The Comedian's Comedian Podcast with Stuart Goldsmith

The Comedian's Comedian Podcast is a chat show that revels in the niche. Aiming to delve deeper than your average "how did you get into comedy?" questions, host Stuart Goldsmith examines what makes comedians tick by looking at how comedy is developed. Through interview questions, he casts a critical eye over everything from stage personas and audience interaction to origin stories and what drives people to become comedians, each episode focusing on a single comic; in this case Sam Simmons.

Goldsmith provides the perfect mix of professional insight and gentle prodding towards fantastically detailed answers and candid conversation.

As a newcomer to Simmons' work, one worries that an in-depth analysis of writing technique and stage craft might be alienating, but Goldsmith's charismatic interview style lays the basic groundwork of explanation without ever once being over simplistic - the more you listen to the method, the more you itch with curiosity to see what the finished show might be like. A guest whose work you are unaware of is perhaps more exciting than a well known name, providing such a vivid snapshot of a spark of passion that you find yourself eager to explore the finished product. 

Goldsmith goes above and beyond standard journalistic techniques - providing the perfect mix of professional insight and gentle prodding towards fantastically detailed answers and candid conversation. The show swings between the intensely personal, the acutely detailed and the laugh out loud funny.

True, a live podcast recording isn’t much to look at, two men sat on stools talking into microphones, but the content is interesting enough that the visuals are hardly relevant.

Intricately deconstructing a single joke for twenty minutes, whilst a paradise for some, isn't everyone's cup of tea, and as the name might suggest Comedian's Comedian takes pride in its exclusivity. The show is entertaining on a basic level to even the most casual observer, but to the comedy aficionado it really shines. You'll either like Comedian's Comedian or you'll love it.

Reviews by Jane Thompson



The Blurb

Shining a light on the most furtive creative secrets of your favourite comics, interrogating their joke writing process in depth. Previous guests include Rhod Gilbert, Sarah Millican, Al Murray, Tim Vine, and David O'Doherty. Chortle Internet Award nominee, 2013 and 2014. 'Terrific in depth interviews for the discerning comedy nerd' (Dominic Maxwell, Times). 'Not just another wanker talking about comedy' (Greg Proops). Free Entry: Pay What you Want on Exit. Or buy a ticket to guarantee entry.