Lost Features Wednesday: Josie Long in charity shops, Adam Buxton and much more...
Andrew Mickel27 June 2012
All this week we're rummaging through long-lost features from our site and others...
Having relaunched a couple of weeks ago, we've been transferring our archive and digging out all sorts of unexpected comedy gold from our early days that we'd completely forgotten about.
We're giving it an airing, and have got some of our favourite fellow comedy site friends to dig theirs out too.
They are the 'who needs Wikipedia, we've got' British Comedy Guide; capital specialists London Is Funny; longform interview pros The Humourdor; and we also got Harry Deansway to nab us some features from the now sadly-defunct comedy magazine The Fix.
We'll be releasing them every day this week so check back for more...
SUCH SMALL PORTIONS
An interview with Joan Ruddy Rivers
The Queen Bitch of – well, everywhere, really – is one intimidating interviewee. That is until she describes the Loose Women as 'great girls'. Kind of takes the gloss off her international celebrity lifestyle, doesn't it? Still, it's nice to see she can stick her claws into everything and everyone else...
A typically demure moment: “I am politically incorrect but I don’t care. 15 years ago a friend of mine said, ‘just put in blinkers and run your own race’ and if you don’t think I’m funny don’t come and see me.”
LONDON IS FUNNY
Josie Long heads to her spiritual home(s): charity shops
Paul Fleckney, editor of London Is Funny, says: This is always fun to do and is something different to all LiF's other coverage. I like having comedians contribute articles where there's no pressure on them to be funny, it can be a thoughtful piece or just something they're interested in.
Someone phone Cancer Research's marketing department: “I like it a lot when charity shops have a rail marked “vintage”. They are inevitably a mix of finds and things that nobody would ever consider finds. It’s the exact level of self-consciousness that I like. They understand that there’s a reason why youngsters are coming in, they just don’t completely get it.”
BRITISH COMEDY GUIDE
A great interview with Adam Ruddy Buxton
Lovely, cuddly little Adam Buxton has a chat here about lots of his work, and past work with Hollywood starlet Joe Cornish. If you are (were) a fan of the radio show and podcast, this will 'hit the spot'.
We're officially allowed to take the mick out of the Persuasionists now: “ Angelina Jolie would ring up constantly and ask me to do bits of her favourite Persuasionists episodes down the phone. She'd put me on speaker so Brad and the kids could hear too and I'd do the bit about inventing a slogan for Cockney Cheese and they'd roar with laughter and beg me to go to Hollywood but I decided against it.”
Mike Lawrence and Nick Sun, from the ground up
The Humourdor says: These interviews basically represent another thing that we wanted to do when we started the site - interviewing lesser known comedians still working the circuit who haven't really had any media exposure. Mike Lawrence is a guy from New York who does some really great comedy, often opening for John Oliver, who has been getting bigger and bigger lately, and was recently on Conan.
Nick Sun is an amazing Australian comedian who won some awards, did a bunch of great stand up, and seems to be going back and forth between Australia and the UK. I'm fairly sure he's the Bukowski of stand-up - he recently did a "No Fracking" comedy night in Ireland. I don't know where he is now.
Nick Sun on being rude to day-job bosses: “I’m very polite - I save the spleen for the stage. I once drove trucks to deliver ice cream but the freezer broke down and I had to eat as many of them. A crowd gathered and begun to chant EAT DEM ICE CREAM EAT DEM ICE CREAM… someone made a flag to commemorate it. We burnt effigies of Walter Matthau on the beach.”
The unexpectedly colourful history of David Cross
Arrested Development's David Cross talks over his history with comedy at about the time he was trying to get The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret off the ground. MAYBE IF YOU HAD STAYED OFF THE DRUGS THE SECOND SERIES WOULD GET SHOWN IN THE UK, DAVID CROSS. Have you been affected by David Cross? Then Talk To Frank on 0800 77 66 00.
The drug-taking bit of the interview: “I didn’t do that well on strong pot and I didn’t do anything stronger until I was 19 in college. Then I did a lot of it. The first time I took acid I thought it was the greatest thing ever. I took it quite a bit. Not every day or every week, but it was a lot. There were a lot of trips.”
Check back in for more tomorrow...
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