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The Edinburgh Fringe and changing comedy. PR guru Mark Borkowski joins comedy critic Kate Copstick and blogger John Fleming in Edinburgh… What is good, bad, changed and unchanged at the Fringe? Why agents not PR people are the downfall of the Fringe. Plus the return of The Establishment Club and Borkowski’s new search for comics, artists, musicians…
 
The snooty sneering of the Oxbridge elite and some comics against popular humour. Variable opinions on The Weirdos and the Alternative Comedy Memorial Society. The talent of Luisa Omielan. The irresistible sexual attraction of Italian comic Giacinto Palmieri. The inability of comics like Michael McIntyre, Frank Carson & Matthew Kelly to stop being …
 
The brilliance of Alan Davies at Pull The Other One. The unfeasible tallness of Darren Walsh. The formidable talent and influence but silence of Richard Herring. How Jim Jefferies did not destroy Piers Morgan over Donald Trump’s ban. How Reeves & Mortimer ‘died’ in Basingstoke. How Rik Mayall & Ade Edmondson (not Ben Elton) ‘died’ on stage in Inver…
 
Comic Janet Bettesworth joins critic Kate Copstick and blogger John Fleming in the busy Mama Biashara emporium in London. They discuss the usefulness - or pointlessness - of having an MA course in stand-up comedy, being an aural voyeur and Facebook arguments. Plus Copstick on her plan to become a torch song singer, how she boil-washed her passport …
 
Thom Tuck joins critic Copstick and an ineffectively interjecting John at Mama Biashara in London in a doomed attempt to plug The Penny Dreadfuls’ new project. Copstick passionately attacks the Alternative Comedy Memorial Society and a female comedian but is clearly now warming to Sarah Millican. Thom talks about his indescribable new show and his …
 
Italian comic Luca Cupani on representing the UK in worldwide comedy competitions. The problems of performing to US and Canadian audiences. Copstick on why English language comedy is more precise. Theresa May’s Brexit speech. New Edinburgh Fringe venues. Copstick offers to marry Luca if he eats her. The sins of the Catholic Church and why anyone wh…
 
Ariane Sherine, musical comedy performer, journalist and TV scriptwriter joins critic Kate Copstick and blogger John Fleming in London’s bustling Mama Biashara emporium They disagree about sex on a first date, discuss hairy men, why sex is like a cup of coffee and why Charlie Brooker is kind. Plus the joys of meeting famous comics on The Guardian’s…
 
Nick Awde - critic, reviewer and author - joins Kate Copstick, John Fleming and a future gag writer aged 8½ in London’s Mama Biashara emporium for an even more-than-usually meandering and annoyingly interrupted podcast supposedly but only marginally touching on comedy amid discussions on linguistics, Ireland’s Black Lodge, Janey Godley’s family dog…
 
Martin Soan, comedy promoter and creator of The Greatest Show On Legs, talks to critic Kate Copstick and blogger John Fleming in London’s Mama Biashara emporium. Has all the quirkiness gone out of the comedy business? Can Michael Brunström and Spencer Jones save British comedy? Did the Arts Lab start alternative comedy? Memories of The Browns’ doub…
 
Comedy Cafe owner Noel Faulkner reveals the background to the club’s closure and possible re-birth in a perfect-sounding venue in February. Why a benefit show for the club would be “scandalous”. Why Malcolm Hardee’s Wibbley Wobbley is about to sink. The racism and sexism of club owners. How club owners schedule acts. The blame game played by comedi…
 
How Michael McIntyre succeeded in UK comedy. Why Louisa Omielan and Tom Binns are succeeding. The late Addison Cresswell’s talent. Five-year career plans. Copstick’s health, career and balls. The tragic closure of the Comedy Cafe in London. The effect of free entry clubs on pay-to-enter clubs in the UK. Is it necessary as a comic to play the UK com…
 
Often controversial London comedy club owner Martin Besserman talks to critic Kate Copstick and blogger John Fleming in a noisy Mama Biashara emporium. Martin on being mugged in a Manchester hotel. Why running a comedy club is getting more difficult. The problem (or not) of ’free’ shows. Misleading advertising. Jack Whitehall’s virginity. Patrick M…
 
After a disastrous attempt to record a podcast with Kate Copstick in Kenya, John Fleming (with raging toothache) talks to double Malcolm Hardee Award winning stand-up Becky Fury sitting on a freezing dockside bench outside the Wibbley Wobbley boat in Rotherhithe, a few feet from where Malcolm Hardee drowned in 2005. With the wind loudly hitting the…
 
Amid the drama of a very dodgy internet connection, critic Kate Copstick on the generosity of comedian Janey Godley and the Puppetry of The Penis man… on the screamingly camp men on British Airways… on the tasteless sexist posts of Britain’s mysoginist liberal Left attacking Donald Trump’s glamour model wife… on why Hillary Clinton maybe shows why …
 
Guest Chris Dangerfield and Kate Copstick attack social justice and political correctness and the Third Wave of Feminism. Plus the success of Andrew Lawrence, Richard Gadd and Doug Stanhope… Being a student with lots of sex, drugs and money. Plus is liking Robin Williams and Bob Monkhouse un-cool? The lottery of getting on television, the downsides…
 
Even more of a double act than a comedy podcast this week… In a Hallowe’en edition, we ramble on about Copstick’s health, Kenya’s unburnt witch, South Africa’s planned “pile of wank” to ban satire, a “spectacularly good” UK comedy club and Scotland’s White Heather Club. PLUS Are Sam Simmons and Spencer Jones suitable for Live at The Apollo? Orderin…
 
Copstick, on OxyContin, in a wildly busy Mama Biashara shop, tries and fails to find UK comedy news. Her plan to become a nun. The joys and talent of Miles Jupp. The horror of the Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton election debate. Plus Copstick has a go at the “smug, self-satisfied” UK haters of US Trump supporters and “the castles of cunts that have …
 
Why middle class comics were so shocked by Brexit. After an interrupted start with Copstick in camp in Kenya, back to our normal disjointed style - on the decline of British comedy clubs, the collapse of the Invisible Dot and Chatty Man Alan Carr; the rise of Ivan Brackenbury and Bill Bailey. Plus the Centre for Comedy Studies Research, a threat to…
 
Tim Renkow’s new BBC TV sitcom A Brief History of Tim - comedy critic Kate Copstick pitches herself for a role... With Mitch Benn and Jon Holmes sacked from "The Now Show", a plea for more comedy and less PC on BBC Radio. Plus Copstick spurns the live Grouchy Club in London for a mercy dash to Kenya on the rumour of “a demon drinking blood”. And ho…
 
Sexism, Kate Smurthwaite, wolf whistles, Sarah Chew, Emily Hill, babes and FemiNazis. Are terms of endearment from men sexist? Are wolf whistles the equivalent of war crimes? Have I got tuberculosis? Kate Copstick gets her tits out in front of Jordan. Janey Godley and The Only Way Is Glasgow. Why a doctor thought it was a bad idea to treat Copstick…
 
Political correctness and malicious intent. The Gazza PC hoo-hah and why we have to be upset about something. The English injustice system. Comedy MCs who become PC Heteronormatives. The changed acceptability of Harry Hill’s transgender joke. Plus Mama Biashara’s supplies to Syria. Is it impossible to have sensible comedians? And why Copstick recko…
 
The “proper sexism” of the mid-1980s and earlier in Northern Working Men’s Clubs remembered by comedy critic Kate Copstick while John Fleming fiddles with his nuts. Copstick reminiscences about her days as a pantomime dame, touring the northern clubs and being pelted with sweets by 2,000 children. There is talk of BBC TV currently ‘desecrating' old…
 
Unoriginal BBC TV sitcoms crucified by critic Kate Copstick. Why performers are entirely right to call her a bastard. John Fleming’s criminal background. The English and Scottish injustice systems. Copstick ‘outs' herself as a Corbynista and talks of her secret lust for her English teacher. PLUS Why Ariane Sherine wants Copstick as her mother and J…
 
Comedians’ careers: is it worth going to the Edinburgh Fringe? Which excellent Edinburgh venue’s press office was criticised? Richard Gadd’s shocking reaction to not winning an increasingly prestigious Malcolm Hardee Comedy Award. Plus Broadway Baby’s one-star review of a “quite creepy” comedian’s show. Tim Renkow’s brilliant online sitcom. Lorrain…
 
Comedy Awards at the Edinburgh Fringe. Before the 2016 Edinburgh Comedy Awards were announced, amid a noisy crowd in Assembly, a tired and emotional Kate Copstick and John Fleming babble and discuss comedy at the Fringe and how the Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards winners were decided… Plus the brilliance of Richard Gadd and Phil Ellis, the million-pou…
 
Comedy gossip with critic Kate Copstick and blogger John Fleming in a very noisy Southside Social pub in Edinburgh. Why Copstick no longer wants to hear about Fringe comedy acts from PRs next year. Comic Candy Gigi’s horrendous experience with an awards judge. Why the comedy section of the Fringe Programme has become “toxic”. How Paul Currie’s come…
 
This week, Kate Copstick is joined by Sam Simmons, Richard Gadd, Colum Tyrell and John Pendal, plus two of the Hot Brown Honeys make an appearance in Underbelly's late night Abattoir bar.Par Underbelly
 
Kate Copstick rants about people jumping the queue at Richard Gadd’s show and how greedy Edinburgh University are financially raping the Fringe. Plus Copstick’s X-ray shows a shadow on her lung: could it be her last Fringe? Plus how Tim Minchin’s UK career started. How “wonderful” Karen Koren of the Gilded Balloon venue has helped acts. Michael Bru…
 
Sex at the Edinburgh Fringe. The most arrogant little prick of a comedian whose show critic Kate Copstick has ever sat through. The joys of Sweet venues. A woman being hit over the head by a wheelbarrow. Alfie Brown’s brilliance. Copstick nominates Twonkey for the Malcolm Hardee Comedy Award and raves about Michael Brunstrom’s surreal show and his …
 
Comedy, teabagging, fisting, rimming, felching and threesomes. Kate Copstick announces her Edinburgh Fringe podcast without me and remembers a great fetish club. Copstick and Jim Jeffries’ sexual experiences with Doktor CocaColaMcDonalds. Ariane Sherine’s offensive songs. An alternative to the wastefulness of Comic Relief. The Underbelly venue boys…
 
The rise of YouTube videos. Critic Kate Copstick & blogger John Fleming are joined by comedian Diane Spencer. Do comedians HAVE to play the Edinburgh Fringe or even play the London circuit? Getting fined £20,000 for bad taste jokes. Plus Lewis Schaffer’s dirty protest poster; the joys of morphine; the new FirstMinute Awards at the Edinburgh Fringe;…
 
Exclusive revelations: Piff The Magic Dragon’s dog and Game of Thrones. Ed at Last’s new firstminute.com awards. Bob Slayer’s new immensely-long show. Why coming second is better. What exactly ARE the increasingly prestigious Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards? Do funnier comedians die younger? Plus cunning stunts at the Edinburgh Fringe by Malcolm Harde…
 
How to get comedy shows reviewed at the Edinburgh Fringe. How to extract good quotes from bad reviews. The highly influential and currently very ill comedy reviewer Kate Copstick on how, why and when she decides to review shows for The Scotsman during the Edinburgh Fringe. Plus Copstick sings. Plus famous people’s semen. http://www.grouchyclub.co.u…
 
John Fleming tries to get a word in while comedy critic Kate Copstick talks about the most impressive press release she has seen for an Edinburgh Fringe show this year and her mooted return to stand-up comedy. PLUS her admiration for Boris Johnson, Angus Deayton, Lady Colin Campbell, Tanya Lee Davis, Janet Bettesworth (“the best hair in comedy”) an…
 
Britain votes to leave the EU - plus homosexuality and devil worship in Kenya; comedy critic Kate Copstick vomits, shits blood and is threatened with arrest; Scotland’s terrible weather; a future Scottish referendum; Copstick says: “I’ve got an arse on me like a Harrier jet” and she sings with John. http://www.grouchyclub.co.uk You can also downloa…
 
On a bad line from a noisy internet cafe in Nairobi, critic Copstick talks to sleepy blogger John in London about... political tension and facial pus-filled spots in Kenya; sectarianism in Scotland and Kenya; the killing of MP Jo Cox in Britain; interviewing comedian Stewart Lee; this year’s Malcolm Hardee Award judges; John having half his beard s…
 
Is comedy a vocation or a desperation? (NB THERE IS SOUND BREAK-UP 14’40”-16’20” BUT IT RECOVERS!) From a Nairobi cafe, critic Kate Copstick talks to blogger John Fleming in London about... Being homeless in Kenya, racist jokes, a new Malcolm Hardee Comedy Award judge and the hypnotist who creates comedy improvisers. Plus John says there are only t…
 
NB CONTAINS LANGUAGE THAT SOME MAY CONSIDER OFFENSIVE (but I think they’re wrong) - Is there a difference between racial and racist jokes? Are racially-descriptive words in themselves offensive? PLUS Kate Copstick on observational comedy, “the industrialisation of comedy” in the UK and attacks three Channel 4 Comedy Gala performers for losing their…
 
The Fanny & Johnny Craddock of comedy podcasting - critic Kate Copstick and blogger John Fleming - talk about having sex, Gilbert & Sullivan, the new Angel Comedy club in London, Edinburgh Fringe comedy previews in the Mama Biashara performance space, the Jeremy Corbyn video, Clowns Without Borders, sending comedians to combat ISIS and Saddam Husse…
 
IN A TRAGIC CYBER CATASTROPHE, the start of this podcast was accidentally erased. The background is that John Fleming had been ill with flu and Kate Copstick had been in bed in agony for two days. Now listen on... The Canadian comic being sued for a non-PC joke. The children’s cartoon series with a cure for cancer and the lure of immortality. How t…
 
How does a writer know their material is good? Is there such a thing as pure funny? Does mass appeal always mean bland not brilliant? + The end of the Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards, Jimmy Carr v Michael McIntyre, John Lloyd’s new show, Radio Times and the new restrictive Scotsman contracts for freelancers. THIS PODCAST WAS RECORDED ON 6th MAY BUT, D…
 
Comedy critic Kate Copstick goes on one of her moanalogues, then explains why she is an ‘easy lay’ and talks about the man who chatted her up last week, the small African who disappeared between her legs, how to spot a large penis, her time in a jacuzzi with a poodle and her failed attempt to cut her pubic hair into a heart shape and dye it pink. P…
 
Sexual harassment by a male comedian to a female comedian. Critic Kate Copstick thrown out of her home for alleged sexual activity. Internet Fascists. Critics crowdfunded to review shows. Eamonn Holmes and Kelvin MacKenzie on dead stars. http://www.grouchyclub.co.uk You can also download this audio podcast from iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/po…
 
Comedy critic Kate Copstick’s change-of-heart over Ross Noble. What comedians should NOT do on stage. Doug Segal drowning kittens in a bucket. Lewis Schaffer’s 0-star review and comedians’ attacks on reviewers. The shift to online PC cabals. How a double bass made Jim Tavaré successful. Ariane Sherine’s strange success. The first 15 seconds that ma…
 
Comedy critic Kate Copstick on why comedian Stewart Lee is “unique”. Plus Richard Herring’s £100,000, Lewis Schaffer, Ang Lee, the Spank heckler and how Edinburgh venue the Gilded Balloon has 'cocked up’ and probably destroyed a planned Lady Colin Campbell Edinburgh Fringe show. All that plus Copstick’s crusty breasts. http://www.grouchyclub.co.uk …
 
Kate Copstick gives the background to the anti-Semitic posting on Facebook and the Twitter s***storm. http://www.grouchyclub.co.uk You can also download this audio podcast from iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/grouchy-clubs-mostly-about/id977279883 John Fleming posts occasional blogs at: http://blog.thejohnfleming.com…
 
In a noisy Nairobi internet cafe, critic Kate Copstick takes a break from comedy and talks to John Fleming in London about witchcraft and drug-taking in Kenya... and the FemiNazis in London. http://www.grouchyclub.co.uk You can also download this audio podcast from iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/grouchy-clubs-mostly-about/id977279883 Jo…
 
On a difficult FaceTime link from Nairobi, comedy critic Kate Copstick talks to John Fleming in London about how comics ruined the Edinburgh Fringe, “Mother fucking Teresa”, her drug taking in Kenya, the late magician Paul Daniels, comedy in Africa and anarchic comedian Malcolm Hardee being reincarnated in Kenya. http://www.grouchyclub.co.uk You ca…
 
“Comedy is often a defence mechanism... You learn a way or survival and, if it works for you, you carry on. And, if you are a comic on the circuit now, you carry on whether it’s working or not.” With Kate Copstick away in Kenya, John Fleming talks to therapist turned comedy promoter Arlene Greenhouse and journalist turned stand-up comic Ariane Sher…
 
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