EP57 – Matt Price – The art of storytelling at stand up clubs

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EP57 – Matt Price – The art of storytelling at stand up clubs


Total run time: 1 hour 08 mins 58 secs.

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About Matt Price…

Matt Price (@MattPriceComedy) is a working comedian who has been making his living from clubs for over a decade and has firmly established himself as a storytelling performer… however, he wants more but doesn’t know where to go from here.

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Here’s a list of questions we covered…


  • UK’s first New Deal comedian. Having been on the dole for two years, he applied for the financial support of the Government’s New Deal scheme to help him launch his stand-up career – and was accepted. [20 mins 20 secs]
  • Did you always want to tell stories or did you start being a straight stand up? [20 mins 20 secs]

Edinburgh Fringe…

  • First show in 2006… but the venue didn’t exist. [54 mins 36 secs]
  • Do you list yourself in storytelling instead of stand up? [54 mins 36 secs]
  • Do you make a profit in Edinburgh? [54 mins 36 secs]
  1. Mel Brown PR [1 hour mark]

Story Telling…

  • What do you think is the difference between stand up and story telling? [0 mins 0 secs]
  • You talk about how some people use the label of storytelling to mean “not funny”. Why? [0 mins 0 secs]
  • His label as a story teller [ 3 mins ]
  1. Gordon Southern
  • Do you find they’re treated differently? [ 8 mins 17 secs]
  1. RISK podcast
  2. The Spark
  3. Charlie Harison
  4. The Moth
  5. Stand Up Tragedy 
  • Do you find MCing / spots harder due to being a storyteller rather than a pure stand up comedian. [5 mins 26 secs]
  • How long did it take you to go full time? [20 mins 20 secs]
  1. Janey Godley
  • Do you think that’s still possible for comedians starting now? [20 mins 20 secs]
  • Do you think we’re not a nation who enjoy storytelling? [11 mins 25 secs]
  • Do you think the stigma of “not being funny” meaning a storyteller exists? [13 mins 47 secs]
  • Do you think the attitude of storytelling comedians is different to straight stand ups? [35 mins 07 secs]
  1. Josie Long
  2. Oliver Double’s podcast.
  3. Martha McBrier

Other Questions…

  • Best show you’ve ever seen? [1 hour 1 mins 23 secs]
  1. Sarah Kendall
  2. Sex Kitten Corpse
  3. Sean Hughes – Alibis for life
  • What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made and how did you get over it? [1 hour 2 mins 46 secs]
  • Who do you think is the most underrated person in your industry? [1 hour 3 mins 42 secs]
  1. Adam Bloom podcast
  • What do you think is the biggest problem in the comedy industry and how would you go about solving it? [1 hour 4 mins 52 secs]
  • Best bit of advice you’ve ever been given? [1 hour 5 mins 37 secs]
  • If you could go back to give yourself one bit of advice before your first gig… what would it be? [1 hour 6 mins 14 secs]










Simon Caine is a comedian, author, podcaster, writer and social media manager. He's the host of the Ask The Industry Podcast (iTunes link) , writer of jokes for Twitter and teller of gags on the London comedy scene. He's also the person writing this and it is taking all his willpower not to make a "Simon Says" joke.
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