The Union Jack Off with Daniel Muggleton
#30 - Call Ireland Potato Disneyland I Don’t Care feat. Michael Legge

#30 - Call Ireland Potato Disneyland I Don’t Care feat. Michael Legge

April 10, 2019

We’ve got a real treat this week with Michael Legge (@michaellegge) popping in, excellent comedian, team captain on the 'Do The Right Thing' podcast, television host & retired thief. We talk Northern Ireland because it’s about time isn’t it?

Michael grew up in a small town that sounds like Newtown-Ornes but could be anything really (I couldn’t catch it over the hour) full of racists, and skipped university to move to London 30 years ago and begin working for Northern Ireland Media during the end of The Troubles (fun fact: they started when Michael was born and ended when he left). Growing up Catholic in a Protestant town, not understanding Loyalists, and joking about loving the IRA on stage.

There’s also a great chat about people saying they’re Irish, especially Americans with shamrock hats who’ve never been and don’t know a single sentence of Beckett. Stop it.

All Michael's live dates and previous shows can be found on his website, michaellegge.bandcamp.com

Daniel Muggleton (@danmuggleton) is the regular host of #TheUnionJackOff, you can email him at theunionjackoff@gmail.com or find live dates on his website www.danielmuggleton.com  

#29 - Lee Nelson had Kids Way Before I Did feat. Simon Brodkin

#29 - Lee Nelson had Kids Way Before I Did feat. Simon Brodkin

April 2, 2019

This week’s guest let’s me cover a couple of bases at once, with character comedian Simon Brodkin (@SimonBrodkin) aka Lee Nelson joining me!

We kick things off talking about being Jewish on stage and off in the UK, a dash of Seinfeld history and then his past career as a Doctor in Manchester. He made a clean break and decided to become a character comedian - no overlap, never done a gig, not even a play at high school - and moved to London to get it done. And he did it almost immediately, it’s an insane story.

We also talk about how a North Londoner from a comfortable background can transform believably into Lee Nelson (@RealLeeNelson), a cheeky lad from South London wearing polo shirts and hats (hint: it's all about watching people on the tube). 

Simon is still touring as Lee Nelson with dates on his website http://leenelson.com/ and you can catch him performing as himself around London's comedy clubs. 

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Daniel Muggleton (@danmuggleton) is a doing a preview April 5th at 2Northdown, London and Australia Comedians / Dope Comedy is on April 7th at Backyard Comedy Club. 

Apologies to Seinfeld fans, ‘The Contest’ is Season 4 Episode 10.

#28 - Playing Race Cards feat. Dane Baptiste

#28 - Playing Race Cards feat. Dane Baptiste

March 25, 2019

With less certainty around #Brexit than ever, we’re taking a quick break and heading back to South London - with Dane Baptiste (@DaneBaptweets)! 

Dane’s parents are first generation immigrants from Grenada, and we get into it with Anime, fighting trolls online, safe spaces in comedy - a bizarre interlude into knot tying knowledge - Caribbean country hierarchy and going to Grammar school surrounded by gang activity. He also tells me what he thinks about Australia as a regular on the Australian comedy festival circuit. 

Dane Baptiste has his own podcast called ‘Dane Baptiste Questions Everything’ and he's also a regular on Quotas Full

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Daniel Muggleton (@danmuggleton) is doing a work in progress on April 5th and Australian Comedians / Dope Comedy is back April 7th with Steen Raskopoulos. 

 

 

#27 - Romanians Look 10 Years Older feat. Radu Isac

#27 - Romanians Look 10 Years Older feat. Radu Isac

March 14, 2019

The only country in the Brexit series that I haven’t visited… Romania! Best kept secret? Country still finding it’s feet? I got no idea, but Romanian comedian Radu Isac saves me the trip.

Radu Isac (@raduisac) started performing in Romanian before transitioning into English while living in LA, a place he planned to live forever before one of the most brutal VISA issues I’ve ever heard. He grew up in Romania’s version of Hull just after the fall of the Soviet Union when it was pretty much lawless, having good wifi and no plumbing, and why Eastern European cuisine is all about pork.

He also explains to Daniel the difference between Romani People and Romanian people (HINT: very different, totally different).

Radu’s at Edinburgh Fringe in 2019 with his show ‘Good Excuses for Sociopaths’ and you can keep up with other dates on his website.

Daniel Muggleton has his special out 'Let's Never Hang Out' and where to find him is all available on his website www.danielmuggleton.com 

You can also grab Daniel Muggleton @danmuggleton on Twitter & Instagram, or email him at muggletondaniel@gmail.com

#26 - Germans don’t have Sex Behind Bins feat. Christian Schulte-Loh

#26 - Germans don’t have Sex Behind Bins feat. Christian Schulte-Loh

March 5, 2019

We’ve got a HUGE guest this week continuing our #Brexit theme, seriously he’s the tallest working comedian in the UK, it’s Germany’s Christian Schulte-Loh (@GermanComedian)!

He’s spent a decade between the German & UK comedy scenes, and we chat about the Dutch-German football rivalry is the real one, they just let the English feel included, his past life as an erotic game-show producer, getting paid for his 2nd ever gig, winning King Gong at The Comedy Store and the peace-keeping role of the European Union - and Britain’s importance to that.

Christian's website with all his social media, video and tour dates is here: https://www.germancomedian.com/

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#Brexit month continues next week Jerk Offs with Romania, get excited!  

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#25 - Dutch People don’t Smoke Weed feat. Micky Overman

#25 - Dutch People don’t Smoke Weed feat. Micky Overman

February 27, 2019

We continue our #Brexit themed chat with European comedians and I sit down with the incredibly Dutch Micky Overman (@. She says she’s very Dutch, I have no idea what that means but the cool thing is we get to find out together.

She studied in Amsterdam she says that all tourists have the same story, finally tells me what the Dutch national cuisine is - think sandwiches, but incredibly plain - and that Flemish and Dutch are the SAME LANGUAGE! Who knew? Them, apparently.

We also get into the Dutch colonial history and what Brexit means for her - although, she’s got an English boyfriend so there’s always Plan B: marriage. 

Catch Micky live at festivals around the UK, all information is on her website www.mickyoverman.com 

Also another Australian Comedians / Dope Comedy Sunday March 3rd in London, grab those tickets here!

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#24 - Grexit vs Brexit feat. George Zacharopoulos

#24 - Grexit vs Brexit feat. George Zacharopoulos

February 20, 2019

March 29 is approaching which means Brexit time, so I've decided to get a bunch of my EU comedy mates around and chat to them about what it means. Kicking things off as they tend to historically, it's Greek comedian George Zacheropoulos (@GreekComedian)!

He flew to the UK 3 days after 9/11, lived here for half his life as a Greek Geordie (read: in Newcastle-upon-Tyne) and now should be able to stay regardless of what happens. 

After wading through through a (potentially) offensive discussion about offence, we get into the meat of it with George’s avoiding compulsory military service, and becoming a comedian instead of a biochemist.

A chance meeting made him consider studying in the UK, a chance friendship kept him from transferring back to Greece and how Greece invented Brexit with Grexit in 2015. There’s also a great tale from his appearance on BBC1 talking to Andrew O’Neil about the financial crisis and literally smashing plates.

The comedian we were talking about at the start is Daliso Chaponda who's great and definitely from Malawi, which is nowhere near Guinea and I'm an idiot. 

Australian Comedians / Dope Comedy at Angel Comedy February 23rd 4pm, featuring past guest Alice Fraser - you can grab tickets here.

Follow @TheUnionJackOff on Twitter for any updates, or you can get in touch with Daniel Muggleton on Twitter/Instagram @danmuggleton.

 

#23 - Kangaroos are Assholes feat. John Hastings

#23 - Kangaroos are Assholes feat. John Hastings

February 12, 2019

On the podcast this week is Canadian & pale man John Hastings (@thejohnhastings). Growing up in Ottawa, the Canberra of Canada in a political family, he’s called the London home for the last 6 years but now he’s giving it a red hot go in LA. Come listen to why he left the UK (hint: it destroyed him).

We talk about drink driving, Brexit, a bit of world history, kangaroos, and Dan doesn’t know where celebrities are from again. He is the most fired up about Brexit out of any guest so far so if you’re at all political - strap in!

John’s got an album coming out real soon - he’s also got a wrestling podcast with previous guest Dylan Gott AND he'll be in Australia doing shows very soon. All that info is on his website www.thejohnhastings.com 

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#22  - We Auditioned for Spielberg feat. Phil Nichol (Part 2)

#22 - We Auditioned for Spielberg feat. Phil Nichol (Part 2)

February 8, 2019

The second part is here! Phil Nichol's chat is turning to Corky and the Juice Pigs and being the next big thing in LA. That's right, he was the toast of Las Angeles and on MadTV.

Phil Nichol (@philnichol) kicked things off with a punk rock approach to comedy. Turning up to Just For Laughs and Melbourne International Comedy Festival without a show, smashing it on the street and then ending up on TV with sell-out shows. Not a bad effort.

The chat is a little heavy on the comedy, but Phil's had such an interesting career I'm sure you'll still enjoy it. He won the Edinburgh Comedy Award, met the Queen, was on MadTV - and he's still saying he's not sure he's had a good career. Such a humble dude.

Corky and the Juice Pigs on MadTV performing 'REMember'

He's got a weekly room on Tuesday at The Tap Room Islington with great acts trying new material, you can follow it @room_delivery

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#21 - I took Mum to meet the Queen feat. Phil Nichol (Part 1)

#21 - I took Mum to meet the Queen feat. Phil Nichol (Part 1)

February 6, 2019

Oh my goodness it's an episode on time, and our very first two part episode because the guest is Canada's Phil Nichol! 

Phil Nichol (@PhilNichol) was born in Scotland, he grew up in Canada, overcame a stutter to become a member of one of the most successful comedy bands in the world - Corky and the Juice Pigs. But the band's in Part 2, for the minute we talk about his theatre trained voice, trying to impress incredibly religious parents and Canadian & Australian place names. 

Mores vs. Morals here: wikidiff.com/mores/morality

The history of Lake Superior here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Superior

Phil is currently on the international leg of his sold-out tour Your Wrong, you can get all the details on his website www.philnichol.com

Catch the second half of our chat later this week, get in touch with Daniel Muggleton on Twitter & Instagram @danmuggleton or at The Union Jack Off on Facebook.

Leicester Comedy Festival details and Special available at www.danielmuggleton.com