Interview with Joshua Seigal

Josh SeigalComedy Blogedy: How long have you been gigging in stand-up?

Joshua Seigal: For a few months. I have been doing Spoken Word performance for a few years though, on and off.

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

Joshua Seigal: I am a poet, primarily writing for and working with children. I am performing the only children’s poetry show at the Fringe this year! A subset of my poetic output is aimed at adults, and a further subset of that is what I would like to think of as funny. It is these poems that I perform to adult comedy audiences. I intersperse these poems with some one-liners, and I encourage audience participation.

Interview with Aisha Alfa

Aisha AlfaComedy Blogedy: How long have you been gigging in stand-up? 

Aisha Alfa: I have been doing stand up for 2 years–my anniversary was April 24th 2012

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

Aisha Alfa: My comedy is energetic, very visual and a bit silly. In the end I hope people describe my comedy as simply…FUNNY!

Comedy Blogedy: Which comedians influence your comedy?

Aisha Alfa: I love Gina Yashere, Mitch Hedberg, Mark Forward, Dominique and a local Winnipegger comedian named Matt Nightingale! I’m not sure if there is a particular comedian who influences me, but one thing I’ve learned is that everyone has their own brand of funny and I you try to emulate someone else’s brand it just comes off as awkward and insincere. I’ve realized that the things I find funny, strange or ridiculous are what I need to be talking about on stage otherwise the audience won’t feel what I’m saying.

Interview with Jen Carnovale

Jen CarnovaleComedy Blogedy: How long have you been gigging in stand-up?

Jen Carnovale: I started gigging on my own in February this year, before that I was performing in Australia in a comedy duo called ‘Carnovale & Culp’.  We were awarded ‘Best Newcomer’ at The Sydney Comedy Festival in 2010, worked in radio together on ABC’s Triple J and were chosen as ‘One of the Top 10 Next Big Things in Comedy’ by the SMH. So I’m a newbie to solo standup but not performing.

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

Jen Carnovale: I tell stories in my stand up, usually something that’s happened to me, or something I’ve seen, I’m not a one-liner-lady. I use characters in my set too, I have a really short attention span and assume my audience does as well so I try to mix up the pace and topics and I have a couple of absurd moments just because they make me laugh.

Interview with Julie Kertesz

Julie Kertesz

Comedy Blogedy: How long have you been gigging in stand-up?

Julie Kertesz: My first showcase was end of March 2011 and my first gig alone was in November 2011.

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

Julie Kertesz: Well, after acknowledging my age, I try to destroy the stereotype “old lady” and then tell stories from problems in my life condensed, transformed to make the audience laugh.

Interview with Aaron Morris

Comedy Blogedy: How long have you been gigging in stand-up?

Aaron Morris: I’ve been doing stand-up for about a year and a half now, it was a good choice I think, its not a job you need a interview for but you still need to put in a load of hard work, I enjoy that. Yet, the audience are like the interviewers they either hate you or like you, I’ve had good gigs and bad gigs like any comedian but both good and bad gigs just make your act better by helping you improve it.

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

Aaron Morris: My comedy is based on true experiences I’ve had in life, of course for comedy effect there are added bits but I get it all from the things that happen to me each day… I guess its all about my low self-esteem in a way, how things happen and the reaction they’ve had. I think of how others view me and talk about myself in that way. Feeling sorry for myself in the worst situations, mostly realising I’m an idiot.

Interview with Martha Owen

Martha Owen

Comedy Blogedy: How long have you been gigging in stand-up?

Martha Owen: I did a course at my youth club (Heatham House) about two years ago, but I only really started actually gigging all over the place about a year and a bit ago. I’ve been at Edinburgh twice though with Those Bloody Teenagers (some of my fellow teenage comics).

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

Martha Owen: Not really very funny. I’m not clever enough to write proper jokes with punchlines and actual laughs, and I’m too scared if I’m honest to be one of those hilarious raconteurs, so I just muck around with ones that everyone knows like ‘What do you get when you cross a sheep and a kangaroo?’ and then change the punchline so the joke doesn’t work, like ‘A mutant’. That sort of rubbish.

Interview with Phillip Wragg

Phillip Wragg

Comedy Blogedy: How long have you been gigging in stand-up?

Phillip Wragg: My first gig was in May 2011 at the Comedy Virgins night at the Cavendish Arms in Stockwell. I was pretty nervous but got there to find out that the audience decides the running order and that it’s run as a competition. I really enjoyed it though and managed to come 2nd in the vote off.

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

Phillip Wragg: Slightly camp, observational humour. I talk about the reality of being a gay man, relationships, sex and more general day to day stuff. I don’t do gags, I prefer each set to have a clear arc – that’s just my writing style, also it’s easier to remember!

Interview with The Custard Chucker

The Custard Chucker

Comedy Blogedy: How long have you been gigging in stand-up?

The Custard Chucker: I’ve been playing Musical Comedy Songs around the country for the past twelve years but only started writing ‘Jokes’ and incorporating Stand Up comedy in my act for the last two years. (That answer makes me sound like one of two things… A veteran in comedy or an Old Age Pensioner lol)

Interview with President Obonjo of Lafta Republic

President ObonjoComedy Blogedy: How long have you been gigging in stand-up?

President Obonjo: Since 2010

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

President Obonjo: My set combines story lines with humour drawing on my African and British influences and the impact they have had on my life; I also talk about the stereotypes of being a Nigerian and the impact of Social media on my life. Also included in my acts are political, topical and observational comedy .