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