Darren Matthews And Sometimes Friends

Darren Matthews And Sometimes Friends

By Darren Matthews
Comedian Darren Matthews waxs lyrical on life, travel, funny stuff and random things. Sometimes with friends.
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Craig Quartermaine writer, journalist, Indigenous Australian comedian. Retired truck driver. S02E17
I sat down for a 10 hour time difference of a chat with the very talented and learned Craig Quartermaine. We chatted about Covid being good to the big man and how he ended up in Queensland after a life time as a Perth boy. We talk indigenous Australian culture and the present situation of allegations within our respective comedy scenes. Like, Share and subscribe and check out Craigs Podcast 'Somethin Clever' and material. It's clever stuff. Always a pleasure catching up and he didn't even give me shit for supporting the rival footy team. 
1:04:28
July 1, 2020
Leo Kearse, Right Wing comedian S02E16
I got Comedian, writer and performer Leo Kearse on to chat with some one I don't agree with politically but can't fault the man as a great joke writer. We talk people trying to cancel him and how he ended up as a right wing comedian. We cover why comedians shouldn't behave like a politician and how to say terrible things in a smart and funny way. Check out Leos Youtube channel for more videos of his material. Like, share and subscribe and drop a review where ever possible. Do what Leos political heroes do. Lie if you have to.
1:06:38
June 24, 2020
Andy McGibbon that's in the Bonnevilles Part 2. Politics and Personal opinions S02E15
Continuing on from Andy's own Podcast interview with Ruairi Creaney I decided to pick the big mans brains all the way from how to invite unionism to the table of a United Ireland to him telling me his family almost ended up in Australia instead of Lurgan only his mother took a liking to the new houses being built. Give an Armagh man a cold beer and he'll give you a hot take on anything. 
1:21:52
June 21, 2020
Andy McGibbon Part 1. Punk rock, Playing the blues and paying the bills. S02E15
I chatted with Andy McGibbon from Lurgan bluesy bastards the Bonnevilles and we ended up making it an epic podcast. Part one is the realities of being in a touring band and literally keeping the show on the road. We talk tour stories and being music nerds with the romantic notions about reading album liner notes and why drummers never own a car big enough to fit their kit in.  I learned about the genesis of the Bonnevilles and how much noise 2 lads from Lurgan can really make.
1:04:34
June 20, 2020
Diona Doherty, Actor, Comedian, Playwright S02E14
Great chat today with Diona Doherty. She's that lady you've seen in that thing but can't quite place her face. You know the one. I think it was on BBC. As a career actor with a CV that includes, TV, film, voice over and writing shows of her own and all that was before she decided to dip her toe into stand up comedy also. We chat the reality of the jobbing actor from being recognizable worldwide on Netflix to advertising local supermarkets to Irish language  movies when you aren't fluent. I always learn how to make a self tape. Check out Diona's work on Twitter and Instagram at dionadoherty. Like. Share. Subscribe and enjoy our chat.
1:15:07
June 14, 2020
Aaron Butler Comedian, The Greatest Show (West Belfast) Man, Video creator S02E13
This episode I'm joined by the very funny and excellent dancer Aaron Butler to talk starting comedy with a gig at the Edinburgh Festival and the shared trauma of things that just weren't right about Catholic school musicals at the turn of the century among other things. Check out Aarons own work at Aaronbutler.online and that will link you to all his appropriate channels. He can link you to the inappropriate ones from there. Like. Share. Subscribe and enjoy Aaron's stuff also. 
55:49
June 10, 2020
Stevo Timothy, Comedian, charity fundraiser, Everton fan S02E12
It's my first returning guest with Stevo Timothy of farmer Michael and Kathleen fame coming back to talk about raising over 60,000 euro for the Irish Wheelchair association in memory of his mother Evelyn. We touch on training during Covid 19, celebrity friends making videos of support and being escorted to the finish line by a group of bikers. We also delve into the sad state of affairs as to why charities exist in Ireland and beyond and I chat with Steve about how to make smart social commentary satire after the release of his most recent video referencing the civil unrest in America.
54:27
June 6, 2020
Alex 'Greeno' Green, Challenger sports, The Unicorn and The Cat. S02E11
I chatted with my former boss and current Vice President of Challenger Sports Alex Green. From Glasgow to Rhode island and after 20 years of coaching soccer in America Greeno has done more miles than me down the highways and byways of North America. We chatted coaching football in America, the adventures of staying with host families who party with 50 cent and why I call him the unicorn after working together for a week in Shania Twains home town in Canada. Enjoy the madness and we are looking into subtitles for our two accents. check out challengersports.com to know more.
1:08:40
June 3, 2020
Brian Cranley. Singer, Troubadour and Amateur Lumberjack S02E10
I go back into my murky past as a rocker and Zoom called with very talented Brian Cranley who once was the singer in my band The Scream which we later changed to Soviet Flares when we found out that name was taken by a band Dave Grohl used to drum for. We chat about life in Vancouver, being in a band with family and friends and how marrying someone abroad doesn't guarantee you that sweet visa and future Canadian Prime Minister Bryan Adams. Like, share and subscribe and check out Low Kamouraska on Spotify for a taste of the talents of Brian Cranley.
52:51
May 30, 2020
Tyrone McKenna. Professional boxer, semi pro bassist, amateur comedy duo member. S02E09
Lucky enough this episode I got chatting to Golden contract finalist and all round entertainer and professional fighter Tyrone McKenna. Determined to be Belfast's most entertaining boxer while learning bass guitar and being part of a comedy duo with another guy called Tyrone. No seriously... Check out the big man on Instagram @ Tyrone_mc_kenna and get on the band wagon. This fighter is going big time. Oh and don't ask him for a free T shirt. What the hell Am I talking about? Give the episode a listen as we compare fight records and have a great oul chat.
58:02
May 27, 2020
Nicole O'Hagan Mountain biker and Nurse S02E08
I Zoom called this week all the way to... back where I'm from to chat with recently qualified nurse and professional throwing herself down trails on a mountain biker Nicole O'Hagan. We chat the best the way to get started, handlebar flips and I learn new words like hard tail and enduro race. Check Nicole out @nicole_ohagan on Instagram for more info and exciting trail trekking adventures.
40:16
May 24, 2020
Sian Choyce, Stand up comedian S02E07
I sat down for a lengthy chat with Perth based comedian and former Queenslander via Adelaide Sian Choyce. We talk comedy, Australian accents and culture and why living in the most isolated City in the world is finally paying off for the people in Western Australia. You'll make the smart Choyce by listening to this lovely episode... I'm sorry, I'll get my own coat after that pun. Check out Sian on twitter at Sian_Choyce and Instagram @siananabread . Sian has opened for Chris D’Elia, Ari Shaffir, Bert Kreischer and Doug Stanhope, TWICE.
1:20:38
May 20, 2020
Christian Talbot, writer and luthier S02E06
I zoom called in with creator of the Life of Sharks and trainee guitar building, screen printing funny man Christian Talbot (quite the CV) about how comedy leads to a life working with your hands and writing a comic about sharks with a merchandise line. I know this seems like a lot of random things but just listen and enjoy. Like, subscribe and share with your friends and family. I think we both managed not to swear in this one. 
1:12:19
May 17, 2020
Marcus Keeley Instant Feedback Podcast S02E05
The episode is a podcast about a podcast with creator of the Instant Feedback Podcast ( I'll stop saying Podcast now) Marcus Keeley and how he came about the idea of interviewing performers immediately after they came off stage be they comedian, poet or comedian who just died on their arse. We talk running comedy nights, made up comedians adventures in France for a one hour show. Check out The Instant Feedback podcast on all your favourite places to listen to ... I've said Podcast again haven't I?
48:43
May 13, 2020
Ally McKenzie Documentarian S02E04
I chat this week with documentarian and a man who was raised in my village even though he arrived from Scotland. We chatted music in the good old days, film making, travelling with a camera and how to turn your passion in to your work by making a documentary about your favourite football team. Ally is on Twitter @allymckenzie91 and keep an eye out for some upcoming film projects with BBC from his production company Sideline Films.
1:00:03
May 10, 2020
Emma Brennan Alpha Training NI S02E03
I chat with the lady who helped me pass my Level 2 gym instructor course (no really, I'm a qualified gym instructor) Emma Brennan, about what it's like to open a brand new state of the art gym and then have to close it in present times. We chat home workouts, producing the next generation of fitness professionals and my sweet Incredible Hulk/ Leonardo DaVinci mashup T shirt. Like, share, subscribe and drop and give me 20!
54:17
May 4, 2020
Terry McHugh S02E02
I talk comedy and lock down in the middle of nowhere with North Belfast comic and long suffering retail warrior Terry McHugh. Check out his facebook page Terry McHugh comedy for some free one man shows and give me a wee follow sure, he's good people. Also good look finding his house if you ever need him.
1:00:14
May 3, 2020
Season 2. The new mic strikes back.
I give some podcast recommendations on lock down and talk about the lack of anything that I've been doing. All while having a beer.
29:59
April 28, 2020
St Paul's GAA are based in West Belfast. County Antrim.
St Paul's Belfast are the club that welcomed me in when I moved back to the city.
02:25
March 29, 2020
Episode 23 - Lianne MCooey and Modern Life is Rubbish
I guest star and also simulcast with my partner in comedy Lianne McCooey as she launches her new podcast 'modern life is rubbish'
1:12:29
March 21, 2020
Episode 22 - Amanda Ferguson.
I chat with writer, freelance journalist and all round lovely North Belfast person Amanda about the glamour of journalism as your own boss and not making social plans incase a big story comes up. A great chat over a pint from the Sunflower bar in Belfast.
1:02:56
March 7, 2020
Episode 21 - John Meagher
I'm joined by London based Newry man John Meagher as we talk comedy as a business. The illusion of great gigs and our deep personal yet hilarious trauma of growing up in Newry. Check the man out online and enjoy the chat. Like share and subscribe lovely people.
1:19:06
March 3, 2020
Episode 20 - Paddy Raff
I chat with creator of Nigel the BT9er and West Belfast comedian Paddy Raff about selling out arenas within 2 years of starting comedy and being so successful you own a caravan in Donegal. Enjoy.
1:12:11
February 25, 2020
Episode 19 - Micky Bartlett
I chat with touring comic and the most week travelled Lurganite in history. Micky Bartlett about comedy as a full time job and weird places for a gig.
1:39:18
February 18, 2020
Episode 18 - Gareth McCullough
I chat with Newry Reporter sports editor and long time champion of the entertainments in the local area about labours of love and getting paid to watch your favourite football team.
45:19
February 1, 2020
Episode 17 - Tom O'Mahoney
I chat with the pride of South Tipperary about how many miles it takes to make a good comedian, life before comedy and the intricacies of a county with two license registrations.
37:09
January 28, 2020
Episode 16 - Michael 'Violin Mick' Conlon
I chat with one half of he string ninjas about being a professional fiddler (steady on), musical upbringings and supporting a football team far far away.
52:56
January 24, 2020
Episode 16 - Leonie McDonagh live from the Comedy kitchen.
I chat with comedian, dancer and artsy all rounder Leonie Mcdonagh about how a Galway girl ends up in Belfast and the finer points of stand up as an art form and how to host a world audience from your kitchen.
1:01:27
January 17, 2020
Episode 15 - Gino Lynch
I chat with comedy writer, lighting technician and old school mate Gino Lynch about his writing, producing and starring as Taxi Jo while working in TV and movies. We talk comedy and the real life characters in the old home town.
1:01:22
January 15, 2020
Episode 14 - Cormac Lamb. Australian fire fighter.
I chat with Newry native now Sydney resident Cormac Lamb about the wild fires currently ravaging Australia and what's being done.
31:53
January 3, 2020
Episode 13 - Cate Conway. Radio DJ and voiceover artist.
I chat with radio personality, all round presenter and award winning cat breeder Cate Conway about how to get started in broadcasting. Sky diving and fancy advent calenders amongst other things. Check out her Instagram @ Radio.Cate
1:00:00
December 11, 2019
Episode 12 - Jordan Robinson
I chat with comedian/improvisor Jordan Robinson about 100 gigs in his first year, opening for bigger boys and what's next after open heart surgery and his debut solo show Pig Heart.
54:41
December 9, 2019
Episode 11 - Darren Matthews and no friends this week.
This week I recap the first 10 episodes of the podcast and talk about upcoming gigs and plans for the new year in Belfast and beyond. Voting gets a mention also so please don't fall asleep there.
28:19
December 7, 2019
Episode 10 - Caitlín Fearon
I chat with Scarlet Belles burlesque dancer and fellow hospitality survivor Caitlín Fearon about arts in Newry, dance and weird shape bananas. No... Really.
54:25
November 26, 2019
Episode 9 - Cormac MacDiarmada the Notorious Barrick Boy.
I chat with Barrick boy creator and west Belfast stand up comic Cormac about the origins of the online page, the madness of the wild west and how he ended up on stage between writing movie scripts and skits.
55:15
November 24, 2019
Episode 8 - Darren Craig
I chat with Belfast based DJ Darren Craig about DJing, when rock was king, ice hockey and his beloved Liverpool FC. Share it if you like it and subscribe wherever podcasts may be found.
1:03:15
November 17, 2019
Episode 7- Sean Quinn
I chat with fellow Bessbrook native and now Adelaide resident Sean Quinn about stand up, travel and the land down under. Australia. Not the republic.
47:44
October 29, 2019
Episode 6 - Stevo Timothy aka Farmer Michael.
I chat with creator and internet sensation Stevo Timothy about his farmer Michael character and what comes next after talking to your phone in your car.
47:06
October 12, 2019
Episode 5 - lady Sinéad Nora
I chat with comedian, writer, horse enthusiast and long suffering Everton fan Sinead Nora about her role as writer and creater of Kathleen, wife of Galway's own farmer Michael.
29:13
October 8, 2019
Episode 4 - Chris Kerr
I chat with Chris. Former Antrim county goalkeeper and at Galls net minder turned mental health advocate in Belfast about sports and keeping your mind and your body right in the modern world.
58:28
September 27, 2019
Episode 3 - Gerry Norman and Tour Alaska
I chat with Gerry Norman about his new musical project Tour Alaska, flaming vans and how to release music in today's age of the internet.
42:38
September 10, 2019
Episode 2 - Lianne McCooey and the Biggest Wee Comedy club in the North
I chat with my partner in comedy Lianne about her starting to perform again and letting us onto her place to showcase Ireland's best comedians in Newry.
23:21
September 2, 2019
Episode 1- Joe McGuigan from Gama Bomb
I chat rock and roll and getting banned from venues for being dead on.
45:30
September 2, 2019