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.
Terry Alderton is one of the most original and inventive comedians working today. He had some success in the past with a more traditional comedy style but he was growing ever more frustrated with his lack of what he calls ‘punk’. One night in 2005 it became too much and for no apparent reason he decided to let two voices speak out from inside his head. He took to turning his back on the audience for a while to let his inner voices riff about the gig, his own material and indeed the audience themselves. He would then come back and face the crowd from time to time as himself, before going back to the voices for their blunt analysis of how things were going.
Stewart Francis has been all over the news lately regarding a new sitcom he is writing so naturally this was out next question for him. He is quietly optimistic and can see it in his mind’s eye on the television. For him, the hardest task involves getting a production company into the picture simply given the sheer quantity of scripts they have to sift through before picking up the ones they think will be a hit although he does imply that some higher profile comedians can cut out the middleman.
Most well-known for his work with superstar-comedian and fellow Welshman Rhod Gilbert, stepping out of this man’s shadow would always prove an interesting journey – but Lloyd Langford is going for it, with his first solo stand-up tour.
Justin Moorhouse was a 29 year old salesman when he contacted The Frog and Bucket comedy club in Manchester to perform his first ever comedy spot back in 2000. Within a mere 18 months he had already performed well over 300 gigs and won a competition held at the infamous Comedy Store in Manchester.
To Kill A King prepare to unleash their debut album ‘Cannibals Without Cutlery’ and supporting single ‘Cold Skin’ on 24th February. Response has been outstanding with YouTube racking up over 90,000 views in just over a week.
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.
He’s the face of Edinburgh buses during the Fringe, and has already achieved more than the average 22 year old; having appeared on British TV comedy classics such as ‘Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Road Show’ and ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’. With another successful Fringe run under his belt, and an upcoming 50 date UK tour, I chatted to loveable Scotsman, Daniel Sloss.
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: