Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Anna Mann

Anna Mann is not really a comedian. She is a veritable artiste who has been in showbusiness for almost as long as Joan Collins. She has recently branched out while she waits for her next big acting job and is offering advice to anyone suffering from black dog in her latest soiree, A Sketch Show For Depressives. Mann is helped in her quest by chameleon character comic Colin Hoult, who you should know from Revolting and Murder In Successville. Have you twigged yet?

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Larry Dean

OK, confession time. When I ask question 8 - “I think you are very good at what you do” – I don’t always mean it. It’s there to make comics feel good. But in the case of Larry Dean I really do mean it. Ever since I saw him in the Piccadilly Comedy Club New Comedian of 2013 Final I could see he had something. He won that competition and went on to pick up an Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nomination in 2015 and win the Amused Moose Comedy Award in 2016.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Nick Mohammed

Nick Mohammed is always busy, but he is particularly busy at the moment. He performs at a special all-star gig at the Adelphi Theatre, 100 Hearts Charity Gala, in aid of Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity, on Sunday 26th February. The full Line-up includes Rowan Atkinson, Jo Brand, Nina Conti, Harry Enfield, Michael McIntyre and host Clive Anderson. For info and booking click here.

Interview: Tim Key On New C4 Series Gap Year

The last time I saw Tim Key he was onstage at the Old Vic in Art. The next time I will be seeing him is onscreen. Key plays Greg in E4’s new eight part comedy-drama Gap Year.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Viv Groskop

I don’t really know journalist Viv Groskop but I do know her writing. It is sharp, funny and well-observed. In recent years she has been developing another string to her bow, adding stand-up comedy to her CV. In fact she combined both areas in her enjoyable book about doing 100 gigs in 100 days. Vic Groskop plays the Edinburgh Fringe 2017.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Adam Larter

It’s that time of year again when Weirdos Comedy Club and Laugh Out London put on their annual alternative pantomime. This year it is at the Leicester Square Theatre from December 7 - 9. All funds go to Great Ormond Street Hospital 


Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Pete Firman

Pete Firman has been entertaining audiences for over a decade now with his excellently chirpy brand of comedy magic. I can remember him on Five’s Monkey Magic yonks ago and since then the Middlesbrough magician has become a fixture on the Fringe and TV, almost as famous for his cheesy patter as he is for his brilliant tricks. Basically he makes things appear and disappear before your very eyes in amazing, mindblowing ways and he does it with such friendly aplomb that everyone loves him.

Interview: Nish Kumar

At the start of the Edinburgh Fringe 2016 the Evening Standard asked me to interview someone who would pick up a Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination. I took a punt on Manchester United fan Nish Kumar but it really wasn't a big gamble. Kumar is very much a rising star who has found his voice in recent years.

Interview: Romesh Ranganathan

Here's an interview I did with Romesh Ranganathan for the Evening Standard. Despite what he might seem like onscreen in the flesh Ranganathan is a lovely bloke and easy to chat to. Which is not to say that his perma-grumpy persona on Asian Provocateur is faked. I'm sure he has his bad days like the rest of us. Except that unlike the rest of us when he has a bad day he is very, very funny. 

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions: Hans Teeuwen

Bridget Christie, no less, has called Dutch absurdist Hans Teeuwen “the gold standard of comedy” and says that the first time she saw him, in 2008, it was like “watching a hilarious snake slowly digest a rat, while pulling funny faces and playing The Horst Wessel Lied on a tin whistle.” I’m not sure I can improve on that description. To put it bluntly Teeuwen is a unique talent in a class of his own, extremely versatile, extremely unpredictable and extremely exciting.


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