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Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Pope Lonergan

Comedian Pope Lonergan is the mastermind behind the recent The Care Home Tour in which a floating group of stand-ups including Ben Target and Adam Riches performed in care homes, often to people with dementia. He explains: "Residents who have dementia are unable to follow the logic of a conventional joke but they have a visceral, limbic response to physical comedy; the same response they have to music." There will be a Care Home Tour artists residency with Metal in Southend (at Chalkwell Hall) on 27th - 31st October.

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Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Steve Gribbin

Back in the late 1980s it seemed compulsory to have Skint Video on every comedy circuit bill. The satirical musical duo of Steve Gribbin and Brian Mulligan made their name with pithy topical songs. They even made NME single of the week with this little ditty about the boys in blue. Three decades on and Steve Gribbin is solo and still going strong on the comedy circuit, still great with a rhyme and angry as ever.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Tez Ilyas

Tez Ilyas is definitely a comedian with a difference. There aren't many stand-ups out there with the manner and patter of a prime-time entertainer and the material and passion of a hard hitting satirist. The Blackburn comic successfully manages to pull together two very different styles, sweetening his political pill with a smile and a winning punchline. You may have caught him on Radio 4's Tez Talks or The Now Show or on television on Live from the BBC, Mock The Week, The Last Leg or Man Like Mobeen. Now see him live.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Suzi Ruffell

If Suzi Ruffell isn't the next big thing she flipping well ought to be. She has become one of the star attractions on the live circuit in recent years and has supported the likes of Josh Widdicombe, Romesh Ranganathan and Alan Carr (read below about how she got too merry with Alan Carr one night) on tour. Her last show Keeping It Classy tells the story of how she moved from her working class family in Portsmouth to more middle class circles in London. It's a colourful, compelling tale told with verve and vigour.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Rob Schneider

US comedian Rob Schneider is coming to the UK this March for a 5-date tour, visiting London, Glasgow, Birmingham, Chester and Leeds. The former Saturday Night Live star appeared in hit movies Grown Ups, You Don’t Mess With The Zohan, Big Daddy and The Waterboy and Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo. The San Francisco-born funnyman is well known for his trademark blend of character and comedic acting, and has become one of the most popular touring acts on the live comedy circuit.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Rose Matafeo

New Zealand's Rose Matafeo isn't really a stand-up comedian at all. She is simply a force of nature. A whirlwind in human form ready to whip up a comedy storm from the moment she walks on and sends up her own speccy appearance. Her performances can take in everything from physical clowning to off-the-wall mini-sketches.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Carl Barron

Carl Barron is one of the most successful comedy performers in Australia and is set to make a rare visit to UK soil, bringing his hugely successful new stand up show “Drinking with a Fork” to the Eventim Apollo on March 3. Barron’s unique storytelling style allows him to mine his own life and childhood for comic gems.

Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Jon Pointing

Update 9/4/18: Jon Pointing has joined the cast of Plebs as Jason.
 
Jon Pointing's Edinburgh show Act Natural was one of the underground hits of the Fringe this summer. And it may be about to go overgound with a run at the Soho Theatre.

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Interview: Nick Helm

I interviewed Nick Helm this summer for the London Evening Standard in the run-up to his new tour and new Dave TV series Eat Your Heart Out. You can read the original interview here but he said so much that I couldn't fit in that I've posted the interview transcript below.

Interview: Mae Martin

A version of this interview first appeared in the London Evening Standard here at the start of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Martin went on to pick up a lastminute.com Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination for her show Dope.

 

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