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the Grouchy Club’s Kate Copstick & John Fleming
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Category: Comedy
Location: London & Edinburgh
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Comedy critic Kate Copstick and blogger John Fleming discuss the world of British comedy - www.grouchyclub.co.uk ... @grouchyclub


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January 19, 2017 03:46 AM PST

Italian comic Luca Cupani on representing the UK in worldwide comedy competitions. The problems of performing to US and Canadian audiences. Copstick on why English language comedy is more precise. Theresa May’s Brexit speech. New Edinburgh Fringe venues. Copstick offers to marry Luca if he eats her. The sins of the Catholic Church and why anyone who celebrates mass logically has to go to Hell. Plus Copstick and Cupani sing - sort of.

http://www.grouchyclub.co.uk

You can also download this audio podcast from iTunes
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/grouchy-clubs-mostly-about/id977279883

John Fleming posts occasional blogs at:
http://blog.thejohnfleming.com

January 11, 2017 04:15 PM PST

Ariane Sherine, musical comedy performer, journalist and TV scriptwriter joins critic Kate Copstick and blogger John Fleming in London’s bustling Mama Biashara emporium

They disagree about sex on a first date, discuss hairy men, why sex is like a cup of coffee and why Charlie Brooker is kind. Plus the joys of meeting famous comics on The Guardian’s dating site, Ariane’s upcoming novel, the Simon Singh-along with Tim Minchin and Ariane’s “Love Song For Jeremy Corbyn”.

Then... fear of a bad review by Steve Bennett on the Chortle comedy website; why Ariane is not playing the Edinburgh Fringe this year but is turning to online music videos, the cost of Jeremy Corbyn lookalikes and Ariane’s topless video with John.

Plus Copstick remembers Ariane’s “Beautiful Filth” CD - “So clever. The lyrics were just clever, clever, clever, smart stuff.” And the two of them sing Tom Lehrer’s “Poisoning Pigeons in The Park” etc together, then swap nervous breakdown and prescription drug stories and talk about the benefits of self-harming: “I genuinely think,” says Copstick, “self-harming, up to a point, is a great coping mechanism.”

http://www.grouchyclub.co.uk

You can also download this audio podcast from iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/grouchy-clubs-mostly-about/id977279883

John Fleming posts occasional blogs at:
http://blog.thejohnfleming.com

January 06, 2017 05:44 PM PST

Nick Awde - critic, reviewer and author - joins Kate Copstick, John Fleming and a future gag writer aged 8½ in London’s Mama Biashara emporium for an even more-than-usually meandering and annoyingly interrupted podcast supposedly but only marginally touching on comedy amid discussions on linguistics, Ireland’s Black Lodge, Janey Godley’s family dog, Copstick’s family background, Brexit and the cultural influence of France - despite the fact that the French apparently do not have a word for “one man show”.

But we do manage to discuss the comedy circuit in Flanders; the German version of "Allo Allo"; the closure of London’s Comedy Cafe; Eddie Izzard’s Franglais shows; comic Michael Brunström’s financial tragedy; and Ariane Sherine’s planned Jeremy Corbyn music video.

PLUS Good news about the Malcolm Hardee Awards and the Grouchy Club at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Kate Copstick’s quote of the week: “What is it about speaking French that turns people into absolute arseholes?”

http://www.grouchyclub.co.uk

You can also download this audio podcast from iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/grouchy-clubs-mostly-about/id977279883

John Fleming posts occasional blogs at:
http://blog.thejohnfleming.com

December 22, 2016 11:18 AM PST

Martin Soan, comedy promoter and creator of The Greatest Show On Legs, talks to critic Kate Copstick and blogger John Fleming in London’s Mama Biashara emporium. Has all the quirkiness gone out of the comedy business? Can Michael Brunström and Spencer Jones save British comedy? Did the Arts Lab start alternative comedy? Memories of The Browns’ double act, the influence of Germany, teddy bear torturing, walking on the ceiling and eating your own brain. Plus political correctness, sexism, the annoying thing about women, how Martin destroyed a kitchen every night at the Edinburgh Fringe and why he now turns down annual vagina requests… And then there’s a long discussion about the unique shape, colour and positioning of vaginas.

Kate Copstick: “There is a fucking tsunami of under-talented people who fondly imagine they can be stand-up comics.. There’s too many people with absolutely fuck-all skill coming into comedy.”

Martin Soan: “There’s something getting rather distasteful about the comedy industry”

John Fleming: “You know when you’re sorry you asked a question?”

http://www.grouchyclub.co.uk

You can also download this audio podcast from iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/grouchy-clubs-mostly-about/id977279883

John Fleming posts occasional blogs at:
http://blog.thejohnfleming.com

December 16, 2016 12:47 AM PST

Comedy Cafe owner Noel Faulkner reveals the background to the club’s closure and possible re-birth in a perfect-sounding venue in February. Why a benefit show for the club would be “scandalous”. Why Malcolm Hardee’s Wibbley Wobbley is about to sink. The racism and sexism of club owners. How club owners schedule acts. The blame game played by comedians. Why booking women can be sexist. Why Friday night audiences are worse than Saturday night audiences.

Plus rumours of a risk to the Comedy Store, the Night Czar of London and Copstick sings (again).

http://www.grouchyclub.co.uk

You can also download this audio podcast from iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/grouchy-clubs-mostly-about/id977279883

John Fleming posts occasional blogs at:
http://blog.thejohnfleming.com

December 08, 2016 05:12 AM PST

How Michael McIntyre succeeded in UK comedy. Why Louisa Omielan and Tom Binns are succeeding. The late Addison Cresswell’s talent. Five-year career plans. Copstick’s health, career and balls. The tragic closure of the Comedy Cafe in London. The effect of free entry clubs on pay-to-enter clubs in the UK. Is it necessary as a comic to play the UK comedy circuit or is there another way? The pointlessness of comics performing to comics and not ‘real’ audiences. And Copstick sings. Again.

http://www.grouchyclub.co.uk

You can also download this audio podcast from iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/grouchy-clubs-mostly-about/id977279883

John Fleming posts occasional blogs at:
http://blog.thejohnfleming.com

December 03, 2016 09:16 AM PST

Often controversial London comedy club owner Martin Besserman talks to critic Kate Copstick and blogger John Fleming in a noisy Mama Biashara emporium.

Martin on being mugged in a Manchester hotel. Why running a comedy club is getting more difficult. The problem (or not) of ’free’ shows. Misleading advertising. Jack Whitehall’s virginity. Patrick Monahan’s hugs. PLUS... Is it impossible for women to be sexist? Flirting and sexism in comedy. Alison Moyet. The lack of any political correctness in Kenya. The talent of Jessica Martin. And Copstick’s shocking time in an underground room with Bobby Davro.

http://www.grouchyclub.co.uk

You can also download this audio podcast from iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/grouchy-clubs-mostly-about/id977279883

John Fleming posts occasional blogs at:
http://blog.thejohnfleming.com

November 27, 2016 08:38 AM PST

After a disastrous attempt to record a podcast with Kate Copstick in Kenya, John Fleming (with raging toothache) talks to double Malcolm Hardee Award winning stand-up Becky Fury sitting on a freezing dockside bench outside the Wibbley Wobbley boat in Rotherhithe, a few feet from where Malcolm Hardee drowned in 2005.

With the wind loudly hitting the microphone and a helicopter appearing overhead…

What does a relative newbie think about the UK comedy industry? Has she sketched-out the 5-year plan promoter Hils Jago recommends comics should have? Why did a film-maker want to make a documentary about her?

Is she going to have to polish turds and play the game? Why does she re-write William Blake poems? What IS success if you are a Buddhist comedian? And will she reach a satisfying climax?

http://www.grouchyclub.co.uk

You can also download this audio podcast from iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/grouchy-clubs-mostly-about/id977279883

John Fleming posts occasional blogs at:
http://blog.thejohnfleming.com

November 13, 2016 06:08 AM PST

Amid the drama of a very dodgy internet connection, critic Kate Copstick on the generosity of comedian Janey Godley and the Puppetry of The Penis man… on the screamingly camp men on British Airways… on the tasteless sexist posts of Britain’s mysoginist liberal Left attacking Donald Trump’s glamour model wife… on why Hillary Clinton maybe shows why women should not run for Presidential office. And I propose that New Jersey-born comic Jerry Sadowitz should stand as US President.

At only 15 minutes - and despite the internet chaos - this could be the perfect taster for those who have not yet experienced the rants, inanities and insanities of The Grouchy Club Podcast.

http://www.grouchyclub.co.uk

You can also download this audio podcast from iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/grouchy-clubs-mostly-about/id977279883

John Fleming posts occasional blogs at:
http://blog.thejohnfleming.com

November 05, 2016 04:10 AM PDT

Guest Chris Dangerfield and Kate Copstick attack social justice and political correctness and the Third Wave of Feminism. Plus the success of Andrew Lawrence, Richard Gadd and Doug Stanhope… Being a student with lots of sex, drugs and money. Plus is liking Robin Williams and Bob Monkhouse un-cool? The lottery of getting on television, the downsides of having an agent and how alternative comedy descended to the mainstream.

Dangerfield on the Edinburgh Fringe: “I was terrified. I’d been in the Sun with this show. I’d got the whores to sponsor it. I’d built it up. But I didn’t have a show…”

Dangerfield on political correctness: “Freedom of speech is over, because hate speech has been invented and hate speech is just the end of free speech because anything can be classed as hate speech if you nominate it.”

Dangerfield on drugs: “I’ve done a lot of drugs in my time and I like a lot of drugs - they’re interesting, they’re exciting. If you don’t abuse them, I think they can add to your life… But, if you like heroin, there’s no drug effect. There’s no narcotic effect. It will just sedate you. And, if you like that, there’s something wrong, because life’s not about sedation; life’s about engagement and connection. Heroin is the opposite of both of them. If you like that, I would suggest you need help.”

AND Dangerfield on uploading four YouTube videos every day and writing a novel.

Chris Dangerfield’s YouTube channel is at:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSkC7KNQHSSeOfRGtKgDm4A

http://www.grouchyclub.co.uk

You can also download this audio podcast from iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/grouchy-clubs-mostly-about/id977279883

John Fleming posts occasional blogs at:
http://blog.thejohnfleming.com

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