Episode 26: Chris the Sitcom Writer – ED & FRIENDS

Chris Gau, the co-writer and producer of hit Channel 5 sitcom Borderline (along with Michael Orton-Tolliver) joins Ed on an extraordinarily hot day where they talk it out, sweat it out and discuss the process of making a comedy about UK Border Control.


Chris had moved in with his parents to focus on writing every day. When his writing partner was stopped at airport customs they began the two year journey to bring Borderline to life. It has since gone on to be a success with audiences and critics alike, and has even been renewed for season 2! Chris and Ed talk about the show’s unconventional methodology, the role of improvisation in the scripting process both before and after casting, and the inevitable comparisons to comedy juggernaut The Office. That, plus Ed and Chris track the temperature in the room by unconventional means.

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If you have not seen Borderline, here’s a sneak peek:

If you are interested in taking in a show or a comedy class at The Free Association, more info can be found at thefreeassociation.co.uk

And if you would like to listen to Chris’ hilarious podcast Fact Up, you can download it from iTunes HERE.

THIS WEEKEND… Chris Gau on Ed & Friends

Ed spoke to sitcom writer Chris Gau about making Borderline, Channel 5’s hit sitcom about UK Border Control.


We had a great time talking to Chris in the world’s most ourtrageously hot podcast studio. Did they complete the interview, or did they die of dehydration? Find out this weekend!

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Want to see what they’ll be talking about? Here’s the trailer for Borderline:

Episode 07: Stag Parties, Pokemon and other Burdens – SKETCH, PLEASE!

Another month of listener-written sketches are here and available for your enjoyment. We’ve got Pokemon, we’ve got cats, we’ve got drunk people. Everything the Internet loves!

 


Can a cop drive a minicab? What do female soldiers think of Ross Kemp? How far do we take species reintroduction? All these, plus a few bonus Keith Malda gems on Episode 7.

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Cast

image3Beth Eyre is an actor with many credits including appearing in Wooden Overcoats, a podcast sitcom about rival funeral directors available now!

image1Keith Malda: as well as a treasure trove of shocking and fascinating anecdotes, he is also  a talented comedian in the improvised film troupe Genre Claude Van Damme

image2Debra Bond is a budding stand-up, RADA trainee, a graduate of the Hoopla Stand-Up course and has appeared on stage at the Comedy Store!

 

 

Credits

Boozed Up Brits in Space by David Keenan
Narrator – Beth Eyre
Stags – Keith Malda
Hens – Debra Bond
Bouncer – Debra Bond

Minicab Office by Robert Mills
Terry – Keith Malda
Cornelius – Beth Eyre

Women on the Frontline by Vivienne Riddoch and Jane McCutcheon
Ross Kemp – Keith Malda
Soldier 1 – Debra Bond
Soldier 2 – Beth Eyre

The State Of The Country by Mark Daniels
Shirley – Debra Bond
Diana – Beth Eyre

Feline Foes by Stephanie Weston
Employee – Keith Malda
Mrs Smith – Debra Bond
Snowball – Beth Eyre

Reintroducing The Species by Dan Sweryt
Kirsty – Debra
Tom Science – Keith Malda

The Confession by Glen Collison
Kate –  Debra Bond
Father Smith – Keith Malda

 

 

Episode 25: Steve the Improv Guru – ED & FRIENDS

This week on Ed & Friends; lots of lessons and laughter from improv comedy legend and founder of  Hoopla, Steve Roe!

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Steve has made a name for himself teaching and performing improvised comedy. In 2006, he and his friends started meeting above a pub in Balham and eventually created Hoopla, which has since become a comedy community with weekly shows, its own festival and a platter of classes and courses that are training and showcasing comedians in the heart of London.

Steve gives Ed a potted history of improv and chats about making things up on the spot, breaking the rules and keeping a healthy disrespect for the art form. He also shares a soon to be award winning story about some Spanish tourists and a bookshop toilet.

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Episode 24: Jim and Bob the Musicians turned Writers – ED & FRIENDS

We’re back from our summer break and we started with a bang. Except that Ed got a little bit drunk with his friends!

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Jim McCreddie and Bob Good’s time in the music business left them with an epic back catalogue of crazy characters and weird stories. Now they’re producing a comedy web series all about it. It doesn’t have a name yet, but Ed talks to Jim and Bob all about the process of just getting up and producing their own material.

Jim and Bob share a few of the weird stories that inspired, discuss their comedy heroes and what it’s like to work with friends. The first episode of the show is out this Autumn, and follows the story of a failing band, finding the lighter side to the trials and tribulations of the music business.

Fired up on a fine smorgasbord of supermarket beers, they also invent a new game called Incorrect Impressions, but by that time they are quite drunk and silly. We’ll be keeping you up to date as the series develops

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