Ref NoBSUCA/MB/1/2/2/1
CollectionMonika Bobinska Collection
TitleA-Z of Comedy
Name of creatorBobinska, Monika
Dateno date
Extent1 sound cassette (60 min.)
1 audio file Broadcast WAVE Format (BWF)
DescriptionA-Z of Comedy: K, L & M. Exploring the topics of the Kings Head, Jenny Lecoat, Meccano & Screaming Blue-Murder. (Second accession) Side A: (D60)
[0.13] Music begins to play. Stephanie Coveller introduces the show [0.48] Kings Head: Peter Grahame & Hugh Thomas are interviewed. Hugh Thomas used to be at the Comedy Store with Rik Mayall and Alexei Sayle and wanted to create a venue that combined cabaret with Stand-up comedy. They talk about the sad move from variety to straight stand-up. They aim to provide variety at the cheapest possible price. They do a try-out once a month for new acts. Peter Grahame says he teaches stand-up. [8.32] Jenny Lecoat is interviewed. She said she started doing folk clubs and developed to the comedy scene in London in 1982. She talks about audience reactions and the advantages & disadvantages of being a woman comedian. She talks about venues that she likes to play. [13.07] Meccano Club. Monika Bobinska is interviewed and talks about how her brother Mark and James Macabre set up the club night in the Camden Head, Islington. She says that comedians have become more professional & are from more diverse backgrounds. She talks about the intimate atmosphere of the Meccano club. Monika encourages acts to perform their set like its fresh and not to get tired with their material. Monika says she likes a playful, keen audience. She talks about how the scene has become more mainstream but because there is so much choice now, the audience have high expectation [17.18] Screaming Blue Murder are club nights that are in pubs around London. Peter Harris, promoter is interviewed. He says that he watched Eddie Izzard and was enticed by the atmosphere of the alternative comedy scene. He made Eddie Izzard resident compere and started up in 1988. He talks about 'alternative' comedy being just the development of a new mainstream. He encourages storytelling and observations. Peter says he eliminates hecklers and encourages an audience that is excited to be there. He also encourages new comedians to come and test out their act. [24.51] Programme ends
NotesAccess filename: BSUCA-MB-001-002-002-001A-A.mp3
CategoryAudio recordings
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