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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.

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

025.2: Livestream 25th Episode Extravaganza! Part 2

Thank you to everyone who watched and joined in and thank you to all the guests who made it such ...
Author: Sam Rae
Posted: 2019-06-13

025.1: Livestream 25th Episode Extravaganza! Part 1

Thank you to everyone who watched and joined in and thank you to all the guests who made it such ...
Author: Sam Rae
Posted: 2019-06-13

024: Simon Goodway | Sam can't use a calendar

This episode should have been released on the 20th May but Sam messed up the scheduling because h...
Author: Sam Rae
Posted: 2019-06-03

023: Alan Byrne | Foil-y wrappers

Alan Byrne joins Sam and Annie for more improv and chat. The 8mm podcast network: https://www.8...
Author: Sam Rae
Posted: 2019-05-27

022: Harry Puckering | Improvised Opera about Pig Cruelty

Co-Author of "Listen! Say Yes! Commit", Harry Puckering joins Annie and Sam for more chat and imp...
Author: Sam Rae
Posted: 2019-05-20

021: Black Cherry Company | Patrick Marsden, Jon Davis, Ollie Blake

Three members of the Black Cherry Company improv sqaud join Sam and Annie for more chat and impro...
Author: Sam Rae
Posted: 2019-05-13

020: Simon Plotkin, Alex Shaw | Extra Nipples

Simon Plotkin and Alex Shaw join Sam Rae and Annie Harris for more chat and improv. Military dram...
Author: Sam Rae
Posted: 2019-05-06

019: Simon Goodway, Katharine Steer, Josh Hards | It was Gordon Freeman

Simon, Katharine and Josh join Sam and Annie for more improv and chat. What's the difference betw...
Author: Sam Rae
Posted: 2019-04-29

018: Helen B., Kathy Manson, Annie Harris | Self your esteem immediately

Returning guests Helen and Kathy join Sam and Annie to talk about their new Two-prov act as well ...
Author: Sam Rae
Posted: 2019-04-22

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