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
20 years ago, @quinlan_carrie & @marchaynes won Britain's top awards for new stand-ups. Not too long after, they quit. What drives a stand-up and what would make them stop? We discuss Bill Hicks' seminal 'Sane Man' set, and the loneliness of the long distance stand-up.
SPECIAL EDITION: STOPPING STAND-UP
Since Leo Baxendale's Willy The Kid books are sadly out of print and go for an absolute fortune on ebay (though be patient, we secured ours for under £30 a pop, but it took a while) here are some samples for you to enjoy alongside this week's RULE OF THREE. Includes some Dalek obsession, a smattering of Spotty Dick and the big mincer, and the astonishing 'turd' joke that changed so many 8-year-olds' worlds.
Towards the back end of this week's RULE OF THREE with DAVEY JONES we celebrate, rightly, this piece of comic writing from Viz Comic, which we rate as one of the finest pieces of prose ever composed in the English language.
In memory of all those brain cells who died in its research and creation.
(Rightful credit to Simon Donald, Graham Dury, Simon Thorp, Alex Collier and Davey Jones for raising the bar here impossibly high.)
TOOT! PARP! It is here! In this episode, DAVEY JONES, the singular mind and biro behind the likes of Viz's Gilbert Ratchet and The Vibrating Bum Faced Goats, tells us of his love for the rebel genius of British funny comics LEO BAXENDALE, with particular attention to his WILLY THE KID books - comics so funny that, from personal experience, readers often spit orange squash everywhere and nearly choke to death laughing.
WHOOOOO! (US cop siren noise) It's the latest episode of RULE OF THREE with RUFUS JONES dragging 1980s Robert De Niro / Charles Grodin action-comedy Midnight Run across country in handcuffs for our inspection. How does an "action-comedy" even work? We do our best to find out...
EPISODE 5 iTunes LINK
EPISODE 5 DIRECT LINK
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