Interview with David McAndrew

Comedy Blogedy: How long have you been gigging in stand-up? David McAndrew: I did my first open spot in November 2008 and it was a complete disaster – microphone too near my mouth, too drunk, too much swearing, lack of quality, material and practice. What also added to my nerves was that the room had…

Ryan Withers

Interview with Ryan Withers

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

Ryan Withers: Good thanks. I mean 4 years. Sorry I’m such an idiot.

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

Ryan Withers: It’s kinda silly, I like doing big fun theatrical stand-up shows but make them weird. What’s with all the questions, what is this a Comedy Blogedy interview?

Interview with Si Finnigan

Si Finnigan

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

Si Finnigan: I’ve been doing stand up a little over a year now. My first gig was an Open Mic in Huddersfield, my friend drove me all the way to the venue and I remember being so nervous. I walked to the guy behind the bar and asked when the comedy will start; he told me it wasn’t till the next night. I had to go through the whole thing all over again 24 hours later and proceeded to bomb in front of 4 acts, 2 punters and the bartender I spoke with the night before. It was the 20th April, 2011.

Madeleine Culp

Interview with Madeleine Culp

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

Madeleine Culp: I’ve been doing solo stand-up comedy from January this year (2012).  Before that I worked in a duo for 3 years.  Doing solo stand-up is fun but took sometime to get used to. I’m still working it out. It’s like a roller coaster… one where you have the fear of popping your pants while you are on it… but it rarely happens. Rarely.

Jed Salisbury

Interview with Jed Salisbury

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

Jed Salisbury: I had my first gig on 1st November 2009, I did a one day comedy writing course called the Art of Comedy in the Hull comedy festival, and I then had my first gig that night. But I’d say I’ve been gigging regularly since June 2010.

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

Jed Salisbury: If someone took the mischievous crudeness of Frank Skinner, cheekiness of Lenny Henry and edginess of Daniel Tosh threw it in a blender and performed some voodoo on it and placed it in a man that slightly resembled Velma from Scooby Doo… then I guess that would be my act.

Thom Milson

Interview with Thom Milson

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

Thom Milson: I’ve been going for about 14 months but I tend to tell people 8 because I sucked really bad during my first six months (I mean really bad). I’m better now.

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

Thom Milson: An outsider looking in? That’s what I feel I am anyway. It’s also the way I think a comedian should be.

Interview with Staple/face

Comedy Blogedy: How long have you been gigging in sketch comedy?

Tom Burgess: A couple of years. I got involved with the Sheffield University Comedy Revue in 2010, then joined the sketch troupe Fuddlepuck in 2011, before it fell apart in 2012 after an unresolvable cupboard-related dispute.

Sam Nicoresti: Not long enough. I only really started when I came to Uni, and even then I holed myself up in radio for two years rather than face an audience. Radio is great, you don’t need to impress a void of silence, you just let it wash over you, like having a bath in some space. That doesn’t happen too much anymore since I started actually facing audiences. They make noises, most of the time it’s laughter or encouragement. It’s down right not on.

Interview with Mark Quinn & Charlotte Young

Mark Dean and Charlotte YoungComedy Blogedy: How long have you been gigging in stand-up?

Mark Quinn: Well I was performing solo for quite some time, although what I was doing could barely be described as comedy. I would never write any material and go on stage just to see what happened. I enjoyed it but the same couldn’t be said for the audience.

Charlotte Young: I’m an artist ‘by trade’ and do a lot of performance stuff. I was in a rubbish sketch group about 4-5 years ago, which slowly self-combusted. When we were down to two members, we were booked to do a show in Edinburgh. The member that wasn’t me basically was supposed to do the fringe admin. They didn’t. Instead, they vanished and I was forced into a position where I had to do a show on my own. So, I did. And then I carried on.

Eric Hutton

Interview with Eric Hutton

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

Eric Hutton: About 6 years but for the first couple I was only doing it every once in a while. I hadn’t even told anyone I knew that I was doing it at that point. I was like a middle aged married man sneaking off intermittently to indulge some socially unacceptable sexual kink. Now I’ve realised that kink is who I really am, left my family to pick up the pieces and started living the life I always should have been.