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Biography: Sam was raised by fundamentalist Quakers on a Survivalist ranch/houseboat in the bustling heart of London, UK.
He spent far too long trying to write serious things and getting frustrated when it ended up full of jokes.

New Comedy Short – “Truth”

Watch now on youtube

From Sam’s autobiography, “The Long, Hard, Difficult Road: Coping with Greatness”:

On His Upbringing:

The Quakers were harsh and strict imposing their doctrine on everyone in the compound with an iron fist. We were forced to believe in the One True Quaker God, unless we didn’t want to, or had other beliefs. No-one was allowed to leave unless they asked to or just walked out. Daily Prayer was mandatory unless you had something else you wanted to do. I remember one boy said he disagreed with the teachings of the Holy text (A huge, dusty tome with a simple message: “Hey, why don’t you try not being a prick for 5 seconds?”), he was dealt with swiftly and brutally: talking, listening, understanding and compromise…

…And the jumble sales. So many jumble sales.

On Comedy:

I’ve always thought of Comedy – with a capital “C” – as the truest form of Art. Nothing else captures the enduring human spirit like a joke about how dogs don’t like cats, or how black people are different from white people. Comedy teaches us about ourselves just as it teaches us about the world around us… Do I think of myself as an Genius and a Hero? That’s for you to decide, dear reader. But also, Yes.

So with all that in mind, prepare yourselves for some self-indulgent, but mercifully brief, Comedy Shorts.


Contrived & Insufferable

Guests are invited in for chat and improv with hosts, Sam Rae and Annie Harris.


Taking a short break to move and get our heads in the game but we'll be back in the new year!
Author: Sam Rae
Posted: 2019-11-06

034: Jennie Moloney & Gramski | No Politics Talk

Musician, free-style rap and improv. Literally everything you could ask for. Jennie Moloney and G...
Author: Sam Rae
Posted: 2019-09-16

033: Simon Goodway | If it ain't broke...

Improviser and comedian Simon Goodway joins Sam and Annie for a very warm instalment of Contrived...
Author: Sam Rae
Posted: 2019-08-05

032: Tim Meredith & Amy Dickinson | Segments

Tim and Amy join Annie and Sam for a chaotic journey through comedy and improv. https://twitter....
Author: Sam Rae
Posted: 2019-07-29

031 : Eden Avital Alexander | Free Refills

Eden joins Sam and Annie to talk about themed restaurants, silent clubs, pets and much more. Foll...
Author: Sam Rae
Posted: 2019-07-22

030: Louise Leigh | Fru-Froo Needs Stöö

Comedian Louise Leigh joins Sam and Annie for a raucous episode of fun, chat and improv. Louise'...
Author: Sam Rae
Posted: 2019-07-15

029: Debbie Bridge & Gillian English | Double Canadian

Debbie Bridge and Gillian English join Sam and Annie for an excellent episode of chat and improv....
Author: Sam Rae
Posted: 2019-07-08

028: Aimee Cooper, Simon Goodway | Prodigal Son

Aimee Cooper and Simon Goodway join Sam (and, later, Annie) for another excellent episode. Find ...
Author: Sam Rae
Posted: 2019-07-01

027: Richard Pulsford | Microwaves and Peacocks

Note: Apologies for any audio problems in the first part of this episode. Richard Pulsford joins ...
Author: Sam Rae
Posted: 2019-06-24

026: Elena Kerrigan & Matt Skeadas | Basketball and Shortform

Elena and (slightly later) Matt join Sam for another episode of Contrived & Insufferable. "Orpha...
Author: Sam Rae
Posted: 2019-06-17

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