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Comedy with an Accent

S01E20 Stephen Buchanan, English speaker (Glaswegian accent) - From Glasgow, Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

Comedy with an Accent
Comedy with an Accent

“Are you the WHSmith guy?” Stephen Buchanan is known by strangers these days for his viral sketch clips, shared so widely that he’d be stopped and recognised by random people on the street. He won the BBC New Comedy Award in 2018; he is a third of the popular podcast Some Laughs and part of the new generation of comedy talents coming out of Glasgow, a city that has produced exceptional performers from Frankie Boyle, Kevin Bridges, Larry Dean to Billy Connolly.

With one of the most consistent guest’s own chuckle rate throughout the interview, Stephen talks about the working class character of Scotland's biggest city and the "Tall Poppy Syndrome" he was taught growing up as a wee working-class Glaswegian lad. Being neither the tallest nor the most capable of playing football or fight, Stephen morphed into the funniest guy in the playground to survive.

Your hosts also asks Stephen about his daft, beta-male stage persona and why he does not go down the incel-pleasing trope of opinionated comedy style.


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Stephen is a third of Some Laugh Podcast with fellow Scottish comedians Marc Jennings and Stuart McPherson

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Episode timeline

00:49 Intro

03:40 A viral clip that makes Stephen “The WHSmith Guy”

06:40 Only having an accent when gigging in London

08:11 Adjusting the accent level depending on the person you talk to

10:03 Did Stephen have his podcast parters think about their accents when recording?

11:57 BBC World Service producer changing Stephen’s references for American listeners - a “Bin” (Trash can)

15:32 Changing the way he speaks performing outside Scotland

18:37 Changing a working class accent for London centric Upper class audience

21:49 Why has Glasgow nurtured so many great comedians?

24:52 The Scottish mentality - The Tall Poppy Syndrome

27:38 Stephen’s akin to Charlie in Always Sunny In Philadelphia

31:50 Joking about his own height on his terms

34:00 Silly mundane stuffs rather than opinionated comedy

38:21 Jokes made funnier because of the accent or only funny because of the accent?

41:12 Glaswegian accent voted the 3rd sexiest accent in the UK

44:15 Comedians free to swear when performing in Glasgow

46:24 Some (obligatory) bagpipe music

47:19 Stephen’s social media


Podcast intro music by @Taigenkawabe

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