S01E06 Radu Isac, Romanian speaker - From Vaslui, Romania (Part 1)??
Comedy with an Accent
by Kuan-wen Huang
3M ago
Radu is the type of performer that is regarded by many fellow comics as a comedian's comedian. He not only wins over audiences at comedy clubs, his contrarian approach often involves him throwing out ideas and notions that challenge the audiences' worldview. As he lays out his arguments, the unthinkable suddenly becomes so convincing for the audience and then chuckles come along. Radu's comedy is not just funny - it also makes you think. All these are achieved without Radu having to resort to stereotyping his home country. In the first part of the interview, Radu talks about how he has always ..read more
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S01E04 Yuriko Kotani, Japanese speaker - From Japan (Part 1)
Comedy with an Accent
by Kuan-wen Huang
3M ago
After two episodes centring on European languages, we are back to Asia this week to discuss comedy and foreign accents with the brilliant Japanese comedian Yuriko Kotani, 2015 winner of the prestigious BBC New Comedy Award. Your host Kuan-wen asked Yuriko her view on the piecemeal understanding/perception/interpretation of Japanese culture by western societies. They also shared their constant struggles choosing whether they should base their jokes on concepts from their respective cultures but are foreign to British audience. Kuan-wen also sang an old Taiwanese Pharma jingo based on traditiona ..read more
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S01E30 Denis Chuzhoy (Dan The Stranger), Russian speaker - From Kursk, Russia ??
Comedy with an Accent
by Kuan-wen Huang
3M ago
When your host messaged Dan about the interview at the start of this year, he replied that he was still on the move after leaving Russia. He could not be sure where he will have a legal paper to stay. It's a weirder-than-ever time to be a Russian comedian, especially one who dared to joke about Putin's height in his comedy special. Dan followed his instinct to become a 'travelling comedian'. Travelling or exiling, depending on how you see it. In deciding to leave Moscow, Dan ditched a successful career as a stand up comedian back home. Even though it was still possible to continue to perform i ..read more
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S01E28 Joshua Bethania, Kannada/ Tamil/ Hindi/ English speaker - from Bengaluru, India ??
Comedy with an Accent
by Kuan-wen Huang
3M ago
Having only started performing comedy in the UK in 2021, Joshua was crowned winner of So You Think You Are Funny in 2022 and bagged another win at London Comedy Store gong show. He was finalist at BBC New Comedy Award 2022 and nominated as Best Newcomer by Chortle. The Southern India's native came to the UK for a corporate job and he only took up a comedy course to get better at communication doing his corporate job, These achievements and credits were unintended. Equally unintended is his understated, still and measured stage delivery. Joshua claims he is just trying to remember his lines! Th ..read more
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S01E31 Vidura Bandara Rajapaksa, Sinhala/English speaker - From Colombo, Sri Lanka ??
Comedy with an Accent
by Kuan-wen Huang
3M ago
One of the fastest rising stars selling out venues across European cities, Sri Lankan born Vidura spent his childhood, his teenage years and his young adulthood in small chunks of time in different countries, Vidura is a globe-trotter. To him, Berlin sometime feels more like home than Colombo. In the final episode of the first season of this podcast, Vidura is our perfect guest to illustrate how conventional definitions of "homeland", "mother tongue" no longer make senses to the globally mobile young population. An accent that cannot be easily located. Having lived in the United States and rea ..read more
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End of Season 1 Announcement (But NOT the Podcast!!)
Comedy with an Accent
by Kuan-wen Huang
3M ago
Hi all! Thanks so much for your support in the last year. Season One of Comedy with an Accent Podcast is coming to an end at episode 31 - there's one more episode to be released this month. The podcast will go on! It's just that it will take a summer break in August and return in autumn. Your host Kuan-wen explains why the summer break is needed. Please don't unfollow because we will be back very soon (also, you have one more episode to look forward to ..read more
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S01E25 Sam See, English / Singlish speaker - From Singapore ??
Comedy with an Accent
by Kuan-wen Huang
3M ago
Described by some as the "mother hen" of Singapore's burgeoning stand up comedy scene, Sam has just performed his solo show "Government Approved Sex" to critical acclaim at this year's Melbourne Comedy Festival. This episode was recorded at the start of 2023 when Sam returned to the UK after a mini-tour in continental Europe (preceded by a full Edinburgh fringe run last summer). Sam shares why his mother tongue Mandarin isn't his most proficient language - something that is not uncommon for Singaporeans. He explains how Singapore's language policy means he no longer speaks the languages of his ..read more
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S01E29 Schalk Bezuidenhout, Afrikaans / English speaker - From Kempton Park, South Africa ??
Comedy with an Accent
by Kuan-wen Huang
3M ago
Schalk Bezuidenhout was tour support for Trevor Noah and won South African Comics' Choice Awards' Newcomer and Break Through Act of the Year. This episode was recorded in May when the South African star brought his show to Soho Theatre in London for a 5-day run, filling the room with South African expats and local Brits alike. Schalk explains the stereotypes attached to Afrikaans and talks about how Afrikaans speakers are often on the receiving end of jokes in South Africa, how the Afrikaans accent can be made fun of, Nevertheless, comedy serves as the unifying factor for the multi-racial post ..read more
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S01E23 Adam Hopkins, English/Mandarin Speaker (West Yorkshire Accent) - From Leeds, England ???????
Comedy with an Accent
by Kuan-wen Huang
3M ago
This week, your host Kuan-wen would like to introduce the burgeoning comedy scenes in his native Taiwan - both in English and in Mandarin - as an example of how Asia is catching the stand up comedy fever (and catching up!). Since he has not lived in Taiwan for over a decade, the introduction is recorded through the eyes of an Englishman who has spent the last few years first in Shanghai and then in Taipei. Outside comedy, Adam is a journalist who moved to Asia for work and perhaps for a bit of change of scenery. Then Covid happened and the lucky Adam enjoyed a relatively free year of 2020 in T ..read more
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S01E26 Evaldas Karosas, Lithuanian speaker - From Rokiskis, Lithuania ??
Comedy with an Accent
by Kuan-wen Huang
3M ago
Evaldas could have stayed in his native Lithuania and earned much more from doing comedy. After all, he started performing at a critical time in Lithuania when anyone who decided to perform was almost automatically a professional comedian. Instead, the hopeless romantic fan of stand up comedy came to the UK and started again from bottom of the barrel - doing open mic gigs all over the place to work his way up. All these because he saw a visiting pro and concluded he had to leave to get good. Your host Kuan-wen reunited with his victor - they both participated in a new act competition in Manche ..read more
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