Hello and welcome back to The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing from Scottish stand-up comedian Kevin McPadden.
We kicked off the interview by speaking about Kevin’s upcoming Glasgow Comedy Festival shows and how his preparations are going for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. That got us talking about Kevin’s writing process , how he prepares his sets and how he likes to explore ideas for jokes.
We spoke then about Kevin’s first gig, in The Stand in Edinburgh, not a bad place to start at all. We spoke about how it went and what he remembers of it.
We spoke then about how and why Kevin got into comedy. And we speak too about how he used to be nervous before gigs and how he’s learned to deal with it. We also chat about the first time Kevin bombed and how he dusted himself off and learned from the experience.
We speak then for a bit about the dreaded ‘comedian’s comedian’ term and alternative comedy. We talk about his influences in particular Scottish comedians and American ones.
We speak a bit about Kevin’s writing process and how he decides on whether a joke is good enough or maybe if it needs some flashing out to improve it and how long he gives a joke before binning it if it’s not working.
We chat about if performing stand-up all the time and seeing so much other stand-up has lead to Kevin enjoying seeing stand-up a bit less and we natter about the challenge of going from doing 10, 15 & 20 minute sets to doing 1hour sets at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe.
Finally then we speak about the health of the current Scottish stand-up comedy scene and how his gigs south of the border in England went when he ventures over Hadrian’s Wall.
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