We’ve put together 3 Best of Episodes to celebrate what a mighty year we’ve had at The Comedy Cast. Continue reading The Comedy Cast, Best of 2018 Podcasts
December is more than here now and welcome to The Best of the Comedy Cast 2018, Part II.
Hello and welcome to a bonus Boner Episode of The Comedy Cast.
Today on the Comedy Cast, Spud Murphy and Seamus Kelly speak about footjobs, are tampons cotton and goat worshiping, are you offended love, darling, honey, pet, Ken? Ted?
Today on The Comedy Cast we have Icelandic stand-up comedian Dan Zerin. We speak about Dan being a pizza terrorist in Iceland, his show My Voices Have Tourettes and why American tourists are just the best ever.
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We kick off the interview speaking about Iceland, yes it’s a bit predictable but we all have this wonderful impression of how beautiful Iceland is and the little people and Sigor Ros etc. so I had to ask Dan about whether Iceland has anything bad going on at all. Dan’s answer? The President of Iceland wants to ban pineapple on pizza.
We speak then for a bit about the stand-up comedy scene in Iceland and how of late it has become so strong. Dan puts the success down to the influx of tourists into Iceland meaning there’s so many more people around who want to be entertained and stand-up comedy is one of the best ways to get punters into bars.
Dan runs a comedy club at The Secret Cellar in Reykjavík. We speak for a bit about the pros and cons of performings in front of a crowd of mostly tourists all the time and how you need to be on top of your game to be able to adapt your act to the different crowds. And, of course, we speak about some experiences we’ve both had with American tourists in particular.
Dan also runs a night called My Voices Have Tourettes, a stand-up show that features comedians with disorders and syndromes to help raise awareness in a fun way, so we speak about that for a bit and I also ask Dan about his torrents, how he deals with it, how he discovered he had it and I just want to thank Dan for speaking openly and honestly about having the disorder.
We get back to comedy then and we speak about another show Dan is involved with called Seat Filler, a live panel-show type of comedy show that also takes place at The Secret Cellar that has also been packing in the tourists since its inception not too long ago.
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This week on The Comedy Cast, we have Irish stand-up comedian, Cathal Shanagher. We speak about comedy competitions, a bad gig in Dublin where he thought he gave the audience trauma and some guy cutting off a lady’s ponytail and other horror stories from working in a pub in Roscommon.
This week on The Comedy Cast, we have Irish stand-up comedian, Cathal Shanagher.
We kick off the conversation about him being pretty new to the live circuit in Ireland, having mostly gigged around Galway where Cathal is studying to starting to do a few nights up in Dublin. I ask Cathal then a question about his style because I noticed that his delivery follows a troupe of journalism writing, just something I picked up on that I thought was interesting and I wanted to know was it on purpose or subconscious.
We speak about what Cathal’s studying and how it was more of a way to get out of Roscommon than any great notions of a career in business. We speak then so about Roscommon, a place Cathal describes as a ‘place where hope goes to die’. Look, most of our listeners now are American and British, so a place like Roscommon won’t be well known to them at all. And even for me a lad from rural Wexford, I know very little about Roscommon other than it’s a place where the IRA used to bury victims and it’s up there up around Galway somewhere on the map so I wanted to know a little bit about the place. Cathal paints a pretty bleak picture though but he lightens the mood with some hilarious stories about his time working as a bartender there when growing up.
We get back to stand-up comedy then and we speak about how long Cathal’s been at the it. We speak about how he started and instead of trying out an open mic night and trying that a few times he went headfirst into a comedy competition in Galway. Even the organiser was surprised, telling him he’d have been better off doing an open mic first. But Cathal went ahead anyway and that was it, he’d gotten the stand-up comedy bug.
I ask him then about how his comedy has changed over the two years since starting. It’s pretty common among comedians that they soon realise from being on stage that the comedian they thought they were going to be is quite different from the one that will actually make people laugh on stage. We speak about that for a bit and Cathal describes one particularly funny story about his first time gigging in Dublin where things didn’t exactly go to plan. He says he thought some people were traumatised by the set.
We chat then about where he’ll have to move if he wants to progress in comedy in Ireland, there’s so many Irish people that say you have to move to London to get famous in Ireland. There’s plenty of opportunity in Ireland for sure, but it does certainly seem to be the case that if you really want to make it in comedy then it looks like getting success in England is far more beneficial to you than getting well-known in Ireland.
A subject we’ve not spoken about on The Comedy Cast in a while rears its head with Cathal and it’s the one of comedy competitions. I get Cathal’s opinion on the pros and cons of performing at comedy competitions.
We speak about his comedic influences and we speak here for a bit about the greatness of Frankie Boyle, you can listen back to a podcast where myself and Seamus spoke about his greatness. Jim Jefferies gets a nod as well.
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