Jay Islaam interviews Birmingham-based comedy promoter Martin Mullaney, who runs the Cheeky Monkey comedy club in Moseley. It’s the longest running independent comedy club in the city, and has played host to some of the biggest names in British comedy in the last eighteen years.
We start off our conversation by discussing Martin’s passion for local arts and culture, and the genesis of his career as a comedy promoter, which served as an escape from his very scientific day job. I learn about Martin’s political career and the pain of defeat at the ballot box, which he thinks is not dissimilar to what comedians can go through too.
Martin also explains how difficult it is to make any profit whatsoever from running comedy shows, plus how the industry has changed in the last eighteen years – in particular the growing diversity of voices appearing on stage nowadays. Finally, we end up discussing the parallels between the experiences of the Irish community in the last century and the situation faced by the Muslim community today.
This is part one of the interview. Part two will be going online in the very near future.
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