Ep. 37: Belfast Stand-Up

Another World Episode 37

Liam Watson
Liam Watson

Two Belfast stand-up comedians on today’s episode.  First, Liam Watson, who started performing earlier this year and now is organizing and compering a fortnightly gig at the Pavilion. Liam talks about when he learned he was funny, what finally pushed him into taking the stage, and what he envisions for the future of Belfast comedy.

Then Paddy McGaughey sizes up how tortured his soul is, why he’s invented a girlfriend, whether he can perform with a stomachful of beer, and why stand up comedy is the best career ever. Plus!: his newest joke, written fresh that day.

The comedy night Liam organizes is every other Monday night at the Middle Bar at the Pavilion on the Ormeau Road.


Southerners in the North, no. 1

Ep. 29: Caff-Flick Neil

Another World Episode 29

A Caff-Flick Release from Neil
A Caff-Flick Release from Neil

Neil Brogan tells of his professional hobby, running the small record label Caff/Flick out of Belfast.  The label (http://caff-flick.com/) is a niche one, releasing vinyl 12″ and 7” records & picture discs of bands from all over Europe + North America, including Mount Eerie, The High Places, No Kids, and Champagne Diamond/The Brilliant Light (from whom some songs feature on this episode).

Neil tells of how he got into the niche in London and expanded it from Belfast — constructing a snowballing virtual world of music, art & business — run via multiple online personas he’s cultivated.  He also comments on the lifestyle that comes with running a small label: whether Belfast is (or could be) a decent place for his ambitions, bank account, and sensibilities; if he’ll ever cash himself in for a suit and an office job; and how hipsters can induce sensations of inadequacy and nausea.

Neil also performs (in a weird, self-effacing way, as he puts it).  This Sunday the 17th he helps put on ‘Up The Buff’ at the Royal Antedeluvian Order of the Buffaloes club, in the Cathedral Quarter, on Writer’s Square, at. It is free in + goes from 7pm.

Above, a High Places Picture Disc in Action, courtesy of David Horvitz