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Viv Groskop (@VivGroskop)

Viv Groskop is a writer, critic, broadcaster and stand-up comedian. 

Konstantin Kisin (@KonstantinKisin)

Konstantin Kisin is a Russian-British comedian, podcaster, writer and social commentator. 

Topics covered included Covid Christmas and the power of Social Media companies.

Joining returning guest Erich McElroy, details above, was Juliet Meyers (@julietmeyers), writer on The Sarah Millican Television Show and also on Sarah's forthcoming radio show, Juliet Meyers has also written on 8 Out of Ten Cats Does Countdown and Mock the Week. 

Topics covered included Black Lives Matter, including Milwall fans and Victor of Dibley and Trump challenging election result.

Leo Kearse - @LeoKearse 

Leo Kearse has written for BBC shows including Breaking The News, Mock The Week and The Mash Report and is also the co-creator of sell-out show Hate 'n' Live, which has improvising comedians hating on audience suggestions.

Shazia Mirza - @shaziamirza1 

Shazia is an award winning British Muslim comedian and writer who has performed all over the World. Shazia’s TV appearances include; ‘The One Show (BBC), ‘Travel Man, 48 Hours In…’ (C4), ‘Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls’ (C4) and ‘The Jonathan Ross Show’ (ITV).

Comedian, writer, actor, Rosie Jones - @josierones has appeared on 8 Out Of 10 Cats, 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, The Last Leg and Comedy Central’s Roast Battle. Rosie has also had serious acting roles, including in a two-part special of Silent Witness.​

Sooz Kempner - @SoozUk After winning Best Newcomer at the Musical Comedy Awards in 2010 and the Variety Award at the Funny Women Awards in 2012. In June 2019, a tweet thread about Sooz's singing contract in Ayia Napa years ago somehow went viral and was retweeted by celebrities including Caitlin Moran, Jay Rayner, James Corden and Ed Miliband.

Topics included demystifying DHOTYA, the notion of 'Respair'Brexit 'celebrations' and Rosie's appearance on Question Time.

Comedian Francis Foster @francisjfoster supported Eddie Izzard on his latest Force Majeure Tour and is the regular co-host of the Triggernometry podcast.

Gráinne Maguire @GrainneMaguire is an award-winning stand up comedian and comedy writer. She has appeared on Dave's UnSpun with Matt Forde, Comedy Central's Alternative Comedy Experience, RTE’s Cutting Edge and can be heard on Radio 4's The Now Show.

Andrew Doyle @andrewdoyle_com​ is a writer, broadcaste and comedian. He has written two satirical books under the alias of Titania McGrath – Woke: A Guide to Social Justice and My First Little Book of Intersectional Activism. His book Free Speech and Why It Matters was published in February 2021.

Ayesha Hazarika  @ayeshahazarika​​ was a Labour party special adviser to Gordon Brown, Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband from 2007 to 2015.  She is now a much sought-after political commentator and broadcaster and presents her own show on Times Radio. 

Topics included cancel culture, 90s music and choosing a Zoom background (our most watched clip!).

Comedian Tiernan Douieb @TiernanDouieb has been a regular support act for Frankie Boyle as well as writing on his BBC2 series New World Order. Tiernan writes and hosts Partly Political Broadcast and co-runs Comedy Club 4 Kids performing family friendly material. 

Carmen Lynch @CarmenComedian is a stand up comedian based in New York City who has been featured in numerous late night shows including The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and Conan.  She recently released a new comedy album (“Vertically Obese“) and co-hosts a The Human Centipod.

 

Iain Dale - @iaindale presents the evening show on LBC Radio and is a regular on TV shows like Good Morning Britain, Sky News, The Andrew Marr Show and Newsnight. His writing work includes the book 'Why Can't We All Just Get Along?'.

Comedian (and virologist!) Ria Lina - @rialina_ has appeared on Mock The Week (BBC Two), BBC World Service International Comedy Night (BBC iPlayer), Comedy Underground (BBC Scotland), The World Stands Up (Comedy Central), and Asian Network Comedy (BBC iPlayer).

Topics included the Salmond Inquiry, Frasier returning and being last!

Comedian Sean McLoughlin @SeanMcLoughlin has toured with​ Ricky Gervais, Bill Burr, Doug Stanhope and Katherine Ryan and appeared on Stand-Up Central, Comedy Central At The Comedy Store, Kevin Hart’s LOL Network, and he has fronted a 5-part series for Vice.

Lucy Porter @lucyportercomic​ is a well-known face on TV from such shows as Live at the Apollo, Would I Lie to You and QI. She’s also a regular on BBC Radio 4 staples such as The News Quiz and The Now Show. 

Topics covered included 'the end of jokes', the Meghan and Harry interview, Charlie Hebdo and home-schooling.

Steve Allen - @mrstevenallen is a stand-up comedian and broadcaster. His credits include BBC 2’s The Mash Report, the topical comedy podcast for the BBC Steve N Allen’s Week the online satirical show Comics Solving Problems, which he co-created with Erich McElroy..

Shobu Kapoor - @ShobuKapoor is an award-winning actor, writer, director, producer and poet. A long and varied career has seen her work in TV (notable roles include Gita in Eastenders and Mrs Khan in the BBC Sitcom Citizen Khan), theatre, radio, and film (in the UK and Hollywood). 

Alex Kealy - @alexkealy

Alex Kealy was a finalist in the prestigious So You Think You're Funny competition in his first year of performing and is now a "rising star of the British stand-up scene" (The List). His writing work includes Mock The Week, The News Quiz and The Now Show.

Anna Morris - @annamorriscomic

Anna Morris has been seen in C4’s Lee and Dean, BBC’s The First Team, Outnumbered and Count Arthur Strong, and ITV’s Bad Bridesmaid. She created viral lockdown comedy videos such as Back to Work and Smug Lockdown. Her BBC Radio 4 comedy special aired in Feb.

Topics covered included the death of Prince Philip, Amazon and the unions, and GIFs and under 30s!

Dana Alexander @Comediandana

Dana has been nominated for Best Comic and Best International Act from Chortle and the Black Comedy Awards. She has appeared on Russell Howard's Good News, Edinburgh Comedy Fest and The Culture Show.

Ian Stone @iandstone

Ian Stone is one of the most talented topical acts and comperes in the country and a member of the Comedy Store's critically acclaimed 'Cutting Edge' team. Appearances include Mock The Week and The Football's On. His book, To Be Someone, was published in 2020

Topics covered include: Topics covered included the Derek Chauvin guilty verdict; the anti-lockdown march; the Super League, Boris Johnson, and love of music.

Matt Green - @mattgreencomedy

A popular act on the circuit and in Edinburgh, Matt has been building a big fanbase through his viral videos since the firsat lockdown 2020, getting hundreds of thousands of views. Matt's credits include Fresh Meat, Cuckoo and Finding Neverland

Luisa Omielan - @luisaomielan

Luisa's three shows 'What Would Beyoncé Do?!', 'Am I Right Ladies?!' and 'Politics for Bitches' have been wildly successful, leading to books, documentaries and a clip viewed 40 million times! Luisa is also the first comedian to win the BAFTA Breakthrough award.

Suzy Bennett - @FunnySuzyB

 Voice of the ‘PlymouthTrails’ Tour app and recently named as one of the ‘50 Coolest people from Plymouth’ by the Evening Herald, Suzy was a winner of the Funny Women Award and has been a tour support for Russell Kane.

Nathaniel Tapley - @Natt

Natt Tapley is a comedy writer-performer who has worked on Have I Got News For You, The News Quiz, Now Wash Your Hands, Tonight With Vladimir Putin, Tonightly, and The Now Show amongst others. He's just finished producing Future Shocks radio, a series of audio dramas for 2000AD.

Topics include: Eurovision, Cancel Culture, Big Brother and Biscoff!

Ollie Horn - @olliehorntweets

Globe-trotting comedian and podcaster, Ollie Horn has gigged in over a hundred cities worldwide, but still finds time to hoststwo podcasts: Japan By River Cruise (reportage on the Japanese river cruise industry) and My Signature Dish (interviews with talented home cooks).

Topics covered: Boris Johnson's wedding, Dominic Cumming's evidence, the Friends Reunion, James Corden, the Tokyo Olympics and 'One Tweet Wonders'.

A finalist for the English Comedian of the Year, Laughing Horse New Act of Year, Hackney Empire New Act of the Year and Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year competitions, Darius @Darius Davies is a regular performer at all of the major UK comedy clubs and has also toured internationally. Darius is also the host and co-creator of the hit sell-out Edinburgh show Hate 'n' Live, along with fellow comedians Justin Panks and Leo Kearse.

Topics include: woke comedy & cultural appropriation, corporate appropriation of Pride and the woke driving people away from the left.

Steven Alan Green (@sagman) was a product of the LA Comedy Store and a joke writer for Jay Leno, Arsenio Hall and Roseanne before he blossomed on the London comedy scene in the 1990s, headlining the major comedy clubs and Comedy Central's South Park weekend. He also produced an infamous charity gig involving Jerry Lewis, which led to a much talked about Edinburgh Fringe show about the experience! Steven set up Pandelic Films in 2007. The company's short film, Little Things, has recently received a clutch of short film awards.

Topics discussed included: Trump's comeback, Rudy Giuliani's referencing of The Godfather, Rob Reiner's echo chamber, Marjorie Taylor Greene's Wuhan swipe, Fauci versus Rand Paul.

Cally Beaton @callybeaton is a comedian, podcaster, writer speaker and business mentor. Cally had appeared several time on QI and on The Apprentice: You're Fired. She has also appeared on Radio 4's Unbelievable Truth, Museum of Curiosity and Saturday Live. Cally's career changed from the corporate side of comedy to the performance side thanks to meeting Joan Rivers, more of which in the show.

Topics discussed included: the launch of GB News, Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings' WhatsApp exchange about Matt Hancock, Richard Madeley's Alan Partridge moment on Shamima Begum, Piers Corbyn removing Covid stickers and cute babybaras!

Richard Sandling @squat_betty is an award winning stand up comedian, actor, writer and content maker.

As a comedian he has won So You Think You’re Funny, The Edinburgh Fringe Panel Prize and in 2012 was the only British Nominee at The Comedy Central Awards in New York.

As an actor, Richard’s film credits include This Nan’s Life, Nightshooters and A Fistful of Lead. His TV work includes The Catherine Tate Nan Specials, Peep Show, Miranda & Russell Howard’s Good News.

A huge film enthusiast, Richard runs Squat Betty Avant Garde Film Night and comedy night Richard Sandling’s Perfect Movie. 

Topics included: Matt Hancock's affair, the world's most popular emoji, careless civil servants, Wifi fascism in cafes.

Maddie Campion @diaryofamaddie is a stand-up comedian, writer, and performer. Her credits include appearances on Comedy Central, ABC Canada, BBC Radio 4 Extra and BBC Radio for the Leicester Comedy Festival. Maddie was a Regional Finalist for the Funny Women Awards in 2018, a semi-finalist for the Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year award in 2019 and a finalist at 2Northdown’s 2020 competition. Watch out for Maddie's podcast 'The Jacqueline Wilson Fan Club.'

 

Topics covered include: Euro 2020/2021, emojis, TikTok, Michael Gove/Sarah Vine split, the Gulf of Mexico fire, shit-posing tweets on WhatsApp, the closing of the GAP stores.

Simon Evans @TheSimonEvans is a household of British comedy, with appearances including Live at the Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow, Stand Up for the Week, Question Time and The News Quiz, as well as his own series on Radio 4 - Simon Evans Goes To Market.

Topics covered include: GB News, pandemic experts, that Bill Murray meme, the possibility of a 'Progressive Alliance' and a crisis for PhD holders.

As well as a comedian, Robyn Perkins @robynHperkins is a former landscape architect (worked on the Rio Olympic Park) and a former marine biologist and water polo player! As a comedian, Robin won the Sydney Fringe Comedy Award, 2019 and received 4 stars from the influential comedy website Chortle at the Edinburgh Fringe that same year. In June 2020, Robyn started an online show Comedy for the Curious, which is a 'comedy show for curious minds'. 

Topics covered: The Olympics - the US Water Polo team's victory over Japan, drug issues (CBD-related this time) and The Grateful Dead's offer to sponsor the 1992 Lithuanian basketball team! Also, Sajid Javid's 'cowering' Covid tweet, the Pingdemic and scientists under pressure.

Dominic Frisby @DominicFrisby is a financial writer, comedian actor and voiceover artist. His books include, How Tax Shaped Our Past And Will Shape Our Future, Bitcoin - The Future of Money? and Life After The State. Dominic has just released a new film, Adam Smith: Father of the Fringe.

Topics covered: Bitcoin, the restriction of freedoms because of Covid, The Police Crime Sentencing and Courts Bill and climate change.

Liz Miele @lizmiele, originally from New Jersey, started doing stand-up at 16 in New York City. At 18 she was profiled in The New Yorker Magazine, at 22 she appeared on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham.” She has several viral videos on Youtube, Instagram and Tiktok including jokes “Feminist Sex Positions,” “F*ck Finland,” and “London Cops Are Better Than American Cops” She regularly tours internationally and has three albums out on Spotify and iTunes and released her first special “Self Help Me” in May 2020 free on YouTube. Her first book, “Why Cats Are Assholes” is available everywhere.

Topics covered: our patience with scientific discovery, the Covid vaccine, the exodus from New York to Florida, adulting and ageing. We also paid tribute to Charlie Watts and mentioned politician-turned-raver Michael Gove and his dating life and the Nirvana/Nevermind lawsuit!

Meryl O'Rourke @MerylORourke​ is an accomplished stand up and gag writer, Meryl writes for the BAFTA nominated New World Order and BAFTA nominated Frankie Boyle's Tour Of Scotland, as well as achieving a clutch of 5-star reviews for her own stand-up work. She also won the Betty & Peter Sitcom award and was nominated for a Sony award for her work shouting at people on breakfast radio. 

Topics covered: Racism, Sarah Harding's death, condoms, bath oils and Tim Martin of Wetherspoons

Holly Burn @HollyBurnComedy is a comic, actor and writer who has won acclaim across seven solo shows and for her portrayal of nightmare bridesmaid Jemma in ITV’s hit Bad Bridesmaid, her viral internet spoof: Victoria Beckham’s Vogue 73 Questions and for Harry Hill's Clubnite on Channel 4.​

Topics covered include: Emma Raducanu's US Open win and the reactions of Piers Morgan, Nigel Farage. Gavin Williamson's Marcus Rashford gaffe and the response to Jeremy Vine's drinking buddies!

Harriet Braine @harrietbraine winner of Musical Comedy Awards Best Newcomer, the Funny Women Awards and finalist of Gilded Balloon’s So You Think You’re Funny? chose tweets on Harry and Meghan's Time magazine cover, Homer (the poet) versus Homer Simpson, Sathnam Sanghera's book on the British Empire, the return of imperial measures and an 'Allo 'Allo / Russell Hobbs kettle mashup!

Sid Singh @MrSidSingh is an award winning comedian who has written for and appeared on the BBC, Comic Relief, Comedy Central and more! He was also recently a cast member at the famed Boom Chicago theater whose alumni include Seth Myers, Jordan Peele, and Jason Sudekis. You can currently see him touring all over Europe with his brand new hour show California Dumb Dumb, the hit sequel to his show American Refugee about the time he helped beat Donald Trump in court in order to protect refugees who were victims of domestic violence.

Sid chose tweets on refugees from Afghanistan, immigration from Mexico, Joe Manchin's dirty coal money, comedy and cancel culture.

​Pierre Novellie @pierrenovelllie is one of the best up-and-coming comedians in the UK. He has been seen and heard on The Mash Report (BBC2), Stand Up Central (Comedy Central), The Now Show (Radio 4) and co-hosts the hit podcast BudPod with Phil Wang which is available on iTunes and Spotify.​ An acclaimed live act, Pierre supported Frank Skinner on his five-week West End run at the Garrick Theatre as well as his national tour. He has also previously supported Hal Cruttenden and Gary Delaney on tour, and has received three Chortle Award nominations. An Edinburgh Fringe regular, his shows are consistently critically acclaimed and he has twice placed in the top 20 best reviewed comedy shows across the entire festival. 

 

Pierre talked about curating his feed/own echo chamber, the travails of content creation on social media, the tyranny of algorithms, the emotional capitals of emojis and how Piers Morgan 'hedges his bets'! We also talk about 'overtweeters' including FBPE and Pierre's weather-specific annual viral tweet.