Comedy Podcast | The Comedy Cast with English Comedian Tiernan Douieb

Tiernan Douieb
Tiernan Douieb

Hello and welcome back to The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing from English stand-up comedian and satirist, Tiernan Douieb.

We kick off the interview with me telling Tiernan about how I sacrificed a Pavlova date to be with him and then we get into where he gets his awesome name from.

Usually with the podcasts I tend to wait until towards the end before speaking about guests’ podcasts, but with Tiernan I wanted to get straight into it.
Tiernan has a really mighty podcast every week called Partly Political Broadcast. If you have any interested in British politics at all you should subscribe to it because it’s pure mighty. He mixes satire, gags and serious topics absolutely brilliantly so it was really mighty to speak to him about the podcast.

Of course, because the podcast is politically motivated we delved into British politics. We bitch about Theresa May and the Conservatives, Brexit, and the upcoming Scottish dilemma.

The lies on a ‘massive effing bus’ gets a mention as well and Tiernan reveals exactly why he started his podcast and how it helps him to make sense of what’s happening in UK politics at the minute.

We talk about why voter apathy is large among young people and some of the solutions to it. Tiernan brings up Rexit, it involves robots!

We chat about Tiernan’s first gig, how he was so excited that he couldn’t sleep even after it, he also tells me one of the jokes he did that night.
We speak about him doing a comedy course and how when doing it he knew that comedy was what he wanted to do in his life.

We also discuss the thin line between exaggeration and bullshit and how the best comedians thread that line.

Tiernan’s Podcast: Partly Political Broadcast

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Comedy Podcast | The Comedy Cast with Scottish Comedian Rosco McClelland

Rosco McClelland
Rosco McClelland

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

Rosco’s from Scotland but he’d just been touring with some Irish comedians in Australia so we got talking about some of the new Irish slang he’d learned from them.

We both then profess our undying and unwavering love for American pop/punk masters Weezer, really I love that band and I won’t have a bad word said against them.

It seems to me that Scottish comedy is going through a revival, more successful comedians are coming out of Scotland and there are more and more comedy nights all over the country now so I ask Rosco if can he explain this revival and the purple patch Scottish comedy seems to be going through.

Search for Rosco on Youtube and you’ll get a ton of rap battles; so I ask him about hip-hop and we talk about him having been a drummer in a punk band before comedy.

We speak about how and why Rosco got into comedy, and he tells a great story of trying out his first joke on none other than Kevin Bridges.

This doesn’t come up very often but Rosco has an alter-ego character he sometimes gigs as; Rosco McSkeleton, so we had to chat about that, I wanted to dig into the subject and get to know more about the character and why more comedians don’t try playing roles on stage.

Rosco won Scottish Comedy of the Year in 2016, so we speak about the competition and what it’s lead on to since winning.

And finally then we chat about Rosco’s comedic influences and the comedy shows he used to watch on tele growing up.

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Comedy Podcast | The Comedy Cast with Scottish Comedian Wis Jantarasorn

Wis Jantarasorn
Wis Jantarasorn

Hello and welcome back to The Comedy Cast; today you’ll be hearing from Scottish/Thai stand-up comedian Wis Jantarasorn.

We kick off the interview speaking about Gok Wan & Alan Carr, Wis reveals why.

Wis is from Leith, just north of Edinburgh so we get talking about that and how the small port town has changed over the years. We get topical then and speak about Theresa May triggering Article 50 for Brexit, being against a second Scottish Independence Referendum, Scotland having zero Conservative party members in the Scottish parliament and just how crazy it must be to live in Scotland at the moment under such conditions.

We get onto comedy then and speak about how long Wis has been doing it and how and why he got into it. Wis speaks about how quickly he learnt to read crowd reactions so that he’d know how far he could go with certain topics and jokes.

We chat about how Wis’ sets have evolved over the years and how he has the confidence to go back to early material and rewrite it with a new perspective

We speak about seeing comedians regularly and how it pushes you to be a better observes and better comedian.

And finally then Wis had just announced his plans for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival so we had to have a natter about that.

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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 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.

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