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Jay Islaam

Jay Islaam is an award-winning English stand-up comedian, broadcaster, podcaster and social commentator, he has written for The Guardian, Huffington Post, Birmingham Mail, Chortle, Beyond The Joke and Gigglebeats, he also hosts The Comedy Cannon Podcast.

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074. Paul Sinha
The Comedy Cannon
Jay Islaam interviews award-winning comedian Paul Sinha, who will be performing at the brand new Laff Attack comedy club in Birmingham on Saturday 15th April 2017. Paul is perhaps best known as one of the general knowledge gurus (“The Chasers”) on ITV quiz show The Chase. In this interview he talks about why he decided to abandon his medical career and how he transitioned from being a doctor to being a full-time standup comedian. He also tells me about the best and worst parts of being a standup comic, and why he loves performing at the comedy coalface in front of smaller comedy crowds. Finally, Paul very openly talks about being a former gambling addict, and about the political differences he has with his boyfriend, and why, despite being left-wing, he refuses to publicly support the Labour party. You can find out more about Paul Sinha by visiting his website or by following him on Twitter. (The Comedy Cannon podcast with your host Jay Islaam.)
073. Peter Fox
The Comedy Cannon
Jay Islaam speaks to comedy critic Peter Fox, who is a well known reviewer in the Midlands, helps run the Midlands Comedy Awards, and also hands out his own comedy awards every year over Christmas.  In this interview Peter talks about his one and only experience performing comedy (at a gong show!), his favourite comedians, and why he enjoys visiting and reviewing at open mic nights. He also talks about some of the negative reactions he’s had to his critique of certain acts and their performances. You can find out more about Peter Fox, and read his reviews, by visiting his website. (The Comedy Cannon podcast with your host Jay Islaam.)
071. Gary Delaney
The Comedy Cannon
Listen again to The Comedy Cannon show originally broadcast on Saturday 4th March 2017. In this episode, Jay Islaam interviews Brummie comedian Gary Delaney, behind the scenes at Huntingdon Hall in Worcester, where he was performing his show There’s Something About Gary. In this interview Gary discusses how it took him so long to be convinced he should pursue comedy, why he prefers performing live to doing TV work, and the advantages of being married to another comedian. He also tells me why he loves performing to Midlands audiences. You can find out more about Gary Delaney by visiting his website, or by following him on Facebook and Twitter. To contact the show please email hello@comedycannon.com to let us know about anything interesting happening locally that we can tell our listeners about on the air. .
070. Johnny Sorrow
The Comedy Cannon
Jay Islaam interviews award-winning comedian Johnny Sorrow, who hails from the Black Country and is considered one of the Godfathers of the alternative comedy scene in the Midlands. Johnny won the prestigious Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality at the Edinburgh Fringe, on his first ever visit to the festival, back in 2011. In this interview he talks about how he stumbled upon the open mic circuit back in 2004, and was taken aback by its punk ethos. He explains why he chose to go down the route of character comedy. He also recounts his experience of performing at the legendary Holly Bush, in Cradley Heath, back when it first started running comedy shows. Johnny also recalls his experiences of performing at the Edinburgh Fringe, and the best and worst parts of being part of the festival. He tells me about his career plans – or rather his lack of them. And, finally, he has advice for anyone wanting to become an alternative comedian, and the merits of shunning the mainstream. You can find out more about Johnny Sorrow by following him on Facebook and Twitter. (The Comedy Cannon podcast with your host Jay Islaam.)
069. Natalie Cutler
The Comedy Cannon
Listen again to The Comedy Cannon show originally broadcast on Friday 10th February 2017. Jay Islaam interviews local actor, playwright and film maker Natalie Cutler, who has recently returned from India where she filmed a documentary about acid attack survivors. Her new documentary Not In Vain will premiere at in Birmingham on the 1st March 2017. Natalie will also be taking her solo show, Not Yet Suffragette, on a tour of UK venues very soon. You can see it at several Midlands venues, including at The Artrix in Bromsgrove, on Sunday 19th March 2017, and at the Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham, on Thursday 23rd March 2017. You can find out more about Natalie Cutler and her latest works by following her on Twitter and Facebook, or by visiting her website EntreprenHer. To contact the show please email hello@comedycannon.com to let us know about anything interesting happening locally that we can tell our listeners about on the air. .
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Location
England, UK
Episode Count
72
Podcast Count
1
Total Airtime
1 day, 11 hours