In the latest edition of RULE OF THREE, we mention this newly published book by Jem Roberts - which tells the story of Fry and Laurie, and is packed with unseen sketches and all that sort of thing.
Essential reading for any fan of Fry and Laurie, though, it has to be said, less than essential reading for someone who always preferred Hale and Pace. Suffice to say, our teenage selves are annoyed with us that this book exists now and not, say, in 1990, when we would have worshipped it as a god.
Get yourself a copy here.
In this week's podcast, Barunka O'Shaughnessy chooses Australian sketch show The Micallef Program, and in particular the glorious sketch Spiffington Manse.
HERE IS THE SKETCH
and if you want more Micallef - of course you do - there are some great compilations and clips on Youtube. This one's a good place to start:
MICALLEF SKETCH COMPILATION
Series Two seems to be going really well, so far, so thanks to everyone who's joining in, especially any new listeners.
Please don't forget to rate and review us wherever you get your podcasts; it really does help spread the word. Lots more exciting guests and topics to come, every one delaying the day we have to book Joe Beasley and Cheeky Monkey to discuss Bottle Boys.
The second series of Rule of Three will be being poured from the podcast lorry into your podcast bunkers by the podcast delivery operative from Thursday 27th September. And we're starting with our recent live appearance at the London Podcast Festival, discussing This Is Spinal Tap with lifelong Taphead and copper-bottomed national treasure Sue Perkins, of the radio and television. It was a belter. Set your delivery options now. Loads more to come. This series is going to be a stormer. Thanks for your support.
As part of the LONDON PODCAST FESTIVAL, there will be a special one-off LIVE edition of RULE OF THREE, recorded on the 7th September. Come along and see it actually happening, in front of your actual face.
An exciting guest (and their choice of comedy subject) are in the pipes. Watch this space for updates.
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NEW EPISODE featuring MATT HOLNESS (Garth Merenghi's Darkplace, Back, Possum) discussing his love for the (executive) LP version of MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL and the strange, unique little world that it builds around the film.
MATTHEW HOLNESS on MONTY PYTHON'S HOLY GRAIL LP iTunes Link
MATTHEW HOLNESS on MONTY PYTHON'S HOLY GRAIL LP Direct Link
NEW EPISODE! Writer and actor Katherine Jakeways (North by Northamptonshire, Armstrong & Miller, Tracey Ullman) joins us to celebrate a sitcom we all rate as one of the very best ever made, Esmonde & Larbey's peerless Ever Decreasing Circles, a show ostensibly set in a suburban close, but actually set in the darkest recesses of the British soul.
KATHERINE JAKEWAYS on EVER DECREASING CIRCLES iTUNES LINK
KATHERINE JAKEWAYS on EVER DECREASING CIRCLES DIRECT LINK
If your brains were left as excited and fizzy as ours by this week's chat with CARIAD LLOYD , we mentioned a load of brilliant improvisers, and you'd do your heart and soul good by checking them out doing what they do best, live, creating something funny that will never happen again.
Here are a couple of links.
The original and best, 33 years and still going strong. "The best in the business," as Cariad says. It has to be: THE COMEDY STORE PLAYERS
And AUSTENTATIOUS - Cariad's long-form live improvised Jane Austen novel troupe. An off-the-cuff highwire act of spur-of-the-moment creativity. Basically Python's "Live Novel Writing From Wessex" sketch, but actually happening. They'll be at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival in August, have more dates at the Savoy, and are off on a full UK tour soon.
Top improvisational comedian and award winning host of Griefcast, Cariad Lloyd, shares her love of game-changing impro show Whose Line Is It Anyway, and talks about... well, everything. The secrets of life, death and making stuff up.
CARIAD LLOYD on WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? iTUNES LINK
CARIAD LLOYD on WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? DIRECT LINK
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