406 episodes

For anyone who writes comedy, makes comedy, loves comedy, or just has an interest in comedians and what makes them so annoying.

The Comedian's Comedian Podcast Stuart Goldsmith

    • Comedy
    • 4.7 • 26 Ratings

For anyone who writes comedy, makes comedy, loves comedy, or just has an interest in comedians and what makes them so annoying.

    380 - CK (Caimh) McDonnell

    380 - CK (Caimh) McDonnell

    Crime fiction powerhouse and former circuit comedian, CK McDonnell is on the cusp of levelling further up, with a TV adaptation of his half a million selling “Dublin Trilogy” in the works.


    We talk about how to write fast, being calibrated for tough criticism, solving problems in the shower, and how to let characters evolve - especially Bunny McGarry who went from villain to his best loved creation.


    25 mins of extra content from this interview is available exclusively to the Insiders Club!
    We discover Caimh’s secrets of self-publication, learn about how he cultivates the fanbase that now flock around him, and learn why he won’t record his own audiobooks!


    Go to www.comedianscomedian.com/insiders for this and much more, including the exclusive Insiders Q&As with Nish Kumar, James Acaster and Fern Brady and the incredible “self-help for comedians” special with Amanda Donnet.
     
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    379 - Fin Taylor

    379 - Fin Taylor

    In an industry awash with “edgelord” comedians, Fin Taylor is the real deal. Erudite, thunderously funny, and provocative having done the reading first, he manages to annoy absolutely everybody.


    We talk about how his unusual schooling instilled in him an apparent license to infuriate; how his need to row back from the furthest possible point makes his new material gigs so painful; how he went turbo after an agent-shedding Edinburgh decision; and why he finds self-worth in his material not the audience’s approval…


    AND:


    35 mins of extra content from this interview is available exclusively to the Insiders Club!
    We discover an underground route for UK comics hoping to break America; how to bring a knife to a roast battle; Fin’s new focus on writing prose; and he continues to chip away at the omertà code of silence of the Bearpit Podcast Podcast…


    Go to www.comedianscomedian.com/insiders for this and much more, including the exclusive Insiders Q&As with Nish Kumar, James Acaster and Fern Brady and the incredible “self-help for comedians” special with Amanda Donnet.




    @FinTaylorcomedy
    fintaylor.com


    This podcast is @ComComPod on twitter and instagram
    www.comedianscomedian.com


    I'm doing Edinburgh!
    www.monkeybarrelcomedy.com
     
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    • 1 hr 34 min
    378 - Stevie Martin

    378 - Stevie Martin

    Stevie Martin has been generating excellent material for years, and is now starting to break through due to her jaw-droppingly funny online videos, packed with punchlines and with a genuinely unique flavour.


    We talk about the huge amount of time and prep that goes into her work, as she battles to feel like a “proper comedian” in an industry that prioritises certain styles, backgrounds and looks.


    We also explore her brilliant former sketch outfit Massive Dad, and whether their aesthetic made them “unapproachable” as performers; the relative loneliness of stand-up; and trying to love Edinburgh in the way that it deserves to be loved…




    Insiders:


    35 mins of extra content available exclusively to the Insiders Club include Stevie on her murky past as an Edinburgh Fringe reviewer! She also shares some surprising insights about what works on Twitter and why, the inside editorial secrets of content creators, and we find out why her next Edinburgh poster might sell her in a very different way than previous years.


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    • 1 hr 17 min
    377 - Paul Zerdin

    377 - Paul Zerdin

    Irrepressibly optimistic, utterly in love with his craft and very mentally robust, Paul Zerdin is the British ventriloquist who won America's Got Talent.


    We talk about his lengthy career working across different circuits -- from variety, cruises and holiday camps to mainstream comedy -- and discuss how he navigates the suspicions of the alternative comedy industry. Paul outlines in detail his pandemic pivot, the relentless energy devoted to TV pitches, how he planned his AGT set to build and build, as well as deception, illusion, and the modular nature of magic...


    ~15 minutes of extra Insider content available, including Paul's drive to create a fourth-wall-breaking ventriloquist animation, world domination, and Vegas, baby!


    Go to www.comedianscomedian.com/insiders for this and much more, including the exclusive Insiders Q&As with Nish Kumar, James Acaster and Alfie Brown, and your invite to the forthcoming ones with Fern Brady and a “self-help for comedians” special with Amanda Donnet (MClinPsych)


    Find Paul here:


    paulzerdin.com
    IG: @paulzerdin
    TW: @paulzerdin
    FB: Paul Zerdin
    YT: Paul Zerdin
    www.paulzerdin.com
    youtube.com/paulzerdin
    @paulzerdin
     
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    376 - Josh Johnson

    376 - Josh Johnson

    Josh Johnson doesn't put a foot wrong. This masterful young US comic never stops working and is reaping the benefits with a place in the Daily Show writers' room, and two brand new releases: his own music/comedy collaboration "Mixtape", and his debut special "# (Hashtag)".


    We encounter a really thoughtful approach to his art, and talk about his possibly unique combination of comedy and non-comic original music; explore embellishment; and how "playing to his weakness" serves his material...


    20ish minutes of extra content available exclusively to Insiders as Josh ruminates on vulnerabilities, approach, and how not even the most vexatious of Uber drivers can knock back the offer of free fried chicken.


    Go to www.comedianscomedian.com/insiders for this and much more, including the exclusive Insiders Q&As with Nish Kumar, James Acaster and Alfie Brown, and your invite to the forthcoming ones with Fern Brady and a “self-help for comedians” special with Amanda Donnet (MClinPsych)


    Connect with Josh Johnson: 
    https://www.joshjohnsoncomedy.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/joshjohnsoncomedy/
    https://twitter.com/joshjohnson
    https://www.facebook.com/JoshJComedy
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLuYADJ6hESLHX87JnsGbjA
     
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    375 - Jessie Cave

    375 - Jessie Cave

    “A drill-sergeant not a perfectionist”, Jessie Cave enjoys simultaneous careers as an actress, comic, artist, and performance artist, all of which marry an extraordinary pragmatism with an attitude of artistic abundance. 


    We talk about her relentless documentation of her life as a means of seeking permanence, the tragic death of her brother in 2019 - how she processed it, and the effect it had on her creativity - as well as her recent Soho On Demand special “Sunrise”, filmed in Corona to an audience of her sister BeBe, and her new novel “Sunset”.


    * Content warning: Sexual assault *


    15 mins of extra content available exclusively to the Insiders Club include Jessie on how her membership of the Harry Potter franchise has a legacy of fandom that isn’t always useful to her as an independent artist, and how the Cave Sisters Patreon has changed her relationship with elements of her following.


    Go to www.comedianscomedian.com/insiders for this and much more, including the exclusive Insiders Q&As with Nish Kumar, James Acaster and Fern Brady and the incredible “self-help for comedians” special with Amanda Donnet.


    Instagram @JessieCave
    Twitter @JessieCave
    Website: www.jessiedoodles.com
    Find Jessie’s debut novel “Sunset” here: https://linktr.ee/Jessie_Cave
    Find Jessie and Bebe’s podcast: “We Can’t Talk About This Right Now” on YouTube and podcast providers
    Patreon: www.patreon.com/cavesisters
     
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    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

MBPjcb ,

Great podcast

Informative and interesting about the comedian's process. Naturally funny and introduces you to new comics.

jenniefm ,

Excellent. Just excellent.

Stuart has an excellent interviewing style. I'm not a comedian, nor do I have a yearning to be, but it if you are interested in how people get better at their craft this is for you.

Neal_dj ,

I wasn't paid for this review.

Essential listening for anyone interested in comedy.

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