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Welcome to “Making It With Terry Wollman”, the show that explores the secrets, successes and strategies for making it in the music biz. In the studio, the classroom, and in my travels, I so often get questions about the creative process, so I created this show to focus on what it takes to have a lasting career in the ever-changing landscape of the music business. You’re really in for a treat, as I have invited my friends, some of the best and brightest in music, to share their stories. I gua ...
 
A monthly dose of live recordings and studio mixes from our resident Stevie Webster and guest mixes. Pushing the latest in Techno and Tech house and Minimal through a love for those driving bass lines, massive build ups, wonky melodies and Tech House grooves. Taking influence from the likes of Richie Hawtin, Adam Beyer, Gary Beck, Carl Cox & Dubfire all this thrown in with our own twist makes for a very forward thinking listen.
 
Dream Job Ready is here to help, excite, inspire and ready the next generation of young professionals to get their dream job. Marketing, media, digital and communications expert Dane Sharp hosts the podcast series and interviews guests that have the types of jobs the rest of us want. Dream Jobs! From CEOs and CMOs of the world’s biggest companies to Sporting Commentators, Data Scientists, Designers, Engineers, Photographers, Sales Directors and a million job titles in between... They'll shar ...
 
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With his dishevelled appearance and wild energy, you might not be surprised to learn that the wonderfully funny Bobby Mair has had “more therapists than girlfriends”. We talk about his Canadian comedy work ethic, the trick of making the audience your friend, and find out why bad gigs in the UK are still good. We delve into his origins, starting com…
 
BAFTA-winning, Cumberbatch-beating actor, comic, and now the writer-performer of his screamingly funny new audiobook “Isaac Steele and the Forever Man”, Daniel Rigby is an extraordinary talent. The star of “Eric & Ernie” (BBC), Black Mirror’s “Waldo” episode, and Donald in Will Sharpe’s amazing “Flowers” (CH4), Daniel is dipping his toe back into s…
 
A comedy queen who will not be disrespected, actor and comedian Dulcé Sloan (The Daily Show) joins us at SXSW in Austin Texas, for a blazing and very funny live interview. We cover her natural authority and its relationship to what “every Black person and woman has to learn”; caring about the crowd and why no successful comic ignores the audience; …
 
On the tenth anniversary of the first release, our first ever ComCom guest Rob Deering returns to discuss marathons not sprints. One of Stu’s all-time favourite acts, we’ll celebrate Rob’s huge “Running Commentary” podcast with Paul Tonkinson, and its associated fandom; whether Rob is secretly serious; walking away from the desire to be liked; and …
 
In this unmissable live special from South By South West, the Bitter Buddha returns to lay waste to us all with analysis of his insanely good new special, “For The Masses”. We explore how he structured and taped the special; why his sets are all cries for help; his vulnerabilities and internal responses to things; and how to destroy him if you were…
 
CW: Suicide, School shooting Visionary comedian, and actor in “Honey Boy” (Prime) and “Concrete Cowboys” (Netflix), Byron Bowers once moved to LA and slept in his car while he tried to make stand-up work. In this live special from South By South West, he joins us to talk about processing trauma; finding true freedom onstage and emotional freedom am…
 
“Caffeinated puppy” Matt Richardson joins us to reflect on the parallel tracks of his comedy and “TV personality” careers, and the indefatigable enthusiasm that underpins both. We explore his youthful stand-up bad habits, the trap of “comedy reportage” and also expose the dynamic between his OCD and his fear of doing badly onstage - and how that mi…
 
The lost episode has finally been found! We’re thrilled to bring you this conversation from Montreal JFL 2017 with Letterkenny’s “Squirrely Dan”, and a wonderfully funny comic and generous laugher, K Trevor Wilson! We talk about long-form story-telling, and how he gets the most comic mileage out of incidents with muggers and arson. Also figuring ou…
 
We find the irrepressible Slim at a crossroads in his long career. After three decades as “the King of Black British comedy”, this very funny and astonishingly likeable comic is crossing over to the mainstream with the help of new management and a new game-plan. From possibly the world’s most terrifying first gig - shoved onstage by a comedian frie…
 
Brilliant Cally Beaton swapped the boardroom for the green room, when Joan Rivers convinced her it wasn’t too late to try comedy in her forties. From first class air travel, to long night-drives to open mics, she’s been putting the hours in and is now reaping the rewards. We talk about why happiness is a U-shaped curve; how her polish enabled her t…
 
Attracted to transgression, and an avid writer of dirty jokes, we explore whether very funny Diane Spencer has been overlooked for being too filthy. Prizing structure and organisation, her usually ferocious output hiccupped when she was traumatised by the loss of live work during the pandemic. Back in the saddle now, we talk about focusing on YouTu…
 
In this edited special edition, as Stu interviewed Jimmy live on stage during his “Terribly Funny” tour shows in Manchester, Birmingham and Cardiff, Stu navigates deftly between celebrity anecdotes to push Jimmy into territory which he’s a little less familiar with sharing. We talk about how parenthood may or may not change the way Jimmy works; dis…
 
He’s back, he’s bad, and he’s pulled off one of the most surprising pivots of the pandemic: writing an incredibly useful and heartfelt self-help book, masquerading as an autobiography! In this edited special edition, as Stu interviewed Jimmy live on stage during his “Terribly Funny” tour shows in Manchester, Birmingham and Cardiff, Stu navigates de…
 
Back on tour after a period of self-reflection, comedy powerhouse Omid Djalili is admirably candid as he shares his concerns about the material that made him famous. Taking to heart some stinging criticism from his son, he explores the tension between his phenomenal commitment to live performance and his craving for validation We talk about the ten…
 
With a dedicated crowd of 650K YouTube subscribers, Foil Arms & Hog are a live sketch act who also do internet videos, and not “YouTubers” like you thought... We explore how these lovely men have spent a decade at the Edinburgh Fringe entirely on their own terms, and why they aspire to “Moneyball” but don’t know their arse from their SEO. We uncove…
 
Teetering on the brink of the “elder statesman” phase of his career, masterful comic Tom Stade reflects on surviving the pandemic due to his strong family unit and his natural impish inclination not to take anything too seriously. We talk about the relationship between political correctness and deliberately being inappropriate, hitting critical mas…
 
Psychotherapist, author, speaker and agony aunt, Philippa Perry graces the show with her extremely funny and invigorating presence! We talk about her journey into speaking via book tours, and explore the relationship between her authentic self and her performance and therapist voices. We also discover how her career in psychotherapy started as a me…
 
Bear-like in stature and authority and nimble of wit, Pierre Novellie is a fantastic comedian and writer who wrings every punchline out of his routines. We talk about how his origins in Johannesburg and the Isle Of Man make him an “outsider expert” on the English, and discover why he deliberately obscured his vice-presidency of Cambridge Footlights…
 
Everything Stu's up to: This podcast is @ComComPod on Twitter and Instagram www.comedianscomedian.com Stu offers remote talks to business on what the distilled wisdom of over 350 comics can teach you about resilience, especially in times of pandemic. “The most inspiring talk I’ve had in years!” (LEGO staff member) Find out more at www.stuartgoldsmi…
 
A quite brilliant stand-up, with gloriously unique and surprising one-liners, Aaron Chen started comedy incredibly young, and was already working to shed every ounce of hackery while still in his teens. As well as his deeply alt roots and proclivity to experiment with comedy forms, he is also a master of the internally collapsing vox pop, pushing t…
 
CW: Discussion of transphobia by people who aren’t affected by it. Adam Rowe is a killer. Huge punchlines, banging material that draws screams and whoops from his crowd, and a laser-like focus on achieving his ambitions. But what does his urge to defend controversial opinions for fun cost him, or indeed his audience? We talk at length about whether…
 
A consummate compere, wielding her natural warmth and blunt honesty to devastating effect, Thanyia Moore has pulled off something extraordinary - a slot on Mock the Week before she debuts her first hour. We discuss her lack of love for writing, and the inverse pressure of a post-TV debut, as well as her secret game-plan for comedy and beyond. We al…
 
Superbly funny and effortlessly real on stage, Harriet Kemsley grew up scared of saying the wrong thing and making mistakes, but after trying stand-up at the suggestion of her parents, found in it the ability to embrace both her failures and her self. We talk about coping with having your debut show critically mauled; the self-control beneath the d…
 
You might know brilliantly witty and wise singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton as the writer of the Portal theme “Still Alive”, or from his many viral hits, albums, huge tours, or even his fan-cruise… We talk about "JoCo’s" Thing-A-Week project and how it (combined with a timely fascination for crowd-funding) propelled him from a software career, to …
 
Crime fiction powerhouse and former circuit comedian, CK McDonnell is on the cusp of levelling further up, with a TV adaptation of his half a million selling “Dublin Trilogy” in the works. We talk about how to write fast, being calibrated for tough criticism, solving problems in the shower, and how to let characters evolve - especially Bunny McGarr…
 
In an industry awash with “edgelord” comedians, Fin Taylor is the real deal. Erudite, thunderously funny, and provocative having done the reading first, he manages to annoy absolutely everybody. We talk about how his unusual schooling instilled in him an apparent license to infuriate; how his need to row back from the furthest possible point makes …
 
Stevie Martin has been generating excellent material for years, and is now starting to break through due to her jaw-droppingly funny online videos, packed with punchlines and with a genuinely unique flavour. We talk about the huge amount of time and prep that goes into her work, as she battles to feel like a “proper comedian” in an industry that pr…
 
Irrepressibly optimistic, utterly in love with his craft and very mentally robust, Paul Zerdin is the British ventriloquist who won America's Got Talent. We talk about his lengthy career working across different circuits -- from variety, cruises and holiday camps to mainstream comedy -- and discuss how he navigates the suspicions of the alternative…
 
Josh Johnson doesn't put a foot wrong. This masterful young US comic never stops working and is reaping the benefits with a place in the Daily Show writers' room, and two brand new releases: his own music/comedy collaboration "Mixtape", and his debut special "# (Hashtag)". We encounter a really thoughtful approach to his art, and talk about his pos…
 
“A drill-sergeant not a perfectionist”, Jessie Cave enjoys simultaneous careers as an actress, comic, artist, and performance artist, all of which marry an extraordinary pragmatism with an attitude of artistic abundance. We talk about her relentless documentation of her life as a means of seeking permanence, the tragic death of her brother in 2019 …
 
How did a grumpy table magician find a way to turn “being pathetic” into 400 shows a year in his own theatre at Las Vegas? Only Piff The Magic Dragon knows! We’ll discover how a shop-bought dragon costume flicked the switch from sackable corporate table guy, to deadpan bulletproof performer and self-styled “loser of America’s Got Talent”. Along the…
 
If you thought wrestlers shared some of the tropes of comedians’ lives, wait til you hear about historians! Comedy-adjacent public historian, writer of “Dead Famous” and other superb books, and creator and host of “You’re Dead To Me” (BBC Sounds) Greg Jenner had factual oversight on every word of Horrible Histories ever recorded, and wrote some of …
 
Dream Job Ready - Episode 50 Host Dane Sharp is joined by Stevie's CEO Jo Harris and Advisor Peter Knock to discuss the future of recruitment, hiring and culture fit. Stevie is a new online startup that's offering a new take on recruitment. Dane was involved in the creation of Stevie, which occurred during a marketing hack games held in early 2020.…
 
“Not a cute ragdoll, but a disgusting sex robot”, Rosie Jones is a triple-threat in ways of which you couldn’t dream if you hadn’t seen her act. Leveraging hugely punchy comedy from people’s constant underestimation at her sheer agency, we discover the precision comic timing borne of her cerebral palsy; her new political dynamism; and why she won’t…
 
Laser-guided comic, writer and corporate host, the "modnifique" Ian Moore is every inch the Comedy Store headliner, but in the early part of his career his battle with stage fright left him a more deadpan act than he intended. We talk about the phenomenon of white blokes in suits raging against the world; the reality of his apparent dream life comm…
 
Is Stuart Laws an absurdist rambler who froths up a load of increasingly hilarious nonsense whilst honking in a gilet? Or is he an astute and quite private man who started a production company when he was 18, and went on to produce his own sitcom Grave new World (Amazon Prime) as well as directing James Acaster’s “Repertoire” (Netflix) and countles…
 
In this Quick Take episode of the Dream Job Ready podcast, Dane Sharp asks Alliv Samson (co-founder of Kami) 3 questions. Those 3 questions are: What job advice has had the most impact on your career? What's a must-do in any job application or interview? What's one thing you wish you knew, understood and/or appreciated earlier in your career? Alliv…
 
Dream Job Ready Podcast episode 48 with Dane Sharp Dane Sharp talks about entrepreneurship, business leadership and company culture with Alliv Samson, co-founder of Kami - an EdTech company that offers a digital document tool in schools, and is being used by over 25 million teachers and students across the world. Conversations include: Starting the…
 
Scintillating comic, podcaster, and co-host of “Gigless”, one of the online success stories of the last year, Catherine Bohart knows herself inside out and has a powerful mental toolkit for comedy. We dig into her past life as a former university debate superstar, and find out how it helped her stand-up as well her understanding of herself as a que…
 
Welcome to a Quick Take episode of the Dream Job Ready podcast! Are you feeling unsure about your career choice? Starting to feel like you're in the wrong job or wrong industry? My guest from Episode 31, Michelle Battersby, whose past roles include Country Manager at Bumble and CMO at Keep it Cleaner, admits she's had thoughts like that in the past…
 
Gloriously disgusting double-act The Delightful Sausage is comprised of jointly and severally brilliant Amy Gledhill and Chris Cantrill, for whom every line is a rug-pull, every image a rat being sick. We talk about world-building, and the bible that holds the secret geography and population of “Icklewick”; how they aim for mainstream success in ot…
 
Hi, I'm Dane Sharp - host of Dream Job Ready. I'm also an excited, new starter this week, announcing I've landed a new dream job as Chief Marketing Officer at tech startup, togetherAI. I've been fortunate to work for some amazing companies (Rip Curl, Under Armour, eBay, McDonald's) and awesome people in my career, but this new endeavour is one wort…
 
“Come for the musical theatre, stay for the trauma!” That was the manifesto of the “Asda Kate Bush” Sooz Kempner, on her debut hour, an extraordinary verbatim performance of the real email her father sent to her mother, that led to divorce. We talk about upbringing as the only girl that didn’t do ballet, and how that inspired her self-belief; learn…
 
Business owner, C7 quadriplegic, author and one heck of an inspiration - Darren Longbottom (Owner of Zink Surf) chats with Dane Sharp about life and leadership in a wheelchair | Dream Job Ready EP45 Ready to be inspired, shocked, moved and motivated in one short interview? Darren 'Daz' Longbottom was born into the surfing industry. Growing up on th…
 
On the eve of his first solo Netflix special, one of South Africa’s finest comedy exports returns to the show to discuss the challenges of filming a show in Covid times, and the influence of his movie-grown director in planning the shoot. We talk with double Emmy-nominated Loyiso about compromising decisions on and off TV; his aim to improve rather…
 
Dream Job Ready with Dane Sharp and Jen Heape (Co-founder and COO, Vixen Labs) | Dream Job Ready EP44. Hello and thank you for discovering Dream Job Ready! Season 2 is here with a bang and we kick off the new series by interviewing Voice Tech expert, Jen Heape, in Episode 44. Jen is COO and co-founder of Vixen Labs - UK's leading voice consultancy …
 
Comedian and go-getter Ramon Rivas lives in abundance as an artist, despite his lack of financial privilege. Interviewed in his hometown of Lorain, Ohio, we talk about his realisation that audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2019 were perceiving him as white, and explore what that culture shock meant for how he views himself. We discuss how hustle…
 
Russian-born and raised in Surrey at an American school, Olga Koch is a fiercely funny act with unique perspectives that aren’t simply confined to her unusual backstory. We talk about her background in computer science and find some parallels between jokes and code; talk about the difference in-between her comic voice onstage and on Twitter; and le…
 
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