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Global comedy superstar Russell Brand is studying for a degree, raising a new baby, and assembling a new two-year tour. An Essex boy with cosmic ambition, his art is obsessed with finding the transcendent in the mundane. We talk about his joy in "scribbling on reality", how he employs language to hijack and seed discourse, and the art of disruption...
 
Stu's current tour of UK and Melbourne: www.comedianscomedian.com/tour
 
Soho live podcasts: 8th May JEREMY HARDY, 5th June JO BRAND, www.sohotheatre.com

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One of the most iconoclastic, pioneering and influential comedians in Britain, Stewart Lee has forged his post-punk ideals into a thrillingly funny live act, with the very form at his fingertips.

We explore the deliberately uncomfortable tension between the man and the stage persona; discuss his self-imposed exclusion from the comedy community; and investigate his unshakeable conviction that he is in fact unsuccessful.

Follow Stewart on tour www.stewartlee.co.uk

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An electrifying live performer, with a casual brutality that has audiences laughing despite themselves, Paul Chowdhry sells far more tickets than his mid-level TV profile might suggest. We talk about his outsider status, the racial abuse he suffered as a child, and the responsibility or otherwise of the comedian to challenge the status quo.

See Stu's standup show on tour comedianscomedian.com/tour

Support the show with a donation at comedianscomedian.com/donate

Book tickets for other Soho Theatre shows at sohotheatre.com/whats-on/the-come…dcast-with-stuar/

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Mark Forward is one of Canada's finest comic exports, with a genuinely off-the-wall approach to his comedy, and the resolve that comes of having retired and come back to the profession. We talk about humble arrogance; looking for milestones; the joy of silence; and ask how many people have to tell you you're good before you believe them...

See Stu's standup show on tour comedianscomedian.com/tour

Support the show with a donation at comedianscomedian.com/donate

Book tickets for other Soho Theatre shows at sohotheatre.com/whats-on/the-come…dcast-with-stuar/

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197 - Phil Wang

Phil Wang is a suave dork, a confident nerd, a feminist creep and a very funny young man.  We uncover his childhood being hit with sticks in Malaysia, and track his comedy odyssey via presidency of Cambridge Footlights to "Have I Got News For You?" (BBC). We also talk about the development and shrewd positioning of his sketch outfit "Daphne", and hs relationship to the word "yellow".

See Stu's standup show on tour comedianscomedian.com/tour

Support the show with a donation at comedianscomedian.com/donate

Book tickets for other Soho Theatre shows at sohotheatre.com/whats-on/the-come…dcast-with-stuar/

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Comedian, singer, musician and key member of improvisational powerhouse "Austentatious", Rachel Parris revels in undercutting her nice girl image with some tough material.  We talk about how audiences listen differently to talking and singing; how to survive the sinking feeling of a tough festival; and her experience spinning a chat with the Samaritans into comedy gold...

See Rachel Parris in "Best Laid Plans" at Sohotheatre.com from 6-8th March

See Stu on tour from now! comedianscomedian.com/tour

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You can email Samaritans at any time – jo@samaritans.org

Whatever you're going through, call Samaritans free any time, from any phone in the UK on 116 123.

Samaritans are all volunteers, all there round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it's best to call on the phone. The number is FREE to call. You don't have to be suicidal to call.

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Elis James and John Robins have both appeared on the show before as comics in their own right, but in this live special we focus on the work that goes into their endlessly funny and heartfelt radio and podcast double-act.  We explore the hidden language of the show, the dramatic improvement in their standup work, and a factually accurate description of the band Queen...

See Stu's standup show on tour comedianscomedian.com/tour

Support the show with a donation at comedianscomedian.com/donate

Book tickets for other Soho Theatre shows at http://sohotheatre.com/whats-on/the-comedianandrsquo-s-comedian-podcast-with-stuar/ 

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Brian Regan is the undisputed master of the "act-out", reducing audiences to tears of joy as he inhabits one potent premise after another. We squeezed in half an hour backstage to talk about how he shapes and annotates his "vignettes", and find out why everyone considers him the nicest man in comedy.

Note to UK-based listeners. Even if you don't always download non-UK acts, please just give this a whirl; it's only short and he's INCREDIBLE.

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Radio and TV regular Angela is a prodigious joke-writer with a reputation for sharp material delivered in a world-weary manner. A former mental health professional, who "lost" her twenties to mental health problems she could deftly conceal, we talk about topical and political comedy, and ask whether her punchline density is really driven by insecurity...

Catch up with Angela's latest tour dates at www.angelabarnescomedy.co.uk

See Stu's standup show on tour comedianscomedian.com/tour

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Like a reverse superhero, Elis James is a warm and charismatic story-teller, able to summon a hilarious, tiny-fisted, ranting neurotic from a parallel universe.  We discuss how his persona changes when performing in English or his native Welsh, explore his sumptuous vocabulary, and unpack his superbly anecdotal style.

Extra content from this conversation is available at comedianscomedian.com/extras

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