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

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.

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

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.

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Mickey Bartlett: Micky-Bartlett

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

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.

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

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.

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The Comedy Cast Interview with Scottish Comedian John Scott

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.

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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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