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Author: Simon Topping

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Comedy writer and performer, Simon Topping, talks to other funny professionals about how it all started for them; delving a little into their childhood, how they were as kids, plus the breaks they got and the people who helped them along the way, as well as the challenges they faced. Did anyone ever urge them, “Get Yourself a Proper Job?” Let’s find out.
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In this episode, recorded at the end of 2019, I chat to Marisa Carnesky about working class beginnings, her being compelled to be a Show woman from the age of 10 and how hard it can be furrowing out a career when you can't be pigeon holed easily.  We have a good rant about the "Good Old Days", when arts funding was more readily available and discussed how important it is to have diverse voices in the arts.  We all talk about the catharsis of performance. Marisa is an Olivier award winning show woman  interested in the use of spectacle; fairground rides, magic illusions and grand ritual as a means of creating highly accessible provocative work, rooted in popular culture that promotes cultural and political discourses.Find out more about here fascinating work here:  Carnesky Productions
This episode of Get Yourself a Proper Job I talk to Michael Fabbri.  Michael has been a stand up for over 15 years and tours the country as a top club comedian.  Here we talk about being funny at school and the consequences of that, how school shapes you and how his dyslexia has affected the way the thinks creatively (or not).   We also talk about how he didn't have a clue how to break into the business and the focus that is need to make it your living.  We also chat about the civil service jobs we've both done to make ends meet and how bad has been held up by his bad decisions.  Additionally there is a delightful interruption from Michael's daughter about Narwhals, which is the podcast highlight. Michael Fabbri made his mark on the UK circuit by appearing on Channel 4‘s ‘So you think your Funny competition’. And has a superb reputation on the comedy circuit. He regularly performs at major comedy clubs throughout the UK and all over the world. Michael has supported some of the biggest name in comedy including Micky Flanagan, Lucy Porter & Stephen K Amos. He is also an active writer for TV & Radio show. Fabbri manages to effortlessly slip between some harsh, controversial topics to light-hearted silliness to make for a refreshingly eclectic and brilliantly funny act, which has taken him to the Edinburgh Festival and beyond.
Liz Peters: Episode 6

Liz Peters: Episode 6

2020-10-0901:02:14

In this episode I chat to Liz Peters about finding the joy of improv comedy, the brutal feedback we have received as performers.  Also we talk about the "character building" jobs she has done, about no being leading role material and how not getting what you want sometimes turns out to be the best thing that can possibly happen. Liz is an award-nominated performer who has spent the last decade helping people feel relaxed and playful in the spotlight.She teaches improvisation around the world and works with organisations and individuals to improve human communication; both in how we connect and collaborate with each other and how we deliver in front of an audience. A regular contributor on leadership programmes, Liz helps build presence and agility in the change-makers of tomorrow, and has brought her innovative approach to communication training into countless organisations, from social enterprises to global corporations.With 20 years experience in the entertainment industry, Liz is co-Artistic Director of The Maydays – one of the UK’s leading improvisation companies –  and tours worldwide, creating musicals live in the moment, without a script.She is the author of ‘Own it!’ out now.
In this episode I talk to Aidan Goatley about good gigs, bad gigs and really poor gigs. Aidan talk about a disastrous Cruise Ship performing experience, how he was initially put off stand up by an early knock and how his desire to get back on stage was rekindled by participating in the Jill Edwards comedy course in Brighton; a course which has spawned the careers of many top flight comedians over the past 20 years. We also chat about the odd jobs you have to do along the way, the importance of having very understanding partners, as well as the need to be adaptable and resilient. Aidan has been performing since 2011 and has had huge success with his debut show '10 Films with my Dad' which has been performed in the UK, Dubai, Istanbul, all over Europe and even Guildford. His other shows include The Vicars Husband, The Joys of Retail and Travels of a Happy Man. He's also been tour support for Hal Cruttenden as well as headlining gigs all over the UK. 'Charmingly Funny' - The Scotsman‘Proper comic gold’ – Chortle‘A blend of Jerry Seinfeld and Hugh Grant, Riotously funny' - Broadway Baby'A definite star in the making.' - Latest 7'A Brilliant Raconteur...Amazing' - Fringeguru 'Had the audience in stitches' - Three Weeks 'A singular wit, highly recommended'- Edinburgh Evening News
Brodi Snook: Episode 4

Brodi Snook: Episode 4

2020-09-1456:06

In this episode we talk about how Brodi Snook landed into the UK by herself and with no connections and, after thinking she was not even the funniest person in her own family, she worked hard to rise to become a successful gigging comedian and Chortle's best new comer in 2020.  We talk about how lots of comedians are introverts and how best to take your opportunities when you can.  We talk about the determination, focus, resilience and graft you have to have to make it, while remembering that there will naturally be ups and downs along the way. Hailing from small town Western Australia, Brodi travelled to the UK and began her comedy career in 2014 by becoming a two-time RAW Comedy state finalist and in the same year made her mark on the international stage, reaching the final of the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny competition at the Edinburgh Fringe. Brodi has since performed sold out solo shows at festivals across both hemispheres, most recently enjoying a successful debut at the Edinburgh Fringe with her latest show ‘Handful’, making it onto the UK Telegraph’s list of Best Comedy Shows for 2019 and in addition being named in their Top 40 Jokes of the festival. In 2019 Brodi also completed a run of shows in Norway and supported Ardal O’Hanlon on his spring and autumn UK tours. In 2020 she was named Chortle Comedy Awards Best New Comer‘Snook could well be going places’ – The Telegraph‘A sharp comic with an astringent wit & jagged attitude’ – Chortle (UK)‘Lovely, smart, understated stuff from a future star.’ Ardal O’Hanlon
Dan Evans: Episode 3

Dan Evans: Episode 3

2020-06-1741:24

Dan Evans first appeared on the comedy circuit in 1994, shortly after leaving a promising career as one of East Anglia's leading office menials.Since then he has played clubs and universities throughout the UK and gigged in Holland, Germany, Dubai and Ireland as well as being part of the sell-out Screaming Blue Murder Cabaret and Avalon Comedy Zones at the Edinburgh Fringe.Dan's TV and radio appearances include Brain Candy (BBC3 & 2), Channel 5 at The Store, Channel 5 Comedy Zone and the Radio 2 Stand Up Show.He writes too, with many credits including The Very World of Milton Jones (R4 - Sony Award Winner), Rory Bremner Who Else? (CH 4), The Eleven O'Clock Show (CH 4), The Live Floor Show (BBC 1), Revolver (BBC 1) and The Joan Rivers Position (CH 5).'Skilful and surreal' The Scotsman'Original and inventive' The TimesHere we talk about Dan's childhood, how he loved to set a fire and the fine art of messing around.  Dan talks about his career, how to get yourself into a good frame of mind to write comedy well and why having a few drinks before you get on stage rarely makes you funnier. You can find out more about Dan at:  www.DanEvans.info
Elf Lyons: Episode 2

Elf Lyons: Episode 2

2020-06-0134:37

Elf Lyons is an award-winning comedian, writer and theatre director. She has gained a reputation as one of the most innovative performers on the UK comedy circuit - through her dynamic high spectacle comedy shows Swan (2017), ChiffChaff (2018), Medusa (2018)Â and Love Songs to GuineaPigs (2019)- which have each performed to sold out audiences throughout the UK and beyond.In the last few years Elf has been nominated for BEST SHOW at the Edinburgh Fringe, the Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality,Fringe World Perth's Best Comedy Show and in 2018 Elf won Pick of the Fringe at the Adelaide Fringe, Australia.Here we talk about her origins as a comedy performer, wine drinking as a marvellous form of pain relief, her training at the Gaulier Clowning school, about us both being extroverted introverts and the importance of water, amongst other things. The interview was recorded just before one of her gigs, last year, at the Brighton Komedia, one of the UK’s finest small arts venues.  Support it now if you can.  In these hard times it is in need of all the help it can get.   You can listen to Elf on BBC Radio 6, BBC Radio Worldwide, BBC Radio 4 among many others alongside an array of highly rated podcasts. You can watch Elf on The Dog Ate My Homework (BBC),The Stand Up Sketch Show (ITV2) and Comedy Against Living Miserably (UKTV).
George Egg: Episode 1

George Egg: Episode 1

2020-05-1555:08

In the first episode of Get Yourself A Proper Job, Simon Topping talks to top cooking comedian George Egg. George has done 3 sell out Edinburgh Fringe shows about food, Anarchist Cook, DIY Chef and his latest creation, Moveable Feast.  He had also appeared on This Morning, Chanel Four's "Bake Off : An Extra Slice and presented an episode of BBC Four's Food Programme. Here we talk about how he stated as a stand-up, including his days as a street performer in Covent Garden.  We touch on how he tours all over the world as a physical comedian, chat about the perils of being self employed and George gives some sound advice to anyone looking to make a start in the world of comedy. 
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