All Past Shows

Titles link to YouTube videos.
Podcast versions available on iTunes, Google and Spotify
All shows hosted by @SajeelaKershi and @TextualHealing2
Some of the earlier streams were directly from Zoom, and so not our now standard quad.
You may notice a few other improvements too, hopefully, as we have invested in new tech!
 
In terms of the audio recordings/podcasts, we usually read every tweet out so you wont miss out!
 
If you like what you see/hear, do consider buying us a coffee here.

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.

Brendan Murphy @notmurphy is an actor, writer and voice over artist. 

An experienced improviser, Brendan is a member of BBC Radio One's BattleActs! and a guest player for Second City and Monkey Toast Players. As one half of the Olivier Award nominated Potted Potter, he has toured extensively across the US and Canada including a residency at Bally's, Las Vegas, which won Best New Show in the Best Of Las Vegas Awards 2019. His other live comedy and theatre credits include his solo parody shows FRIEND (The One With Gunther) and Buffy: ReVamped. Brendan's screen credits include: Man Vs. Bee (Netflix), Broadchurch (ITV), Sky Comedy Shorts (Sky Arts).

 

Topics covered: Brendan chose tweets about the death of James Michael Tyler (#Gunther from #Friends), the return of Stath Lets Flats, the infamous cement interview between Mike Graham and #InsulateBritain activist Cameron Ford on Talk Radio, and thoughts about self-censoring jokes from Alasdair Beckett-King, and finally comedian Rosie Holt on her detractors using the mute button.

Harriet Braine @HarrietBraine is a musical comedian, who won Best Newcomer at the Musical Comedy Awards, reached the final of The Gilded Balloon’s So You Think You’re Funny? competition, and was crowned the winner of the Funny Women Stage Award. 

Feted by Culture Trip, Metro and Radio 2, among others, Harriet has enjoyed acclaimed and sold-out Edinburgh Fringe runs with the shows ‘Total Eclipse of the Art’ and ‘Les Admirables.’

 

Juliet Meyers @julietmeyers has been a regular writer on Sarah Millican's TV Programme, and also on her radio show, Elephant In The Room, as well as writing for on 8/10 Cats and Mock The Week. 

Juliet's sold out shows across the globe, including ‘This Flipping Rescue Dog Has Ruined My Life’ (a show she performs with her dog, Homer) and ‘(Pro)Found’ about travelling in India and tracing her Iraqi Jewish roots.

Topics covered: Juliet and Harriet chose tweets on #COP26 #JohnLewis Xmas ad, #BorisJohnson as Frankenstein's monster, Guy Fawkes, another PPE scandal, plus Rudolph's appearance on Who Do You Think You Are ?and why Tom Hanks must love dogs.

Comedian and writer Josh Howie @joshxhowie has appeared on Dave’s As Yet Untitled, two series of the Comedy Central show The Comedy Store, and on World Stands Up and Comedy Blue, also for Comedy Central. He spent four years as the writer/presenter of The Movie Geek on Sky Movies and was writer and star of BBC Radio 4’s sitcom Josh Howie’s Losing It, nominated for a BBC Radio Award.

In addition, Josh has written and performed four solo shows for the Edinburgh Festival, before sell-out runs at the Soho Theatre. Josh can currently be seen on the new Netflix comedy Hapless.

Off stage and off screen, Josh has contributed features to The Guardian, The Times, and The Daily Mail.
 

Twice voted Time Out Comedian of the Year, Paul Tonkinson @PaulTonkinson has been seen on BBC One’s Michael Mcintyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Comedy Central’s The Comedy Store and The World Stands-up, and was a contestant on Channel 4`s hit show Celebrity Come Dine With Me, which he won.

He once presented Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast and he has also presented radio shows on XFM in London and Manchester. Paul’s live work has included Paul joining Michael McIntyre as a special guest on live shows around the UK and playing to millions across the globe. He’s performed at all the major international comedy festivals including - like Josh - the prestigious Montreal Just For Laughs festival where he hosted the esteemed Britcom Gala. 

 

Topics: we covered the divide in comedy between club acts and Edinburgh acts, why humans are naturally polarised, antisemitism, ducks running a marathon, the definition of queer, the Tesco Xmas ad and vaccine passports and Princess Di in a Luis Bunuel stylee! 

Craig Deeley @craiguito is a Brummie stand-up who has crafted his art form over his long comedy career with his repertoire of anecdotal observational comedy, mixed with one-liner gags, combining humble self-mockery and tapping into the ridiculousness of modern life and everyday occurrences that we all recognise. Craig is also an experienced stage actor and improvisation performer. 

Craig has a podcast magazine show called Trish of the Day.

Alice Frick @frick_alice is a comedian, actress, writer and producer, originally from Austria, based in London. Alice started stand-up in Austria in 2016 and featuring on a few TV then moved to Los Angeles and then London to perform stand up in English . In London, she set up her own comedy night, with an all-female line-up, called: “Laughing Labia” to redress the gender balance on stage and support female comedians, a sell-out night that has been available as a podcast. Alice has produced and acted in various award-winning short movies and has co-written her first feature film subsequently selected in over 17 international film festivals. It won 12 prizes, with 19 nominations and got released in the Austrian cinemas.

In 2020, Alice has produced her sitcom “What the Frick“, based on her stand-up shows. The first season is available as a web series on YouTube.

 

Topics covered included: a new book on Donald Trump, JK Rowling and the Harry Potter 20th anniversary, Greta Thunberg and school strikes, GB News and  'Accidental Partridge' and Adele and Spotify.

Canadian-born Dana Alexander @Comediandana has been nominated for Black Comedy Awards and two Chortle Awards and has appeared on Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC Three), Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live (BBC Three) and The Culture Show (BBC Two).

Award winning comic, David Mills @DavidMillsDept has opened for comedy icons Margaret Cho, Scott Capurro and Ed Byrne. As an actor he's appeared in Florence Foster Jenkins with Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, in Patrick Melrose with Benedict Cumberbatch and Mandy with Diane Morgan.

Topics covered included: Black Friday, Azeem Rafiq, Michael Spicer on Boris Johnson, Dionne Warwick on Tyler The Creator, British Comedian of the Year Jeff Innocent, the King Richard movie about Venus and Serena Williams.

Steve Day @TheRealSteveDay describes himself as Britain's only deaf comedian, if there are any others he hasn't heard. Described as 'warm and witty' by The Scotsman, he has received many other rave reviews whilst performing shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, including 5 stars from Chortle for Deafy's Island Discs, a show The Sunday Times called 'Funny and Moving'. A familiar voice on Radio 4, Steve has appeared many times on You and Yours, was a token man on Woman's Hour, has appeared in two radio dramas, All Fingers and Thumbs with Bill Nighy, and Sound Barriers with Patricia Routledge and Caroline Quentin.

Caroline Mabey @CarolineMabey is a fringe and circuit favourite, appearing at festivals, theatres and clubs all around the country. Caroline is a brilliant and accomplished MC, having been resident compere at the 99 Club for ten years. Caroline has recently appeared on Comedy Central as part of their Performance Anxiety campaign, and in Before the Morning After on NBC's Digital Comedy Channel, Seeso. She also features in Josh Howie's Losing It on BBC Radio 4 and has written for Radio 4's News Quiz. She has supported Hal Cruttenden on tour and has five solo Edinburgh shows to her name. She is one half of double act the Two Stupids with Michael Legge, and co-hosts the popular Self-Renovators podcast.

 

Topics covered included: the Downing Street Christmas Party, YouTube video waffle, Netflix passwords, lifestyle envy, the 1980s, the Channel migrant tragedy, gun crazy Republicans and nostalgic advent photos.
 

Nathan Caton @NathanCaton is one of the most exciting young comedians on the scene. Gigging since the tender age of 19, over the last decade he has established himself both as a circuit headliner, and a name on TV and radio. Within his first few years on stage, he had picked up various accolades and coveted plaudits including the Chortle Student Comic of the Year award and Broadcast Hotshot and wrote and starred in a pilot for Paramount Comedy (now Comedy Central) entitled The Nathan Caton Show. Since then Nathan has gone from strength to strength with credits including: Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, Russell Howard’s Good News, BBC R4’s Can’t Tell Nathan Caton Nothing… The News Quiz, Loose Ends and The Now Show.

 

 

Dr Matt Winning @mattwinning is a London-based Scottish comedian and environmental economist. He is the author of the book HOT MESS and hosts the podcast ‘Operation Earth’ and is a co-host of the BBC Radio 4 show 'Mark Watson and Matt Winning: Seriously, Though, The Planet.' On TV Matt appeared as the environmental correspondent on Dave's 'Unspun with Matt Forde' and in BBC Scotland shows The State of It and Scot Squad. On radio he was a guest on BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show and The News Quiz and BBC Radio Scotland’s Breaking The News. Matt has written articles on climate change in Guardian, New Statesman, Scotsman, Metro and Sunday Post.

Topics covered included: the Downing Street Christmas parties and Zoom quiz, Dad jokes, vaccine passports, crisps and carbon footprint.

Steve N Allen @mrstevenallen started out as a chemist but left the labs for a life on stage telling jokes in comedy clubs across the country and at numerous Edinburgh Fringe runs.

Steve was a regular on BBC 2’s The Mash Report and then on Dave’s Late Night Mash. He's hosted the BBC topical comedy podcast Steve N Allen’s Week and co-created the online satirical show Comics Solving Problems, with fellow comedian Erich McElroy. Steve is also a columnist for various newspapers across the UK and regularly appears on BBC and independent local radio stations. His book, Lasted Another Year Despite A Pandemic, came out in 2021. 

Kate Smurthwaite @Cruella1 is a left wing, feminist, atheist, polyamorous comedian and activist. She's the host and star of the News at Kate video series and performs stand-up comedy all over the UK and around the world, with her most recent show, The Last Mayor of Fihalhohi (pronounced 'fee aloe wee'!)​, receiving rave reviews for its run at the 2021 Edinburgh Fringe, including 4 stars from the mighty Chortle comedy website. Kate's broadcast credits include Question Time, Newsnight, This Morning, Jeremy Vine, Woman's Hour, The Today Programme and The Moral Maze, meanwhile she has written for a huge range of publications including The Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph, The Mirror and the New Statesman. Kate has also written for TV, radio and web series including Have I Got News For You and BBC3’s BAFTA-winning The Revolution Will Be Televised. Internationally she is probably best-known as the star of a viral video circulated under the name Atheist Bitchslap. Kate's campaigning work has included almost a decade as spokesperson for Abortion Rights UK and working with female asylum seekers through Women For Refugee Women and Women Asylum Seekers Together.

Topics: Shaun Bailey and Tory Xmas Parties, Woman marries tree, Diane Abbott and Tory Xmas Parties, Cheshire Police and social media, Angela Rayner and government's Covid reaction, Piers Corbyn arrest, Gold gin, Nadine Dorries ditched from Tory WhatsApp group, sexist family photos and some out-and-out funnies.

Steve Bugeja @SteveBugeja (pronounced Boo-Jay-A) is one of the circuit’s most exciting comedians. Steve won the BBC New Comedy Award in 2013 and has since performed numerous Edinburgh Fringe shows and national tours. He hosted the BBC Radio 4 series Economics with Subtitles and has made numerous appearances on TV shows including The Russell Howard Hour (Sky One), Love Island: Aftersun (ITV2), Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central) and Zoe Ball on Saturday (ITV1), and in the ITV2 sitcom buffering, which he co-created.

 

Making a name for himself internationally, Steve has twice been invited to perform at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, appearing on Opening Night Comedy Allstars Supershow (ABC1) and on Comedy Up Late (ABC1).​ A prolific writer, Steve was a key member of the writing team for The Russell Howard Hour (Sky One) and for Iain Stirling’s CelebAbility (ITV2) and has contributed material to Mock the Week (BBC2), 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4) and BBC Radio 4.

Charmian Hughes (@charmianhughes) started out her working life in Advertising- but after her triumphant thrush remedy slogan ‘When your c**t can’t, C*n*stan can’ offended the client instead of delighting them, she found herself catapulted into the world of stand-up comedy. 

Classes in clowning and circus followed, including with renowned French mime guru Philippe Gaulier, where, for under a thousand pounds, Charmian learnt the art of gurning and breaking wind simultaneously, to the maestro’s cries of ‘Merde’. Since then Charmian has travelled the world with her stand up, playing numerous clubs including The Comedy Store, The Bearcat Club, Banana Cabaret and has kept order and created atmosphere as a brilliantly funny MC at Up The Creek. She can be found at least one Saturday a month emceeing Downstairs at The Kings Head in Crouch End.

While taking her solo comedy to the Edinburgh Fringe she has also performed in The Comedians Theatre Company productions and for Comedians in The Dark, and for Big Difference Company for who she has also done extensive corporate work. Charmian has also taken solo shows to Melbourne Comedy Festival and 4 New Zealand Fringe Festivals. As one of the comedy tutors at the legendary Jackson’s Lane Comedy Workshops Charmian taught Micky Flanagan as featured in his recent SKY documentary Peeping Behind The Curtain. Charmian currently teaches Beginners Stand Up Comedy for City Academy and has taught in sixth forms and for one off workshops to performance for adults.Charmian recently appeared in the national news for her part in a new venture assisting patients suffering from trauma.

Tweets covered: the acquittal of the Colston Four, Molly Mae, a new venture to help trauma victims through comedy, and many more.

Samantha Baines @samanthabaines is an award-winning comedian, actress, broadcaster, hearing aid wearer and author of Harriet Versus the Galaxy. She likes to keep busy and you may have seen her keeping busy in acting roles in Netflix’s The Crown, Call the Midwife, Silent Witness or Magic Mike Live (directed by Channing Tatum). Meanwhile, Samantha has presented on BBC Radio London, BBC Radio Kent, Virgin Radio and hosts her award nominated podcast The Divorce Social. Samantha has written for publications including The Guardian, Time Out, Huffington Post, Stylist Magazine, The Pool, Standard Issue and has a column in Modern Woman Magazine. Her debut children's book Harriet Versus the Galaxy was listed in the Independent's Best Children's Books of the Year 2019 "with a hilarious heroine this is a rip-roaring riot", it was listed in the Book Trust's Great Book Guide 2020 and the Telegraph called it "quirky, fast-moving and rich with humour and heart". Samantha's second children's book The Night the Moon Went Out was released in August 2021 and published by Bloomsbury. Samantha is also proud to be an Ambassador for Royal National Institute for Deaf people, is a Phonak HEARo and has spoken to MPs at the House of Commons about hearing issues, as well as fronting the RNID cinema subtitles campaign.

 

Michael Legge @michaellegge is a stand up, writer, actor, compere, improviser, warm-up and won the 2009 Chortle Best Off Stage Contribution for his blog, and the 2012 Sony Silver award winner for the on going podcast Do The Right Thing. He co-presented the Absolute Radio Sunday show with Dave Gorman. He will be at The Edinburgh Festival again this year with his new show, following the success of previous shows, ‘Tell it Like It Is’, ‘Steve’, ‘Free Wifi’ and ‘What A Shame’. He also performs occasionally with Robin Ince in Righteous Ire, Pointless Anger. Michael has recently recorded a pilot of Do The Right Thing for C4, with Claudia Winkleman as the show’s host, where he reprises his role as team captain.

Topics included: 'Feast of the Ass', Knights riding ponies, guerrilla knitters and yarn bombers!

Tony Cowards @TonyCowards

Tony is a rapidfire gag merchant, a comedy circuit favourite and a Twitter sensation, credits include - on radio - “Watson’s Wind Up” for BBC Radio Scotland, “Newsjack” for BBC7 - he is also the chief comedy writer for Bristol based Jack FM.

In 2008, he co-scripted a series of popular Christmas podcasts featuring Tony Blackburn, Christopher Biggins and Lesley Joseph and he regularly contributes to satirical news website “The Daily Mash” and Mark Watson’s football site, “Back of the Net”.

Meanwhile, Tony has taken a number of acclaimed hour-long shows to the Edinburgh Fringe, including “Festival of Football 1 & 2 and ‘Everyman’.

 
 
Rachel Creeger @RachCreeger

Rachel Creeger is a multi award-winning stand up comedian, writer, director and broadcaster, and the only practising orthodox Jewish woman on the mainstream UK comedy circuit. She is co-host of chat show podcast "Jew Talkin' To Me?" and resident MC for "Comedy Upstairs at the Adam & Eve”, a long established new material night for professional comics.

Rachel is perhaps best known for her award winning stand up show “It’s No Job For A Nice Jewish Girl” and the critically acclaimed “Hinayni!”. A skilled improviser, Rachel is also part of the rotating cast of “This Is Your Trial”, “Comedy Auction” and festival cult hit “ The Complete History of Pop in an Hour”.

Broadcast credits include appearances on: BBC1 and NextUp Comedy, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio London, BBC 3 Counties Radio and Radio Essex.


Topics covered: Margaret Thatcher's leadership skills versus Boris Johnson's, GB News announce their roster of comedians for their paper review show, Headliners, Jack Monroe on food poverty and what author would you resurrect to write another book.