Ref NoBSUCA/OD/1/41
CollectionOliver Double Collection
TitleRichard Herring interviewed by Oliver Double
Name of creatorDouble, Oliver, 1965-
Date17/03/2012
Duration28 min. 58 sec.
Extent1 sound disc (MiniDisc) (80min)
1 audio file Broadcast WAVE Format (BWF)
DescriptionRichard Herring interviewed by Oliver Double at the Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury, 17th March 2012. This interview was conducted by Double for his book 'Getting the Joke: The Inner Workings of Stand-Up Comedy', 2nd Edition (2014) .
[Interview summary]
[0.30] Richard Herring discusses his "offensive comedy" and the Brian Logan article. [2.15] Twitter and power of social media. [5.15] Richard Herring being a very truthful and confessional comedian. [7.15] Herring discusses the format of his comedy (raising questions, not answers). [8.45] Honesty. [9.25] Stewart Lee and Richard Herring in recent years. [12.00] Layers of thought and Meta-commentary. [14.55] The characters and editions of yourself onstage. [17.30] DIY comedy versus Mainstream comedy. [18.10] Richard's Stand-up and coming back to working in the clubs. [21.21] Go Faster Stripe and DVD as documentation [26.27] Fist of Fun and smaller comedians. [26.50] Olly asks Richard for an autograph for his family. [28.20] Luck in Comedy. [28.59] Recording ends.
[Analysis by Matthew Hoss]
As discussed in the interview, Olly and Richard discuss how the boundary of Performance spills over into real-life through acts like Herring's Hitler Moustache (2010 show) and a twitter feed.
"Honesty is the last taboo" - You have to be open to what you are own faults are. But you are still a character in some form on stage with comedic conceit.
Lee and Herring share a similar sense of humour and discussing similar topics but they do it it different ways, based on their personas.
Herring discusses that the way he creates his material is being going on stage with something vague he wants to say and after two months it becomes a routine. Herring is less scripted, but he says this allows him to develop sets a lot more.
Herring motivated by quality not being successful per se.
Herring is in a position of where he has many outlets of comedy and he has 100% control of what he wants to do. He writes what he wants for the people who "gets him".
Notes1 MiniDisc, digitised to LPCM wave 24 bit 44.1kHz. Digitised using Sony Minidisc Deck MDS-JE53; Roland Edirol UA-25; Audacity 2.1.0. 2015-05-20.
CategoryAudio recordings
Access conditionsAvailable for consultation at the University of Kent's Special Collections & Archives reading room, Templeman Library, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NU. Access is available via digital listening copies. The University of Kent acknowledges the intellectual property rights of those named as contributors in this recording and the rights of those not identified.
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