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Sarah Millican is an award-winning stand-up comedian and writer. Sarah recently completed her fifth live stand up tour, Control Enthusiast, which was a smash-hit both internationally and in the UK. Since winning the Best Newcomer Award at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Sarah went on to host three series of her critically acclaimed BBC2 series The Sarah Millican Television Programme, for which she received two BAFTA nominations, and has become a familiar face on primetime shows such as QI, Live at the Apollo and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.
In October 2017 she released her first book, How To Be Champion, which is part autobiography, part self-help, part confession, part celebration of being a common-or-garden woman. How To Be Champion became The Sunday Times No.1 Bestseller on release and shot back into the bestseller list when published in paperback in May 2018. Sarah is also a founder member of Standard Issue, a smart, funny magazine-style podcast made for women by women.
Rob is a comedian, actor and writer who co-created and co-stared in the acclaimed Channel 4 and Amazon Prime comedy Catastrophe. In 2016, Rob was nominated for a Primetime Emmy alongside his co-creator, Sharon Horgan, for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. In 2018, Catastrophe was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Scripted Comedy and in 2016 won the BAFTA TV Craft Awards for Best Comedy Writing. In 2018, Rob starred as “Peter W.” in Deadpool 2 and hosted Comedy Central’s Rob Delaney’s Stand Up Central. 2019 saw Rob appear opposite Charlize Theron in the Lionsgate feature Bombshell. He also stars in The Hustle, Comedy Central’s Key & Peele, Burning Love, and FX’s Trust.
In 2013, his first novel and bestselling memoir was released, Rob Delaney: Mother Wife Sister Human Warrior Falcon Yardstick Turban Cabbage. Rob was named in Variety’s Top 10 Comics to Watch and listed as one of The Funniest People on Twitter by Rolling Stone, Huffington Post, Vice, Paste Magazine, Comedy Central, and Funny or Die. Rob’s debut special, Rob Delaney: Live at the Bowery Ballroom, is available on Netflix and Comedy Central Records. His latest comedy special for Amazon, Jackie, is available to watch now.
Jason hails from Salford. He is a stand-up comedian, writer, actor, singer, radio and television presenter. He began his career in 1999, while working at the Buzz Comedy Club in Chorlton, Manchester. Jason was collecting glasses when a performer didn’t arrive for an evening set. Jason, who was 17, stepped in to fill the gap.
As a stand-up he regular packs out theatres and arenas up and down the country. Playing to over 450,000 fans on his last tour – Muddles Class. He has appeared in popular television shows including Sunday Night at the Palladium (ITV1), What Would Your Kid Do? (ITV1), Bigheads (ITV1), QI (BBC1), 8 Out of 10 Cats (C4), First & Last (BBC1) and Live at the Apollo (BBC1).
His album, A Different Stage reached number 10 in the UK charts. You can hear Jason every Sunday morning on his Absolute Radio breakfast show.
Sindhu Vee is an award-winning comedian, writer and actor. Sandhog, Sindhu’s eagerly anticipated 2018 debut hour of stand-up won her a nomination for the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer. Her following tour was hugely successful and extended through 2019, owing to phenomenal demand.
Rapidly becoming a staple on UK television, Sindhu has appeared twice on BBC Two’s Live At The Apollo (most recently as host), guested on BBC2 panel shows Mock The Week, QI, Have I Got News For You and The Apprentice: You’re Fired, plus co-hosted Channel 4’s critically-acclaimed satirical news programme, The Tez O’Clock Show. Sindhu also regularly appears on BBC Radio 4 panel shows, including The News Quiz and The Unbelievable Truth, and has written and hosted her own four-part series, Sindhustan, for the station.
Jennifer Saunders is one half of the legendary comedy duo French and Saunders and an original member of The Comic Strip. She also wrote and starred in critically acclaimed Absolutely Fabulous, which has won numerous awards including an International Emmy, two BAFTAs, a Writers Guild Award, two Royal Television Society Awards, A People’s Choice Award, and four British Comedy Awards. The television series sparked feature film Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, released in summer 2016.
Jennifer also co-wrote and acted in Girls on Top; The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle; and Jam and Jerusalem. Other television credits include Blandings; Josh; Stick Man; The Boy In The Dress; This Is Jinsy; Dead Boss; Friends and wrote and starred in many of the 69 Comic Strip films. Jennifer has voiced characters in feature films such as Sing; The Minions; Shrek 2 and has recently recorded an episode of The Simpsons. French and Saunders have toured UK theatres and starred together in Me and Mamie O’Rourke over 20 years ago.
Jennifer's autobiography Bonkers: My Life in Laughs was published in October 2013. In 2009, French and Saunders were honoured with a BAFTA Fellowship.
Kurupt FM's MC Grindah
Question: is it a crime to be the most talented MC in the game? Probably is actually – explains why so many haters and feds are trying to shut man down. Creator of the biggest pirate radio station in the world, more or less, Kurupt FM. Put simply, the best-looking, most legendary lyrical artist to ever bless mic. So, a leader of men, yes, but also probably the humblest individual you’ll meet, especially given how incredible the skills are. And they are genuinely incredible. Can’t stress that enough, really.
Kurupt FM's DJ Beats
Right hand man to MC Grindah. The Lieutenant to his General. The DJ Luck to his MC Neat. But better, if anything. And that is really saying something if you think about it, cos Luck and Neat are still banging it out in Napa after all these years. Proud dad. (And proud DJ. Prouder DJ, if anything.)
Kurupt FM's DJ Steves
Weed activist. Researcher and truth seeker. The Earth is flat and is being governed by shapeshifting lizards. Time to wake up people.
Kurupt FM's Chabuddy G
Manager. Businessman. Ladies’ Man. Lover, fighter, tour promoter. Brains behind the legendary Kurupt FM crew. Inventor of Peanut Dust. Is there anything this hunk of man meat cannot do? There is not. Literally mate, you name it, I can not only do it, I can sell it and set it up with a promotional tour of Ipswich. In a word? Sexy entrepreneur. And that’s two words, which tells you everything you need to know about me and thinking outside the box.
Dawn French (pictured here in conversation with Jennifer Saunders) has been making people laugh for thirty years. On purpose. As a writer, comedian and actor, she has appeared in some of the UK’s most long-running and celebrated television shows, including French and Saunders; The Comic Strip Presents….; Murder Most Horrid; The Vicar of Dibley; Jam and Jerusalem; Lark Rise to Candleford and Roger and Val Have Just Got In. Dawn stars in the very successful Delicious for Sky and is playing the leading role in a series for ITV, The Trouble with Maggie Cole.
Some of Dawn’s theatre credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream; My Brilliant Divorce; Smaller; and her one woman show Thirty Million Minutes. Her number-one bestselling memoir, Dear Fatty, was published to critical acclaim in 2008. A Tiny Bit Marvellous, her first novel, went straight to number one and sold over half a million UK copies. Oh Dear Silvia and According to Yes, also achieved the number one position in the best sellers list. In 2017, Dawn created an interactive diary, Me. You. A Diary, and is currently in the middle of her fourth novel.
Jimmy Carr is an award-winning comedian, writer and television host. One of the biggest selling live acts in UK comedy, he is currently touring his latest show Terribly Funny. Jimmy is a household name in UK television with credits including hosting Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats, 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown and Big Fat Quiz Of The Year plus Comedy Central’s Roast Battle UK and Your Face Or Mine.
Jimmy also holds international acclaim, selling out worldwide tour dates across more than 40 countries and becoming the first UK comedian to sign a stand-up special deal with US streaming behemoth, Netflix, back in 2015. They have since released a second Jimmy Carr special on the platform, The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits alongside Jimmy’s own Netflix panel show The Fix in 2019.
Katherine Ryan is currently dominating the television and live comedy scenes both in the UK and abroad. Her eagerly awaited debut Netflix sitcom The Duchess will be released later this year. Katherine stars, and wrote and executive produced all episodes. It follows two critically acclaimed global stand-up specials for Netflix – 2019’s Glitter Room and 2017’s In Trouble. She was only the second UK based comedian to get a Netflix Global 60’ special released in all territories – and is still the only woman.
Katherine’s own podcast – Telling Everybody Everything – has just launched and immediately leapt into iTunes’ top 10. Katherine has co-hosted six series of Comedy Central’s smash hit show Your Face or Mine. She has been a judge on every series of Comedy Central’s Roast Battle and can be seen as a Team Captain on E4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats. She hosted the marquee all-female 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown special in 2018 and co-hosted Channel Four’s tentpole Alternative Election Special. Katherine was a team captain on Netflix’s first ever global comedy panel show – The Fix – and hosted The Stand-Up Show with Katherine Ryan for The Comedy Network in Canada. She has made countless appearances on the UK television. Katherine has sold out venues across the UK, US and Canada with her unique live shows.
Simon Pegg co-wrote and starred in the worldwide acclaimed, cult television show Spaced. He moved on to co-write and star in Shaun of the Dead. Pegg and Wright reprised their debut movie success twice more with Hot Fuzz and The Worlds End to complete the Cornetto Trilogy. Pegg also gained early international success playing the lead in Run Fatboy Run and How to Lose Friends and Alienate People. Pegg and Frost later returned to the screen together in their co-written feature film Paul. Pegg’s other notable credits include The Adventures of Tintin, Burke & Hare, The Chronicles Of Narnia: Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, ‘Buck’ in Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, 2016’s Ice Age: Collision Course. His character Benji Dunn has become a staple of the ongoing Mission Impossible franchise, and he also starred in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Pegg also played Scotty in Star Trek, Star Trek: Into Darkness and also co-wrote and starred in the third instalment, 2016’s Star Trek Beyond.
Pegg and Frost also announced the birth of their new production company Stolen Picture which will see the release of new series Truth Seekers later this year on Amazon Prime. More recently, Simon was seen in the much talked about Amazon Studio’s adaptation of popular comic-book series The Boys, as well as Netflix’ The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance.
Nick is best known for the Cornetto Trilogy alongside friend and co-star Simon Pegg, and together they founded the production company Stolen Pictures, which produced their first feature, Slaughterhouse Rulez, last year. Nick is currently filming The Nevers for HBO, and could most recently be seen in Fighting With My Family alongside Florence Pugh and Vince Vaughn. Other recent credits include AMC’s Into The Badlands, Iain Morris’ feature The Festival, Tomb Raider alongside Alicia Vilkander and Sky Atlantic’s Sick Note.
Sharon Horgan (pictured here in conversation with Rob Delaney) is a BAFTA award-winning Irish actress, writer, producer and director, who is perhaps best known for her multiple award-winning sitcom Catastrophe, which she co-writes and stars in with Rob Delaney. Together they won the BAFTA TV Craft Award for Best Writing in a Comedy Series in 2016. Sharon has gained three individual BAFTA nominations for her performances, alongside a Primetime Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.
Sharon was also nominated for two BAFTA Awards and won two British Comedy Awards for her BBC show Pulling which she co-wrote and starred in. She has recently directed an episode of Modern Love for Amazon Prime Video. Sharon will soon be making her feature film directorial debut for Focus Features with an adaptation of the novel The New World. Most recently, Sharon stars in Military Wives alongside Kristin Scott Thomas. The film is inspired by a BBC factual series about a choirmaster who selects and trains amateur singers. Sharon will also appear in the film version of the hit musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie, which is due to be released in October 2020.
Tez Ilyas is one of the most celebrated and best loved stars in British comedy, known for his trademark silly, smart and subversive style.
His credits include: multi-award winning Man Like Mobeen (BBC Three), Live at The Apollo (BBC Two), The Last Leg (C4), Mock the Week (BBC Two), Live From the BBC (BBC Two), Live from the Comedy Store (Comedy Central), Kevin Hart’s Live from Montreal (LOL Network), The Now Show (BBC Radio 4), three successful series of his own BBC Radio 4 format TEZ Talks, as well as starring in both his own Channel 4 comedy sitcom pilot Bounty – which has since become the most watched show in the format’s 10 year history – and fronting his own satirical entertainment series The Tez O’Clock Show, to huge critical acclaim.
Harry Enfield is a multi-award-winning comedian, actor, writer and director who began his career on Channel 4's Saturday Live. Harry has since been involved in some of the most iconic and successful comedy shows of the last three decades. Alongside winning multiple comedy awards Harry received two BAFTA’s with Paul Whitehouse for their BBC1 series Harry & Paul in both 2009 and 2011.
Harry set up a writing partnership with Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson which spawned his own BBC Show, first with Harry Enfield's Television Programme, and then Harry Enfield and Chums, with co-stars Paul Whitehouse and Kathy Burke. Famous characters created included Tim - nice but dim, Smashie and Nicey, Wayne and Waynetta Slob, Mr Cholmondley-Warner and Kevin the Teenager - who later starred in Harry’s own film, 2000's Kevin & Perry Go Large.
Harry directed on series two and three of in E4’s cult hit series Skins as well as playing Jim Stonem. He was nominated for a BAFTA for his portrayal of Prince Charles in the hit Channel 4 comedy The Windsors, now in it’s third series. Harry also appeared as John Shakespeare in all seasons of Ben Elton’s beloved Upstart Crow (BBC).
Paul is an iconic actor, performer and writer who has been involved in many of the best-loved comedy shows over the last twenty five years, winning numerous BAFTA’s; along with being awarded the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain Award at the 2013 British Comedy Awards. In 1982 Paul established a great writing partnership with Charlie Higson and Harry Enfield that culminated in Harry Enfield’s Television Programme in 1990. In 1994 he co-created with Charlie Higson The Fast Show, a six-part sketch series for BBC TV which he co-wrote, produced and starred in.
Most recently, Paul has appeared in Death of Stalin; David Copperfield; Ghost Stories; King of Thieves; Finding Neverland; and Harry Potter. He has also voiced characters for Night of the Trampires; The Corpse Bride; and Alice In Wonderland.
2018 saw Paul, along with good friend Bob Mortimer, conceive Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing for BBC2. Radio Times readers voted it their 2018 TV Champion and the programme is now in it’s third series. Paul recently starred in Only Fools and Horses The Musical creating the role of Grandad, which he also co-wrote with Jim Sullivan.
Please note: contains adult themes and language.
At this extraordinary national moment, with the country in lockdown, Audible teams up with some of our country's biggest stars, as they invite you in to their own homes for some uplifting chat.
Top comedian friends, who like the rest of the nation are in lockdown, get in touch with each other from their respective homes to have a conversation about how they're getting on. These are warts-and-all chats, home recorded by the stars themselves, as they try to find the positive and even funny in these extraordinary times.
This is a free Audible Original Podcast. You can download all 8 episodes to your Library now:
Episode 1: Sarah Millican & Jason Manford
Episode 2: Dawn French & Jennifer Saunders
Episode 3: Kurupt FM
Episode 4: Jimmy Carr & Katherine Ryan
Episode 5: Simon Pegg & Nick Frost
Episode 6: Rob Delaney & Sharon Horgan
Episode 7: Tez Ilyas & Sindhu Vee
Episode 8: Harry Enfield & Paul Whitehouse
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