Back to Basics Comedy Podcast Episode 9 – Luke Craig

I’ve wanted to get Luke Craig on the podcast for a while, so I’m really pleased we were finally able to persuade him to chat with us. I first saw Luke at the Cavendish Arms about 18 months ago and was immediately impressed with his act – you can get a taste of his material in this five minute set at Up the Creek’s Beat the Blackout night.

In this episode, Luke talks to us about his journey so far, his approach to writing material, and we bitch about our kids quite a lot…

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Back to Basics Comedy Podcast Episode 8 – Red Richardson

Red Richardson has been described by Chortle as one of the most exciting new comedians in recent years, and you only need to watch him in action to understand why.

In this episode, Red explains how he went from knowing almost nothing about stand-up comedy to becoming a full time comic in under five years.

You can find him on Twitter here.

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Back to Basics Comedy Podcast Episode 6 – Eshaan Akbar

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Just five years into his stand-up career, Eshaan Akbar already has an impressive comedy CV, including three Edinburgh shows, supporting Dane Baptiste and Micky Flanagan on tour, and BBC appearances.

In this episode of the podcast, Eshaan talked to us about his journey from open mic act to full time stand-up comedian. He offered a lot of useful advice, including how he learned to deal with bombing, refining his bits, and the difference between an Edinburgh show and a club set.

You can find him on Twitter here, and at his website.

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Back to Basics Comedy Podcast Episode 5 – Daniel Muggleton

Daniel Muggleton is an Australian pro comic, currently living in London, with a new special out on Amazon called Let’s Never Hang Out. You can find his website here, and follow him on Twitter too.

We recorded this podcast at the Vauxhall Comedy Club, shortly before Dan did a set there, and in it he gives us the inside story of what it’s like to get a special filmed and distributed.

He also gave us a lot of useful advice on things like how to get better at crowd-work, and figuring out how (or even if) you should take on tricky topics in your act.

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Basic Comedy Podcast Episode 4 – Fatiha el-Ghorri

Fatiha el-Ghorri is a rising star of the UK comedy scene – rapidly progressing from open mic act to professional gigs, she’s already building a formidable profile.

In this episode she gives us some great insight into how she was able to develop so quickly as an act, and explains how she deals with abusive hecklers on-stage and online.

You can find Fatiha on Twitter here.

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Basic Comedy Podcast Episode 3 – Jamie Allerton

In this episode Mouch interviews Jamie Allerton, who runs the Rubber Shark Comedy gig at South Kensington Comedy Club (Lance couldn’t be arsed showing up for this one).

Jamie’s on the Twitter, and here’s a video of his recent set at Comedy Moochabout.

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Basic Comedy Podcast Episode 2 – Ken Grinell

In this episode Mouch and I interviewed Ken Grinell, who’s been working his way up the comedy ladder for a few years. I really enjoyed this interview, because although I’d seen Ken at a few gigs I didn’t really know him very well, and he turned out to have a lot of useful advice for people who are new to standup.

You can find Ken on Twitter here.

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Basic Comedy Podcast Episode 1 – Akin Omobitan


In this first episode of the Basic Comedy Podcast, we interview Akin Omobatin about his journey so far in standup comedy, from his very first open mic nights to success in competitions, and taking a show to the Edinburgh Fringe. Also, barebacking.

You can find Akin’s website here (along with his podcast “It Dies Here”, and he’s also on the Twitter.

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