Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast

Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast

United Kingdom

RHLSTP is an award-winning series in which Richard Herring chats with some of the biggest names in comedy. Stephen Fry, Steve Coogan, Russell Brand, Sarah Millican, David Mitchell are amongst the many comedy stars to have been interviewed across the 100+ episodes.


RHLSTP 144 - Katy Brand  

RHLSTP #144: Katy Brand - Catering for the Dead. Richard hasn't eaten enough in a last-ditch attempt to lose weight before he turns 50, but no time for stomach rumbles because his guest is professional Margaret Thatcher impersonator and teenage evangelical Christian, Katy Brand. Questions, emergency and non-emergency are asked, like how does Brian Blessed feel about hobgoblins? Where do demons go when they have been dispossessed? Are Medusa and Emily Bronte the only women in history? When is International Men's Day? What kind of a sad case would use crowdfunding? Have any of Richard's 1990s fans gone on to be less successful than him? And you'll witness the power of the new embers of a bonfire Emergency Question. Buy your own Emergency Questions book here: and see Richard's tour dates here: Find out more about Katy's show at: If you'd like to donate to the Kickstarter campaign go to:

RHLSTP 143 - Dan Skinner  

RHLSTP #143: Dan Skinner - Tape in a Bag. Richard has his least successful attempt to meet his audience of all time, but no matter, he has a great guest on hand in the form of Angelos Epithemiou creator, Dan Skinner. They chat about how the character came to life, the audacious way in which he inadvertently auditioned for Shooting Stars, how he failed to get a part in Richard's sitcom, the story of why Jim Broadbent appeared in Around The World In Eighty Days, working with Ken Campbell and Ben Wheatley and not really working with Alan Partridge. Plus a novel use of a lot of Twixes and what it's like to appear on Sunday Brunch drunk and the Edinburgh Fringe sober. There's lots of Emergency Questions, old and new - Buy your own copy of the book at And book tickets to see Richard on tour at

RHEFP 4 - John Robins and Ahir Shah  

RHEFP 2017 #4: John Robins and Ahir Shah - Suck Each Other Off A Bit. Richard reveals the hypocrisy of his parenting techniques and reminisces about the death of Lady Di. His first guest is Edinburgh Comedy Prize nominee Ahir Shah - they chat about Brexit, how looking into the sun proves your strength and wisdom and the older generations disregard for metaphorical ladders. His second guest is Edinburgh Comedy Prize nominee, Jon Robbins (sorry) John Robins. They talk about break ups, being in relationships with comedians, the way that Edinburgh haunts the long-term Fringe performer, a darker version of The Cobbler and how John loves to go to bed with his mum. Colin gets to quiz both guests and hopefully will be back with his own Edinburgh Fringe podcast next year. By the time you hear this you will probably know who is the winner and who are the losers, but here's the clip that John was talking about: Dustin Hoffmann Oscar speech: (whizz through the noms if you like). Do check out both these guys shows at the Fringe or on tour. You can buy the Emergency Questions book here - Thanks for joining us at the Fringe in this way. It's been a fun year. And maybe I will come back and do more of these another time. Really delighted to have resurrected it.

RHEFP 3 - Iain Stirling and Jason Manford  

RHEFP 2017 #3: Iain Stirling and Jason Manford - The Main Thing Is Ricky Gervais Didn't Win. Rich is mortified about having accidentally crashed someone else's show and is thinking of becoming someone who pays to sit in a hairdressers. But the good news is that Colin is back to remind his guests of times that things have gone wrong for them. Rich's first guest personally knows many of the people that Rich not-so-secretly lusts over at CBeebies - it's Iain Stirling. They chat about working alongside puppets (in their own different ways), how Love Island has turned Iain into a huge Edinburgh smash, the tragedy behind the Amazing Bubble Man and whether somehow Richard might be Iain's dad. Then Richard is joined by the Radio Times Comedy champion and also champion poor time keeper, Jason Manford to chat about the old bamboo, setting up comedy clubs, bizarre coincidences and I think a misunderstanding about what a human centipede involves. Come and see one of Richard's last few Fringe shows by booking here: Or be in the audience for a bonus Edinburgh Fringe podcast (guests TBA) by booking here:

RHEFP 2 - James Acaster  

RHEFP 2017 #2: James Acaster - Three Nights in Peterborough. Richard is so close to becoming the Radio Times Comedy Champion that he can almost taste it, which will just make his ultimate failure all the more painful and thus amusing, but luckily he almost shat his pants on a children's roundabout. HIs guest went one step further than that, it's the wonderful comedy genius James Acaster. They discuss how hot chocolate is not a flavour, sky diving in slip-ons, the dangers of eating chicken nuggets for a bet, the behind-the-scenes disaster that happened on the Conan show, how a rubbish ghost train was made more scary, shooting Private Pike in the face, crashing cars and the ace sitcom We The Jury. You really must buy James' book for more of these painfully funny stories - And also you must buy the Emergency Questions book Also come and see show 3 of this year's RHEFP if you can (with Iain Stirling) (and we're looking into the possibility of doing another show in the last week too).

RHEFP 1 - Doug Anthony All Stars  

RHEFP 2017 #1: The Doug Anthony All Stars - The Boy Who Cried Batman. The King has returned and he's at the spooky New Theatre Grand Hall where the Masons get up to all sorts of mysterious time-travelling. And Richard is very excited to be welcoming comedy legends the Doug Anthony All Stars, Paul, Tim and Paul. There's lots of chat about the Edinburgh Fringe of the eighties, the point where comedy and tragedy meet, what happens when you become the carer for your comedy partner, what happens if you never wash your clothes, the Doug who became a diplomat, how Jerry Sadowitz terrorised the public, and curing rectal cancer. Sorry the first minute or so got lost, but I have attempted to recreate it (and it was nothing of any worth). Plus there's a beautiful song at the end which is going to leave you wondering why the audience is laughing, but suffice to say what was happening was very funny indeed. Come and see the next two podcasts recorded. Buy tickets here: See Richard's stand up show Oh Frig I'm 50 at the Pleasance at 7.30pm: See The DAAS at the Pleasance at 10pm:

RHLSTP 142 - Brendon Burns & Craig Quartermaine  

RHLSTP #142: Brendon Burns and Craig Quartermaine - Race Off. Richard contemplates the now trickier commute to work that he has thanks to being forced to move to the country because he is 50, before introducing veteran comedian Brendon Burns and a man with only one credit, Craig Quartermaine. It's a more contemplative RHLSTP than usual, as the two Australians discuss the racial issues that many of their countrymen refuse to confront and how comedy can deal with questions of race (especially if a loud and mouthy bloke is teamed up with a quieter and indigenous one). Find out how this unlikely pair got together, how they reluctantly formed a double act, what makes a double act work and the awkwardness that both comedians revel in and have to cope with in their daily life and from people who have seen their show. It's a fascinating insight into guilt, embarrassment and the horrors of imperialism and how difficult it is to confront these harsh truths. Luckily it's funny too. Though sometimes uncomfortably so. See Race Off at the Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Fringe: See Richard's show Oh Frig I'm 50 at Pleasance 1: and RHEFP at the New Town Theatre:

Great Yorkshire Fringe special: Rahul Kohli and Martin Barrass  

Bonus RHLSTP at the Great Yorkshire Fringe: Rahul Kohli and Martin Barrass - Dead Mannequin People. Here's a little bonus podcast for you, recorded at the end of July at the Great Yorkshire Fringe. Rich first welcomes a man half his age, with three times as many Fringe shows as him, it's Rahul Kohli, but not the one from iZombie. They chat about Newcastle, how Princess Beatrice is even worse than her dad, the man who modelled for the statue of Karl Marx in Highgate Cemetery and where comedy meets lap dancing. And it's two guests for the price of one with the second half hour featuring panto king, Martin Barrass who will tell you about pretending to die in Heartbeat and then nearly actually dying in a terrible motorcycle crash. Plus working with Gary Oldman the cat, what it was like to be the only male nurse in Angels, and Hull Truck Theatre. You can see Richard's new show Oh Frig I'm 50! at Pleasance 1 at 7.30pm throughout the Edinburgh Fringe: He's also doing three Edinburgh Fringe podcasts at 1.50pm at the New Town Theatre: And get a regular or special edition Emergency Questions book here:

RHLSTP 141 - David Baddiel  

RHLSTP #141: David Baddiel -What is the Biggest Ant?. Richard is pondering what it must be like to buy a flat in BBC TV Centre, and appreciating his daughter's grasp of money. It's a reunion this week with a man he once shared a bed and a tiramisu with in a Presidential Suite, David Baddiel. They talk about double act reunions, the ethics of writing about your family secrets for comedy, the perils of getting older and needing comfort breaks, cat bum coffee, why all comedians are writing children's books, and orgies involving the stars of 1970s television. Plus a brilliant story about Norris Mcwhirter. Buy Emergency Questions Book at And book tickets to see Richard at the Edinburgh Fringe (or see him on tour) Details at See David's amazing stand up show My Family on tour

RHLSTP 140 - Andrew Collins  

RHLSTP #140: Andrew Collins - Frog Tape. Richard is over excited to find people 2/5ths of his age in the front row and tries to forget he is on the verge of his sixth decade. He's gone against the advice of last week's podcast and had a drink, and so has his guest, it's Classic FM's Andrew Collin(g)s. It's the first time the pair have spoken in over 60 months and it would be foolish to deny that there might be come tensions bubbling beneath (and all over) the surface, but there's still time for some banter that will take you back to the glory days of 2008-2011. Armed with emergency questions and an emergency folder of cherished tabloid memories the pair attempt to discuss the country's worst serial killers, the Mitfords, the evil of Cecil Parkinson, the debt they owe each other, the unresolved sexual tension (at least at the start of the evening), the disappointment of Northampton, decent and indecent proposals, whether it's OK to add cartoons to The Human Centipede and what the best kind of tape is. You will laugh, you will wince, you will remember the 1980s, but not possibly as fondly as Collings does. Buy the Emergency Questions book here Check out Richard's Edinburgh and tour dates here

RHLSTP 139 - Zoe Lyons  

RHLSTP #139: Zoe Lyons - The Camaraderie of the Jam Factory. Richard attempts to work out how a waitress in a pizza restaurant with a limited menu might be surprised by every order, before introducing former competent waitress and fudge packer, Zoe Lyons. The chat encompasses Alan Titchmarsh based humiliation, Cherie Blair, the bluntness of the Dutch, almost being the first person to die on reality TV, and performing to Australian miners. Plus travelogues to Alaska and Indiana, Voyager and anally inserted chocolate bars. I mean what more could you possibly wish for. Buy the Emergency Questions book here: Check out Richard's Edinburgh and tour dates here:

RHLSTP 138 - Adam Buxton  

RHLSTP #138: Adam Buxton - How Short Are You That You Can Not Reach? Richard has been gifted an almost free Twirl by the Universe. But has he been moral, immoral or amoral? To help us find out, the first ever three times returning guest on the podcast and multi-award winning podcaster, Adam Buxton. The pair discuss middle-aged confrontations and why the staff at WH Smiths in Cambridge station are maybe overzealous, how Adam appeared like a guardian angel when Richard was in trouble and telepathically summoned him, terror of mortality, what to name a dog, the frustrations of being considered small in stature, what it's like to play a head in a box, how to keep your family alive when everyone expects podcasts to be free, plus a musical finale, which has maybe come a couple of decades too late. If you want to change energy providers and fancy the sound of Richard's recommendation Bulb, then sign up via to give yourself and Richard a £50 credit! Bulb have not paid for or even sought out this recommendation, so Bill Hicks can relax. Buy your own Emergency Questions book at and help fund the filming of this series.

RHLSTP 137 - Jessica Knappett  

RHLSTP #137: Jessica Knappett - Air Mattress. Richard is worried that he smells of cat wee, but he can't let that slow him down, he is chatting to the star of his as un-yet commissioned sitcom (but it will be commissioned in some universe somewhere), Jessica Knappett. Under discussion are the horrors of birth and death, the unfortunate associations that belong to the town of Bingley; what one is supposed to be getting out of a massage; the sweet, sweet taste of very long-term showbiz based revenge; sandwich or tampons; how Jessica fell in love with a man who can play a guitar without even having a guitar; the perils of promotional work; and when it is acceptable to steal from work. Check out future RHLSTPs, stand up gigs and RHEFPs at Buy your own Emergency Questions book at and help fund the filming of this series.

RHLSTP 136 - Joe Thomas  

RHLSTP #136: Joe Thomas - Pasta-based diet. Richard is excited about becoming a father for the second time, but not to witnessing the birth. His guest is, like him, a son of teachers and has a 2:1 degree in history and grew up in a town that begins with the letters Che, it's Joe Thomas. Thomas shows Herring what his life might have been if only he'd been in a hit show, whereas Herring serves as a dire warning for where Thomas could end up if things go wrong for him. They chat about how Joe nearly didn't accept The Inbetweeners job, a radical possible change of direction for the third Inbetweeners movie, whether Jess the Cat has an official role in Postman Pat, the buildings and dead businesses of Chelmsford, why you should watch narrative drama in the correct order, the optimum number of Inbetweeners to appear in a non-Inbetweener project, and get through a fair few questions from the new Emergency Questions book (why not buy your own copy and help us fund the filming for this series of RHLSTP?). Richard is playing the Edinburgh Fringe again this year. Check out for details and preview gigs.

RHLSTP 135 - Paul Merton  

RHLSTP #135: Paul Merton - Waiting For Crawford. It's back for an eleventh series - who keeps commissioning this? - and Richard's new emergency questions are coming true as he's fresh from irking a postman. His guest is someone who he used to only be able to speak to in drunken awe at early 1990s BBC Radio Light Entertainment parties, Paul Merton. They discuss their similarly comedy-nerdy teenage years, the early days of the alternative comedy circuit where Alexei Sayle's stream of swearing might be followed by flying fish or slowly melting ice. Can Paul remember the very first routine that helped him on the road to stardom (and partially define his persona)? - you bet a fortnight's holiday in Benidorm he can, and it's magical! Find out how close he came to death 30 years ago after breaking his leg and how anti-malarial drugs almost broke his brain. I heartily recommend his funny and moving autobiography And if you're in book buying mood why not help us fund these podcasts by purchasing our new Emergency Questions book:

Wells Comedy Festival special: Bec Hill  

Wells Comedy Festival Extra: Bec Hill - Passing The Baton. Rich has risked the wrath of everyone in his home town of Cheddar by travelling beyond the horizon to Wells, where the crazy people dwell, and doing a special podcast for the inhabitants. But don't worry Cheddar - he mocks the Wells insane asylum dwellers and won't let them get away with being called a city. He is armed with a copy, fresh off the presses of the new Emergency Questions book, which will be winging its way to kickstarter backers imminently and be available to buy at gigs and (very soon) from His guest is Australian exponent of the Japanese storytelling technique of Kamishibai, Bec Hill. They discuss what it is like to be married on stage (not to each other); unpleasant experiences with toilet rolls; and the strange way we allow a stranger with an X-Ray machine to focus; Adelaide's tallest building; being halfway somewhere; and find out if Bec has ever irked a postman. Plus some big news for Rich, inevitably sullied by inappropriate chat about genitalia. The new series line-up is almost completely confirmed. Some amazing names coming up in Series 11 - Book tickets here:

RHMOL Extra - Aleks Krotoski  

RHLSTP RHMOL Extra - Aleks Krotoski, the Shape of Things To Come. In the final episode of these retro podcasts, Rich talks to tech expert and geek Aleks about how we can expect things to pan out in the future. If you want to see Rich on his THE BEST tour you only have 30 or so more chances Or help us to make more podcasts by buying a badge (monthly if you dare) here or some tat here RHLSTP returns in June. You can buy tickets to see it here: Monthly badgers get to hear who the guests are before anyone else

RHMOL Extra - Lance Workman  

RHLSTP RHMOL Extra #5: Lance Workman - Good and Evil. In another blast from the past, here's the full length interview with evolutionary psychologist Lance Workman about good and evil. Again, what's coming is going to be as much a surprise to me as it is to you. Except I am not going to listen to it. Come and see Rich on tour: and/or buy a badge to help fund our stupid enterprises:

RHMOL Extra - Nick Lane  

RHLSTP RHMOL Extra - Nick Lane. Here's another retro interview from the Meaning Of Life series. This one is about death and features Nick Lane and, if I am honest with you, I remember nothing at all about it. Not Nick's fault. I was very busy and very tired. I bet it's interesting though. We'll see. If you want to see Rich performing live visit and see if he's coming near to you in the next couple of months. If you want to help us make more podcasts head to or and fill your boots. We're all going to die. So enjoy being alive.

RHMOL Extra - Virginia Ironside  

RHLSTP RHMOL Extra - Virginia Ironside. Richard discusses love with the Agony Aunt who turns out to be his nearby neighbour. They shared a cab home afterwards. Discretion means I can not discuss what happened after that. Buy a badge at See Rich on tour

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