Rarely Asked Questions

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 Title at the Edinburgh fringe Jarlath Regan would be a shoo-in. The skilful Irishman's new show is called Organ Freeman. And no, it isn't a misprint, it is inspired by the fact that earlier this year he 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: 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.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Stuart Goldsmith

Stuart Goldsmith is arguably better known for interviewing stand-ups than being a stand-up. His Comedian’s Comedian podcast has become essential listening for anyone remotely interested in how a comedian’s mind works. His latest episode, with Jeremy Hardy, is well worth a listen as Hardy talks about his early days on the circuit and confesses to fiddling his benefits.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Greg Proops

Greg Proops is a bit of a legend. The smart-suited American is a terrific stand-up comedian but may be better known as a master of improvisation. He first made his name in the UK as a regular performer on C4’s Whose Line Is It Anyway? You name it, he can make it funny. Later this month he joins that other great improv institution, The Comedy Store Players – Richard Vranch, Lee Simpson, Andy Smart, Neil Mullarkey and Josie Lawrence – when they play their 20th annual gig at the Globe Theatre.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – David Baddiel

David Baddiel's latest show, My Family: Not The Sitcom returns to the West End for the third and final time from March 29. It is honest, touching, audacious and, of course, very funny. Baddiel has found a way to tackle the most delicate of subjects – in this case his father's dementia and his late mother's infidelity – and find humour in them. He makes it look easy. It clearly isn't. Over the years, right back to his early days working with Rob Newman, Baddiel has divided critics and comedy fans.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Tape Face

The Boy With Tape On His Face had done pretty well. Following his success at the Edinburgh Fringe, reaching the final of America's Got Talent and announcing a run on the Las Vegas Strip he is coming to London with his first West End residency starting on June 6. If you haven't seen Tape Face – as he is now known – before, you are in for a genuine treat.

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