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 Cook

Image of Paul CookComedy Blogedy: How long have you been gigging in stand-up?

Paul Cook: I started on 25th July 2011 so about 5 months. At Scruffys, Newton Street Birmingham.

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

Paul Cook: Observational, I’m lucky enough to come from the Forest of Dean, which has a lot heritage and myths which helps. And I talk with a funny accent so that helps.

Interview with James Rankin

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



James Rankin: I started gigging around 14 months ago. I had the thought of gigging a lot earlier but never thought I’d muster the nerve to get up. So I just started writing and writing and told myself if I got a solid 5 minutes I’d do it.

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

James Rankin: I think it’s dry. Observational, very sarcastic with a twist off frustrated ranting.

Funny: A Personal Appraisal from Matt Fisher

Matt Fisher

Hi there. Matt Fisher, idiot savant, here. Sorry it’s taken me a little while to sit down and write this post, if I’m honest I’ve been mostly a-wooing (those who saw the show will know who – the one I ran off to see at the end. I say ran. I like to think I left, actually, with rather a large volume of dignity). A gentleman never tells, of course, so I will strip this piece of reportage of sexual detail, while still being able to effectively communicate what I like to call gist.  Essentially, it culminated in three nights of passion, followed by an unsavoury comment (which, yes, I now regret), several tears, and a long tube journey home listening to Bon Iver (which was a mistake). The crux of all this (and, yes, I can say crux, it’s nowhere near as rude as it sounds), is that I’m now single again, so ladies, tweet me. I’m currently trying to limit myself to only refreshing her Facebook page seven times per half-day, and in fact, am due one now. Excuse me.

Review: “I Have Something To Say – An Evening With Matt Fisher”, The Tristan Bates Theatre, London

Joz NorrisArrogant, thinks he’s a hit with the ladies and lacking complete self-awareness – Matt Fisher is one of the most exciting comic character creations on the up-and-coming comedy scene.

Joz Norris, the writer and performer of this one-man show, came on stage in a bright red shirt, a pair of grey jeggings and two pairs of sunglasses that provided an effective visual indication of just how moronic but equally hilarious Matt Fisher is. As soon as the show started, the intentional lack of powerpoint to performer synchronisation and the unique yet confident dance moves that lacked synchronisation with the music sparked off the “night of chat, rock, humour, dance, mime, crime and flirting with Tooting’s foremost neo-pre-Raphaelite” – an ambitious tag line but by the end of the show an accomplished one.

Review: Apocalypso! Hen & Chickens Theatre, London

Apocalypso!

The evening began with the compere Matthew Crosby dabbling in some light banter with a member of the audience who arrived late. Although humorous, his prepared material was a lot stronger, turning his honest confessions into some very good jokes indeed!

The Apocalypso duo, Matt and Stu, came on stage in an outfit that seemed inspired by CSI meets a visit to the London Zoo giftshop headware section. Despite the intimate size of the theatre, each had a microphone switiching from explanations of a supposed Apocalypse to more general topics of stand-up. The whole show centred around “educating the past about the future” up until the year 2042, with many new species, laws and personal “future” experiences recounted. There were lots of props, although very much on the homemade side, but you could tell that a lot of time, thought and effort had gone into the concept of the production.

Review: Abandoman & Friends, Kings Place, London

AbandomanWhat better way to start the Really Lovely Comedy one-off special than an MC who comes on stage and shouts “Let’s tear the shit off the roof!” Naz Osmanoglu bounded on stage with enough energy to power all the electricity in both the Kings Place and the Guardian building next door. Delivering a few bits of material at the beginning of the show about being half-Turkish and half-English, this sparked off his audience interaction upon which all his material centred around each time he came on stage. Picking on one audience member with, and I quote, “I’m sticking with you because you have potential” his inkling was right as the “software developer” was also a part time swing dancer who happily proceeded to get up on his chair with the lady next to him and start to swing dance! But not only does Osmanoglu have a special comic skill, which is to be able to base all the jokes in the show around the audience – and make them funny and clever! – but he ran with each joke with the tone of a sports commentator describing his favourite sports team about to score a goal and the energy of the sports player about to score that goal. A fantastic compere for the whole evening!

Interview with Joz Norris

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

Joz Norris: My first gig was about three years ago at the Queen Charlotte pub in Norwich, for Laugh Out Loud, the student comedy club at UEA. Over the next two years, I worked closely with LOL and ended up co-running it myself for a year or so. It was all very amateur, and we only gigged once a month to an audience of predominantly our friends and fellow students, although I did occasionally branch out into other comedy nights in Norwich. I always loved doing it though, so I eventually made the decision to move to London and try to start working on the London circuit, which is altogether a more serious and full-on thing in comparison. I’ve been gigging in London and trying to make a career of it for about eight months now.