Rarely Asked Questions

Rarely Asked Questions – Doug Segal

Doug Segal is a comedy mind reader and his latest show is designed to make you feel good with a mix of tricks that will make your brain boggle and jokes that will tickle your funny bone. Apparently the Evening Standard said of him: "Imagine if Derren Brown was funny’". I don't think it was me that said it, but maybe Segal got me to say it after casting a spell on me. 

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Tommy Tiernan

Tommy Tiernan really does need no introduction. He is a Perrier Award winner, he appeared in one of the greatest-ever episodes of Father Ted and, well, you should just go and see him, simple as that. He is bringing his powerhouse show Out of The Whirlwind to the Fringe this year. When I saw a version at the Soho Theatre it had everything – stories, gags, loud bits, quiet bits, angry bits, insightful bits, controversial bits, twinkly bits.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Grainne Maguire

Grainne Maguire has had a good year. She made headlines tweeting about her menstrual cycle to the Irish Taoiseach and was invited to appear on Question Time. She has also appeared on The Daily Politics, Stewart Lee's Alternative Comedy Experience and Radio 4's Now Show and has made a name for herself penning gags for Dead Ringers, News Quiz and Newsjack. She returns to the Fringe this year with a new show, Great People Making Great Choices, and is at the Pleasance Courtyard from August 3 - 29.

Rarely Asked Questions – Juliette Burton

You may know the name of Juliette Burton from her outspoken comments about Protein World’s Beach Body Ready adverts last year. Burton tweeted an angry response to the London Underground ads and went viral.

Rarely Asked Questions – Kate Berlant

Kate Berlant featured in Variety’s Ten Comics to Watch for 2015. She has also been named as one of Time Out LA’s Nine Comedians To Watch and as one of Comedy Central’s Top Ten Comics. She showcased her absurdist humour in her own episode of the hit Netflix show The Characters, recently wrapped a pilot for Comedy Central and can be seen on The Meltdown with Jonah & Kumail. 

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Milton Jones

It is hard to believe there was a time when one liners and wordplay were not particularly popular. These days there are one liner comedians everywhere. There is even a UK Pun Championship. As far as iI know Milton Jones has never entered but then if he did there would be no point anybody else turning up. He is the undisputed master of the finely tuned quip, twisting language to hit a comedic bullseye every time. In longer shows it's clever stuff too, with callbacks and references, which mean that you have to pay attention.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Cariad Lloyd

Cariad Lloyd was nominated for a Foster’s Best Newcomer Award in 2011 and since then has also made a name for herself on the live scene, most notably with Austentatious, the highly skilled troupe who create a new Austen play at each performance. Lloyd is nothing if not diverse. She has been vocal about the tampon tax and created a character called Sanitary Bag Lady who shouted at men who might be disgusted by the mention of menstruation.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Adam Buxton

You should all know Adam Buxton. From his TV and radio work with Joe Cornish, his appearances in films such as Hot Fuzz and Stardust or his marvellously childish yet gloriously clever multi-media live shows. 

 

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Kieran Hodgson

Kieran Hodgson's 2015 Edinburgh show Lance was staged in the same room as 2014's Foster's Award winner, John Kearns. And for a while it looked as if Hodgson might be picking up the Foster's Award too. In the end he had to make do with only a nomination for his brilliant piece, which explored one man's obsession with cycling in general and Lance Armstrong in particular.

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