The Funny Life Of

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

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Farmer Jim Smith2019061120190615 (RS)Julia Sutherland gets up close and personal with Jim Smith, comedian, farmer and internet sensation.

There’s something quite special about Jim, he’s got one of the most demanding jobs in the country but still finds the time and energy to write and perform comedy across the country. Best known for his ‘Darth Fifer’ routine which has been watched five million times around the world, Jim is also a firm favourite on ‘Breaking the News’ and his own BBC comedy series ‘The Farm’.

A gentle giant with a wry smile, this episode is a fascinating insight into Jim’s rocketing comedy career and his beginnings in the most unlikely of places.

Julia Sutherland meets Jim Smith - comedian, farmer and internet sensation.

0101Iain Stirling2019051020190511 (RS)Julia Sutherland gets personal with some of Scotland's most fascinating comedy talents.

Julia Sutherland gets up close and personal with Iain Stirling, one of Scotland’s most successful stand-up comedians.

Iain is best known by two very different audiences. He’s one of the biggest stars CBBC have seen with children nationwide growing up with him presenting a whole host of family favourites, winning a BAFTA along the way. On the other side of the spectrum, millions tune into to ‘Love Island’ every week to hear Iain as the narrator with a bit of attitude.

In this episode Julia finds out what drives Iain to success, and how he manages to speak to such a wide audience whilst having a such a good time along the way.

Julia Sutherland chats to Iain Stirling, one of Scotland's most successful comics.

0101Scott Agnew20180112Julia 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.

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

0102Ashley Storrie20180119Julia 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.

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

0102Elaine C Smith2019051720190518 (RS)Julia Sutherland gets up close and personal with Elaine C Smith, the iconic actor and comedian who's been on our screens for over 35 years.

From ‘Naked Video' to ‘City Lights' and her most iconic role as Mary in ‘Rab C. Nesbitt', to her latest success in BBC comedy ‘Two Doors Down', Elaine has never stopped performing. She's also enjoyed massive success in the theatre, working with an incredible range of actors from the original production of ‘The Steamie' to playing Susan Boyle in ‘I Dreamed a Dream', a musical she co-wrote.

Elaine is comedy royalty and in this episode Julia finds out some of the amazing stories from her life so far.

Julia Sutherland gets up close and personal with actor and comedian Elaine C Smith.

Julia Sutherland gets up close and personal with actor and comedian Elaine C Smith.

0103Gary Little2018012620190104 (RS)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!

Julia Sutherland meets comedian Gary Little for a personal and detailed look at his life.

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.

Julia Sutherland meets comedian Gary Little for a personal and detailed look at his life.

0103Grado2019052420190525 (RS)Julia Sutherland gets up close and personal with the mighty Grado to find out what makes Scotland’s superstar tick.

From the “tap end of Stevenson”, professional wrestler and comedy actor Grado is a particularly unique star in Scotland. He’s currently stealing the show as PC Hugh McKirdy in BBC Scotland’s ’Scot Squad’ whilst keeping his day job as one of the country’s favourite athletes. His wrestling career spans over fifteen years, winning twelve championships and the respect of thousands of passionate fans along the way.

In this episode, Julia grapples with Grado to find out how he got started, how he made it to the top and maybe a little about life away from the limelight.

Julia Sutherland gets up close and personal with wrestling star and comedy actor Grado.

0104Jay Lafferty2019053120190601 (RS)Julia Sutherland gets up close and personal with Jay Lafferty, stand-up comedian, producer, writer and director.

Jay works hard in the Scottish comedy scene, and it shows. Her recent Edinburgh Fringe show ‘Besom' was the fifth highest ranking comedy of the festival and her appearances in the national press and on television are becoming increasingly frequent. She's the leading half of Scotland's comedy power couple, and she has a longlist of theatre productions behind her with even bigger plans ahead.

This episode might surprise you, a funny, wistful and adventurous discussion from one of Caledonian's treasures.

Julia Sutherland gets up close and personal with stand-up comedian Jay Lafferty.

0104Richard Gadd20180202Julia 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.

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

0105Fiona O'carroll2019060720190608 (RS)Julia Sutherland gets up close and personal with one of the stars of Mrs Brown's Boys, Fiona O'Carroll.

Whilst best known for playing the straight character Maria in her family's hit TV show, there's more than meets the eye away from the cameras. With a lifetime spent in show business, from Christmas singles to producing feature films, Fiona has thrown herself into every challenge that has come her way and had an incredible time doing it. Bringing the family back from the brink of collapse, to nearly collapsing on stage at the Hydro during her musical - comedy really is the new rock 'n roll for Fiona.

Love or hate Mrs Brown's Boys, as millions around the world do, this episode is a fascinating look behind the scenes from one of its most important players.

Julia Sutherland meets one of the stars of Mrs Brown's Boys, Fiona O'Carroll.

0105Karen Bartke20180209Julia 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.

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