Funny Life Of, The [Radio Scotland]

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0101Scott Agnew20180112

Julia Sutherland gets personal with one of Scotland's most fascinating comedy talents.

Julia Sutherland meets comedian Scott Agnew for a personal and detailed look at his life, digging into the darkest corners of his psyche and discovering how his life has influenced his art.

Scott hasn't led a 'traditional' life. With a bleak outlook and whilst battling with depression, he planned to commit suicide on his 25th birthday. Looking back now, he sees this as the first pivotal moment in his life; he survived, but sought refuge and comfort in all the wrong places.

The second pivotal moment was discovering that he had contracted HIV. Scott quit the life of excess and promiscuity and now lives and works happily in Glasgow.

0102Ashley Storrie20180119

Julia Sutherland gets personal with one of Scotland's most fascinating comedy talents.

Julia Sutherland meets comedian Ashley Storrie for a personal and detailed look at her life, revealing some of the hardest moments a person can face, and how she has used comedy as a form of release.

Ashley was a born performer, and growing up above a pub with a gangster family and a father with Aspergers Syndrome means she has more personal drama to draw on than most other comedians.
Aged seven, a family death and ensuing feud saw her flee home, losing everything other than a few belongings stuffed into bin bags. Unable to tell anyone what was happening, she isolated herself further from classmates at school.

With such an unconventional childhood, it is perhaps no surprise that in 1999, she became the youngest ever stand-up to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe, aged just 13.

Losing the desire to do comedy, as puberty caused her to hide away in her room, it was over a decade before she got back on stage, where she belonged.

Her love of the fantasy worlds of Harry Potter and Star Trek are hints of a little girl who never wanted to grow up, but her worldly-wise intellect means her perspective is mature and incisive.
Now she's become an online star, with a recent video garnering over 24 million hits, and she's also found peace with herself.

0103Gary Little20180126

Julia Sutherland gets personal with one of Scotland's most fascinating comedy talents.

Julia Sutherland meets comedian Gary Little for a personal and detailed look at his life, which reveals how comedy gave him a reason to reject a life dogged by crime and prison, and finally go straight.

Always the joker, and never far from trouble, Gary grew up in Maryhill and then Balarnock. His dodgy dealings started at a young age, as he would sell pirated cassette tapes to fellow primary school pupils. Despite an apprenticeship with a local butcher. buying and selling became his specialty, and he was always looking to get people a good deal, while making himself a bit of cash in the process.

However, this entrepreneurial spirit took a more criminal turn, landing him in jail more than once.

In between sentences, and after charming guests at a house party with his natural gift for storytelling, he was given an opportunity to try stand-up. During his final period inside, a sense of loss of this new potential career was the motivation he needed to turn his life around.

He now headlines clubs all over the country and has found a way to make people happy... without breaking the law!

0104Richard Gadd20180202

Julia Sutherland gets personal with one of Scotland's most fascinating comedy talents.

Julia Sutherland meets comedian Richard Gadd to talk, in detail, about his life inside and outside of comedy. Richard won the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2016 with his show Monkey See, Monkey Do which he went on to perform all over the world.

He's an amazing comedian, a unique performer and a brilliant joke writer... however he's known for taking on massive subjects such as toxic masculinity and sexual assault.

In this touching programme Julia gets under the skin of one of Scotland's most talked about comedians and reveals some secrets, tragedies and laughs along the way.

0105Karen Bartke20180209

Julia Sutherland gets personal with one of Scotland's most fascinating comedy talents.

Julia Sutherland meets actor Karen Bartke for an intimate examination of her past, which reveals how developing a career in comedy and acting have helped her work through some of the emotional scars from her childhood.

Karen is best known as 'Officer Karen' in the popular BBC television series 'Scot Squad', but it was a long and tentative journey that led her into acting, then ultimately the world of improv comedy, where she excels.

Aged just five years old when her father suddenly left the family, Karen has been left with abandonment issues that have affected the rest of her life. Low self confidence and a deep-seated belief she was fundamentally unlovable informed many of her life choices - in education, professional decisions and her personal life.

Despite early signs of talent, she spent 15 years working in a job she 'fell into' after university, only pursuing acting as a career after taking redundancy. Emboldened with a fresh start in life, Karen faced her fears and became determined to turn an obsessive hobby into a career to be proud of.