Ted Shiress: Cynic

Ted Shiress during a performance - Ted sits on stage just him and the microphone

Some people that have it all are happy, some people that have nothing are happy and then some people have a fair bit plus relatively severe Cerebral Palsy and yet have an extremely outgoing lifestyle, but then are complete cynics. In the ‘Cynic‘ webseries we follow Cardiff comedian/cynic Ted Shiress and his can-do lifestyle coupled with his can’t-do attitude. Whether Ted’s having a few pints, getting help from his lovely domestic assistant or trying to get his leg over he always finds something to moan about with his embittered sense of superiority.


Unlimited Impact supported Ted Shiress in examining his practice as a stand up comedian.  This involved expanding his current live material to an hour of stand up, as well as producing the second series of ‘Cynic’.


We caught up with Ted and found out how the project was coming along:

  • Tell us a bit more about your video series, ‘Cynic’. What should we be looking out for in the future?

“Cynic is a mini-sitcom I’ve created where I play an exaggerated and extremely deviant version of myself, we completed the first series last year and are currently working on Series 2”

  • What new working relationships or creative ideas are coming out of your Unlimited Impact supported project?

“I am now thinking of ideas for future shows I can write and how I could integrate multimedia more successfully in them. I have also found out what it’s like to have a show producer through Dave and how we work with each other. Dave would help me put my ideas into motion and help me plan how it will be. As the project progresses, however, the pool of those involved will be wider and more professional relationships will be developed. It is my plan to have multimedia fully integrated into my next show and for this I will be working closely with a multimedia artist”

  • What are your favourite aspects about stand up comedy?

“The feeling you get when a gig goes well is a truly amazing feeling and it’s strong enough to keep you going until the next good gig. This is especially the case when you are trying out new material and you find out it works”

  • What particular challenges have you set yourself for your upcoming stand-up performance mid July at the Cardiff Comedy Festival, and how are you approaching them?

“The biggest challenge is seeing if I can actually manage to deliver an hour of material, this being a test on physical stamina as much as having the material and remembering it all. As I predicted, I’ll need a break during the hour I plan to divide it into three, showing two episodes of Cynic and using that time to regain my breath”

  • What are you looking forward to most?

“I’m really looking forward to filming episodes of Cynic with some financial backing, this will give us far more creative scope and enable us to achieve a level of professionalism we cannot currently”

  • What advice would you give someone interested in getting into comedy?

“Comedy is all about being funny and unique and a successful career hinges on the perfect balance of the two. One can tell many jokes but not stand out enough to be memorable or one can be unique but just not funny. Focus on balancing these two factors and a successful career will await you… well, possibly!”


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