Interview

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Katy Brand

Katy Brand is one of those annoyingly talented people who excels at various different styles of comedy. She has done sketches, characters and in recent years has become more of a storyteller, keeping an audience hooked with anecdotes. Last year Brand returned to the Edinburgh Fringe with the frank and funny autobiographical tale of how she became a teenage Christian. This year's show is more about what she might have been rather than what she was.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Nazeem Hussain

Sharp, funny Nazeem Hussain made his name in Australia with outspoken, provocative shows exploring multiculturalism and race issues. He was half of the duo Fear of a Brown Planet with Aamer Rahman and had the hit solo show, Legally Brown. More recently however, he has become better known down under for his appearance on the Australian version of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! He came fourth and the show introduced him to a whole new audience. Maybe he should compare notes with Joel Dommett…

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Hannah Gadsby

Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby won the prestigious Barry Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival earlier this year so the Edinburgh Fringe premiere of her latest show Nanette is eagerly anticipated*. Then again it would be eagerly anticipated if it hadn't bagged a gong. Gadsby is a clever, funny, thoughtful, honest stand-up who has been delivering distinctive shows for a number of years now about subjects as diverse as classical art and relationships.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Abigoliah Schamaun

Abigoliah Schamaun's latest show, Namaste, Bitches, straddles stand-up and storytelling. There are jokes there but there are also thoughts and ideas. A bit of philosophy if you like. As Schamaun asks, "What's the point in pursuing enlightenment when you could just put your feet up and knock back a bourbon? And what passes for happiness these days?" Schamaun is a certified Bikram Yoga instructor; she has run marathons and Tough Mudders and participated in Crossfit competitions.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Dan Antopolski

Versatile genius Dan Antopolski could be 2017’s comeback kid. He hasn’t done the Fringe for a few years but back in the day he did various sketch shows and stand-up sets and picked up numerous nominations for being hilariously funny and brimming over with ideas. This year’s show, Return of the Dan Antopolski, is about “change, pain, honour and gain”. He is older and wiser and, quite possibly, funnier than ever. And still brimming over with ideas.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Jarlath Regan

If there was an award for Best Show Jarlath Regan would be a shoo-in. The skilful Irishman's latest show is called Organ Freeman. And no, it isn't a misprint, it is inspired by the fact that he recently donated a kidney to his brother. Well, he had two of his own so he had one to spare. He will be telling the story of this fraternal sacrifice and much more onstage.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Kyle Kinane

Kyle Kinane is one of American comedy’s rising stars. In 2014 he was a Melbourne International Comedy Festival Barry Award nominee and since then he has appeared on hit TV shows and had hit albums and hit DVDs. His second DVD special, I Liked His Old Stuff Better, was released in 2015.

Interview: Morgana Robinson, The Windsors, C4

Morgana Robinson plays Pippa Middleton in The Windsors, returning to C4 on Wednesdays at 10pm from July 5.

 

What can you tell us about the new series of The Windsors?

Auntie Anne has another bee in her bonnet, Harry gets a taste for women's clothes and Pippa wears a lot of Lycra.

What can we expect from Pippa in series two? Is she still as feisty in this series?

Hell yeah. She puts a gypsy curse on Kate and is still lamping peeps in the face.

Interview: Kathryn Drysdale, The Windsors, C4

You play Meghan Markle in the new series of The Windsors. What’s her character like in the show?
The Windsors’ Meghan Markle is a bit more L.A. than the real life Meghan Markle, I suppose. She’s not quite into the whole dressing like she’s a royal quite yet, which is fun to play. There’s a lot of fun to be had with that. She still sees herself very much as a humanitarian, as she’s very much in her own world, and she’s sweet – there’s a sweetness to her which is nice to play with.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Harry Hill

Harry Hill is one of the stars playing a benefit to raise money for comedian Jim Tavare at the Lyric Theatre on June 12. As previously reported, Tavare was involved in a serious car crash in California in March. He is now recovering but despite having medical insurance still faces substantial bills and may never be able to play the double bass again.

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