Steve Bennett

Steve Bennett
Steve Bennett

Hello and welcome back to The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing from Irish Comedian, Steve Bennett.

Steve is Irish comedian of the year so we kick off the podcast by speaking about a tour he’d just completed in Australia on the back of that achievement.

Steve hails from Laois in Ireland, so we speak about growing up there for a bit. Take the train through it though, don’t bother stopping he says.

Before getting into comedy Steve was a teacher, so we speak about that and how he got to live in France for a while thanks to it. While there he documented his life with a very funny web series called Hey France on his YouTube channel.

We speak about how and why Steve got into comedy, and popping two cherries on the night of his first gig.

We speak more about being Irish comedian of the year, the competition. What doors have been opened for him and if he feels any pressure thanks to the award.

We speak about how Steve uses music in his act and we get talking about music comedy albums. And we even get a new tune.

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Comedy Podcast | The Comedy Cast Interview with Irish Comedian Alex Byrne

Alex Byrne
Alex Byrne

Hello and welcome back to The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing from Irish stand-up comedian Alex Byrne.

We kick off the interview in unusual fashion and speak about peanut butter and jam, or jelly, sandwiches, I’d just discovered them and wanted to share their amazement with the world.

Alex comes from Lucan in Dublin, so we get the lowdown on the village withing a city’s borders. We speak about Alex being half stand-up comedian, half magician, and not half-Michiganian, coz I’d thought I seen the word Michigan when I should’ve been reading magician and proceeded to make a right tit of myself.

We chat then about what attracted Alex to magic in the first place and about what he does for a living. He reveals a great tactic for getting rid of drunks that want to talk about his job on nights out.

Alex has previously attended Dublin’s Gaiety School of Acting so I wanted to know more about its acting courses, what he learned from it and what has been transferable to stand-up comedy.

Alex enjoys gigging all over Ireland so we speak about whether he finds there’s differences between city and country audiences.

We speak about Alex’s influences;  Fr. Ted & Fawlty Towers both get a special mention.

And finally then, we tackle that old myth about comedians being miserable and needing the validation and love of strangers.

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The Comedy Cast Interview with Irish Stand-up Comedian Laura Byrne

Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne

Hello and welcome back to The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing from Irish stand-up comedian Laura Byrne.

Laura will be instantly recognisable to anyone that has seen any of the Facts videos. If you’ve not heard of Facts, it’s a massive YouTube channel that makes videos of Irish comedians commenting on things like watching American TV shows, trying Polish desserts and watching Star Wars for the first time.

We start off the interview by speaking about how much Laura’s been gigging all over Ireland lately. We speak too about coming from a place in Dublin with a mad name; Stepaside and it turns out we used to be neighbours, yes, Ireland’s a small place.

We get on to comedy then and spoke about how and why she got into it; starting with her getting involved with the Drama Society while in college and how she used to write plays while studying.

We spoke too about how when she started her comedy career she had to battle with shyness, and how to get past it she almost plays a role while going onstage. We have a natter then about Laura’s love for music and we find something in common that I thought only I suffered from.

Laura tells me then about the responsibility she feels onstage and how brightening up somebody’s day is one of the best feelings to have when coming off stage.

Then we get onto Facts then and we speak about it; how she got involved, its huge success and how it’s great for improvisation skills. We talk then about the bizarreness of being watched by 100,000s of viewers on every video yet still being fairly anonymous in her daily life. We chat then about some of the weird things that have appeared on the internet about her thanks to the videos.

I noticed during the interview that Laura’s pretty harsh on herself so we spoke about that for a bit, she describes herself as an optimistic pessimist, something I can definitely identify with as you’ll hear.

Laura Byrne Twitter: here

Laura’s Instagram: here

Facts. YouTube: here

https://vimeo.com/130753697

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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.

Lauren Hope’s Twitter: here

Moving on Theatre website: here

Moving on TV website: here

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