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.

Interview with George D. Wright

George Wright

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

George Wright: Since November 2011 so 7 months but it’s now picking up a bit. Since leaving uni I’ve started setting up my own nights with my brother recently, called Laughing Coyote, and that’s a lot more work and fun.

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

George Wright: I would describe it as cheeky, scatty and high energy.

Comedy Blogedy: Which comedians influence your comedy?

George Wright: I like lots of comedians. One of my favourite new(er) acts at the moment is Richard Gadd. I think you can watch and learn from all other comedians, whether it’s what to do or what not to do.

Interview with Lea Emery

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

Lea Emery: I’ve been gigging for about a year, I think I’m around 30 gigs in.

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

Lea Emery: It’s self-deprecation the whole way through– essentially a chronicle of embarrassing stories and social anxieties but exaggerated.

Comedy Blogedy: Which comedians influence your comedy? 

Lea Emery: As far as my set I actually get a lot from TV shows like 30 Rock and Miranda, or at least like to think I have a similar style. Comedians that I love at the minute are Louis CK and have been having a second love of George Carlin- which means spending way too much time on Youtube.

Review: The Scatpack, ‘Lights! Camera! Improvise!’, The Hen & Chickens Theatre, London

The Scatpack

The cinematic experience of Lights! Camera! Improvise! begins as soon as the lights start to dim and Oscar, a character that claims to have “every movie ever made…every film you could ever imagine” invites the audience to request the ingredients of a movie that will be created instantaneously.

Whilst the cast act out the audience’s democratically customised movie, the action is interrupted with commentary from Oscar, who uses the powers of his remote to control the action, instigating sticky but equally hilarious scenes that challenge the cast for both the audience’s and what seems to be Oscar’s own enjoyment as well. Moments of deprecating the spontaneity of the improvisation do not go amiss but indeed add in highlighting the absurdity and hilarity of the plot.

Interview with Matt Nightingale

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

Matt Nightingale: I’ve been doing stand-up for about 2 and a half years, now, and I’ve written and performed for a local Winnipeg website/late night television show called Week Thus Far for the last year.

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

Matt Nightingale: I’d describe my approach as observational, perhaps (whatever that means), and my performance as animated. I like to pop my face and use weird voices in my visuals.

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.