Interview with Julie Kertesz

Julie Kertesz

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

Julie Kertesz: My first showcase was end of March 2011 and my first gig alone was in November 2011.

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

Julie Kertesz: Well, after acknowledging my age, I try to destroy the stereotype “old lady” and then tell stories from problems in my life condensed, transformed to make the audience laugh.

Interview with Aaron Morris

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

Aaron Morris: I’ve been doing stand-up for about a year and a half now, it was a good choice I think, its not a job you need a interview for but you still need to put in a load of hard work, I enjoy that. Yet, the audience are like the interviewers they either hate you or like you, I’ve had good gigs and bad gigs like any comedian but both good and bad gigs just make your act better by helping you improve it.

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

Aaron Morris: My comedy is based on true experiences I’ve had in life, of course for comedy effect there are added bits but I get it all from the things that happen to me each day… I guess its all about my low self-esteem in a way, how things happen and the reaction they’ve had. I think of how others view me and talk about myself in that way. Feeling sorry for myself in the worst situations, mostly realising I’m an idiot.

Interview with Martha Owen

Martha Owen

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

Martha Owen: I did a course at my youth club (Heatham House) about two years ago, but I only really started actually gigging all over the place about a year and a bit ago. I’ve been at Edinburgh twice though with Those Bloody Teenagers (some of my fellow teenage comics).

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

Martha Owen: Not really very funny. I’m not clever enough to write proper jokes with punchlines and actual laughs, and I’m too scared if I’m honest to be one of those hilarious raconteurs, so I just muck around with ones that everyone knows like ‘What do you get when you cross a sheep and a kangaroo?’ and then change the punchline so the joke doesn’t work, like ‘A mutant’. That sort of rubbish.

Interview with Phillip Wragg

Phillip Wragg

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

Phillip Wragg: My first gig was in May 2011 at the Comedy Virgins night at the Cavendish Arms in Stockwell. I was pretty nervous but got there to find out that the audience decides the running order and that it’s run as a competition. I really enjoyed it though and managed to come 2nd in the vote off.

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

Phillip Wragg: Slightly camp, observational humour. I talk about the reality of being a gay man, relationships, sex and more general day to day stuff. I don’t do gags, I prefer each set to have a clear arc – that’s just my writing style, also it’s easier to remember!

Interview with The Custard Chucker

The Custard Chucker

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

The Custard Chucker: I’ve been playing Musical Comedy Songs around the country for the past twelve years but only started writing ‘Jokes’ and incorporating Stand Up comedy in my act for the last two years. (That answer makes me sound like one of two things… A veteran in comedy or an Old Age Pensioner lol)

Interview with President Obonjo of Lafta Republic

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

President Obonjo: Since 2010

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

President Obonjo: My set combines story lines with humour drawing on my African and British influences and the impact they have had on my life; I also talk about the stereotypes of being a Nigerian and the impact of Social media on my life. Also included in my acts are political, topical and observational comedy .

Interview with Chris Gau

Chris Gau

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

Chris Gau: I’ve been gigging since April 2011.

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

Chris Gau: Slapdash with a soupcon of amateur hour.

Comedy Blogedy: Which comedians influence your comedy?

Chris Gau: I love Louis CK. Americans have got the craft down. But I love English comedians like Paul Foot & Tim Key. We English have got the silly down.

Interview with Tony Cowards

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

Tony Cowards: Off and on since 2004. I started out helping out at a great comedy club in North London called “The Comedians’ Graveyard”, which was a fantastic club but is now sadly deceased. Originally I was just a behind-the-scenes helper but eventually I ended up on stage and never looked back.

Interview with Damon Blake

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

Damon Blake: I started in 2007 and was able to get to the semi-finals of So You Think You’re Funny after a couple of gigs, but my head wasn’t properly in performing so I soon quit stand-up having won nothing, my only trophy being my regret. I’ve started to do it again a liiiiiitle bit more recently to promote a webseries I made with some friends called Student Teacher.)

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

Damon Blake: It’s sarcastic one-liners delivered in a narrative in an attempt to hide any sort of personality. Some people use stand-up as catharsis, I prefer to curl up into a ball of sadness every night, like some sort of glum grub.