Comedy Interviews - Page 3 of 8
Damian Clark is an Australian stand-up comedian who supported Kevin Bridges on his latest tour. Damian prefers tea over coffee, brunettes over blondes (good choice, Dam-o!), summer over winter and he thinks that nothing beats a good night of relaxation on the couch. He’s an all-round good guy.
Colin Hoult/Bryan Medici Interview: Medici and The Holy Trinity Outtakes to Feature Heavily as DVD ExtrasApril 5, 2013 | Howard Gorman
Colin Hoult has the amazing ability of swiching from one comedic character to another in the blink of an eyelid. Although famous for a plethora of personas, one that has gained him a great deal of critical acclaim recently was his hilarious portrayal of Warwick Davis’ spiritual adviser, Bryan Medici.
Paul F Tompkins is an American stand-up comedian, voice-over artist, podcaster, actor and comedy writer – basically, a can-do-and-does-it-all kinda guy. He is currently doing his show “Crying and Driving” in London and Comedy Chords got a chance to chat to him to talk about his career, stand-up and future plans.
Yesterday Mick Foley revealed how fraternising with other comedians has rubbed off on him in the fact he has learnt to take old stories and give them a completely different spin for use on the comedy circuit. He also confessed that the Montreal and Edinburgh festivals were the two best things that could have happened to himand began hinting at how hard it really is to get shows off the ground in the US. Let’s pick up where we left off…
So, before diving into this Mick Foley interview, I feel it would be remiss of me not to mention that I have a substantial interest in professional wrestling (there’ll be a photo of me somewhere on this page that should emphasise my claims of wrestling geekery, I mean, look at me). Mick Foley, well, he was always one of my favourites, I have followed his career through wrestling, writing, his role as the subject of documentaries, and now, I’m following his career as a stand-up comedian.
I ate eight salmon rolls, drank a can of diet coke and sat down on my floor to do an interview with Paul F. Tompkins. Not because I am particularly against chairs and comfortable seating, but because my room is so tiny that there is not room for anything else than a single bed. And that is the setting in which I conducted an interview with one of the greatest and most interesting comedians in the world. Self-consciously I stuttered my way through the conversation – at certain times I was almost certain that he knew that I was sat on the floor, that my foot was sleeping, that my breath smelled of salmon and most of all, that I had no idea what I was doing. If Paul F Tompkins did in fact know all of this, he showed no sign of it and we actually managed to talk for 17 minutes and 31 seconds – not that anyone is counting – and whilst most of it was me attempting to remember the English language, we also drew a pretty good outline of what his expectations to his forthcoming show in London are.
Mat Ricardo – “If you want instant money, go buy a uni-cycle and a chainsaw. Light that on fire and play some music.”March 30, 2013 | Sofie Hagen
A few hours before the second of Mat Ricardo’s Variety Shows takes place at Leicester Square Theatre, we meet up with him at a hotel, that used to be an old courthouse.
“You are sitting in the original cell. Nothing has changed, just the cushions.” a waitress tells us.
“And the table for the drinks, obviously.” Ricardo laughs to the still-straight-faced waitress.
“It is not that long ago. Mick Jagger was here and he is still alive.” she says.
“Yes. Well, that’s debatable.” says Mat, who is dressed exactly the way you would expect a professional gentleman juggler to be dressed: Like a gentleman. He looks the furthest possible from someone who ought to be in jail.
Shaun Williamson was a postie, worked on a supermarket wines and spirits aisle before breaking into the entertainment business. Most remember him as the lovable yet hapless Barry Evan’s in EastEnders who met his fate a decade ago. Other television roles have included the likes of the detective series Inspector Morse and the BBC sitcom Waiting for God but what flung him back into the limelight was his appearance as a washed out, unemployable version of himself in the BBC sitcom Extras. His role on Extra’s certainly won Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant over as they asked him to recur his role in their follow-up series Life’s Too Short with Warwick Davis. Tonight sees Shaun back on our screens again, this time accompanied by the other two members of the “Twat Pack” so laughs are guaranteed. Here’s what Shaun had to say about his hopes and expectations for the Easter Special and beyond.
Keith Chegwin broke into the entertainment business at a ripe young age as an actor in the Sixties swiftly going on to make quite the name for himself with appearances on the cult shows Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, Cheggers Plays Pop and Saturday Superstore. From there the larger than life presenter turned his hand to the role of roving reporter for the likes of The Big Breakfast and GMTV. He’s certainly earnt his status as a cult hero and as I chatted with him it was more than clear he is so appreciative of being considered as such. It was not surprising that Keith then went on to get an out of the blue phone call from Ricky Gervais to appear on the shows Extras and Life’s Too Short, as well as most recently competing in Dancing On Ice. Now Keith’s back with the “All Star Funtime Trio” for a Life’s Too Short Special where it appears we’ll be getting a ‘double’ helping of Keith Chegwin…