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A Chat With Holly Walsh About Dead Boss

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Tonight sees the series finale of Dead Boss, the new BBC3 sitcom written by Sharon Horgan and Holly Walsh. Although BBC3 tends to be the subject of some rather lazy, indiscriminate slaggings from people who aren’t really in its target audience anyway, Dead Boss is one of those absolutely superb shows it throws up every now and then.

I got into the show really quickly, loving the manic pace of the first episode, and finding it to be refreshingly laugh out loud funny. Dead Boss is really, really funny. My affection for it grew with each passing week, and by the time it got to episode 5, I really wanted to support it, draw attention to one of the best new sitcoms in years, and learn more about it. Spreading your enthusiasm is, actually, what Cook’d and Bomb’d is all about.

Holly Walsh kindly agreed to an interview yesterday, and we talk a lot about Dead Boss, but also go over what it’s like to be a stand-up, and look at how people can go about getting into the comedy industry.

At the time of writing, all of Dead Boss is still available on iPlayer, and will remain so for the next seven days. If you’ve yet to see it, please do give it a watch. I really love this show – Dead Boss has brought back a level of attention-to-detail to British comedy that’s largely been missing from our screens. It’s lovingly stuffed with references and background gags.

Many thanks to Holly Walsh for her time.

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  1. Neil says

    I really regret the bit of this interview where I try to comment on ‘interviews that ask what it’s like to be a woman in comedy.’ As I say, and as I think is obvious, I wasn’t trying to dodge the issue, I was making a somewhat clumsy attempt at placing us both ABOVE the issue, so we could chat about it. And, y’know, I just don’t think it worked. I knew I should have edited it out, but don’t really like to remove anything, and it’s irked me ever since.

    I also think the section after that about female comedy voices is perhaps unhelpful. I dunno, it’s difficult, y’know? There are things I want to avoid – terrible cliches that are always used – but this seemed like a positive notion to me, and was an attempt at trying to explain some of the uncommon funniness of Dead Boss. But ultimately, I regret bringing gender into the interview at all, particularly given this is one of my favourite comedy shows in years, and years. That it’s by two women is – and should be – irrelevant.

    And yet, there’s this part of me that wants to discuss everything, look at all the possibilities, and really explore where humour comes from, and what is actually the difference – if any – when it comes to jokes by men or women.

    But I don’t think this was the place to do it, and I hope I didn’t offend Holly Walsh.

    This is the Jen Kirkman piece I was talking about.. She’s right, I think – “change the narrative.”



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