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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The Comedy Cast Interview with Northern Irish Stand-up Paddy McDonnell

Paddy McDonnell
Paddy McDonnell

Hello and welcome once again to The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing an from Northern Ireland, Paddy McDonnell.

Paddy’s been on the stand-up scene for a few years now and if you’re familiar with the burgeoning Belfast stand-up comedy scene you’ll certainly know the name, if not the face.

So, of course we had a chat about why Belfast is going through something of a comedy boom at the moment, what is it about the city that has delivered a generation of extremely funny men and women.

Being from Belfast I had to ask what was is like growing up in West Belfast during the 1980s and living on a daily basis with The Troubles. I grew up directly south of Belfast in the 80s and 90s in Wexford, around 300km away, and while it was the same island it was a completely different world back then.

Of course we spoke about his style of comedy; and in particular I was inrerested to know how he works on and perfects his act. We spoke too about his ambitions for the comedy world and what the future hopefully holds.

Finally then, we spoke about how he got the nickname Dagger and to finish off we have our usual True/False Challenge.

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The Comedy Cast Interview with Erich McElroy

Erich McElroy
Erich McElroy

Welcome back to The Comedy Cast; today you’re going to be hearing from Erich McElroy, an American stand-up comedian who is making a name for himself in the UK.

Erich McElroy dabbled in stand-up and sketch comedy before moving to the UK 16 years ago and when he arrived fancied his chances on the up-swinging UK stand-up comedy scene. Fast forward a few years and Erich is a much in-demand political satirist, his special subject is or course American politics but he’s not afraid of confrontation; he was the only comedian at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016 who opposed Scottish Independence (a brave man in my honest opinion).

We had a great chat about the state of American politics, of course Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton made an appearance too and then we had a natter about comedy; why he got into it; his influence and heroes and of course at the end our True False Challenge.

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The Comedy Cast Interview with Gary Faulds

Gary FauldsHello and welcome back to The Comedy Cast; today we’ll be hearing from a new, up-and-coming Scottish stand-up comedian, Gary Faulds.

Gary’s passion for comedy is nothing but infectious, after the interview I felt like I could take on the world while giving it a big hug at the same time. I don’t know if it’s because he’s new to comedy and still all starry-eyed with wonder and confidence but I loved chatting to him. I don’t for a second really think that though, he’s just a mega fellow, very funny and a really sound man.

We had a chat about his life before comedy, his time in the British Army and returning to Glasgow to man the family business.

We then speak about his interesting family history, which has seen him plastered across Scottish tabloids. He speaks frankly about it, his father and his stepdad. It just goes to show that we don’t have to follow paths laid out in front of us and we can make our own choices.

Of course we natter about his comedy, his influences growing up and why he got into the dog-eat-dog world of stand-up comedy.

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The Comedy Cast Interview with Tom Ward

Tom Ward
Tom Ward

Welcome back to The Comedy Cast; today you’re going to be hearing from an English stand-up comedian, Tom Ward.

We had a chat about how and why Tom got into the cut-throat world of stand-up comedy. We also spoke about his undying love for music and his previous time playing in bands in England.

We also spoke about how the comed down of having a successful Edinburgh Fringe Festival show can leave you both mentally and physically drained and in need of a bit of a hug.

His beloved Southampton FC also gets a mention in our True/Falso Challenge.

Tom’s still pretty new to the world of comedy but he’s already making waves and has been winning over audiences to his unique style of comedy since he started out. His observational humour is really top class and the way he mixes bizarre observations of the mundanity of modern life really cracks me up, be that his jokes on boiling water, his three favourite types of silence, or his ex-girlfriend’s fringe, his live act is something special and Tom Ward is destined for greatness. Of that I have no doubt.

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The Comedy Cast Interview with Tim Trueheart

Tim Trueheart
Tim Trueheart

Welcome back to The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing from American stand-up comedian Tim Trueheart.

Tim’s being doing stand-up comedy for a few years now and is the kind of guy that uses his talents in many areas, including: acting, art, voice acting, broadcasting, sketch and of course, stand-up comedy.

Tim’s clearly a multi-talented guy and a great story teller so we had a great chat about all things comedy, how he got into it and who his influences were, we also talk about his vlogs, the podcast he’s involved with (The JellyFish Show Podcast) and how he nearly got stabbed while teaching.

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Comedy Podcast | The Comedy Cast interview with Irish Stand-up Comedian Robbie Bonham

Robbie Bonham
Robbie Bonham

Welcomed back to The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing from Irish comedian Robbie Bonham.

Robbie will be well-known to anyone that follows the Irish comedy scene, he’s been gigging for many years now and is renowned for his honesty and his dealing with personal issues while on stage.

This was a real education for me; to speak to a comedian in a time of real transition, as someone who has to deal yet again with alcoholism, relationship difficulties and depression, while also re-entering education as an adult and trying to re-find his place in comedy.

Robbie’s a bit of a hero of mine as you’ll hear in the podcast and I wish him well for the future and I hope that we can speak again on the podcast because I feel he has a lot more to say regarding comedy and I strongly feel that his comedic talents have been somewhat overlooked in Ireland, but hopefully in the years to come he’ll finally get the recognition and praise he deserves.

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Comedy Podcast | The Comedy Cast Interview with Scottish Stand-up Comedian Jamie MacDonald

Jamie MacDonald
Jamie MacDonald by Mihaela Bodlovic

Today you’ll be hearing from one of Scotland’s most hotly-tipped comedians, Jamie MacDonald. Hello and welcome back to The Comedy Cast.

Jamie’s a Glasgow man who’s pretty new to comedy, only starting a couple of years ago, something we can thank the global recession for. We have a chat about his former banking career and how he didn’t really like it, actually he didn’t like it at all.

When we spoke Jamie had just come back from a really successful stint at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

We also nattered about who his comedic influences were growing up and who they are now as well.

We spoke too about how and why he got into comedy, what it’s like to be labelled a British sex symbol and recent the Scottish Independence referendum and Brexit for a mention too, as did his new puppy who kindly took a dump while we were recording.

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

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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