The Comedy Cast Interview with American Stand-up, Author & Stand-up Teacher, Greg Dean

Greg Dean

Hello and welcome back to The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing from Greg Dean.

Greg is someone very well-known in the comedy world and if you’ve ever look for a book on stand-up comedy then chances are you’ve come across his book on stand-up; Step by Step to Stand-up Comedy.

We started off by talking a bit about Greg heritage, coming from British stock, one side being Scottish, who still have a castle, and the other English.

We spoke about Greg growing up in rural California and joining the theatre as a young man before literally running away with the circus at the age of 21. Then we chatted about Greg going onto becoming a successful, touring stand-up comedian before he turned his hand to teaching the craft of stand-up.

Greg reveals the basics of his classes, the three mechanics as he calls them; the target assumption, connector and reinterpretation. Greg also speaks about being a member of the International Society of Humour Studies, being the only member that isn’t part of academia. He also talks about reading as much academia as possible while researching his book and his contributions to the society.

We talk then about the importance of comedians learning to read the reactions of their audiences so they can know how far they can take jokes, we speak too about nothing being off limits and about offending people from time to time and that comedians just have to get used to it.

We chat then about whether anything still surprises him in comedy anymore or has it seen it all already?

We speak more in depth about his book Step by Step to Stand-up Comedy and how it was a real labour of love that took 10 years to write and the struggle to find a publisher.

And Greg tells two absolutely hilarious stories about previous students of his that had me roaring, you might be offended by if you are you’re probably listening to the wrong podcast.

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The Comedy Cast Interview with American-Hungarian Stand-up Comedian Zoltan Kaszas

Zoltan Kaszas
Zoltan Kaszas

Hello and welcome back once again to The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing an interview with Zoltan Kaszas.

Zoltan came across my radar thanks to video Zoltan had posted up on the mighty Stand-Up Comedy thread over on Reddit entitled “Trump & Toilets”.

Having a name like Zoltan I instantly thought he was an American with Hungarian ancestry so it was a pleasant surprise to find out that he was actually born in Budapest and had lived there until shortly after the fall of Communism. So, we started out interviewing talking about Hungary, how great the place is and how Zoltan intends to return there this year for the first time in a long time.

Since starting in stand-up comedy Zoltan has done particularly well in the comedy competitions he’s entered; winning 8 competitions over the last few years. We spoke about how comedy competitions are a necessary evil in the entertainment world for getting more publicity.

We spoke about Zoltan and his family moving to American from Hungary in the early 1990s and ending up where he’s based now, in San Diego. We spoke about being an immigrant in America and how that had an effect on him growing up.

We spoke too about Zoltan having an incredibly supportive mother and eve though coming from a country where you were lucky to have a job during communism she has supported his decision to become a stand-up comedian.

We spoke too about touring the college scene, how the ‘f word’ isn’t the ‘f word’ you’re thinking of and how you pretty much go a bit mad being on the road when you spend so much time along.

Trump gets an honorary mention. We don’t like him.

We spoke too about Zoltan’s podcast; The Week in Zoltan, a solo podcast where Zoltan keeps his fans up-to-date with what’s going on with both his career and his life in general.

Finally then we speak about Zoltan visiting Europe this summer for The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, his thoughts and fears over it and one of my favourite subjects, the American phenomenon of ‘clean comedy’.

Zoltan’s website: here

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The Comedy Cast Interview with W.T. Fallon

W.T. Fallon
W.T. Fallon

Welcome back to The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing from American author W.T. Fallon.

W.T. Fallon is the author behind one of 2016’s best works of political satire, Fail to the Chief, a book about a USA Presidential race based on the concept of reality TV.

Under another pseudonym, V.R. Craft, she has also written a science fiction book called Stupid Humans.

We stated off the interview by talking about pseudonyms and why the are an important literary device for authors; the importance of being able to create a new identity while writing in a different genre. We speak to about the importance of using critique groups when writing and taking onboard constructive criticism.

We speak about W.T.’s work of satire Fail to the Chief, inp particular how she enjoying putting her Presidential hopefuls through menial jobs and lie detector tests.

We spoke then about where political satire is these days and its importance, especially now that President Trump has somehow come to power and certainly seems to have it in for the media.

That led us on to the modern phenomenon of fake news and how there’s such a thin line between fake news and satire.

We had a chat then about where W.T. is from, Arkansas and how it’s not pronounced how it’s spelt and why, for some reason, the state drink is cow’s milk.

We chat about W.T.’s literary and comedic influences growing up and how they’ve inspired her to write, that and getting sacked from a retail job which she describes as hellish.

We speak too about W.T.’s other book under the V.R. Craft pseudonym, Stupid Humans a science fiction book about Humans fighting People.

Finally then, we had a natter about W.T.’s love of comedy and how she desires to write jokes for performers and maybe even try stand-up comedy in the future.

W.T.’s Facebook: here

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W.T’s Goodreads page: here

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The Comedy Cast Interview with Hollywood Film Producer & Executive Summer Helene

Summer Helene
Summer Helene

Hello and welcome back to The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing from Summer Helene, one of Hollywood’s rising stars.

I won’t lie, this is a bit of a scoop for The Comedy Cast, as you obviously know we concentrate on stand-up comedians and authors so when I was presented with the chance to talk to someone who works, not even works, who organises everything behind the camera I grabbed it.

Summer has had an incredible career and she’s only going to get bigger and bigger in Hollywood, the list of films she’s been involved with is far too big to go into here but she mentions a few in the interview. She also mentions her new role as Studio Head which she’ll be taking on during the year.

We start off the interview talking about growing up in Australia and getting her first gig as a model with Victoria’s Secret, and then moving to America to pursue a career in acting.

We spoke about how she has to shoulder two nicknames; The Duchess of Hollywood and The Wicked Witch of The West Coast and how and why she got them. We spoke about how she handles diva-like characters and directors who ‘get too big for their breeches’.

Summer tells a great story about how Ron Jeremy was the one who convinced her to go from being an actor to working behind the camera.

We also talk about how to pitch a film to get it made, who to speak to and how to get your pitch down. I even try my hand at a pitch and was pleasantly surprised with the reaction I got.

Finally we talk about feminism in the modern age and what’s gone wrong.

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Behind The Scenes Radio Show: here

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The Comedy Cast Interview with American Stand-up Comedian Neil Snyder

Neil Snyder
Neil Snyder

Welcome back to The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing from Neil Snyder, an American stand-up comedian from Indiana.

Welcome once again, let’s make 2017 even better here at The Comedy Cast, I’ve got loads planned and loads of guest already lined up so I’ll stop rambling and let’s get back to the podcasts.

First off, hat tip to Liysa Callsen, a previous Comedy Cast guest for putting Neil and I in touch. We had a really great chat about comedy, especially the promotions and organisational aspects of putting on shows.

We began the podcast talking about the state of Indiana, I’m always interested to hear about where people are from and knowing nothing about Indiana except for Reggie Miller I had to ask Neil for some info on a state that’s famous for corn, apparently.

We spoke about how Neil got into stand-up comedy and how it wasn’t long before he was running his own comedy nights in his hometown of Crawfordsville and bringing some international stars to it.

We spoke about how Neil reacts to when he has a bad show and how he works on improving his jokes, we also talked too about how he actually doesn’t write down jokes and the reasons why he doesn’t.

Neil also explains to me how he uses the room and how to work a room when he wants to win over a crowd.

We talk too about Neil’s comedic influences growing up. We spoke too about how Neil likes to challenge his audience and bring them towards that thin line between funny and uncomfortable.

Mad Hatter Shows website: here

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Neil Snyder Presents Facebook: here

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