065. Cassie Jaye

Listen again to The Comedy Cannon show originally broadcast on Friday 20th January 2017. Jay Islaam interviews actor and documentary maker Cassie Jaye whose film The Red Pill, about the Men’s Rights Movement, has generated huge controversy and been the victim of censorship campaigns by some feminist activists. You can find out more about Cassie Jaye, and her work, by following her on Twitter, or by visiting the official website for her film.

You can see the film online via YouTube, iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.

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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064. Martin Mullaney (2)

Jay Islaam continues his conversation with 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. 

In this episode, Martin tells me about the biggest names he’s had on stage at Cheeky Monkey, the best comedians he’s ever seen, and the complains he has about the professionalism of many acts. He also talks about his other careers outside of the comedy world, and has plenty of advice for new acts and for anyone thinking of setting up their own comedy club.

This is part two of the interview. You can listen to part one here.

You can find out more about Martin Mullaney by following him on Twitter. You can also visit his Comedy CV website.

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

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063. Martin Mullaney (1)

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.

You can find out more about Martin Mullaney by following him on Twitter. You can also visit his Comedy CV website.

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

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062. Nick Clarke (part 2)

In this episode, I’m talking to Midlands comedian Nick Clarke, at his home near Birmingham..

You can find out more about Nick Clarke by following him on Twitter. You can find out more about Laff Attack Comedy Clubs through the official website, Facebook and Twitter.

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

 

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061. Nick Clarke (part 1)

In this episode, I’m talking to Midlands comedian Nick Clarke, at his home near Birmingham..

You can find out more about Nick Clarke by following him on Twitter. You can find out more about Laff Attack Comedy Clubs through the official website, Facebook and Twitter.

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

 

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060. Jonathan Hipkiss (part 2)

Listen again to The Comedy Cannon show originally broadcast on Friday 2nd December 2016. Jay Islaam interviews actor, comedian, impressionist and author Jonathan Hipkiss who has just written and published his first novel, a science fiction comedy called Rise Of The Geeks Following An Alien Invasion. You can find our more about Jonathan through this website or via Twitter.

This is part two of the interview. Part one is available directly before this one.

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.

 

059. Jonathan Hipkiss (part 1)

Listen again to The Comedy Cannon show originally broadcast on Friday 2nd December 2016. Jay Islaam interviews actor, comedian, impressionist and author Jonathan Hipkiss who has just written and published his first novel, a science fiction comedy called Rise Of The Geeks Following An Alien Invasion. You can find our more about Jonathan through this website or via Twitter.

This is part one of the interview. Part two will go online soon after this one.

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.

 

058. Mickey Sharma (part 2)

Jay Islaam continues his conversation with Birmingham-based Indian comedian Mickey Sharma

In this episode, Mickey tells us what he learned from his first year at Edinburgh Fringe and how he did things differently the following year, as well as what he’s planning to do for 2016. Mickey also explains how he’s using his comedy skills to help him get laid as much as physically possible. We discuss the contrast between his massive ego and on stage confidence and his almost crippling low self-esteem. And, inevitably, the conversation did include us discussing Bollywood, and the experience of performing comedy in front of Indian audiences.

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

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

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057. Mickey Sharma (part 1)

Jay Islaam interviews Birmingham-based Indian comedian Mickey Sharma, shortly before he went off to the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2016. 

Mickey has enjoyed a fascinating career to date, and he tells me about some of the highs and lows of his journey to becoming a professional comedian. Including his disastrous first time on stage, his successes and failures at some of the biggest British comedy clubs, and the heartbreaking, and uplifting, experiences he had during his first ever year at the Edinburgh Fringe.

This is part one of the interview. Part two will be going online in the very near future.

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

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

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056. Tom Short

Jay Islaam is having a relaxed chat with award-winning comedian Tom Short, in Manchester, shortly before he went to the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2016. 

The previous year, Tom was part of the team that put on the Funz and Gamez stage show in Edinburgh, which went on to win the Edinburgh Comedy Award – probably the most prestigious comedy award in the world – and we discuss that experience in this interview, as well as the times at the Fringe when he’s been at his lowest ebb.

During our chat, Tom tells me about the comedy inspirations that propelled him towards the stage. He also talks about his first ever gig, which was a real baptism of dire! And how he ended up clashing with the tutors while doing a Comedy Degree at University. Finally, Tom’s day job involves working behind the scenes at a major comedy club, and he tells me about the advantages that offers him as a performer.

You can find out more about Tom Short by following him on Facebook and Twitter.

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

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