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.

Interview with Paul Dance

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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.

Interview with Rosie Martin

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Rosie Martin: Coming up on 2 years.

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

Rosie Martin: Jewish, self-deprecating, filthy, dry and…..Jewish!

Comedy Blogedy: Which comedians influence your comedy?

Rosie Martin: Lenny Bruce and Joan Rivers. The comics on the U.K. circuit that I really admire are: Josh Howie, Jen Brister, Luke Toulson, and Diane Morgan.

Interview with Dave Green

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Dave Green: I’ve been doing stand-up since April 2011.

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

Dave Green: I tell surreal stories in a slow deadpan. I put a strong emphasis on joke writing. Having faith in the material allows me to really play with the timing and phrasing of each joke. I enjoy taking the audience on a journey, using simple ideas and pushing them into absurdity. I also leave big gaps so they know when to laugh.

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.

Interview with Tez Ilyas

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

Tez Ilyas: I started stand-up in June 2010, so just over 18 months.

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

Tez Ilyas: Totes funny! I take things that I am passionate about, be it religion, race or trivial things and try and subvert them, I deliver things in a very dead-pan way, as I like to keep the audience guessing as to whether I actually mean what I say.

Interview with Chris Marco K

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

Chris Marco K: About a year, off and on… Very off and on at the moment.

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

Chris Marco K: I was once told “a young Chris” (me).

Comedy Blogedy: Which comedians influence your comedy?

Chris Marco K: Everyone from good to bad. I’ve learned a lot from everyone.

Interview with Andy Onions

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

Andy Onions: Since April 28th 2011, the day before the royal wedding. I made many rookie mistakes, confusing crude half-arsed digs at the Royals with cutting edge satire. If that video was to find the light of day then I can kiss goodbye to my knighthood. And my comedy career.

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

Andy Onions: High-energy tales and japes of my life, some true, some embellished, smattered with some thinly disguised puns and poorly written jokes. Occasionally funny.