Laughing Dead

Laughing Dead

www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/laughingdead
In comedy, there are at least a thousand ways to die on stage. Laughing Dead is a podcast where comedians talk candidly about their worst ever gigs. Hosted by comedian Sami Shah, who has survived his share of cranky hecklers and depressing corporate…


Plaything for a sheikh
Nov 30, 2016 • 32 min
In the final episode of our first season, Sami is joined by the creators of ABC’s next podcast hit, Tokyo Hotel, Ben Russell and Xavier Michelides. Improv gigs in Chi-town, prackfalls, and being hunted on a private island by rich Sheikhs, this episode has…
A dark and doomed and desperate occupation
Nov 23, 2016 • 19 min
Corporate gigs, hecklers, mining tours, audience indifference, silence, it takes a toll. How can comedians protect their sanity from the stresses of the comedy life? Sami speaks to Associate Professor and psychiatrist Dr Steve Ellen to find out.
Blindfolded on a ladder
Nov 16, 2016 • 28 min
Comedy can be honest. It can be searingly truthful, and intensely personal which is a powerful way of delivering laughter, but can also mean it hurts that much more when turned against the performer.
She mouthed sorry and walked out
Nov 9, 2016 • 36 min
In the history of terrible ideas, comedians taking their dates to a gig has to be the worst one. And if you don’t know why, let Luke McGregor and Becky Lucas share their tales of tragedy and woe. No language warning this episode but adult themes like drug…
No laughing on site
Nov 3, 2016 • 32 min
Mining Tours are the gold standard of hell-gigs for comedians. They make corporate gigs look like a delight. Which is why, Xavier Susai and Mike G, have the emotional scars that they do. Both are veterans of the mining tours, and their stories are…
Don’t bring a gun to a comedy night
Oct 27, 2016 • 33 min
Legendary comedians in their own right Bev Killick and Alexei Sayle rejoice in their failings at comedy clubs. “But the lesson I learned from that night (at the Comedy Store) is that if you point a gun at an audience it makes them nervous” - Alexei Sayle
Comedy is too serious to be funny
Oct 19, 2016 • 33 min
Why do comedians do what they do? And why do we find them so fascinating? This episode, instead of speaking to more comics, we change direction a little by delving into the psychology of comedians and their role in society.
Claire Hooper
Oct 14, 2016 • 31 min
Claire Hooper may be the face of baking on national television, but she’s still not above a gig going bad every now and then. Features a guest appearance by Xavier Michelides, who owns up to having thrown Claire under the proverbial bus. We’re looking for…
Immigrant Comedians
Oct 4, 2016 • 30 min
Is it harder to win over an audience when you’re not local? Is dying on stage worse when you’re a foreigner? Two of Australia’s best immigrant comedians, Dilruk Jayasinha and Ivan Aristeguieta, regale us with their tales.
Corporate Gigs
Sep 28, 2016 • 36 min
No two words summon more dread in a comedian than “corporate gig.” Luckily, Ben Lomas has figured out the lifehack for surviving one. Janelle Koenig, meanwhile, still isn’t over that one time on a boat with a sliding door.
Maz Jobrani
Sep 21, 2016 • 30 min
Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani’s done comedy all over the world, and he’s got the emotional scars to prove it. Features a guest appearance by comedian’s comedian Andy Kindler. We’re looking for your stories from when you’ve seen a comedian die on…
INTRODUCING — Laughing Dead
Sep 19, 2016 • 8 min
Comedian Sami Shah introduces you to his new podcast about comedians dying on stage, and regales you with a story of his own worst comedy-death. Email us anytime - [email protected]