The Comedy Cast Interview with Irish Stand-up Comedian Mel Kelly

Mel Kelly comedian
Mel Kelly, photo by Sabine Meissner

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

We kick off the interview speaking about where in Dublin Mel’s from and the purely coincidental parallels of his career starting in the beerhalles of Munich just like a certain famous Austrian.

We speak about Mel’s new home in Germany, what he loves about the city and how it compares to Dublin. Mel give some comedy advice then and goes into how he prepares his sets for when he’s performing in front of crowds that aren’t fluent English speakers.

Octoberfest gets a mention and sure, we couldn’t have a podcast about a comedian in Germany and not mention David Hasselhoff.

We speak about our shared experiences as being Irish migrants and how making new friends in a new country can be difficult at the start.

We speak about Mel being interviewed as well for German TV thanks to the launch of his book, Born In Ireland, Made in Germany.

Mel then explains how he crafts jokes for a German audience, I won’t give it away here but it’s a good thing to keep in mind when taking on national stereotypes.

We speak about The Comedy Club, Munich and Mel’s role in how it was established and how it’s run.

Finally then Mel speaks about the process of writing his book Born in Ireland, Made in Germany.

Mel Kelly’s book; Born in Ireland, Made in Germany: here

Mel’s Twitter: here

Mel’s YouTube: here

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The Comedy Cast Interview with Scottish Stand-up Comedian Ross Leslie

Ross Leslie
Ross Leslie

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

We kick off the interview talking about our shared love for watching sky sports news alone and in our shorts before getting onto Ross’ upcoming Glasgow Comedy Festival show and some of the new material he’s written for it.

We chat then about politics making its way into Ross’ sets and why at the beginning of his comedy career he stayed away from it before moving onto talking a little then about football and the hours of life that we’ve both wasted playing Football Manager; a game that is more addictive than heroin.

We speak then about how and why Ross got into comedy, I’ll give you a clue, he had something to do with spite.

Ross speaks then about Asperger’s Syndrome and how he was diagnosed with the condition following autism being diagnosed in two of his sons in his mid-thirties and how when it happened he felt like a weight had been lifted off his shoulders. We speak about the characteristics of the conditions as well and how people deal with it.

We get back to comedy then and Ross tells me about his first ever gig and one of the jokes from that faithful night. We speak about parenthood then for a bit, it’s joys, it’s disappointments (being hit in the cock) and how even though it’s a great source of material Ross wants to use it less in his sets.

Finally then we speak about Ross’ comedic influences, curating Scotland’s Pick of the Fringe at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe and becoming a regular contributor on BBC Scotland’s award winning satire show Breaking the News.

Ross Leslie’s Website: here

Ross’ Twitter: here

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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.

David Callan’s Twitter: here

David’s Facebook: here

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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

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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.

Kevin McPadden’s Website: here

Kevin’s Twitter: here

Kevin’s Facebook: here

Kevin’s YouTube: here

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