075. Radu Isac

Jay Islaam interviews British-based Romanian comedian Radu Isac, backstage at the final of Lastminute Comedy‘s annual Comedian of the Year competition, where both of them were competing (and neither of them won!). 

After almost a decade of performing standup in Romania, and occasionally in the USA, Radu decided to move to London and pursue his comedy dreams in the UK. He’s been here about 18 months now.

You can find out more about Radu Isac by following him on Twitter.

(The Comedy Cannon podcast with your host Jay Islaam.)

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074. Paul Sinha

Jay Islaam interviews award-winning comedian Paul Sinha, who will be performing at the brand new Laff Attack comedy club in Birmingham on Saturday 15th April 2017.

Paul is perhaps best known as one of the general knowledge gurus (“The Chasers”) on ITV quiz show The Chase. In this interview he talks about why he decided to abandon his medical career and how he transitioned from being a doctor to being a full-time standup comedian. He also tells me about the best and worst parts of being a standup comic, and why he loves performing at the comedy coalface in front of smaller comedy crowds.

Finally, Paul very openly talks about being a former gambling addict, and about the political differences he has with his boyfriend, and why, despite being left-wing, he refuses to publicly support the Labour party.

You can find out more about Paul Sinha by visiting his website or by following him on Twitter.

(The Comedy Cannon podcast with your host Jay Islaam.)

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073. Peter Fox

Jay Islaam speaks to comedy critic Peter Fox, who is a well known reviewer in the Midlands, helps run the Midlands Comedy Awards, and also hands out his own comedy awards every year over Christmas. 

In this interview Peter talks about his one and only experience performing comedy (at a gong show!), his favourite comedians, and why he enjoys visiting and reviewing at open mic nights. He also talks about some of the negative reactions he’s had to his critique of certain acts and their performances.

You can find out more about Peter Fox, and read his reviews, by visiting his website.

(The Comedy Cannon podcast with your host Jay Islaam.)

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072. Johnny Sorrow

Jay Islaam interviews award-winning comedian Johnny Sorrow, who hails from the Black Country and is considered one of the Godfathers of the alternative comedy scene in the Midlands. 

Johnny is a winner of the prestigious Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality at the Edinburgh Fringe. In this interview he talks about…

You can find out more about Johnny Sorrow by following him on Facebook and Twitter.

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071. Gary Delaney

Listen again to The Comedy Cannon show originally broadcast on Saturday 4th March 2017. In this episode, Jay Islaam interviews Brummie comedian Gary Delaney, behind the scenes at Huntingdon Hall in Worcester, where he was performing his show There’s Something About Gary.

In this interview Gary discusses how it took him so long to be convinced he should pursue comedy, why he prefers performing live to doing TV work, and the advantages of being married to another comedian. He also tells me why he loves performing to Midlands audiences.

You can find out more about Gary Delaney by visiting his website, or by following him on Facebook and Twitter.

To contact the show please email hello@comedycannon.com to let us know about anything interesting happening locally that we can tell our listeners about on the air.

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070. Milo McCabe

Jay Islaam interviews comedian and actor Milo McCabe, behind the scenes at Just The Tonic in Birmingham. Milo has found big success recently with character act Troy Hawke, who’s been doing exceptionally well on social media thanks to a series of short comic videos taking the fish-out-of-water Troy and making him face real world situations (and the real world public).

In this interview Milo discusses….

You can find out more about Milo McCabe by visiting his website, or by following him on Facebook and Twitter.

(The Comedy Cannon podcast with your host Jay Islaam.)

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069. Natalie Cutler

Listen again to The Comedy Cannon show originally broadcast on Friday 10th February 2017. Jay Islaam interviews local actor, playwright and film maker Natalie Cutler, who has recently returned from India where she filmed a documentary about acid attack survivors.

Her new documentary Not In Vain will premiere at in Birmingham on the 1st March 2017. Natalie will also be taking her solo show, Not Yet Suffragette, on a tour of UK venues very soon. You can see it at several Midlands venues, including at The Artrix in Bromsgrove, on Sunday 19th March 2017, and at the Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham, on Thursday 23rd March 2017.

You can find out more about Natalie Cutler and her latest works by following her on Twitter and Facebook, or by visiting her website EntreprenHer.

To contact the show please email hello@comedycannon.com to let us know about anything interesting happening locally that we can tell our listeners about on the air.

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068. Dominic Thompson

Listen again to The Comedy Cannon show originally broadcast on Friday 10th February 2017. Jay Islaam interviews Dominic Thompson, from the Gritty Theatre Company, who tells us about his experience as an actor and theatre producer, the production of his latest play Chapel Street, and his hopes for making theatre a mainstream entertainment that can be enjoyed by people from all segments of the class divides.

You can find out more about Gritty Theatre Company and its productions by visiting their website, or by following them on Twitter and Facebook.

To contact the show please email hello@comedycannon.com to let us know about anything interesting happening locally that we can tell our listeners about on the air.

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067. Fran Doyle

Listen again to The Comedy Cannon show originally broadcast on Friday 3rd February 2017. Jay Islaam interviews Birmingham-based comedian Fran Doyle, who also runs comedy nights in Wolverhampton.

To contact the show please email hello@comedycannon.com to let us know about anything interesting happening locally that we can tell our listeners about on the air.

 

066. Jürgen Strack

Listen again to The Comedy Cannon show originally broadcast on Friday 27th January 2017. Jay Islaam interviews Leicester-based German actor and comedian Jürgen Strack, aka Herman the German, who will soon be performing at the Leicester Comedy Festival. You can find out more about Jürgen Strack by following him on Twitter or Facebook (but he rarely uses social media).

To contact the show please email hello@comedycannon.com to let us know about anything interesting happening locally that we can tell our listeners about on the air.