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DVD Review: 90’s Comedian

DVD Review: 90’s Comedian

Chris Evans (no not that one, or that American actor one) made this happen. The first DVD release of his independent production company, Go Faster Stripe, came about because Chris wanted a copy of a 90’s Comedian DVD for his birthday. And it didn’t exist. Continue Reading

The Susan Calman Extended Interview

The Susan Calman Extended Interview

Susan Calman is a comic genius. She’s regular on BBC Radio 4, but in the last couple of years she’s made the break on to television. Now it’s only a matter of time before she heads her own TV show. Martin Walker talks to the rising Scottish star. Continue Reading

The Bethany Black Three Minute Interview

The Bethany Black Three Minute Interview

Bethany Black describes herself as a ‘Goth, lesbian, transsexual, vegan, recovering alcoholic, and drug addict, sceptic, rationalist, atheist, comedian, chameleon, and caricature’. Long-time fan, Martin Walker, asks how all these labels inform her comedy and who her influences are. Continue Reading

The Julia Sutherland Three Minute Interview

The Julia Sutherland Three Minute Interview

Glasgow born comedian, Julia Sutherland, is a stand-up comedian and radio presenter. She’s known North of the Border for her deeply personal, very funny and fearless one-woman shows. Hers is ‘true life’ comedy at its best. Martin Walker asks about her exciting future plans. Continue Reading

The Paul Daniels Three Minute Interview

The Paul Daniels Three Minute Interview

The legendary Paul Daniels has been entertaining audiences since he was eleven years old. He’s best known for his BBC1 television series ‘The Paul Daniels Magic Show’, which ran from 1979 to 1994. Almost all magicians and many other entertainers and comics site his act as a major influence. He found a new audience when he performed as part of the Edinburgh Fringe in 2011. Martin Walker caught up with the world’s most successful magic man. Continue Reading

The Jo Burke Three Minute Interview

The Jo Burke Three Minute Interview

Jo Burke is an established Stand-Up and Character Comedian, perhaps most famous on the circuit as her Alta ego Mary Magdalene. Born and bred a South East Londoner, her school careers lesson consisted of a talk by a women who worked the tills at Tesco. Martin Walker finds her preparing for the Edinburgh Fringe. Continue Reading

The Iain Stirling Three Minute Interview

The Iain Stirling Three Minute Interview

Edinburgh born Iain Stirling is a BAFTA nominated kids TV presenter and stand-up comedian. He’s currently performing club sets across the country as well as occasionally treating audiences to last year’s smash Edinburgh show ‘At Home’. Martin Walker had the pleasure to get to know a fellow Hibs football fan. Continue Reading

The Janey Godley Three Minute Interview

The Janey Godley Three Minute Interview

Janey Godley is busy. She’s a full time comedian and playwright, blogger, actor, podcaster, mother and bestselling author, but she’s probably best known outside her native Scotland as a regular on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Just a Minute’. Billy Connolly once famously said she’s, “a fucking great comedian”. Martin Walker agrees. Continue Reading

The Jen Brister Three Minute Interview

The Jen Brister Three Minute Interview

In 2006 Jen Brister took her first one woman stand-up show, ‘Me My Mum and I’ up to the bright lights of the Edinburgh Fringe. It went quite well and she’s been back there almost every year since. She performs live regularly across the world, she has worked with the likes of Russell Brand. She talks to Martin Walker from Melbourne, Australia. Continue Reading

The Paul Foot Three Minute Interview

The Paul Foot Three Minute Interview

Paul Foot is known for his wild and eccentric brand of stand-up comedy. Difficult to categorise, he has developed a cult following of fans known as the “Guild of Connoisseurs”. This year he is performing in his tenth solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Continue Reading

The Jake Lambert Three Minute Interview

The Jake Lambert Three Minute Interview

Jake Lambert is a brand new Stand-Up comedian, quickly moving up through the ranks. He only started performing in 2013 but his undoubted talent has already been noticed by both audiences and comedy promoters. Martin Walker grabbed a quick word. Continue Reading

The Luke Wright Three Minute Interview

The Luke Wright Three Minute Interview

Strictly speaking Luke Wright isn’t a stand-up comedian - he’s much more than that. An accomplished poet, broadcaster and blogger, his lively performances mix poetry, politics and comedy. For Broadway Baby he talks to Martin Walker, who’s been a fan of Luke’s work since the early days of his poetry boy band, Aisle16. They start by talking about Luke’s new show. Continue Reading

The Susan Murray Three Minute Interview

The Susan Murray Three Minute Interview

Back in 1998, Susan Murray won the first ever Jongleurs stand up award. Since then she has built an extensive list of writing credits as well as a number of stage, TV and radio appearances. She’s toured her one women stand up show nationally and internationally and is currently working on her next Edinburgh Fringe outing, Susan Murray's F*ckwit Club.  Continue Reading

The Jessica McDermott Extended Interview

The Jessica McDermott Extended Interview

London based Jessica McDermott graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 2008. Her most recent project, Females of the Fringe, features thirty-two women comedians and documents their opinions on gender and comedy. The book includes Sarah Millican, Susan Calman, Lucy Porter, Zoe Lyons and is out later this year. Continue Reading

The David Mills Three Minute Interview

The David Mills Three Minute Interview

In 2011 David Mills won the Hackney Empire New Act competition, one of the most coveted awards in stand-up comedy. His show “The Gospel Truth” was a highlight of last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, and he is now taking it to the Udderbelly on London’s Southbank. Continue Reading

London\'s first Museum of Comedy

London's first Museum of Comedy

There's something funny going on under St George's Church in Bloomsbury. The creation of London's first Museum of Comedy, housing classic props and prints from decades of comic tomfoolery of stage and screen. Continue Reading

The Richard Herring Extended Interview

The Richard Herring Extended Interview

Richard Herring is one of the most prolific comedians in the UK. He’s an author of several successful books, a regular columnist for The Metro newspaper, a prolific and award winning pod-caster, a radio DJ and touring stand-up comic. In Martin Walker’s first full length interview for Broadway Baby, Richard discusses death, life and DVDs. Continue Reading

The Rhys James Three Minute Interview

The Rhys James Three Minute Interview

Rhys James is one of those early twenties ‘haircut comedians’ whom older comics winge about. How can anyone under forty be trusted to tell jokes? It is true that Rhys has a nice hair, but funny and intelligent story telling doesn’t start when it turns grey. Continue Reading

The Jo Caulfield Three Minute Interview

The Jo Caulfield Three Minute Interview

Jo Caulfield has a great CV. There isn’t room to repeat it all here, but she’s appeared in just about every telly comedy show you can name, as well as in most countries that you can think of. She’s had several of her own radio shows - and was head writer for Graham Norton. And her one women stand up shows have garnered praise from critics and audiences alike. Martin Walker asks what she’s up to now. Turns out, it’s quite a bit – including an appearance at the Glasgow Comedy Festival. Continue Reading

The Kate Smurthwaite Three Minute Interview

The Kate Smurthwaite Three Minute Interview

To regular consumers of comedy on the UK circuit, Kate Smurthwaite is known for her series of topical, satirical stand up shows, ‘The News at Kate’. But that’s just part of the story. Martin Walker interrupted her busy tour of TV, radio and comedy venues to talk about what she’s been up to. Continue Reading

The Robin Ince Three Minute Interview

The Robin Ince Three Minute Interview

Stand-Up comic Robin Ince isn’t a name dropper. So Martin Walker will do some for him. In a 25 year long career he’s worked with the likes of Chris Addison, Richard Dawkins, Ricky Gervais, Stewart Lee, Josie Long, Natalie Haynes, and (gulp) Brian Cox. He’s currently touring his show, ‘Robin Ince: In and Out of His mind’. Continue Reading

The Darius Davies Three Minute Interview

The Darius Davies Three Minute Interview

Darius Davies had a good Edinburgh in 2013. Despite the limitations of performing in a tiny pub room near the woman’s toilets, he raised the roof, attracting audience and critical acclaim. He’s one of very few newer comedians not afraid to take a risk, and succeed, as part of Edinburgh’s Free Fringe. Continue Reading

The Zoe Lyons Three Minute Interview

The Zoe Lyons Three Minute Interview

Over 10 years Zoe Lyons has cemented her place as one of the UKs great comics. Martin Walker wonders how her act has changed over the years, what she thinks about the axing of BBC3 and how she came up with the title of her latest show, “Mustard Cutter”. Continue Reading