The Comedy Cast with Cathal Shanagher

This week on The Comedy Cast, we have Irish stand-up comedian, Cathal Shanagher. We speak about comedy competitions, a bad gig in Dublin where he thought he gave the audience trauma and some guy cutting off a lady’s ponytail and other horror stories from working in a pub in Roscommon.

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This week on The Comedy Cast, we have Irish stand-up comedian, Cathal Shanagher.

We kick off the conversation about him being pretty new to the live circuit in Ireland, having mostly gigged around Galway where Cathal is studying to starting to do a few nights up in Dublin. I ask Cathal then a question about his style because I noticed that his delivery follows a troupe of journalism writing, just something I picked up on that I thought was interesting and I wanted to know was it on purpose or subconscious.

We speak about what Cathal’s studying and how it was more of a way to get out of Roscommon than any great notions of a career in business. We speak then so about Roscommon, a place Cathal describes as a ‘place where hope goes to die’. Look, most of our listeners now are American and British, so a place like Roscommon won’t be well known to them at all. And even for me a lad from rural Wexford, I know very little about Roscommon other than it’s a place where the IRA used to bury victims and it’s up there up around Galway somewhere on the map so I wanted to know a little bit about the place. Cathal paints a pretty bleak picture though but he lightens the mood with some hilarious stories about his time working as a bartender there when growing up.

We get back to stand-up comedy then and we speak about how long Cathal’s been at the it. We speak about how he started and instead of trying out an open mic night and trying that a few times he went headfirst into a comedy competition in Galway. Even the organiser was surprised, telling him he’d have been better off doing an open mic first. But Cathal went ahead anyway and that was it, he’d gotten the stand-up comedy bug.

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I ask him then about how his comedy has changed over the two years since starting. It’s pretty common among comedians that they soon realise from being on stage that the comedian they thought they were going to be is quite different from the one that will actually make people laugh on stage. We speak about that for a bit and Cathal describes one particularly funny story about his first time gigging in Dublin where things didn’t exactly go to plan. He says he thought some people were traumatised by the set.

We chat then about where he’ll have to move if he wants to progress in comedy in Ireland, there’s so many Irish people that say you have to move to London to get famous in Ireland. There’s plenty of opportunity in Ireland for sure, but it does certainly seem to be the case that if you really want to make it in comedy then it looks like getting success in England is far more beneficial to you than getting well-known in Ireland.

A subject we’ve not spoken about on The Comedy Cast in a while rears its head with Cathal and it’s the one of comedy competitions. I get Cathal’s opinion on the pros and cons of performing at comedy competitions.

We speak about his comedic influences and we speak here for a bit about the greatness of Frankie Boyle, you can listen back to a podcast where myself and Seamus spoke about his greatness. Jim Jefferies gets a nod as well.

Cathal Shanagher

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Ashley Sanders, False Heads, Louis CK & George Carlin

Today on the Comedy Cast we have an interview with Ashley Sander a stand-up comedian and podcaster from Florida and we speak to Luke Griffiths from English band False Heads ahead of their two Irish shows. We speak about Louis CK’s return to comedy and George Carlin is our Legend of Comedy.

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Hello and welcome back once again to The Comedy Cast and if this is your first time joining us then you’re very welcome along. We hope you liked our bonus episode on Monday and let us know here or on social media if that’s a format you’d like us to keep on doing.

Today on the Comedy Cast we’re joined by American stand-up comedian Ashley Sanders, English band False Heads and myself and Seamus we speak about the controversy about Louis CK returning to stand-up comedy and George Carlin is our Legend of Comedy.

We kick off the podcast with our interview with Ashley Sanders. Ashley is a stand-up comedian from Florida and has been on the scene there for a few years now. She also runs a fantastic podcast called Who’s This, a podcast where she conducts longform interview with people from all walks of life involved in all kinds of different stratospheres.

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Next up on the podcast we speak about Louis CK’s return to stand-up comedy. We go deep on the story behind the story here and speak about the issue of consent and forced consent. Sure Louis has apologised, but still, there’s still something that feels very wrong about the whole thing. We won’t get into it here but we speak at length about it and we’d like to know your thought to, so don’t be shy about emailing in or getting in touch on social media.

False Heads

Luke Griffiths of False Heads joins us there for our music interview. False Heads are an English three piece who have been making waves since the release of their first EP, Gutter Press last year. They’re a fantastic band who are pretty difficult to pigeon hole, taking influences from punk to mod, from doom to guitar pop. They’re one of the most exciting bands to come out of England in quite a while and they’re destined for big things. Getting them on the show at this point in their career is something special.

Luke and Spud speak about False Heads’ influences, their songwriting process and how they dealt with the added pressure of being labelled “the future of Rock and Roll”.

Legend of Comedy, George Carlin

George Dennis Patrick Carlin was born on May 12th 1937.     Our Irish listeners will of course know that his father was Count Donegal and his mother was the daughter of Irish emigrants to America. Their marriage wasn’t a happy one though and they separated only two months after wee George was born, his father’s alcoholism being the problem.

Raised Catholic by his mother, George Carlin was in and out of school over the years, as in he was kicked out of a couple along the way for his behaviour and in his own words was raised on the mean streets of White Harlem. Morningside Heights, didn’t have the same ring to it but White Harlem gives a more appropriate picture of a tough neighborhood of Irish, Italian, Polish immigrants, poor white Europeans basically.George Carlin

The only thing that did seem to go right for him in childhood though was that year on year at summer camps he would always come home with drama awards.

Upon finishing school he joined the Air Force and worked as a radar tech. But again his lack of respect for authority was plain to see, he was court marshaled on three occasions and was given a general discharge in 1957. He did though also work as a DJ during his time and this seems to be what gave him the impudence to try stand-up comedy.

Two years later George Carlin met Jack Burns while working in Texas as a DJ, they formed a comedy group and within a year they had gone from gigging at a local beat coffeehouse…(why don’t Americans call them cafes?) they had gotten a gig on California radio station and moved to Hollywood.

During this time Carlin became a regular on The Tonight Show, with Johnny Carson, he was so loved by the audience and the management alike that he would regularly substitute for Caron when he was away.

Carlin was arrested on the same night that Lenny Bruce was for obscenity. When asked for Id by the cops, Carlin said he didn’t believe in Government-issued IDs so the cops threw him into the back of a wagon along with Bruce.

George Carlin grew his hair and changed his suits for jeans and t-shirts, some of the established shows stopped booking him but Carlin was earning close to a ¼ million dollars per year, he had his fan base now and he went on the offensive. He went full hippy and full on anti-establishment during the hippy years in America and he became the comic voice of his generation.George Carlin

On July 21 1972, Carlin was arrested for his Seven Words you Can Never Say on Television in Milwalkee. The case was finally dismissed at trial where the judge said that while the words were indecent Carlin had the freedom to use them so long as they didn’t cause a disturbance. In 73, a member of the public lodged a complaint after he heard his son repeating some of Carlin’s words that were broadcast, the FCC upheld the complaint and on appeal to the US Supreme Court they also upheld the complaint and that the FCC had the right to prohibit such broadcasts from public radio.

These controversies, like all controversial for comedians, besides sexual ones of course, only helped Carlin reach an even wider audience.

At the height of this fame Carlin stopped performing on the road and instead took to recording HBO comedy specials. He could command a huge fee and why bother touring when you could make millions from on show from time to time?

He did return to the stage in the 80s and in the 90s he began acting, first in Outrageous fortune alongside Bette Middler and Shelley Long  and then in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure which gave him popularity with a whole new generation….like me.

In 1993 he worked on the George Carlin Show with Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon and Carlin said it was one of the best times of his life, he played a taxi driver but he wanted to return to stand-up. In 2004 he hit the headlines for being fired from his Las Vegas residency when he pretty much told an audience to get fucked and said he wanted to hit the road and perform to real audience and not Vegas ones.

During this time he entered a drug rehab programme for addiction to alcohol and Vicodan and had suffered three heart attacks along the way. In 2008 he died of heart failure at the age of 71.

Quote: Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.

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Moving to Poland

Moving to Poland

“Who are ya, who are ya, who are ya…..” So roar the Millwall supporters who sing in my head from time to time. Why are they singing this? Well, that’s easy, to write an introductory piece about myself you stand on the precipice of an existential crisis. Who the fuck am I anyway? Can I trick educated readers into thinking I’m interesting? Surely to Jaysus there’s more to me than the 1000 words I’ve written here. I’ll be frank with yous, I’ve been an emotional mess after trying to come up with this…

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Rick Murtagh

Rick Murtagh
Rick Murtagh

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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Cally Beaton

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Cally Beaton

Cally Beaton with The Comedy Cast

We speak about her past working with TV Production Companies
Her amazing job that she does now
And about how none other than Joan River told her to get into stand-up comedy.

 

 

 

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