Nathan Caton on collaborating with writers from different perspectives
In this conversation I chat to comedian and writer Nathan Caton (https://twitter.com/NathanCaton)
Nathan began performing stand up comedy at the age of 19 and since then he has been on Live at the Apollo, Mock The Week, Don’t Hate The Playaz, Comedy Gala, Russell Howard’s Good News and his own series Gran Jury. He also wrote and performed in his BBC Radio 4 sitcom, Can’t Tell Nathan Caton Nothing and starred in a pilot for Paramount Comedy (now Comedy Central) entitled The Nathan Caton Show. He has also written for the children's series Rastamouse and has appeared several times on the BBC Premier League Show as well as his ever-growing podcast, Nathan Caton’s Football Forum
We kick things off talking about the challenge of switching off and why Nathan finds it hard to take time out from his career. He explains his love hate relationship with social media. Why he felt getting his Comedy Central TV pilot came too early and why he didn’t let it affect him when it didn’t get a series commission. Nathan describes how early on in his stand up career, he tried to balance gigging and getting up for an early morning lecture; while studying architecture and then whilst juggling part time work at Heathrow airport. He breakdown his first Edinburgh Fringe experience and describes life on the road as a touring comedian.
We discuss what qualities you need to commit to being a stand up comedian and Nathan explains how his family have instilled a strong work ethic in him. He breaks down the benefit of collaborating with writers who come from a different perspective and point of view and emphasises the importance in staying present to develop new material. We discuss how Nathan switches off from stand up through weight lifting, swimming and doing HIIT work outs and loads more!
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