Rarely Asked Questions

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.

Rarely Asked Questions – Charlie Baker

Charlie Baker is something of a lovely hybrid, an old school song and dance man plus a classic modern comedian. He is sharp and funny and loves jazz and you may have seen him recently as Harry Hill’s hunchback kitchen assistant in Sky 1’s Tea Time – he also played a wonderfully funny hunchback in Hill's West End X Factor Musical I Can't Sing. But let's not typecast him as fictional figures with bad posture, he also played Tim Reynolds in EastEnders.

Rarely Asked Questions – Rhys James

Please have a read of this interview with Rhys James. I think it gives you a real flavour of his sense of humour. He is smart and funny and has a way with words – check out his one-liners on Twitter too @rhysjamesy, if you don't believe me. And clearly he thinks too much about things sometimes.

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 – 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.

Rarely Asked Questions – Kerry Godliman

I first spotted Kerry Godliman over a decade ago when she was in a short-lived Evening Standard-sponsored comedy competition. Greg Davies - whatever happened to him? – won, but I was impressed by Godliman’s cheery, accessible everywoman brand of feminism. She had a particularly good gag about anti-gravity face cream. If it was so gravity-defying why wasn’t it floating above the cosmetics counter? More recently she has become best known as Hannah, the sympathetic manager in Derek.

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.

Rarely Asked Questions – Rob Rouse

I’ve been tipping Rob Rouse for stardom for so long it has started to become embarrassing. But he is finally making up for lost time. This year he played Bottom in Ben Elton’s return-to-form Shakespearean sitcom Upstart Crow and cornered the contemporary market for idiot sidekicks. A Christmas special and a second series should cement his reputation as a comic actor.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Aditi Mittal

Aditi Mittal is a helpless Indian woman who is fed up of being a helpless Indian woman. After years of being told to ‘‘be quiet, sit down, be seen not heard,’‘ Mittal would like to say a few things. In her show Things They Wouldn't Let Me Say Mittal explores everything that plagues the modern Indian woman from eve teasing to sanitary napkins, from bringing up good Indian parents to being raised correctly by your children.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Sam Fletcher

If you like your comedy quirky and lo-fi Sam Fletcher is your man. In the past the Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer nominee and CBBC star has mixed (sort of) magic tricks with David Shrigleyish illustrations and crackpot inventions that would quickly get him thrown off of Dragon's Den. Which would be human giant Peter Jones and that lemon-faced woman's loss. Fletcher is back in Edinburgh with a new show to amuse and amaze his fans. Read his jolly answers and go and see his jolly funny show.

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