Get Yourself a Proper Job

Simon Topping talks to other professional funny people about their beginnings

Welcome to the Get Yourself a Proper Job Podcast page where comedy writer and performer, Simon Topping, talks to other funny professionals about how it all started for them; delving a little into their childhood, how they were as kids, plus the breaks they got and the people who helped them along the way, as well as the challenges they faced.  Did anyone ever urge them, “Get Yourself a Proper Job?” Let’s find out. 

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The Host

Simon Topping is a comedy writer and performer. He questions his fellow performers in the podcast.

George Egg

Episode one is a chat with George Egg, the cooking comedian. As seen on The Bake Off: An Extra Slice, Radio 4 and much more.

Elf Lyons

Episode two is with Elf Lyons; Award winning comedian, writer and theatre director. Credits: 6 Music, Radio 4, BBC TV, ITV2, UKTV and More.

Dan Evans

Dan Evans, stand-up and comedy writer for Milton Jones and Frankie Boyle (Amongst others)

Brodi Snook

Listed in the Telegraph’s Top comedy shows and Ardal O’Hanlan’s support for his full UK tour, in 2019. Coming in July.

Aidan Goatley

Internationally touring comedian and support for Hal Cruttenden. Brilliant sell out show: 10 Films with my Dad. Coming in July.

All the Episodes below:

Dan Evans: Episode 3 Get Yourself a Proper Job

Dan Evans first appeared on the comedy circuit in 1994, shortly after leaving a promising career as one of East Anglia's leading office menials.Since then he has played clubs and universities throughout the UK and gigged in Holland, Germany, Dubai and Ireland as well as being part of the sell-out Screaming Blue Murder Cabaret and Avalon Comedy Zones at the Edinburgh Fringe.Dan's TV and radio appearances include Brain Candy (BBC3 & 2), Channel 5 at The Store, Channel 5 Comedy Zone and the Radio 2 Stand Up Show.He writes too, with many credits including The Very World of Milton Jones (R4 – Sony Award Winner), Rory Bremner Who Else? (CH 4), The Eleven O'Clock Show (CH 4), The Live Floor Show (BBC 1), Revolver (BBC 1) and The Joan Rivers Position (CH 5).'Skilful and surreal' The Scotsman'Original and inventive' The TimesHere we talk about Dan's childhood, how he loved to set a fire and the fine art of messing around.  Dan talks about his career, how to get yourself into a good frame of mind to write comedy well and why having a few drinks before you get on stage rarely makes you funnier. You can find out more about Dan at:  http://www.DanEvans.info
  1. Dan Evans: Episode 3
  2. Elf Lyons: Episode 2
  3. George Egg: Episode 1

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About Us

A Podcast about how funny people got to use their talents in a full time career.

Get In Touch

If you’d like to be interviewed, or just want a chat, email: simon.topping@gmail.com