Interview with Phil Boothman

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

Phil Boothman: Just over three years, I started back in August 2008 at a variety night at The Oakford Social Club in Reading, where I used to live. Because there weren’t too many places to gig around Reading I was the only comedian on the bill, so the audience didn’t really know what to make of me. I got nervous, hit myself in the face with the mic as I got it out of the stand and stumbled drunkenly through a 10-minute set, but it never put me off!

Review: Chris Ramsey, ‘Offermation’, The Soho Theatre, London

As soon as Chris Ramsey came on stage, his ease and eagerness to interact with the audience was apparent and, if there wasn’t a time limit, the interactivity could have gone on indefinitely but, believe me, nobody would even think to look at their watches!

Ramsey’s likeability, charisma and “sandancing” charm created a relaxed feel to the whole show with seamless transitions from one brilliantly told story to the next and some really fantastic attention to detail! The fast-paced and highly energetic articulation of each joke both linguistically and physically and the relatability of each anecdote was so well-delivered that the odd heckle was not in fact a heckle but was the perfect example of audience members just “joining in” because they were completely captivated by each story.

Audio: Humour Me with Bec Hill

Humour Me with Bec Hill by Humour Me (Comedy Blogedy) on Mixcloud Bec Hill co-presents this week’s show with Sara Shulman discussing Pun Run, the Australian comedy scene and Bec’s experiences of being a comic. The show also features an interview with Dominic Holland about ‘Eclipsed’ and the corporate side of comedy gigging and the grande dame…

Review: Doctor Brown: ‘Becaves’, The Soho Theatre, London

Doctor Brown: Becaves

“I’ve never seen something like that before!” This quote is from the lady sitting next to me after the first scene of Doctor Brown’s show Becaves and it is the most apt way of describing every element of the show.

A performance by Doctor Brown (Philip Burgers) is an experience like no other, so much so that his style of comedy should in fact be in a genre of its own! Burgers has a very special talent, which is that he has an innate ability to form a connection with his audience by picking up on the humour in a room to such an exceptional degree and then performing in such a way that at times it seems almost comically customised.

Interview with Philip Simon

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

Philip Simon: I did an 8 week course with The Comedy School in Camden in February/March 2011, which culminated in a showcase at the end of March. My first gig was at the start of April 2011. Since then I have done about 70 gigs/competitions/gong shows in London, Oxford and New York.

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

Philip Simon: Bloody hilarious! Oh, I see, sorry. Well, every joke I tell comes from personal experience, either something that has happened to me, or something that was said during banter with friends and family and got a laugh. I don’t write ‘gags’ as such, but twist real situations to give them a funnier edge if they need one, which means that my stand up is narrative rather than a series of one-liners. I would say I was self-deprecating observational comic.

Review: Max & Iván: Are Holmes & Watson, The Soho Theatre, London

\Whatever you have planned until Saturday 21st January 2012, make sure at least one night involves going to the Soho Theatre to see Max & Iván: Are Homes & Watson.

Whether you have encyclopedic background knowledge of Holmes & Watson or perhaps have never heard of them before, the whole show is made completely accessible so what may seem as quite a niche topic for a comedy show sees Max & Iván yet again mastering an idea that is beyond anything you could imagine before you see it live.

Audio: Humour Me with Katherine Ryan

Humour Me with Katherine Ryan by Humour Me (Comedy Blogedy) on Mixcloud The first show of Term 2 is co-presented by Katherine Ryan, her 2 year-old daughter Violet and Sara Shulman. The show also features an interview with a very exciting up-and-coming comedienne, Suzi Ruffell as well as winners of the Foster Comedy Award Panel…

Interview with Paul Dance

Image of Henry von Stifle

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

Paul Dance: I started gigging in September 2010 when I did stand up as myself but started doing my character, Henry von Stifle, in about April last year.

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

Paul Dance: I always find it hard to describe my comedy because I’m not very bright but I would like to think that it’s quite surreal and silly although I try to play it as straight as possible. In my view, the thing with playing a character on stage is that no matter how stupid you sound, you have to believe that what you’re saying is normal.