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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..

Season 2

Andy Riley’s list of comedy credits is as long as an Orangutang’s arm. He has been writing comedy for almost 30 years and is also a successful illustrator and children’s book author.

Kate Smurthwaite

Kate Smurthwaite is a feminist comedian and political activist.

​In 2013 she won a Three Week’s Editor’s Choice Award naming her one of the ten best things about the Edinburgh Fringe.

​Kate has appeared as a panelist on Question Time as well as The Big Questions, This Morning, BBC News, Sky News, Woman’s Hour, The Today Program, The Moral Maze and Newsnight. 

Anna Nicholson

Anna Nicholson is an actress, comedian, voice over artist and writer.  Originally from Newcastle upon Tyne, she specialises in comedy and playing multiple characters.

She has written for BBC’s Crackerjack.  and was in the top 3% for the BBC’s Caroline Aherne Bursary for character comedians.

​Her solo show, Woman of the Year developed with James Cary (Bluestone 42, Miranda) played at the Brighton Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe and Adelaide Fringe where it won a Best Comedy award. 

Sally-Anne Hayward

Sally-Anne Hayward is an award winning stand up comedian of 20 years. She has toured up and down the country and supported Sarah Millican. Her Podcast Spit or Swallow with Lou Conran is a smash hit!

Dave Cohen

Dave Cohen has many thing on the go.  You can book on his sitcom writing course, buy his novel, Stand Up, Barry Goldman or simply listen to his fabulous Podcast, Sitcom Geeks. 

He has written for some of the most successful TV shows including Have I Got News For You, Spitting Image, BBC sitcoms Not Going Out and My Family, as well as producing nearly 100 song for the multi-BAFTA BBC hit, Horrible Histories.

Phil Porter

Phil Porter is an award wining, Olivier nominated,  British playwright, screenwriter and librettist. His plays include Vice Versa (2017), The Miser (adapted 2017), The Man With the Hammer (2016), The Christmas Truce (2014), Blink (2012), and Here Lies Mary Spindler (2009).

Adam Bloom

Adam Bloom is one of Britain’s most inventive comedians. He has performed many sell-out solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe as well as performing a sell-out tour of Britain. He has also written three series of ‘The Problem with Adam Bloom’ for BBC Radio 4.

Fiona Coffey

Fiona Coffey started as a performer in her early 50s.  She has done two sell out shows, A touch of Mrs Robinson and Honey’s Happening, both wonderful interactive shows.

 We chat about starting performing a little later in life.  How empowering it is to create your own work.  The benefits of knowing ourself more regarding performance and how to make audience participation as fun for the participant as it is for the crowd watching and much more.

All the Episodes below:

Get Yourself a Proper Job -Season 2 Bitesize Compilation 1 Get Yourself a Proper Job

Some bitesize best bits from fabulous guests in season 2 including: Adam Bloom Anna Nicholson Andy Riley Kate Smurthwaite More snipets to follow next week. 
  1. Get Yourself a Proper Job -Season 2 Bitesize Compilation 1
  2. Phil Porter – Episode 16
  3. Anna Nicholson – Episode 15
  4. Fiona Coffey – Episode 14
  5. Dave Cohen – Episode 13

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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