about Micky’s influences, growing up in Northern Ireland; while some of his friends wanted woolly faces all he wanted to do was play Streets of Rage. We spoke too about STIs and trying to make doctors laugh, his successful stint on the BBC Northern Ireland panel show Monumental and dealing easily with being labelled as Northern Ireland’s next big stand-up comedian.

It was an absolute pleasure to talk to Micky, he’s a real what you see is what you get and although this is for a podcast you get what I mean. His stand-up show is nothing short of utterly hilarious and I sincerely thing he’s only a couple of more tours away from greatness.

Micky Bartlett
Micky Bartlett

Hello and welcome back to another episode of The Comedy Cast; today you’re going to be hearing from Micky Bartlett, one of Northern Ireland’s most hotly-tipped stand-up comedians.

Listeners will certainly have heard his name before on the Graeme Watson episode and you all know by know that I have a major thing for the current Northern Irish comedy scene so I had to get Micky on as a guest.

We had a great laugh together, really did. Micky has to be one of the most relaxed comedians we’re ever had on and it felt far more like a conversation over a pint than an interview. Nonetheless we nattered about how and why he got into comedy, ducking out of comedy for two full years after dying on his arse one night and making videos with, and being the victim of, the very talented Colin Geddis.

We spoke too about Micky’s influences, growing up in Northern Ireland; while some of his friends wanted woolly faces all he wanted to do was play Streets of Rage. We spoke too about STIs and trying to make doctors laugh, his successful stint on the BBC Northern Ireland panel show Monumental and dealing easily with being labelled as Northern Ireland’s next big stand-up comedian.

It was an absolute pleasure to talk to Micky, he’s a real what you see is what you get and although this is for a podcast you get what I mean. His stand-up show is nothing short of utterly hilarious and I sincerely thing he’s only a couple of more tours away from greatness.

Micky’s Facebook: here

Micky’s Twitter: here

Mickey Bartlett: Micky-Bartlett

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The Comedy Cast Interview with Irish Stand-up Comedian Caimh McDonnell

Today you’ll be hearing a belter of a podcast with Irish stand-up comedian and author, Caimh McDonnell. This is a long one as tends to happen when you get two Irish lads on the phone together, clocking it at nearly an hour.

I had a great time talking to Caimh, his stand-up is fantastic, he’s got a great talents for telling hilarious stories and being spontaneous with the crowd as well.

We spoke about how his show has changed over the years, how he has honed his comedic talents while writing for other comedians and performers thanks to his time writing for a multitude of British TV panel shows. We also chatted about his first book “A Man with One of Those Faces” and how it came about. We spoke about his recent Edinburgh Show “Bride and Prejudice” and his experiences with racism.

Rugby gets a mention, Caimh is the stadium announcer for London Irish, as does football, former Irish manager Giovanni Trapattoni gets a mention when Caimh asked him what happened when Nigeria scored a goal against Ireland.

We also spoke about the podcast he puts out with British stand-up comedian Gary Delaney called Panel Beaters, a panel show where the losers die as the game progresses.

We spoke too about Pet Squad…..Dodge the beagle, Sheeba the tabby cat and Bingo the guinea pig – three domestic pets who lead a thrilling double life as unlikely superheroes….a CBBC cartoon Caimh wrote many moons ago.

As I said, this interview is a long one but it was fascinating to speak to someone who is still totally in love with comedy and who is a successful stand-up, comedy writer and author

Caimh McDonnell
Caimh McDonnell

Hello and welcome back to another episode of The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing a belter of a podcast with Irish stand-up comedian and author, Caimh McDonnell.

This is a long one as tends to happen when you get two Irish lads on the phone together, clocking it at nearly an hour.

I had a great time talking to Caimh, his stand-up is fantastic, he’s got a great talents for telling hilarious stories and being spontaneous with the crowd as well.

We spoke about how his show has changed over the years, how he has honed his comedic talents while writing for other comedians and performers thanks to his time writing for a multitude of British TV panel shows. We also chatted about his first book “A Man with One of Those Faces” and how it came about. We spoke about his recent Edinburgh Show “Bride and Prejudice” and his experiences with racism.

Rugby gets a mention, Caimh is the stadium announcer for London Irish, as does football, former Irish manager Giovanni Trapattoni gets a mention when Caimh  asked him what happened when Nigeria scored a goal against Ireland.

We also spoke about the podcast he puts out with British stand-up comedian Gary Delaney called Panel Beaters, a panel show where the loser dies at the end.

We spoke too about Pet Squad…..Dodge the beagle, Sheeba the tabby cat and Bingo the guinea pig  – three domestic pets who lead a thrilling double life as unlikely superheroes….a CBBC cartoon Caimh wrote many moons ago.

As I said, this interview is a long one but it was fascinating to speak to someone who is still totally in love with comedy and who is a successful stand-up, comedy writer and author.

Caimh’s website: here

Caimh’s Facebook: here

Caimh’s Twitter: here

Panelbeaters’ website: here

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The Comedy Cast Interview with Welsh Stand-up Comedian Robin Morgan

Today you’ll be hearing from Welsh stand-up comedian Robin Morgan. Had a really insightful chat with Robin about comedy. Robin writes for the BBC Radio 4’s The New Quiz, among others, so it was great to talk to him about the transition of going from writing his own material for his own shows to writing material both with other comedians and for them.

We had a chat about Welsh comedy, moving up to London. Comedy advice from his parents, how he works on his stand-up routine and his flirtation with the Welsh Death Metal scene.

Robin Morgan
Robin Morgan

Welcome back to another episode of The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing from Welsh stand-up comedian Robin Morgan.

I had a really insightful chat with Robin about comedy. Robin writes for the BBC Radio 4’s The New Quiz, among others, so it was great to talk to him about the transition of going from writing his own material for his own shows to writing material both with other comedians and for them.

We had a chat about Welsh comedy, moving up to London. Comedy advice from his parents, how he works on his stand-up routine and his flirtation with the Welsh Death Metal scene.

Robin’s Website: here

Robin’s Facebook: here

Robin’s Twitter: here

Robin’s Instagram: here

Robin’s YouTube: here

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The Comedy Cast Interview with Scottish Comedian John Scott

Today you’ll be hearing an absolute belter of an interview with Scottish stand-up John Scott.

John’s such a talented comedian, mixing the big issues of the day with the normal banality of life all the while ensuring that there’s a solid and warm connection with his audience.

The interview was recorded the morning after Donald Trump won the Presidential election in America so, of course, that popped up. We also spoke about Brexit and the Scottish Independence Referendum, being a Scot living in Northern England. We spoke too about going back to college, comedy as a default defense mechanism, his influences, dying on his arse for the first time, his punk ethics and how he works on his act.

John Scott
John Scott

Welcome back to The Comedy Cast. Today from John Scott and it’s an absolute belter of an interview.

A proud Scot, John’s a massively talented comedian, mixing the big issues of the day with the normal banality of life all the while ensuring that there’s a solid and warm connection with his audience.

The interview was recorded the morning after Donald Trump won the Presidential election in America so, of course, that popped up.

We also spoke about Brexit and the Scottish Independence Referendum and how it’s all just a bit mental.

We chatted about being a Scot living in Northern England and being lectures to about Scottish Independence by the locals.

We nattered about John going back to college to pursue a career in writing. We had a right talk about using comedy as a default defense mechanism and where that comes from and why so many people us it.

We also spoke about his influences growing up, dying on his arse on stage for the first time, his undying punk ethics when it comes to both his profession and his outlook on like and finally we speak about how he works on perfecting his act.

John’s website/blog: here

John’s Facebook: here

John’s Twitter: here

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The Comedy Cast Interview with British Comedian Meryl O’Rourke

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.

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.

Meryl’s Facebook: here

Meryl’s Twitter: here

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

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 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 her love of sketch, her influences and inspirations and we close the podcast with her hilarious song “Children of Africa/It’s My Birthday”.

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”.

Gina’s Website: here

Gina’s Facebook: here

Gina’s Twitter: here

Gina’s Youtube: here

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