EP69 – Michael Redmond – How he accidentally became a cult figure.

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About Michael Redmond…

Michael Redmond (@redmondmichael1) is an Irish stand-up comedian from Blackrock, Dublin best known for playing Father Stone in the Father Ted episode “Entertaining Father Stone”. He has a deadpan style of delivery which has led to him becoming a dependable and experienced performer of quotable, but hard to replicate gags… having said that one of his jokes was famously stolen by Joe Pasquale and we get into how he felt about that and the subsequent joke written by Stewart Lee. Redmond began his career as a writer for Irish radio and television, before moving to London and launching a successful stand-up career as a writer and a performer.

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Here’s a list of questions we covered…

Stand up comedy…

  • JLA thought he was the most underrated. [0 mins 0 secs]
  • Why don’t you need an agent? [ 0 mins 50 secs]
  • The scene in Dublin when he started? [1 min 30 secs]
  • Why he moved to London to pursue comedy? [4 mins]
  • Why he started in comedy and his perception on what a comedian was before starting. [8 mins]
  • How he got to be a full-time comedian. [10 mins]
  • How being in Father Ted impacted his career [13 mins 30 secs]
  • Why did he take the job on Father Ted and how much impact did TV have the vs now. [15 mins 10 secs]
  • Being typecast as a priest. [18 mins]
  • His relationship with the Stand Comedy Club [20 mins]
  • Joke theft on the circuit and his experience with Joe Pasquli and Stewart Lee’s joke on joke theft [21 mins]
  • Did the deadpan style work better when he was younger vs now? [28 mins]
  • How to construct a one liner show so the audience doesn’t get bored. [30 mins]
  • How long did it take him to get an agent / how did he pick the agent he went with?[33 mins]
  • TV in comedy in the 1990s and how did doing it impact your career? [34 mins]
  • Has he written for other comedians? [35 mins]
  • Does he prefer to work in TV or radio? [36 mins 10 secs]
  • At what stage does he take a show to a TV / radio channel? And how does he get his own stuff commissioned? [40 mins 10 secs]
  • How much admin do you do in a week to keep your calendar full of work? [44 mins 40 secs]
  • He only does 2 gigs a week… how does he stay afloat? [46 mins]
  • How Jongluers changed which resulted in him not gigging there any more. [49 mins 30 secs]

Edinburgh Fringe…

  • His first Edinburgh: why he went and how. [49 mins]
    1. Karen Koren’s Pod.
  • The history of the Fringe and how the changes have impacted his choices to go or not.[51 mins]
  • Are you a local celebrity? [56 mins 45 secs]
  • How does he keep in contact with his cult following using the internet? [57 mins 45 secs]
  • How does he write? What’s his process? [58 mins 50 secs]
  • Are there any stand up TV shows you’d like to play? [59 mins 40 secs]
  • How do you think you’d do on a panel show? [1 hour 0 mins 35 secs]
    1. Geoff Whiting Pod.
  • Would you ever self produce a radio or TV show that was rejected? [1 hour 3 mins 15 secs]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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