‘Everything you need for a comedy revolution’ 5 Questions with: Stu Goldsmith

Stu Goldsmith needs no introduction in Bristol, but we’re going to anyway.

He’s probably best-known for the wonderful “Comedian’s Comedian Podcast“, which now has over 200 episodes and 8 million downloads. He’s interviewed giant names, such as Jimmy Carr, Patton Oswald and Russell Howard, as well hundreds of other acts on the circuit. Stu delves into the real world of how comedians create their material and cope with a creative life.

In the time his podcast has taken off, his comedy career has kept pace. His Edinburgh shows have racked up acclaim, with shows Extra Life, An Hour and Compared to What in 2015, 2016 and 2017. This year he’s on tour all around the country with his latest show, Like I Mean It. We were thrilled to get to turn the mic on Stu for a quick interview.

1. You live in Bristol; what do you love most about the local comedy scene?

It’s a really friendly scene with a mixture of excellent acts and genuine oddballs, everything you need for a comedy revolution. I’m gutted I don’t get to gig in Bristol as much as I’d like, but I especially like Underground Comedy and Smoke and Mirrors. I gigged at Underground on the night of my child’s birth, having not slept for 40 hours, and I’ll always treasure the big gap in my mind where there should be that memory.

2. What’s the greatest insight you’ve taken from the Comedian’s Comedian Podcast?

This changes daily but at the moment because I’m under the hammer of writing a new show I’d have to say Sara Pascoe’s point that you can make anything funny if you investigate it in enough detail… That was about 200 episodes ago, so there’s probably been some good ones since then to be fair.

3. What’s your favourite podcast to listen to, besides ComComPod?

I absolutely love “Boars, Gore, and Swords”, by two US comics Red Scott and Ivan Hernandez. It’s supposed to be a Game of Thrones podcast, but whenever that show is on hiatus they do episodes on loads of other shows. They have a great dynamic, and they’re incredibly easy to spend time with on the road. They’re also good feminist men who don’t let their nerdiness get threatened when they see problems with sexism in things they love. I struggle to listen to other comedy podcasts because I get a lot of that at home.

4. Tell us what it was like supporting Jack Whitehall in Wembley Arena!

The gig was huge, the pressure was intense, the people were great, and I was glad I had two bites of the cherry, coz the first time I walked out I was so fixated on saying “hello Wembley!” that I spread my arms out and moved the mic miles away from my mouth. Cool guy.

5. What are your plans for 2018, and where can we come and see you?

I’m touring my show “Like I Mean It” all over the country. It’ll be on at the Comedy Box at the Hen and Chicken in Bedminster on the 11th May. At the same time I’m writing its successor, as yet untitled, and recording more podcast episodes. I never like to reveal who’s coming up until they’re in the can, but there someone coming soon who I’ve been trying to get to appear for AGES, so I’m looking forward to getting unnecessarily stressed about that as I do far more research than is needed.