Hello once again, we’re back with our final Best of 2018 episode. Welcome to the comedy podcast, The Comedy Cast, Best of 2018, Part III.
On today’s episode you’ll hear some of the best bits of the Comedy Cast and the fun between cohosts Spud Murphy and Seamus Kelly and some of the best bits from interviews with some of the best up-and-coming stand-up comedians from all over the world.
We hope you all have a mighty Christmas and a Happy New Year too.
We speak about why everyone needs a healthy dose of nihilism in their lives from time to time,
Getting out of the hustle and bustle of living in a big city,
and why he took a break from his normal style of comedy and on the challenge of doing one-liner comedy for a year.
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Hello and welcome back to The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing from American stand-up comedian Art Corral.
We kick off speaking about the Grizzly Grizzly Nation and how Art got the name thanks to the gang he was in. Could’ve been worse he tells me, it was almost Fozzy Bear.
We get talking a bit about Art’s past, he was involved with a California gang for many, many years. we speak about his childhood and about how knowing that his father and uncles were involved in the gang had always been something attractive for him.
We take a break from the gang-related stuff for a while then and switch the conversation to stand-up comedy. We speak about how and why Art got involved in it and how it’s been going since he started. Art speaks about how comedy came pretty early to him, he was picked on by his older sisters’ boyfriends and he used to use humour and jokes to deflect attention away from him.
We get talking then about how Art’s school life went, especially knowing that his Dad and uncles were involved in gang activity. He tells me that he was a bit of a class clown and was always getting into trouble when growing up.
Art opens up about parts of his gang-life, telling me that he spent an awful lot of time behind bars between the ages of 11-18, but he tells a hilarious story about how he got busted for sticking up a pizza-delivery guy with a Nintendo gun.
He tells another story of how his father confronted a cop in a restaurant’s restroom that was harassing Art and what followed.
We get talking then about how Art’s house was broken into one night and how he gave the intruder a vasectomy. Yes, you read that properly.
Finally then we speak about his comedy influences and he tells a story about how he recently shared a stage with none other than Judd Apatow.
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.
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.