The Comedy Cast Interview with Irish Writer, Actor and Comedian Tara Flynn

Tara Flynn
Tara Flynn

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

Tara Flynn will be well-known to anyone that has even the slightest interest in the Irish comedy scene and before hanging up her stand-up microphone to concentrate on writing was a regular face on the stand-up scene all over the world.

We started off then talking about where Tara’s from in Ireland and why she has a definite Irish accent but one that’s hard to exactly place.

Tara is well-known in Ireland too for appearing on approximately 20 million radio ads and when you have a voice as pure lovely as her it’s easy to understand why she’s in demand. But I had to ask her if she’d ever thought of getting into radio presenting. Lord knows Irish radio could do with a dose of humour on the airwaves.

That led us on to talking about how to get projects from the pitch and script phase to actually getting it made and she revealed that she’s currently working on a new book and a TV show.

We spoke then about Tara’s previous two books “You’re Grand” and “Giving Out Yards” and about how a satirical look at Irish life has led her into taking a more serious approach to writing and to becoming, accidentally, involved in activism.

Tara then spoke about why she gave up her career in stand-up after 10 years and why she feels that the big issues we’re being faced with deserve more than just a comic response and how they should be tacked head on, protested against and goes into how direct action is needed.

We returned to comedy then and spoke about how and why Tara got into comedy and how she had been an actor before embarking on a successful career in stand-up comedy. She spoke too about her undying love for improv comedy and that she still loves to performs with Dublin Comedy Improv.

We spoke about Tara’s regular articles over on the excellent Headstuff.org and they types of issues she writes about weekly.

Finally then we spoke about Tara’s activism regarding the Repeal the 8th movement in Ireland; a movement in Ireland asking for a referendum on abortion rights and about why she’s proud of being a Social Justice Warrior.

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Tara’s Twitter: here

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The Comedy Cast Interview with Irish Stand-up Comedian Martin Angolo

Martin Angolo
Martin Angolo

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

Martin’s a Dublin man, raised in Cabra on the north side of the city. Recently he’s been hitting a lot of peoples’ radars in Ireland thanks to his particular style of comedy. While still certainly new to the scene you can definitely see his progression as a comedian from his material on YouTube.

We kicked off the interview like any two Irishmen, we bitched about the weather, we spoke too about being raised in Cabra in Dublin, a place with a bad reputation, but really that’s all it is.

We spoke about Martin’s surname Angolo, his Namibian roots and his mother’s experiences when moving to Dublin to work as a nurse.

We talked too about how and why Martin got into comedy and how he actually see stand-up comedy as a stepping stone to other things; his desire to be a comedy writer and certainly not an actor, as hereveals why he doesn’t have much time for actors.

We also spoke about about Martin’s experience growing up in Dublin as a black person, I was nervous asking that question I won’t lie. I’ve heard some bad stories from black friends at home.

We talked then about Martin’s comedic influences growing up and how his mother’s taste in comedy was a huge influence on him.

Martin decides to turn the tables on me about halfway through and I get a grilling about the podcast.

We speak too about Martin’s writing process and how he works on his act. And we spoke about how Martin’s act has evolved over the years away from one-liners to being more anecdotal or more ‘truthful’ as he himself says.

We speak about the first time Martin died on his arse and how he picked himself back up from it and finally we talk about the supportive nature of the comedy scene in Dublin.

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The Comedy Cast Interview with Northern Irish Stand-up Comedian Marcus Keeley

Marcus Keeley
Marcus Keeley

Hello, you’re all very welcomed back to The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing from Northern Irish stand-up comedian, Marcus Keeley.

Thanks again for joining us here at The Comedy Cast.

Regular listeners will know that I’m a massive fan of what’s going on in Northern Ireland’s comedy scene, indeed the whole culture scene up there. Finally there’s a generation of people taking to the stage in their chosen medium who aren’t burdened with the yoke of ‘The Troubles’ and they’re emerging from and showing the rest of us the new Northern Ireland.

Marcus Keeley is a man that will be more than well-known to comedy nerds in Ireland, not only because of his unique take on comedy, but also for his work putting and promoting gigs.

We start off by talking about coming from Northern Ireland and how he enjoys living under a constant vibe of tension, how ‘it could all kick off at any time’.

We have a chat too about Marcus moving to Norwich for university and nearly being murdered by a British Royal Marine for no other reason that he was from Northern Ireland.

When we got onto comedy I discovered that Marcus’ stage career had actually begun with poetry so we spoke about that for a while, slam poetry gets a special mention.

We had a talk too about Marcus involvement with improv comedy, most recently with Wonderfrog, a really excellent Belfast-based improv group (video below).

We speak too about Marcus’ love for making videos and we speak about some of the ones on his excellent YouTube channel.

Finally then we speak about Voicebox Comedy, a comedy night that Marcus ran for years in Belfast, most recently in LOFT. A disused art gallery that recently was knocked down. Voicebox is on a bit of a break but he tells me he’s hopefully of it coming back in the future.

Marcus’ Twitter: here

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Voicebox Website: here

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[Rebroadcast] The Comedy Cast’s Top 3 Podcasts of 2016, Number 1: Ryan Cullen

 

Ryan Cullen
Ryan Cullen

Ryan Cullen

This is a rebroadcast of the Ryan Cullen interview from September 23rd.

Welcome back to The Comedy Cast. Today you’ll be hearing from Irish stand-up comedian, Ryan Cullen.

Ryan Cullen will be well-known to anyone that has ever seen any of the Facts videos; where Irish people give their reactions to eating or drinking crazy food from around the world, or their reaction to watching something strange from other countries, usually America for some bizarre reason.

Had a great chat with Ryan about the Facts videos, how he got involved and the story behind their success.

We spoke too about his love for comedy and in particular his special type of comedy.  We had a natter about his time at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival too and why it’s the best comedy festival in the world.

We also spoke about his comedic influences growing up, what the future holds for Ryan and we finish off with our True/False Challenge.

Ryan’s Facebook: here

Ryan Cullen’s Twitter: here

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Ryan’s Snapchat: here

Ryan’s YouTube: here

Facts YouTube: here

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[Rebroadcast] The Comedy Cast’s Top 3 Podcasts of 2016, Number 2: Robbie Bonham

Robbie Bonham
Robbie Bonham

Welcome back to The Comedy Cast; this is a rebroadcast of the Robbie Bonham interview from October 6th.

Today you’ll be hearing from Irish comedian Robbie Bonham. Robbie will be well-known to anyone that follows the Irish comedy scene, he’s been gigging for many years now and is renowned for his honesty and his dealing with personal issues while on stage.

This was a real education for me; to speak to a comedian in a time of real transition, as someone who has to deal yet again with alcoholism, relationship difficulties and depression, while also re-entering education as an adult and trying to re-find his place in comedy.

Robbie’s a bit of a hero of mine as you’ll hear in the podcast and I wish him well for the future and I hope that we can speak again on the podcast because I feel he has a lot more to say regarding comedy and I strongly feel that his comedic talents have been somewhat overlooked in Ireland, but hopefully in the years to come he’ll finally get the recognition and praise he deserves.

Robbie’s wesbite: here

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Robbie’s Youtube: here

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