I really enjoy podcasts. They can come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They might be all the interesting stuff from a long radio show boiled down to 30 or 60 minutes like Richard Bacon’s 5Live Daily Bacon Podcast or Chris Evans’ Best Bits. They are sometimes a whole episode of a comedy radio show like Radio 4′s News Quiz or Now Show. Quite a few are specifically made as a podcast, like The Comedian’s Comedian Podcast.
I became aware of The Comedian’s Comedian Podcast after meeting the stand-up comedian host, Stuart Goldsmith, at an Equity workshop in London. It was just over a year go now – we were there to learn about marketing techniques. I wanted to know how to market my magic show, he was trying to figure out how to market his podcast.
Since then I’ve listened to every podcast, some of them more than once. I’ve found them interesting, insightful and, even as a performer for children, invaluable.
Stuart interviews headline comedy stand-up acts and asks them how they go about constructing their shows, ‘from head to page to stage.’ If you’re a performer that does a lot of solo work, you’ll find the series as essential as I do.
From how to try out new material, to honing and performing the same stuff over and over, from how to keep creative gems from being forgotten to using your phone to record shows (and not listen back to them!), the life of a one-man show is right here, coming from those at the top of the tree.
Particular highlights for me include the interview with Terry Alderton that I found tremendously empowering and a very recent one with Al Murray. In both those episodes, Steve Martin’s autobiography, Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life is recommended by the interviewees. Buy that, by the way.
If you’re not a performer and you’re reading this blog, then I’m guessing you’re a lover of live entertainment of some sort. The Comedian’s Comedian Podcast is for you, too. It’s a great listen. It’s always funny (they are comedians), never boring and occasionally emotional. In a good way.
I’ve just re-downloaded Stuart’s interview with Sara Pascoe after seeing her on Never Mind the Buzzcocks this week. That one precedes Stuart’s latest interview, with Jason Manford, in my playlist. Can’t wait.
You can find and subscribe to The Comedian’s Comedian Podcast right here at the website, or just search for it on iTunes or whatever your podcasting app of choice might be.
I’ve just thought – Stuart obviously paid more attention in that marketing workshop than I did. I’ve listened to every one of his podcasts and written a blog about it. He’s never seen my show even once!