Comedy interviews

Time Out speaks to the biggest names and rising stars of the comedy world



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From Alexei Sayle to Alan Davies, Peter Kay to Penn & Teller, we've interviewed the great and the good of the comedy world. Scroll down to read Time Out's interviews with comedians from the past few years, and keep checking back to read new interviews with stand-up comics.

Comedy interviews

Lena Dunham

The ‘Girls’ creator/star candidly answers Time Out readers’ most searching questions

Josie Long

We speak to the eternally optimistic comic about her ever-evolving stand-up

Noel Fielding

We find the Mighty Boosh star revelling in the quiet life, having given up 'weird night-time shit'

Stewart Lee

The maverick alt-comedy veteran talks UKIP, Alan Bennett and the BBC

Russell Brand

Viva revolution? Time Out readers grill Russell Brand on his proposed movement.

James Acaster

We out Pat Springleaf, the undercover cop posing as comedian James Acaster

Tim Minchin

We speak to the Aussie musician-comedian about his new graphic novel, 'Storm'

Modern Toss

We speak to Jon Link and Mick Bunnage about ten years of sweary sketches

Josh Ladgrove

We speak to the Aussie comedian behind 'Come Heckle Christ' at the Edinburgh Fringe

Will Arnett

We horsed around with the ‘Arrested Development’ and ‘Bojack Horseman’ star

Brian Gittins

The reclusive oddball Brian Gittins in conversation with his robot creation, Charles Petrescu

Chelsea Handler

We get the irreverent US talkshow host's thoughts on us Brits

Monty Python

We speak to the five surviving Pythons and find a bickering comedy ‘family’ who aren’t going to go quietly

John Cleese

The oldest Python on ‘Meaning of Life’ disagreements and why the current BBC makes him sad

Eric Idle

The LA-based Python explains why he always looks on the bright side of life

Terry Gilliam

The self-confessed ‘least recognisable Python’ hopes he won’t pay homage to Tommy Cooper

Terry Jones

Jones explains why he’s not even started thinking about Monty Python’s O2 shows… yet

Michael Palin

We speak to the youngest Monty Python (at 71) about the much-anticipated reunion shows

Jo Brand

The actress, comedian and ‘Splash!’ judge talks politics, new sitcom ‘Damned’ and the future of ‘Getting On’

Miles Jupp

Juggling sitcoms, parenthood and stand-up, Miles Jupp is one busy man. We meet him for a much-needed cuppa

Matt Berry

We snuggle up with the actor, musician and insomniac for some pillow talk

Cardinal Burns

Who better to interview the Channel 4 sketch duo than themselves?

Matthew Perry

He’s battled addiction, got clean and is now rediscovering his genius on British TV

Jon Ronson

We talk to the journalist and writer about his (fictional) directorial debut, ‘The Dog Thrower’

Rob Brydon

We speak to the Welsh wonder about booze, bungee jumping and BBC3

Tim Key

We get into bed with the utterly slutterly Edinburgh Comedy Award award-winner

Jack Whitehall

Has success forced Jack Whitehall to grow up, or is he still a big kid?

Miranda Hart

Who needs Google? We put your most common searches to the TV comedian direct

John Kearns

We talk to the false teeth-wearing 2013 Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer winner

Will Ferrell

Broadcasting legend Ron Burgundy is back! We join Ferrell for a spot of afternoon delight

Bill Burr

The ranting US stand-up talks about being a ‘Breaking Bad’ megafan-turned-cast member

Bill Bailey

‘We’re all just shuffling towards oblivion, so we might as well enjoy ourselves’

Frank Skinner

The enduringly popular stand-up opens up about sex, booze and Joan Bakewell

Bridget Christie

We speak to this year's triumphant Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award winner

Bo Burnham

We speak to the he Bostonian wunderkind about where he can take his comedy from here

The cast of ‘Fresh Meat’

Jack Whitehall, Greg McHugh, Kimberley Nixon, Joe Thomas and the rest of the 'Fresh Meat' gang

Sean Lock

As part of our reader Takeover issue, the ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’ star receives the full interview treatment

Adam Buxton

We tear Dr Buckles away from his laptop to talk about computer failures and naked audiences

Lee Evans

The much-loved stand-up on how he's trying to grow out of being the 'twitchy idiot'

Adam Hills and Josh Widdicombe

The comedian co-presenters of 'The Last Leg' chat to one another about the show's success

Count Arthur Strong creator Steve Delaney

The man behind the trilby-wearing variety entertainer and BBC Two star

Aziz Ansari

We talk love and marriage with the ‘Parks and Recreation’ star


The mysterious Stewart Lee-backed Canadian speaks

Judah Friedlander

We talk karate and '30 Rock' with the World Champion

Eddie Izzard

Would you vote for Eddie as Mayor of London?

Mick Foley

The former WWE star talks swapping punches for punchlines

Russell Howard

The wildly popular stand-up on being a reluctant sex symbol

Omid Djalili

The comic talks Cameron Mackintosh and bombing at Jongleurs

Harry Hill

We go monkey-spotting at Battersea Park Zoo with the madcap comic

Louis CK

We speak to the superstar American comic ahead of his big London shows

The Boy With Tape On His Face

We go prop-shopping with the silent comedy sensation

Jerry Sadowitz

A rare interview with the master Scottish comedian and magician

Sam Simmons

Time Out Melbourne speaks to the bonkers Aussie

Susan Calman

We speak to the Radio 4 regular about her political new show

Judith Lucy

The Australian superstar talks to Time Out

Doctor Brown

We speak to the award-winning silent clowning sensation

Alan Davies

The curly-haired star of 'QI' and 'Jonathan Creek' on his return to stand-up

Paul Merton

We talk to the master improviser and 'Have I Got News For You' panellist

Rob Delaney

Peeing and puking with US comedian and Twitter sensation Rob Delaney

Jim Jefferies

Straight talking from the unapologetic Aussie as he goes sober

Dick Gregory

Name-dropping Martin Luther King with the revolutionary American stand-up

Paul Sinha

Pub quizzing with the erudite stand-up and star of 'The Chase'

Rhys Darby

'Flight of the Conchords's yis man on his stand-up roots

Rhod Gilbert

We attempt the Welsh wonder's fact from fiction

Andrew Maxwell

The Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee talks London riots and topical comedy

Humphrey Ker

The award-winning actor-comedian on turning his grandfather's heroic World War Two exploits into comedy drama

Mike Birbiglia

Master US storyteller on making his UK debut

Hannibal Buress

The sleepy-sounding former '30 Rock' and 'Saturday Night Live' writer

Doug Stanhope

Celebrating the Super Bowl at his Arizona home

Sara Pascoe

The actress-comedian talks stand-up

Modern Toss

The scabrous comic creators on their live art and home furnishings

Nick Helm

The Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee on terrifying audiences into hysterics

Kevin Smith

The 'Clerks' and 'Dogma' writer-director on why podcasting requires no talent

Jackie Mason

The legendary American stand-up comedian on his last UK shows

Chris Addison

The geeky cult comedian-turned-film star on politics and 'The Thick of It'

Frank Skinner

The Black Country comedy hero tells Time Out what he loves about playing host

Alexei Sayle

Returning to stand-up for the first time in 15 years, Alexei Sayle tells Time Out why his wife isn't so keen on him getting back on stage

Tim Key

'Screenwipe' and 'Newswipe's poet in residence writes Time Out an exclusive poem

Adam Riches

The Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning knockabout character comic

Tony Law

From relative obscurity to a rapidly swelling fanbase, the rise of Tony Law has been long overdue

Stephen Merchant

'The Office' co-creator on the science of stand-up

Totally Tom

The sketch duo quickly rising up the comedy ranks

Tommy Tiernan

Irish superstar and 'Laughs in the Park' star

Josie Long

The queen of whimsy gets political

Sanderson Jones

One man's mission to personally sell each ticket to an 800-seat gig

Demetri Martin

Experimental US stand-up and author

Ardal O'Hanlon

The Irish comedy legend and star of 'Father Ted'

The Boy with Tape on His Face

Sublime New Zealand-born silent act

Adam Buxton

The 'Adam' half of 'Adam & Joe' and host of music-video showcase 'BUG'

Greg Proops

Legandary improviser and star of 'Whose Line is it Anyway?'

Neil Hamburger

American's leading anti-comic and Britney Spears attacker

Tim & Eric

'Adult Swim''s experimental comedy duo

Reginald D Hunter

The American-born, UK-based coolest man in comedy

Bo Burnham

US wunderkind and YouTube sensation

Kathy Griffin

Celebrity-obsessed American comic and reality TV star

Rita Rudner

Glitzy, multi-million dollar grossing Las Vegas star

Chris Lilley

'Summer Heights High' and 'Angry Boys' creator/star

Andi Osho

The glamorous regular of Channel 4's 'Stand Up for the Week'

Milton Jones

'Mock the Week's king of the surreal one-liner

Robin Ince

Erudite, innovative comedian and co-host of Radio 4's 'Infinite Monkey Cage'

Des Bishop

Slick, personal Irish-American stand-up

Dom Joly

'Trigger Happy TV' co-creator and star of 'I'm a Celebrity…'

Doug Stanhope

Uninhibited US stand-up who's practically made the UK his second home

Sandra Bernhard

Comedian/singer-songwriter who tears celebrity culture to shreds

Aziz Ansari

US star of 'Flight of the Conchords' and 'Parks and Recreation'

Kevin Eldon

The star of practically every British comedy programme of any note finally goes solo

Rufus Hound

The 'Celebrity Juice' star on the difficulties of getting TV work early into his stand-up career

Jon Richardson

The 'Stand Up for the Week' host and '8 Out of 10 Cats' team captain

Mark Watson

Understated Bristol-born 'We Need Answers' host

Jonny Sweet

Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning superb character comic

Doc Brown

The phenomenal rapper-turned-comic

Will Adamsdale

Creator of Perrier Award-winning lifecoach show Jackson's Way

Peter Kay

One of the biggest comics in the country gives Time Out an exclusive interview

Tim Minchin

The wild-haired Australian musical megastar

Lee Nelson

The star of BBC Three's 'Well Good Show'

Greg Davies

The towering star of 'The Inbetweeners' and 'We Are Klang'

Bill Bailey

Whimsical, musical comedy genius

Paul Zerdin

Master ventriloquist and 'Royal Variety Show' stalwart

Sean Lock

Surreal observationalist and '8 Out of 10 Cats' team captain

Russell Kane

Lego-haired Edinburgh Comedy Award winner

Tom Binns

Creator of characters Ivan Brackenbury and Ian D Montfort

Russell Peters

Canadian arena-filler

Tom Green

The US star of 'Freddie Got Fingered' and Drew Barrymore's ex

Penn & Teller

The incredible magic duo and Vegas legends

Reggie Watts

Genre mixing loop-machine using American comic


Irish-born Australia-based observationalist

Wilson Dixon

Country and western singer-songwriter

David Cross

American comedy legend and star of 'Arrested Development'

Richard Blackwood

Radio DJ and former TV presenter is still going strong as a stand-up

Jason Byrne

Manic Irishman and 'Live at the Apollo' star

Ali Cook

Master magacian and star of 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us'

Marc Maron

US creator of the 'WTF' podcast

Jarred Christmas

Hyperactive Kiwi comic – a true Time Out fave

Eddie Kadi

This relatively unknown comic filled the O2 Arena. Find out why…

John Bishop

The arena-filling Liverpudlian powerhouse

Stewart Francis

Slick, Canadian one-liner master

Rory Bremner

Much-loved impressionist and 'Bremner' third of 'Bremner, Bird and Fortune'

Jeff Dunham

American superstar ventriloquist

Sean Hughes

The dark, Irish ex 'Never Mind the Buzzcocks' team captain

Shappi Khorsandi

Feisty Iranian-born stand-up and 'Live at the Apollo' star

Zoe Lyons

The sharp-witted 'Mock the Week' guest

Lee Mack

Co-creator/star of 'Not Going Out' and rapid fire comic

Dave Gorman

Pioneer of docu-comedy is back to his stand-up routes

Tim Key and Jonny Sweet

Double-interview with the Edinburgh Comedy Award-winners

Stephen K Amos

Feelgood comedy master and 'Live at the Apollo' star

Armstrong & Miller

Primetime BBC One's much-loved sketch duo

Frankie Boyle

The dark, twisted, ex 'Mock the Week' regular

Mitchell & Webb

The stars of 'Peep Show' and 'That Mitchell and Webb Look'

Richard Herring

The king of internet comedy talks podcasting

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