Dr Oliver Double, Reader in Drama within the School of Arts and Head of the Performance and Theatre Research Cluster, has just released the latest episode of the podcast series ‘A History of Comedy in Several Objects’.
In the podcast series, Olly examines objects from Kent’s British Stand-Up Comedy Archive alongside Project Archivist Elspeth Millar.
In the latest instalment, the item from the archive is an audio interview with Felix Dexter (1961-2013), a Caribbean-born British comedian and writer known for his contributions to the BBC’s The Fast Show and Citizen Khan.
The interview was conducted by Olly himself, while undertaking his own PhD research about the history of British stand-up. ‘I went to see him in a student bar at the University of Sheffield’, recalls Olly. ‘The thing I remember about his performance was that there was a really eggy moment right at the beginning, but the gig was all the more enjoyable in that it rescued from a misstep early on.’
Olly was able to record an interview with Dexter on cassette after the gig. ‘Considering it’s about 28 years old, it’s really good quality.’
The episode also explores the history of Black British comedians.
The podcast is free to download and is available here: