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 English Stand-up Comedian Angus Dunican

Angus Dunican
Angus Dunican

Hello and welcome back to The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing from English stand-up comedian Angus Dunican.

We begin the interview with an old opening line Angus used to use to open his sets which I personally love. We speak a bit about Angus being brought up in Eastbourne, which in his words are both the retirement and suicide capitals of England.

Angus speaks at a millions miles a minute, it’s something to behold especially when he’s thinking on his feet but you’ll be impressed, so we speak about that for a bit, and discuss where that comes from and what I found on the internet regarding the subject. Angus mentions then that when he was young reading very quickly in religion class and laughing a lot and then not being asked to do it again.

We chat then about how Angus got into comedy, everyone thought he’d go on to study drama after school instead Angus got hooked on coffee and experienced the deathly depression of working in a café in an English seaside town in November.

Angus says then that decided to go for comedy as it’d been something he’d been a huge fan of for a long time. He speaks about the how he changed over the first year of doing stand-up comedy, going from glamming up and being camp to being more like his peers, he now says he misses his nail polish and tight Marilyn Monroe tshirts, so maybe we’ll see a return?

Angus then explains how to beat white girls with dreadlocks at parties in philosophical arguments; something he learned at university, a skill that can be a life saver at parties.

Angus and I go full theatre and comedy nerd then on that old Irish rogue of theatre Samual Beckett, we’re both massive fans and Angus reveals how he uses Beckett in his set to test how far he can go with certain material.

We speak about The Vanity Project, Angus’ show that won a Pick of the Fringe Award in 2016 and he’d also just performed it at this year’s Vault Festival in London.

We go full-on existential then, in Angus’ words we are mere fragile mortals holding each other in the dark and we need to be a bit more Buddhist about it, ‘mate, it’s fine you’re an illusion, have a biscuit.

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The Comedy Cast Interview with Irish Stand-up Comedian Brian Gallagher

Brian Gallagher
Brian Gallagher

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

We start off the interview with Brian telling me that he’d been gigging the night before, then working and running on only 4 hours sleep.

Brian’s from Limerick, so we have a chat about the city, how it’s finally cast off it’s hard gang image and what it’s like now.

We speak about Brian having a streak of devilment in him and how he likes to skirt the line between something that’s perceived as hilarious or offensive.

We speak about what Brian does for a living and how his mother thinks he’s just on Facebook all day

We chat then about how and why Brian got into comedy and how it’s been going since he started, And even though he only took to the stage 6 months ago, he says that since he can remember he’s been cracking jokes and making up funny stories to get laughs.

We speak about Brian’s first gig, at The Battle of the Axe in Dublin, what he remembers of the night and the jokes he told. We go full comedy nerd then on a question regarding how Brian approaches his comedy and how he writes his material joke and tells me that he’s been 10 years waiting to be 6 months in.

Brian speaks about his girlfriend being his sounding board and the torture he puts her through when he’s writing new material.

Finally then we speak about Brian’s particular type of storytelling comedy and we delve into where it comes from, his comedic influences and that old trusty chestnut; comedy competitions.

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The Comedy Cast Interview with Irish Stand-up Comedian Anna Clifford

Anna Clifford
Anna Clifford

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

We kick off the interview speaking about Anna’s day job and how being a vegetarian doesn’t exactly help.

We recorded this before St Patrick’s Day so we had a chat about the day, what it means for Irish people and what we get up to.

We get onto comedy then and we speak about how and why Anna got into comedy and we talk about Anna studying at The Gaiety School of Acting and how she knew from an early age that she always wanted to entertain, we also speak about a comedy course she took while living in Vancouver, Canada.

We natter then about how since getting into stand-up comedy and performing Anna has taken a real academic approach to it, reading up and studying the craft behind the art. We have a chat about what it’s like to be on stage and I ask Anna if she can put it into words the feeling of knowing an audience is loving your set.

I ask Anna then about what she does if it goes wrong on a particular night and what she does to pick herself up. This leads us on to speaking about how she works on her sets, watching back recordings but also how she hates doing it and where she needs to be to do it.

We talk about Anna’s comedic influences growing up and the kinds of TV programmes she was watching

We speak about Anna’s first comedy gig, in a massive theatre in Canada following completion of her comedy course in Vancouver.

We talk then about the stand-up community in Dublin, how it’s such a close-knit community and how easy to ask for help with material and how even people often give advice even when unwanted

Anna’s got a strange hobby; well, I think it’s strange, wearing vintage swimwear, so we had to natter about that. Finally then we talk about sex, because why not.

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