The Comedy Cast Interview with Scottish Stand-up Comedian David Callan

David Callan
David Callan

Hello and welcome back to The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing from Scottish stand-up comedian David Callan.

We kicked off the interview talking about David’s day job and how the service industry isn’t as crushingly horrible as office work, we spoke then about where David was raised, Essex in London and how even though he was born there he always had a Scottish accent.

We talk about David living in Edinburgh now, having moved up there for university and how it has a special place in my heart as you all probably know by know. We have a chat then about his parents still living in England, whether Brexit has changed anything and the delight in seeing England lose to Iceland at last year’s Euros.

We get on to comedy then and speak about how and why David got into comedy; winning a place on a comedy course that led to his first gig. We also speak about comedy competitions, their pros and cons and both why new comedians should and shouldn’t enter them.

We talk about David winning a place on a comedy course and how that led to his first gig. David speaks then about how it’s always better when a comedian is starting out not to bring along a ready-made posse of fans; family, colleagues and that performing in front of people you don’t know will make you a far better comedian.

We have a chat then about David MC-ing and how it’s taught him to be more spontaneous and not to be afraid of the audience.

We return to the subject of the comedy course he took before he started and we speak about some of the tips he learned both about performing and the industry as a whole.

Finally then we speak about David gigging at the ongoing Glasgow Comedy Festival, our shared undying love for the Joe Rogan podcast; Alex Jones being a bit mad and David’s comedic influences.

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The Comedy Cast Interview with Scottish Stand-up Comedian Kevin McPadden

Kevin McPadden
Kevin McPadden

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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The Comedy Cast with Irish Singer, Comedian and Theatre Director Lauren Hope

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

We kicked off the interview speak about where Lauren is from and how her family fled Russia for county Cork

Lauren is also a medium and big into spirituality so we spoke about that, I can’t put my finger on it but for some reason I really enjoy speaking to people about things like this.

We speak about a philosophy that Lauren follows, a Course in Miracles

We speak indepthly about the topic and we get onto the heavy issue of death and how we deal with it as individuals and as a society, and indeed different societies

Lauren moved to Israel as a child so we speak about that, how she never really fit in and how she longed to return to Dublin

We spoke about Lauren audition for the Iasaeli Children’s Choir, and going on to being a soloist for them before it ended thanks to the war.

Lauren has a condition called Complex Needs Disorder, formerly Borderline Personality Disorder, so we spoke about that for a while. She really opened up about the condition and what it entails. We spoke about how she battled with it, it’s signs, it’s symptons, how to deal with it, her treatment with the Theraputic Community

Therapeutic Community, how they help people with mental issue without drugs and the patients run the operation while the staff oversee everything

We spoke about Moving on Theatre, a theatre company Lauren set up and has run since coming out of the Therapeutic Community

We speak about Moving on TV, an online TC channel Lauren has set up for the community.

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Moving on Theatre website: here

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The Comedy Cast Interview with Welsh Stand-up Comedian Sam Lloyd

Sam Lloyd
Sam Lloyd

Hello and welcome back to The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing from Welsh stand-up comedian Sam Lloyd.

Before we start the audio on this isn’t the best, so I apologise for that, but it’s only the first time we’ve had such a problem.

We started off the interview speaking about where Sam is from, Newport in Wales, a place famous for having a documentary about bouncers and a new KFC. We spoke about living in and growing in a place with a Bad Reputation.

We had a chat then about Sam’s comedic influences and how they’ve affected his style of comedy, we spoke about Sam mixing styles on stage and how his favourite comedians are Canadians. We delve into that a bit and try and pick at what it is about Canadian comedians that Sam likes and any synergy between Wales & Canada.

We speak about Sam getting into comedy at the ripe old age of 17 and I wanted to know whether he’d been a bit bulled on the scene of if everyone was supportive of him. We spoke about his first gig at an open mic in a hotel along with a friend who also wanted to try it.

We spoke about how Sam’s sets have evolved over the year, going from trying to make audiences laugh to joking about the things that make him laugh. We speak then about comedy competitions, their pros and cons and how they can be useful for new comedians but difficult to take part in at the same time.

Finally then we’d a chat then about Sam loving the challenge of keeping his jokes fresh so that both he and his audience don’t get bored of the same jokes. We talk as well about Sam starting a new comedy night in Cardiff soon with YAY! comedy.

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The Comedy Cast Interview with English Stand-up Comedian Stuart Edwards

Stuart Edwards
Stuart Edwards

Hello and welcome once again to The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing from English stand-up comedian Stuart Edwards.

I won’t lie to you all, you’re smart listeners but I had a bit of a man crush on Stuarts sumptuous ginger beard, but Stuart had some bad news for me. We followed that up with a quick chat about a recent role Stuart had played that involved trying to tempt kids with sweet from the back of a van.

Stuart is based in the mighty Northern England stronghold of Newcastle and I’d a few questions about the area that needed answering, pease pudding and people punching police horses.

We got onto comedy then and spoke about how and why Stuart got into comedy and his first gig. Stuart revealed that he’d been gigging the night before and it didn’t exactly go very well so we delved into that topic, I wanted to know how a comedian picks himself up after such a gig and how it affects them and their confidence.

Stuart’s only been at comedy for two and a half years but we had a chat about the highs and lows that he’s already experienced.

Stuart speaks then about his love for East-Coast American comedians and how they’ve had a much larger influence on him that British comedians. We spoke about the prevalence of middle-of-the-road comedy that is a stable of British TV now and how it’s a sad reflection of what’s happening on the live circuit.

We got a bit serious then and spoke about how some comedians can get away with using certain taboo words and how they skirt dangerously with crossing the line of what is and isn’t acceptable. We talk about conspiracy theories and why Stuart doesn’t see a need for covering his laptop camera when he’s doing certain things.

We speak too about The Super Dooper Awesome Foursome and why teaming up with other comedians and touring with them is so beneficial for all parties involved.

Finally then we speak about Stuart’s podcast, Analyze These, how he’s currently preparing for the upcoming Glasgow Comedy Festival and how writing with other comedians can be pretty awkward.

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Stuart’s Soundcloud (Analyze These podcast): here

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