The Comedian’s Comedian podcast

The Comedian’s Comedian podcast consists of Stuart Goldsmith interviewing fellow comedians. But it’s more than the boring old interview that we’ve become accustomed to in which comedians just promote their latest tour, DVD or sitcom. Instead Stuart, a great interviewer, asks demanding questions to discover how the comic ticks.

Every episode is fascinating. Stuart, a brilliant comic himself, clearly has a real passion for his art and, along with his guest, they explore the inner workings of stand up. The comedians on the show are all fantastic and I’m always surprised about how much they are willing to open up about their comedy. The range of guests adds extra intrigue, exploring contrasting styles and varying stages of a career in comedy.

In over 150 episodes, Stuart has interviewed the biggest names – Stewart Francis, Jason Byrne, Tim Vine, Dara O Briain, Ross Noble, Jason Manford, Al Murray, Rhod Gilbert, Alan Davies and the names keep on going, chances are he’ll have spoken to you’re favourite comedian. As well as learning more about well known acts, it’s also fantastic for discovering new comics that are emerging or not classed as mainstream.

The depth in which comedy is discussed has taught me a great deal, giving me insight to help me write my stand up reviews. Every episode is unique in that every comedian works in a slightly differing way. I’m yet to listen to them all, but the best episodes in my opinion have been with Gary Delany, his explanation of how he forms one liners was outstanding, Jason Byrne was incredibly funny and of course my favourite comedian Tim Vine was in fine form.

If you’re a fan of stand up then comcompod is a must listen. I listen on Soundcloud, I’m sure it’s available on other podcasting sites or you can go direct to the website. There are also a few episodes or parts of episodes that are on their Youtube channel worth checking out.

Stuart himself is going on his first stand up tour (I wrote about it briefly here) and is a great comedian so be sure to check out some dates.

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Tim Vine Celebrates Christmas

Every Christmas I listen to this podcast. It’s typical Tim Vine: silly, ludicrous and hilarious. The videos used to be scattered all over YouTube but thankfully they’ve been collated and knitted together. Some of the jokes are just stupid, but it’s Tim and his delivery that makes them so funny. Most of the puns are original for this podcast, not repeating old jokes, or using the ones here in his work since. The songs are more ridiculous than the jokes and the character voices even more so. The audience don’t give Tim the laughs he deserves, but he ploughs on regardless. Give it a listen, it’s half an hour of pure stupidity.