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Revolutionary clown of the 70s Johnny Melville
Episode 22926th May 2024 • The comedians paradise • Marvin McCarthy
00:00:00 01:02:30

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An interview podcast giving the inside scoop of what happens in comedy scenes across the globe and dedicated to speaking to the mavericks in the comedy world. In this episode we speak to Johnny Melville a revolutionary clown, actor and mime who is part of the group of artists who in the 1970s revolutionised the world of the clown in Europe, alongside names like Jango Edwards and Nola Rae in the historic Friends Roadshow in Amsterdam.

In recent years he has combined his work as a clown, mime and trainer with that of actor in alternative filmmaking. Here is an overview of what we discussed:

[[01:49]] Why I call myself an energy sculpture [[03:44]]

[[06:15]] Getting people to break out of their program [[08:08]]

[[08:35]] What clowning was like for me in the 70s [[11:54]]

[[20:48]] Doing a variety show where there was only two performers [[28:55]]

[[27:08]] Troublesome audience members [[28:55]]

[[29:01]] What is the clown form of comedy [[29:47]]

[[32:07]] How to keep someones attention for two hours [[39:45]]

[[52:39]] How everything in Edinburgh fringe is about comedy [[58:35]]

[[59:02]] Use your experiences to create great shows [[01:00:30]]

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