A RICH COMIC LIFE PODCAST

Richard Gill

Interviews with legendary comedy audience member, Richard Gill and some of his favourite comedians. read less
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Episodes

EPISODE 107: DR OLIVER DOUBLE
11-11-2023
EPISODE 107: DR OLIVER DOUBLE
In this episode, I talk to Dr Oliver Double. Dr Double is an academic and was previously an accomplished stand-up comedian who regularly played the circuit and created Sheffield’s longest running comedy club, The Last Laugh. Since 1999, he has been based at the University of Kent School of Arts, teaching and researching comic and popular performance.  He has written several books and has helped to establish The British Stand Up Comedy Archive (BSUCA).  Dr Double is also the regular compere of the Funny Rabbit Comedy Club performing at the Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury.  I first saw Dr Double at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015 where he interviewed Jo Brand and Alexei Sayle for his Talking Comedy series.  I visited the Bristol Slapstick Festival in 2023 where Double was a guest of Robin Ince talking about the books of Monty Python.  In 2023, I visited twice the BSUCA, where I watched Double compere a Funny Rabbit Comedy night, and I am very proud to say that the comedians’ interviews featured in my podcast are being added to the Archive collection.  Thank you so much for listening to my podcast, if you like what you hear, please subscribe and I hope you enjoy the interview. Please read Dr Double’s blog at: www.arichcomiclife.blog/2023/01/29/dr-oliver-double/ Dr Oliver Double Links: Facebook: www.facebook.com/oliver.double/ Twitter: www.twitter.com/OliverDouble/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/oliver.double/ Website: www.kent.ac.uk/arts/people/544/double-oliver Website: www.arichcomiclife.blog/the-british-stand-up-comedy-archive/
EPISODE 100: JACK DOCHERTY
28-07-2023
EPISODE 100: JACK DOCHERTY
For the 100th episode, I talk to a special guest, the brilliant comedian, JACK DOCHERTY. Docherty is a Scottish comedian, actor, and writer.  He first performed at the 1980 Edinburgh Fringe with the comedy sketch group The Bodgers (with Moray Hunter, Gordon Kennedy and Peter Baikie).  Docherty and Hunter became staff writers for the BBC radio comedy contributing to shows such as Radio Active, Week Ending and The News Huddlines. They were teamed with Norwenna Banks and John Sparkes and went onto make four series of the successful sketch show, Absolutely, for Channel 4 between 1989 and 1992. Also in the eighties, his writing skills helped make Spitting Image, Alas Smith & Jones, Vic Reeves Big Night Out, and The Lenny Henry Show, all major hits.  In 1997 (until 1999), he was part of the launch of Channel 5, becoming Britain's first five nights a week chat show host on The Jack Docherty Show.  From 2014, he has memorably starred as Chief Miekelson in BBC Scotland’s Scot Squad, winning awards for the part, and then wrote and starred in radio and television versions of Stop Start In 2018 he returned to the Edinburgh Fringe with new solo shows in 2018 and 2022, and has a new show, David Bowie and Me: Parallel Lives in 2023. I have many happy memories of sitting in the audience at recordings of The Jack Docherty Show at The Whitehall Theatre in London (now Trafalgar Theatre) from 1997 to 1999.  I have also seen Docherty perform for Stop Start at the BBC Radio Theatre in 2015, and his solo shows Miekelson and McGlashan: Serious Men at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018 and Nothing But, at the Soho Theatre, London in 2022. Thank you so much for listening to my podcast, if you like what you hear, please subscribe and I hope you enjoy the interview. Please read Jack Docherty’s blog at: www.arichcomiclife.blog/2018/08/30/jack-docherty/ Jack Docherty Links: Twitter: www.twitter.com/mrjackdocherty Instagram: www.instagram.com/mrjackdocherty