Ref NoBSUCA/OD/1/54
CollectionOliver Double Collection
TitleStephen K Amos interviewed by Oliver Double
Name of creatorDouble, Oliver, 1965-
Date18/09/2012
Duration20 min. 59 sec.
Extent1 sound disc (MiniDisc) (80min)
1 audio file Broadcast WAVE Format (BWF)
DescriptionStephen K Amos interviewed by Oliver Double by telephone, 18th September 2012. This interview was conducted by Double for his book 'Getting the Joke: The Inner Workings of Stand-Up Comedy', 2nd Edition (2014) .
Start of Interview [00:04] When did Stephen K Amos first start stand-up comedy and how did he get into doing it. [00:13] Double talks about K Amos's ambiguity on stage. [02:06] Double asks how K Amos uses his Nigerian accent as part of K Amos's act. [02:46] [In this segment it also discusses playing with audience perception] Double comments on a recent gig K Amos played at Whitstable and the perception K Amos played with the audience and the venue. [04:44] K Amos explains how it's about perceptions. [05:25] Double asks about playing on social class and demographics of age, ect, and how does it bring the audience all together. [06:07] K Amos further explains the use of perception using the example of an audience member named Ollie. [07:23] Double poses the discussion point claiming that K Amos as a stand-up is "good fun" but has a political edge to his work on subjects such as sexuality and race. [08:08] K Amos answers. [09:03] Double points out that K Amos "Feeling like I [K Amos] didn't fit in" has a revenge to that fact that now K Amos is the centre of attention in a room during his stand-up shows. [09:36] K Amos answers and discusses respect and expectance. [9mins 50sec] Double poses the discussion point on sexuality and how comedy has moved on from the 1970's. [10:32] K Amos explains how comedy has progressed since the 70's. [Section also discusses further on about sexiest, racist and homophobic jokes] [11:12] K Amos mentions the T.V show "The Comedians". [11:21] Double asks how old K Amos is as there are [at the time of recording] 2 separate birth dates for K Amos in relation on cultural reference. [12:45] K Amos answers but not saying his age. [13:04] Double asks how K Amos material is generated. [15:14] K Amos explains different techniques of creating and testing material. [15mins, 29sec] Double asks if K Amos records his material. [16:34] K Amos explains that he takes notes instead. [16:39] Double comments on his experience of watching K Amos that the work is very technical. [17:28] Double goes on to ask about [instant] character whether it was developed by rehearsals or stage experience. [17:50] K Amos answers about character and technique. [18:03] Double extends his talk about technique and learning technique. [19:01] Double mentions Max Miller. [19:04] K Amos answers. [19:35] K Amos mentions Jimmy Carr. [20:00] Double and K Amos exchange pleasantries. [20:17] End of Interview. [20:55]
[Summarised by Scarlet Dobson]
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. 2015-05-21.
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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