The Humourdor

Keeping comedy moist.


                                      

I almost don’t want to write about this just yet (because tickets are running out and I still haven’t got one for myself), but if you’re trying to decide on which festival to go to this summer: Pick Latitude! Not convinced by one unqualified line of text, written by a blog that hasn’t been too active lately (we’re in the middle of building a new site, okay!)? Fair enough, to be honest- but surely you won’t disagree after reading the following?

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An Interview with Rhys Darby.

       

Happy Sunday! Today, after an admittedly lazy period, we bring you an interview with New Zealand born comic: Rhys Darby!!! (you get the reference, right?) Best known for playing Murray Hewitt (or Brian Nesbit for you radio purists) in the hugely successful HBO series: Flight of the Conchords; Darby is also a quick-witted, brilliantly original stand up, known for mixing acerbic storytelling with mime and sound effects. Here we talk about how Rhys first got into comedy, his transition into acting and those rumours that he was at one time considered a replacement for Steve Carrell in The Office.

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An Interview with Levi MacDougall.

Self described as a “some-awards-winning comedian, writer, and actor”, Levi MacDougall has been behind, and in front of, some of the best comedy of the past decade. Building a following in his native Canada and forming comedy group The Distractions, with Paul Schuck and Tim Polley, they filmed a half-hour pilot for The Comedy Network, while at the same time his stand up career grew, culminating in an hour long spot on CTV’s “Comedy Now!”. In America, he continued performing stand-up, and appeared at the renowned UCB show Comedy Death Ray in LA, as well as pretty much everything else you’d care to mention. If you’re still wondering how funny this guy is, you shouldn’t be, but if you need any further proof he’s most recently written for Important Things with Demetri Martin. Get readin’! Click the pic for Levi’s website.

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An Interview With Kurt Braunohler


                         

Today we bring you an interview with Kurt Braunohler; a comedian perhaps best known (for now, at least) for his work with Kristen Schaal. Their collaborative work produced the brilliant online web series; Penelope: Princess of Pets (which Channel 4 later commissioned a pilot for and foolishly didn’t pick it up for a full series), in addition to being nominated for a highly regarded if.comedy award (*formerly the Perrier Award, and currently the Edinburgh Comedy Award*) when they took their live show: Kristen Schaal And Kurt Braunohler: Double Down Hearts,  to the Edinburgh Fringe. Here we discuss how Braunohler and Schaal met, as well as finding out what Kurt has been up to since they both started concentrating on ventures that didn’t involve each other.

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An Interview with Leo Allen.

Leo Allen is a smart, intellectual comedian who manages to effectively create humour from areas that other stand ups may find more difficult. Whether that be through his witty, acerbic stand up or his writing; having written on Saturday Night Live (with comedy partner Eric Slovin) for three years, as well as being credited co-creator on the hilarious John Benjamin Has a Van (in which he also frequently seen on screen), Leo Allen brings a unique charm and persona to an industry that is saturated with the mundane. Here we talk about, amongst other things: how he got in to comedy, what his writing process is and the aforementioned John Benjamin Has a Van.

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