Ross Noble is comedy nobility. For the past 21 years, he has been one of our leading stand-ups. Over that time, he has proved himself a comic tour de force. He has been responsible for 13 sell-out tours and seven top-selling DVDs. He came 10th in Channel 4’s 2010 poll of 100 Greatest Stand-Ups.
London based trio ‘The Midnight Beast’ have been delighting YouTube audiences with their own brand of comedy music, high jinx videos and well played parodies. With enough hits to populate a small country, a successful E4 series and a current tour underway. I sat down with the guys to talk triple bunk beds, dirty pigeons and why they should be scared of Hollywood legend Will Smith.
Kate Copstick, Glasgow born actress, is nowadays considered the mother of all Edinburgh Fringe reviewers and has been writing for The Scotsman for many a year. Many will be more familiar with her following her recent appearance as a judge on last year’s series Show Me The Funny on ITV – a role she is more than familiar with, having sat on the judges panel at both the Perrier Comedy Awards in 2003 and 2004 and Malcolm Hardee Awards in 2008-2011 at the Fringe. Given her all-encompassing experience in Edinburgh we took it upon ourselves to find out just what she thought of last August’s festival, particularly in the light of the EdFringe Society censorship that took centre stage.
In his latest stand-up DVD ”Outstanding in His Field” Francis is back as his usual affable, casual self with his trait satirical rapid-fire cadence. As always, he’s armed to the teeth with an arsenal of oral origami one-liners, deceptions and puns and although everyone thought it would be hard to surpass such a joke-filled first DVD, his second offering sustains a much higher hit rate.
Comedian Paul Tonkinson, who you most likely saw win Come Dine With Me is in full force with a massive tour spanning the UK right up until March of next year. Amazingly, after almost 20 years on the comedy circuit, this is his first ever full UK tour. Other recent TV appearances include a spot on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow on BBC1 and Live At The Comedy Store on Comedy Central. Despite being on tour he still has time to develop a sitcom with Baby Cow productions and also writes a monthly column for Runners World given the fact he used to be a Marathon runner. Given the fact that Marathons aren’t held in particularly high esteem thanks to a certain children’s TV presenter (even the New York Marathon has now been cancelled) we got that touchy subject out of the way in the first question in a chat we had with Paul:
Comedian Rosie Wilby started life as a musician. Since taking to the comedy circuit she has toured a number of solo shows around the UK and was a Finalist at Funny Women 2006, an national competition which goes on a search each year for the best new female comedy talent. You may well have caught her as a roving reporter on 5 Live and as a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Midweek, Loose Ends and Woman’s Hour.
Phil Nichol, acclaimed actor, award winning comedian, producer, presenter, writer and musician. This year, he performed his 14th solo show Phil Nichol Rants at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to rave reviews all across the board whilst also appearing in Dave Florez’s drama The Intervention. Now, six years after originally recording his two shows Nearly Gay and The Naked Racist, which were never originally released on DVD, they have both been unleashed.
Last week we spoke with actor/comedian Riaad Moosa, star of the hit South African film Material. The film co-stars Vincent Ebrahim (The Kumars at No. 42) who plays Riaad’s traditionalist father. We spoke to Vincent for a greater insight into this father son relationship so excellently portrayed by both actors.
MATERIAL received it’s European premiere last week at The London Film Festival. Written and directed by Craig Freimond, the film is set in Johannesburg, and stars stand-up comic Riaad Moosa as Cassim, a dutiful Muslim son who works with his traditionalist father (Vincent Ebrahim, star of The Kumars at No. 42) in the declining family-run textile store. Cassim has a secret desire to hone his skills as a stand-up comedian, material he knows he is not supposed to be working with as he is expected to take over the family business. No sooner does his father find out, suddenly life is no laughing matter any longer.