In this episode, I’m once again talking to veteran British comic Rudi Lickwood, just before he was about to perform at the Jongleurs comedy club in Birmingham. This is part two of a two-part interview. If you haven’t heard part one already then I recommend you go and listen to that one first. In this episode Rudi talks the importance of appreciating that comedy is a business if you want to succeed, and the power of agents and managers to boost your career, as well as the lack of meritocracy and the prevalence of nepotism. He discusses the disconnect between the grassroots of live comedy and the broadcasters on the lookout for new talent in the social media age. Rudi also gets a bit political and philosophical when talking about his experience performing for the armed forces abroad. Finally, Rudi mentions how being a father, and the responsibilities that come with that, have affected his outlook in terms of how he contributes to society as a whole. He’s also got plenty of advice for new acts starting out. You can find out more about Rudi Lickwood through his website, or by following him on Facebook and Twitter.
(The Comedy Cannon podcast with your host Jay Islaam.)