17 episodes

Comedy writer and performer, Simon Topping, talks to other funny professionals about how it all started for them; delving a little into their childhood, how they were as kids, plus the breaks they got and the people who helped them along the way, as well as the challenges they faced. Did anyone ever urge them, “Get Yourself a Proper Job?” Let’s find out.

Get Yourself a Proper Job Simon Topping

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Comedy writer and performer, Simon Topping, talks to other funny professionals about how it all started for them; delving a little into their childhood, how they were as kids, plus the breaks they got and the people who helped them along the way, as well as the challenges they faced. Did anyone ever urge them, “Get Yourself a Proper Job?” Let’s find out.

    Get Yourself a Proper Job -Season 2 Bitesize Compilation 1

    Get Yourself a Proper Job -Season 2 Bitesize Compilation 1

    Some bitesize best bits from fabulous guests in season 2 including: 

    Adam Bloom 
    Anna Nicholson 
    Andy Riley 
    Kate Smurthwaite 

    More snipets to follow next week. 

    • 7 min
    Phil Porter - Episode 16

    Phil Porter - Episode 16

    Welcome to the final interview of Season 2. Enjoy my friends . Season 3 is in the works and will be released in 2022.  Until then I will be popping up some best bits, and comedy snippets around the theme.  

    Phil has been a friend for more than a decade; he is a marvellous, warm and engaging man and all round good egg . We talked about lots of thing from his pathway into theatre writing, what he enjoys about writing comedy, the ups and downs of self employe life and much more. He also gives some fabulous advice to anyone thinking of starting as a writer.

    Phil Porter is an award wining, Olivier nominated,  British playwright, screenwriter and librettist. His plays include Vice Versa (2017), The Miser (adapted 2017), The Man With the Hammer (2016), The Christmas Truce (2014), Blink (2012), and Here Lies Mary Spindler (2009).

    • 45 min
    Anna Nicholson - Episode 15

    Anna Nicholson - Episode 15

    Welcome to episode 15 you lucky people.

    Today I've have been mostly talking to Anna Nicholson.  I saw her one women character comedy show Woman of the Year in 2018 and was blown away by her confidence and funniness, which is why I was surprised to her of her lack of confidence when she was a child.  We also talk about theatre in the community, where Anna began her performance career, the New Review show which semented her love of comedy, drama schools and much more. 

    Anna Nicholson is an actress, comedian, voice over artist and writer.  Originally from Newcastle upon Tyne, she specialises in comedy and playing multiple characters.
    She has written for BBC’s Crackerjack.  and was in the top 3% for the BBC’s Caroline Aherne Bursary for character comedians.
    ​Her solo show, Woman of the Year developed with James Cary (Bluestone 42, Miranda) played at the Brighton Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe and Adelaide Fringe where it won a Best Comedy award. 

    • 53 min
    Fiona Coffey - Episode 14

    Fiona Coffey - Episode 14

    Friday the 10th September 2021 brings us the 14th Episode

    This episode is with cabaret performer and funny woman Fiona Coffey.

    Fiona started as a performer in her early 50s.  She has done two sell out shows, A touch of Mrs Robinson and Honey's Happening, both wonderful interactive shows. 

    We chat about starting performing a little later in life.  How empowering it is to create your own work.  The benefits of knowing ourself more regarding performance and how to make audience participation as fun for the participant as it is for the crowd watching and much more.

    • 55 min
    Dave Cohen - Episode 13

    Dave Cohen - Episode 13

    Friday the 3rd September2021 brings lucky episode 13.

    This episode is with comedy writer, teacher and novelist Dave Cohen.

    Dave has many thing on the go.  You can book on a sitcom writing course, buy his novel, Stand Up, Barry Goldman or simply listen to his fabulous Podcast, Sitcom Geeks. 

    We chat about how lucky he has been to be in the right place at the right time, several times; his founding of and firing from the Comedy Store Players, Britain's best know comedy improv outfit; How his brief career as a journalist set him up to write effectively for comedy and much more. 

    Dave Cohen has been a constant presence on the British comedy scene for more than 35 years.
    He has written for some of the most successful TV shows including Have I Got News For You, Spitting Image, BBC sitcoms Not Going Out and My Family, and dozens of radio shows including News Quiz, and Dead Ringers.

    He has written nearly 100 song for the multi-BAFTA BBC hit, Horrible Histories.

    • 50 min
    Kate Smurthwaite - Episode 12

    Kate Smurthwaite - Episode 12

    Friday the 27th August 2021 brings the half way point of 8 consecutive Fridays were I release interviews that I have done with other professionally funny people.  We talk about how they got their start in the industry they love.

    This episode is with feminist comedian and political activist. Kate Smurthwaite.

    Kate has a fabulous Patreon page of news satire you can support here: https://www.patreon.com/newsatkate.

    We chat about how, after almost a decade working for banks and hedge funds she made the switch to comedy and how you have to diversify, epsecially in a pandemic, to survive.  We also talk about her mum, going to the doctors and much, much more. 

    Kate performs stand-up comedy all over the UK and around the world
    ​In 2013 she won a Three Week's Editor's Choice Award naming her one of the ten best things about the Edinburgh Fringe. In 2014 she was nominated for the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize for campaigning against violence against women.
    ​Kate has appeared as a panelist on Question Time as well as The Big Questions, This Morning, BBC News, Sky News, Woman's Hour, The Today Program, The Moral Maze and Newsnight. 
     Internationally she is probably best-known as the star of a viral video circulated under the name Atheist Bitchslap.
    Kate's campaigning work has included almost a decade as spokesperson for Abortion Rights UK and working with female asylum seekers through Women For Refugee Women and Women Asylum Seekers Together. 

    • 50 min

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