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176 - Bill Burr

At the top of his game, stand-up Bill Burr is conquering the planet with an extraordinary creative ferocity. He delights in unsettling audiences by saying the un-sayable, before justifying his comic position with inspiring verve. We learn the tricks he uses to break out of routine onstage, explode the myth of finding one's voice, and also have a really invigorating argument about privilege...

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There's dry, and then there's Todd Barry. On his "Crowdwork" tour, Todd's skill in low-energy one-liners allows him to spin unexpected angles into truly original audience interaction. We discuss writing habits, beating ideas to death onstage, and how it feels to play two different fictionalised versions of himself simultaneously...

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Wendy Wason gigs hard and acts in movies - but still juggles her comedy career with raising three children. We discuss her solid work ethic and achieving the "discipline of happiness", and find out how she became the most hated woman on a movie set. We also talk about turning your audience on, fetishising honesty, and there's also some slightly weird stuff about crystals...

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Superbly funny and very skilled Jinkx Monsoon won RuPaul's Drag Race IV, and with long-term collaborator Major Scales is continuing to weave that very public success into an established comedy career. We discuss maintaining individuality within the confines of reality TV, the shared territory between a drag persona and a comic voice, and how transformation affects the true self. We also cover accusations of transphobia, the assumptions made of drag performers' gender identity, and Jinkxy's "bitterness towards stupid people"...

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Brilliant British-Nigerian comic Funmbi shares a fascinating take on his transition from the urban circuit to the mainstream, and his reasoning behind the move. We also explore the dynamic between hype, substance and longevity, and get schooled on the inner mechanisms of the cussing battles which he mastered as a child...

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As you might expect from the impish British-Iranian comic who wears her heart on her sleeve, this conversation gets pretty deep pretty fast! We talk about shifting status, manufacturing common ground with your crowd and the nature of addiction. We also discover Shappi's recent enthusiasm for "giving love" to an audience, and what it's like when the comedy circuit starts to resemble the playground... 

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Star of "Good News" and "Stand-up Central" as well as a former "Mock the Week" team captain, Russell Howard is also one of the UK's most electrifying live performers. In this unusually candid interview, he exposes the unique pressures of fronting your own TV show, uncovers whether his success has made him happy, and we find out what you say to yourself after walking offstage at Wembley Arena...

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Rigorously intellectual and brilliantly poetic, Liam Williams approaches comedy like writing a novel, but does he even enjoy standup?

We talk about his experience of Cambridge Footlights, and examine a magpie approach to high culture; we also explore the lessons learnt from punching walls and falling out of windows...

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Urbane, charming and totally in touch with what makes him funny, Joe Lycett is the figurehead for a new generation of British comics. We talk technique in detail, digging into "Pomodoro" and renting an office in which to work. We also cover Joe's bisexuality, the nature of camp and what it means today, and the exact degree of truth involved in his absurdist catfishing of public institutions...

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Darkly silly stand-up and clown Seymour Mace channels his anger and bitterness through a lens of pure sunshine. He talks candidly about the challenges of living with depression in comedy; hating people who you know to be nice, the fear of returning to counselling, and letting yourself be happy. We also blow the lid off Cake Club...

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