Join Jewish Comedians Rachel Creeger & Philip Simon for their comedy podcast, a chat show about all things Jewish, produced by Russell Balkind. This week’s guests are comedian & comedy writer Meryl O’Rourke and singer/songwriter & founding member of 10cc, Graham Gouldman.
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Meryl O’Rourke has worked for over 12 years as a high level topical TV gag writer and as a stand-up in her own right. She has written for Frankie Boyle for much of this time, from panel shows like Mock the Week and Never Mind the Buzzcocks, through to BBC’s Frankie Goes To Russia, Frankie Boyle’s Tour of Scotland and four series of Frankie Boyle’s New World Order. Meryl wrote for the 2019 Olivier Awards, broadcast on ITV and has also written for ITV 2’s Dress To Impress.
In 2019 she debuted her solo stand-up show Vanilla and her 2011 show, Bad Mother was The Times’ and The Observers Critic’s Choice. Meryl was also the inaugural winner of the Betty Box and Peter Rogers/Big Talk comedy writing programme and as a stand-up, she has supported Frankie Boyle many times as part of his national tour, including at Hammersmith Apollo.
Meryl’s radio credits include writing and performing her own comedy series The Hysterical Method Of Conception for Woman’s Hour (BBC Radio 4) and a Sony Radio Academy Award Nomination for Best Breakfast Show. More recently, Meryl has written gags for BBC World Service’s Comedians vs The News.
As an experienced journalist, Meryl has written extensively as a columnist for Time Out and as a feature writer for Mark Millar’s magazine CLiNT. She also works as a script editor and writing coach.
Born in Manchester, Graham was given his first guitar at the age of 11 and started playing with local bands at 15. He received early encouragement to develop his musical talent from his mother Betty and father Hymie, who also contributed with suggested lyrics and song titles.
Graham played with various Manchester bands before forming The Mockingbirds in 1965 (with Kevin Godley on drums), and when the record label Columbia rejected Graham’s first single composition for the band, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The song, For Your Love, became a huge hit for The Yardbirds.
Working by day in a men’s outfitters shop and playing by night with his semi-professional band, Graham went on to write a string of hits. In 1972, along with Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme, he formed 10cc and enjoyed a string of Top 10 hits, including three No 1s – Rubber Bullets, I’m Not In Love and Dreadlock Holiday. It’s the enduring popularity of these tracks and Graham’s love of playing songs acoustically, that led to the formation of Heart Full of Songs, a show which features many of these songs.
*This episode was recorded under lockdown conditions.