Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Tez Ilyas

Tez Ilyas is definitely a comedian with a difference. There aren't many stand-ups out there with the manner and patter of a prime-time entertainer and the material and passion of a hard hitting satirist. The Blackburn comic successfully manages to pull together two very different styles, sweetening his political pill with a smile and a winning punchline. You may have caught him on Radio 4's Tez Talks or The Now Show or on television on Live from the BBC, Mock The Week, The Last Leg or Man Like Mobeen. Now see him live.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Suzi Ruffell

If Suzi Ruffell isn't the next big thing she flipping well ought to be. She has become one of the star attractions on the live circuit in recent years and has supported the likes of Josh Widdicombe, Romesh Ranganathan and Alan Carr (read below about how she got too merry with Alan Carr one night) on tour. Her latest show Keeping It Classy tells the story of how she moved from her working class family in Portsmouth to more middle class circles in London. It's a colourful, compelling tale told with verve and vigour.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Rob Schneider

US comedian Rob Schneider is coming to the UK this March for a 5-date tour, visiting London, Glasgow, Birmingham, Chester and Leeds. The former Saturday Night Live star appeared in hit movies Grown Ups, You Don’t Mess With The Zohan, Big Daddy and The Waterboy and Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo. The San Francisco-born funnyman is well known for his trademark blend of character and comedic acting, and has become one of the most popular touring acts on the live comedy circuit.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Rose Matafeo

New Zealand's Rose Matafeo isn't really a stand-up comedian at all. She is simply a force of nature. A whirlwind in human form ready to whip up a comedy storm from the moment she walks on and sends up her own speccy appearance. Her performances can take in everything from physical clowning to off-the-wall mini-sketches.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Carl Barron

Carl Barron is one of the most successful comedy performers in Australia and is set to make a rare visit to UK soil, bringing his hugely successful new stand up show “Drinking with a Fork” to the Eventim Apollo on March 3. Barron’s unique storytelling style allows him to mine his own life and childhood for comic gems.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Jon Pointing

Jon Pointing's Edinburgh show Act Natural was one of the underground hits of the Fringe this summer. And it may be about to go overgound with a run at the Soho Theatre. Pointing plays Cayden Hunter, an actor who will "demonstrate the importance of selflessness and sharing through this (non-participatory) workshop." The audience is his acting class as he offers them a lecture that is just a whisker away from feeling like a real lecture.


Interview: Nick Helm

I interviewed Nick Helm this summer for the London Evening Standard in the run-up to his new tour and new Dave TV series Eat Your Heart Out. You can read the original interview here but he said so much that I couldn't fit in that I've posted the interview transcript below.

Interview: Mae Martin

A version of this interview first appeared in the London Evening Standard here at the start of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Martin went on to pick up a Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination for her show Dope.


Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Tom Ward

Tom Ward has been on my radar for a few years now. First because he was bloody weird, and more recently because he is bloody funny. Ward has harnessed his oddball side and made it much more relatable lately, while still retaining that special, indefinable Tom Ward Something. His latest show, Love Machine, touches on issues that everyone with a pulse will recognise. Well, almost everyone. As he puts it, "heartbreak, living (and dancing) alone in a house with no heating or hot water, mother problems, being 91% straight (prev.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Tiff Stevenson

An iconic black and white photograph by ace photographer Andy Hollingworth did the rounds a few years ago. It featured Katherine Ryan, Sara Pascoe, Aisling Bea and Tiff Stevenson backstage at a festival, sharing drinks and smiles. Four strong, empowered funny women. Since then Bea, Pascoe and Ryan have all gone on to big things. Maybe 2017 will be outspoken stand-up Stevenson’s year.


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