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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

Brodi is listed in the Telegraph’s Top comedy shows, Chortle Awards Best New Comer 2020 and Ardal O’Hanlan’s support for his full UK tour, in 2019/20

Aidan Goatley

Internationally touring comedian, Aidan has been support for Hal Cruttenden. He has had several brilliant sell out shows, including the fab: 10 Films with my Dad.

Liz Peters

Liz teaches and performs improv around the world and is the co-artistic director of The Maydays, a national stalwart of the improv scene. She is also the author of “Own it! How to boss your fears

Michael Fabbri

Michael has been a stand up for over 15 years and performs in top comedy clubs throughout the UK. He has supported some of the biggest names in comedy including: Micky Flanagan, Lucy Porter and Stephen K Amos.

Marisa Carnesky

Marisa is an award winning Show woman. She has worked all he adult life telling compelling and accessible stories interested in the use of spectacle, magic illusions and grand ritual, promoting cultural and political discourse..

Andy Riley

Coming Soon

All the Episodes below:

Marisa Carnesky: Episode 8 Get Yourself a Proper Job

In this episode, recorded at the end of 2019, I chat to Marisa Carnesky about working class beginnings, her being compelled to be a Show woman from the age of 10 and how hard it can be furrowing out a career when you can't be pigeon holed easily.  We have a good rant about the "Good Old Days", when arts funding was more readily available and discussed how important it is to have diverse voices in the arts.  We all talk about the catharsis of performance. Marisa is an Olivier award winning show woman  interested in the use of spectacle; fairground rides, magic illusions and grand ritual as a means of creating highly accessible provocative work, rooted in popular culture that promotes cultural and political discourses.Find out more about here fascinating work here:  Carnesky Productions
  1. Marisa Carnesky: Episode 8
  2. Michael Fabbri: Episode 7
  3. Liz Peters: Episode 6
  4. Aidan Goatley: Episode 5
  5. Brodi Snook: Episode 4

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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