The British Comedy Guide's podcast all about British comedy. Writer and performer Dave Cohen hosts What Are You Laughing At? - featuring an array of special guests, alongside regulars writer James Cary and stand-up Tony Cowards. Dave discusses the latest comedy news, TV and radio programmes, and the live comedy circuit. Plus topical debates, reviews and opinions.
Episode 15 - Miles Jupp
The multi-talented Miles Jupp joins Dave Cohen to talk about his stand-up tour, acting in Rev, developing his radio and TV show In And Out Of The Kitchen, the writing process generally, cricket, how he uses Twitter without actually having an account, and more.
Episode 14 - Chris Addison
The British Comedy Guide's podcast is back! Chris Addison chats in-depth to Dave Cohen about his comedy career, including how he started in stand-up comedy, and his work on shows including Lab Rats, The Thick Of It, and Veep. He also introduces Trying Again, the new sitcom for Sky Living which he co-created with Simon Blackwell. In the show, he plays a man whose fiancee has had an affair with her boss. Chris explains how the project evolved and what it is like working for Sky TV.
Episode 13 - Sean Hughes
In the first WAYLA? podcast of 2013, Dave Cohen and BCG editor Aaron Brown are joined by Sean Hughes. The comedian, novelist and actor is back on tour with a life-affirming show about death. He chats with Dave and Aaron about his career; early 1990s sitcom Sean's Show; how the stand-up industry is changing; the differing motivations between stand-up, acting and writing; and the cult of celebrity. The trio also discuss the ratings hits of broad-humour sitcoms Miranda and Mrs. Brown's Boys, and ask whether comedy is becoming too cruel.
Episode 12 - Mark Thomas & Caroline Norris
We're back! After a busy few months, WAYLA? returns for more top-quality discussion about comedy - and now in a studio! In this show, host Dave Cohen is joined by activist comic Mark Thomas to talk about his Edinburgh show Bravo Figaro!, all about opera and his dad; and top comedy producer Caroline Norris, the brains behind smash-hit childrens' sketch show Horrible Histories, BBC Three's Dead Boss, and Jack Dee's new Sky Atlantic series Don't Sit In The Front Row.
Join the trio - plus British Comedy Guide editor Aaron Brown - to discuss the late, great Eric Sykes; the Edinburgh Fringe; the history of Horrible Histories; compliance, and the BBC.
Special thanks also to Daniel Cainer for his assistance in the recording of this episode. You can catch his highly-praised musical storytelling show The Jewbadour on the Free Fringe throughout August.
Episode 11 - Andrew Ellard
Dave Cohen and James Cary are joined by top script editor Andrew Ellard. Together they discuss ITV's latest moves back into the field of sitcom, and Andrew's impressive CV, including The IT Crowd (with Graham Linehan) and Red Dwarf (with Doug Naylor). Andrew also talks about his work co-writing The Brian Butterfield Movie with James and Peter Serafinowicz, as well as the use of Twitter in the comedy industry, and more in-depth writing discussion including the mechanics and use of character and gags.
Episode 10 - Watson & Oliver
Dave Cohen and Tony Cowards are joined by TV's newest comedy duo, Lorna Watson and Ingrid Oliver. The girls - whose debut BBC Two sketch show began on Monday - open up about their partnership, their writing process and background in live comedy, plus the reception to their new sketch show Watson & Oliver - and how Jennifer Saunders made them cry.