Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast

Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast

United Kingdom

A podcast in which Richard Herring chats with some of the biggest names in comedy, with guest spots from some of the best new stand-up comics.

Episodes

RHLSTP 129 - Susan Calman  

RHLSTP #129: Susan Calman - Milk Tart. Weeks have passed for you in the Donald Trump President Elect alternate universe, but this was recorded less than a week after the result and Richard and the world are trying to process what he means. He makes a bold prediction that we can only hope has come to pass, before introducing the never efficiently researched Susan Calman. There's chat about the loneliness of touring, the terror of the new world order and what it might mean for minorities and whether we need more diversity on television. It gets pretty serious in places, but there's lots of fun chat about filthy Miriam Margolyes, having a drink with Cliff Richard, eskimo rolls, Princess Anne's bun and whether it's really necessary to apologise to everyone for absolutely every joke. Support live comedy - more important now than ever. Check out Susan's tour dates at http://www.susancalman.com/tour-dates/ and Richard's tour dates at http://www.richardherring.com/the_best/tour.

RHLSTP 128 - Tom Davis  

RHLSTP #128: Tom Davis - Nervous Lord's Prayer. You have us at an advantage this week, as you know who the next US President will be and we don't. What terrible future are you in? Either way. But let's forget about that and welcome the smiling man-mountain that is Tom Davis. Suddenly he is appearing in everything, most notably the brilliantly fun Murder In Successville, but we'll find out about how he made it and what he was doing before. Are Scaffolders really the craziest of all the tradesmen? Are footballers good at anything other than football? What if Paddington was 6ft 7 and from Croydon? How healthy is Romesh Ranaganathan's poo? And how badly can you mess up a chance to play a Biblical figure in a movie? There's also another addition to the forthcoming volume, 'Stories about meeting Brian Blessed'. Come and see Richard on tour. Head to www.richardherring.com/the_best/tour and buy his new DVD Happy Now? at www.gofasterstripe.com

Happy New Year  

No podcast this week, but Rich is here to wish you a happy 2017 and to let you know how you can help us make more podcasts. And the stuff you stand to win if you do. Just go to www.gofasterstripe.com/badges and make a monthly donation and you're in.

RHLSTP 127 - Dawn French  

RHLSTP #127: Dawn French - Mmmmm Yes, Do It That Way. Rich is giddy with fanboy excitement at having one of his childhood (and adulthood) comedy heroes in the off-white seat, it's the loveliest person in the United Kingdom, Dawn French. They discuss what it is like to be in a double act where you actually like your partner, on stage vertigo, the Queen Mother's teeth, whether it's worse to lose a pet or be an orphan and a choice between getting students through their exams and international comedy fame. Richard risks derailing everything by asking the Vicar of Dibley some very inappropriate questions, but she is more than equal to them. Witches and ghosts and West Country and intergenerational rivalry feature, but can Richard make Dawn cry or reveal her evil side? Only one way to find out. If you need a Slough based chartered accountant then head to Harsh Singh's website - http://www.hfsinghandco.uk/. Check out Richard's tour dates at http://www.richardherring.com/the_best/tour/

RHLSTP 126 - Deborah Frances-White  

RHLSTP #126: Deborah Frances-White - Alien Orifice. Rich is reeling from a Pointless betrayal of the twin-Judases, but he rises above it to introduce podcaster, writer, businesswomen, feminist and champion of diversity Deborah Frances-White. There are some fascinating stories of adoption, what Jehovah's witnesses can and can't expect from the earthly paradise, whether relationships continue in the after-life, and one of the best explanations of how privilege works that you will ever hear. Plus there's clarification on the robot sex dilemma and how it might be acceptable, the orifices of Jesus, and the place of humour in dealing with that which is serious. Check out Deborah's brilliant radio show Deborah Frances-White Rolls The Dice. Check out Richard's tour dates at http://www.richardherring.com/the_best/tour/

RHLSTP 126 - Deborah Frances-White  

RHLSTP #126: Deborah Frances-White - Alien Orifice. Rich is reeling from a Pointless betrayal of the twin-Judases, but he rises above it to introduce podcaster, writer, businesswomen, feminist and champion of diversity Deborah Frances-White. There are some fascinating stories of adoption, what Jehovah's witnesses can and can't expect from the earthly paradise, whether relationships continue in the after-life, and one of the best explanations of how privilege works that you will ever hear. Plus there's clarification on the robot sex dilemma and how it might be acceptable, the orifices of Jesus, and the place of humour in dealing with that which is serious. Check out Deborah's brilliant radio show Deborah Frances-White Rolls The Dice. Check out Richard's tour dates at http://www.richardherring.com/the_best/tour/

RHLSTP 125 - Ed Gamble  

RHLSTP #125: Ed Gamble - Harry Potter Trivial Pursuits. Rich finds a woman in the audience who doesn't seem to know where she is, who he is or understand the concept of remembering. She continues to be bamboozled throughout the show. And perhaps with reason, as this chat with pretend aristocrat and real diabetic Ed Gamble takes some odd turns. In one of the giddiest podcasts for quite some time Richard tries out a lot of new emergency questions which prompt discussions about the sleeping habits of gametes, the dangers of falling into a river, an impression of Buzz Nigeria and whether asking someone if they're tried sashima is an acceptable question. A nuclear physicist is on hand to discuss the chemistry of jumping into a pool of something and Ed has to decide if he'd save Rich from crucifixion. There's also some chat about Mock The Week, Drunk History and how this whole podcast is very much a practice for interviewing a more famous guest. And a quiz about retailers leads to the invention of an exciting new board game. And we see the unwelcome return of Victorian idiot, Ally. To buy tickets to see Rich on tour with 'The Best' head to http://www.richardherring.com/the_best/tour/

RHLSTP 124 - Chris Addison  

RHLSTP #124: Chris Addison - Cut Up By Prince Phillip. Rich discovers that someone from US TV is in the audience and considers sending the guest home so he can audition for a stand-up special, but Chris Addison is backstage and it would be rude to do that after he's bothered to come in. The pair chat about Wikipedia-based factual inaccuracies, the true story of how Chris was nearly Doctor Who, the technical realities of sewing people together anus to mouth, some thoughtful exposition about a world with realistic robots, whether opera is obviously shit or if it's actually good, why American TV produces the results that the UK seemingly can't, as well as having a smack down between the average Herring and Addison fans. And can Rich Columbo Chris at the end? Product placement courtesy of http://www.hiphops.cards/ - seriously, check out the guy doing the song about how to play the game. It's magic! Come and see Richard on tour: http://www.richardherring.com/the_best/tour/ Or come to RHLSTP or AIOTM live: http://www.leicestersquaretheatre.com

RHLSTP 123 - Kerry Godliman  

RHLSTP #123: Kerry Godliman - Over to our Human Centipede Expert. Richard has had his topical comedy well pretty much depleted by recording AIOTM the night before this, but considers creating a new beard-based podcast, but luckily relents to introduce comedian, actor and wannabe humanitarian Kerry Godliman. They discuss working with Christopher Guest, how Richard could have gone to drama school if only he'd been any good at acting, being rescued by a topless lady, how to pronounce taramasalata, whether political comedy is the be-all-and-end-all, and what motivates comedians to do charity. Come and see Richard on tour: http://www.richardherring.com/the_best/tour/ Or come to RHLSTP or AIOTM live: http://www.leicestersquaretheatre.com

RHLSTP 122 - Tony Robinson  

RHLSTP #122: Tony Robinson - Pissing in the Queen's Flowerbed. There are some fine beards on display in the front row as always, but it's all about the puny moustache that we can see on stage tonight. It's on the face of the first knight to ever appear on RHLSTP, Sir Anthony Robinson. Find out what happened to Fat Tulip's garden, what inspired Maid Marian, why Brian Blessed attempted to make a citizen's arrest on Tony, what happened when Time Team came to Cheddar Gorge and if a knight of the realm has ever tried to suck his own pork sword. Some great stuff about Blackadder and Rowan Atkinson too. Make a donation to Tony's Movember fundraiser here - Brilliant cause. https://uk.movember.com/mospace/13478805 Buy Tony's very entertaining autobiography, 'No Cunning Plan' here - https://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0283072571/comedyguide-21/. Come and see Richard on tour. Head to www.richardherring.com/the_best/tour and buy his new DVD Happy Now? at http://www.gofasterstripe.com/happynow

RHLSTP 121 - Will Smith  

RHLSTP #121: Will Smith - Baked Bean Silo. Richard welcomes a newbie audience member from Canada in his usual unpleasant style, before bringing on a man who had the name first, so why should he change it, it's Will Smith (UK). The pair reminisce about forgotten masterpieces Banter and Time Gentlemen Please, before discussing what they would do if they had Adam Sandler's money. Will shows he's still got it when it comes to Six Degrees Of Bergerac, they pitch a lot of genius ideas for Dragon's Den and work out how to have definitely consensual sex with a ghost. There's time to chat about Marillion, how to be a living statue, growing up in Jersey and the move from stand-up to writing Emmy-award winning comedy and novels. Check out Will's fantastic book Mainlander - https://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0007594267/comedyguide-21/ - And there's more new emergency questions as Richard struggles to get to the ridiculous kickstarter target he has set himself. Check out Richard's tour dates here: http://www.richardherring.com/the_best/tour. Or buy a badge here: http://www.gofasterstripe.com/badges

RHLSTP 120 - Caitlin Moran  

RHLSTP #120: Caitlin Moran - Cheese Lollipops. Richard has been filming the Kickstarter extra where he interviews his ventriloquist dummy Ally, and the 125 year-old terrifying monstrosity at the centre of a possible sex crime is introduced to the crowd. Richard's guest is the home-schooled, Benedict Cumberbatch botherer, Caitlin Moran. Caitlin discusses her ambitious plans to kickstart the cancelled yet award-winning Raised By Wolves (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/raisedbywolves/save-the-wolves), (the show has been bumped up in the schedule so apologies for any minor disruptions of running jokes), how she nearly broke into Kate Moss' house, why you shouldn't give an 18 year-old a TV show, possibly the most unconvincing ghost story so far, and how she used numerology to help her choose her name. Ally has a question about feminism that is very offensive, but you have to remember that he is from another time. There are still four shows left to be filmed. Come along and see it live if you can: https://leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873492663

RHLSTP 119 - Dane Baptiste  

RHLSTP #119: Dane Baptiste - The Naked Arsonist. Moral benchmarks and locker room banter are on Richard's mind, as he gives a kickstarter backer the finest champagne available to man (if the man is shopping in Sainsburys and has £15). His guest is cock-goblin comedian and sitcom star, Dane Baptiste. The pair talk about their experiences of working in advertising sales, which celebrities went to their schools, what was Rick Buckler's most successful band, the recent Andrew Lawrence documentary, working with Don Warrington, glass ceilings, prejudice, capital punishment and a surprising amount of serious subjects. But you can also find out what it's like to be a twin, Dane's sleeping position and why he can't hook up with any women from one of the Grenadian islands. Check out the tour dates of this thoughtful and funny man here - http://danebaptiste.co.uk/. Check out the tour dates of a man who likes to shout 'Willies!' here - http://www.richardherring.com/the_best/tour

RHLSTP 118 - Hans Teeuwen  

RHLSTP 118: Hans Teeuwen - Heart Slag. Rich meets his audience and finds a man who works in genealogy who can trace his family back an absolutely unbelievable distance, before introducing his guest, Dutch cabaretier Hans Teeuwen. In a somewhat disjointed chat, largely due to the virus circulating round Richard's blood stream, they talk about death, ageing, dementia and giving up comedy. Oh yeah, full of laughs. But you can also find out the Dutch for beak and palate, whether it's fair to talk of the decline of Paul McCartney and just how difficult it is to describe Teewen's comedy. Thanks to the great band yllwshrk for their support of this podcast.

RHLSTP 117 - Armando Iannucci  

RHLSTP 117: Armando Iannucci - Jeffrey Archer's Carp. Rich has been laid down low with an admittedly indirectly sexually transmitted disease, but nothing can stop him from starting this 10th and now kickstarted series. His guest once dreamed of being a Roman Catholic Priest, but luckily chose a less religious route, it's Armando Iannucci. The pair discuss the rivalry and tensions in the world of classical music, what a post-Brexit Thick Of It might look like, the death of Stalin, how Veep was created, what you can find in the houses of former Tory ministers, and how close Iannucci came to being trampled by a hippo. See if you can spot the subtle product placement for www.spinelessclassics.com

Podcast Festival Extra - Dan Schreiber  

RHLSTP Podcast Festival Extra: Brian Blessed on Mars - Dan Schreiber. Welcome to another bonus podcast, this one recorded at the Podcast Festival at Kings Place, just hours after Jeremy Corbyn's second victory, which is not as interesting as the real-life reaction to the probably imaginary crimes of CJ from Eggheads (and how I failed to link him and the later bit about male nipples shows how tired I was). The guest is the Mandarin speaking, relatively handsome nerd and double Chortle internet award winner Dan Schreiber. The pair chat about monkey facts, casting a dwarf as a child in a Ken Russell film, if it's possible to spoon a ghost, crimes committed in dreams, and the amazing life of Buzz Aldrin. Imagine what other stuff might have come up if Rich didn't have to bath his daughter (not included in podcast).

RHLSTPEATGYF 2 - Mark Addy  

RHLSTPEATGYF #2: Sean Bean's Pound Shop Subterfuge - Mark Addy. Richard proves he is down with the cool kids by chatting to his teenage fans about skateboards and exams before introducing a man who is at home driving a Bronto-crane as he is befriending a talking snowman as he is having a friend who travels through time and gets off with Samantha Mumba whilst he waits around in Victorian London twiddling his thumbs, it's bona fide Hollywood superstar Mark Addy. Will he live up to Richard's hopes and be as nice and down-to-earth as he appears to be on screen or will it all go a bit Game of Thrones? There are some great insights into how he was persuaded to do some of his films, what happens when you go to a pub with your name, what it must be like to be in Chris Rock's posse, and how Sean Bean gets cheap shampoo. Tales of a good York boy in Hollywood and the craziness of LA and the dangers of auto-fellatio and how he ended up playing Hercules. York is the best!

RHLSTPEATGYF 1 - Lord Mayor Dave Taylor  

RHLSTPEATGYF #1: Leicester Tourist Bones Ransom - Lord Mayor Dave Taylor. Richard is up at the Great Yorkshire Fringe and chatting to some local celebrities. In the first of two specials he talks to the eccentric, inverse mohicaned Lord Mayor Dave Taylor. This ex-musician and IT consultant and now powerless chain-wearing political figure is a familiar figure in York and the pair discuss if he's allowed to wear the costume at home, who's to blame for the recent York floods, who is the sweariest Lord Mayor in history, whether we should nuclear bomb Rochdale and some surprising insight into Liberal politicians of the 1970s, and an awful revenge plan for Leicester nicking the bones of an old king.

RHLSTP 116 - Elis James  

RHLSTP #116: Paedophile Postman - Elis James. It's the end of the series (but there will be bonus audio podcasts from the Great Yorkshire Fringe next week) and Richard is frankly astonished by the popularity of his final guest, given he has to literally check his name on a pad before introducing him, it's Elis James. Rich makes the Welshman feel at home by talking to him in his own language before discussing the famous people who've come from Carmarthen and the impact of the bridge over Blue Street. They compete to discover the worst hotel in Swansea and Elis wins by a toothbrush. Also find out how James' act has been ruined by Welsh football success, what we thought of the Ghostbusters controversy (I know that was a long time ago now) and who will have the funniest comedy hybrid child. And who is more oppressed, the Welsh or women? Or Welsh women? Plus Richard's attempt to get involved with Elis' next sitcom backfires spectacularly, but at least he has his awards speech all ready now.

RHLSTP 115 - Tom Parry  

RHLSTP #115: Vertical Pizza - Tom Parry. Richard is reeling from a celebrity encounter and being outsmarted by a 3 year-old heckler, but at least he has a plan to finance the rest of the RHLSTP (rhlstp). His guest is neither an estate agent, a footballer or an Elizabethan comptroller. He was in Miranda though. It's Tom Parry. The pair discuss the lengths that you would have to go to to out-vegan a vegan, why someone from Wolverhampton shouldn't advertise toothbrushes, another amazing kite story, the woes of the Labour party and what it's like to work under the dictatorial heel of Robert Webb. Also if you've ever wondered if Tom Parry has tried sushi then you're in for a treat. And here's hoping Windsor Davies hasn't succumbed to the curse of 2016 so you can still make the important choice that we're all having to make about him. Some nice stuff about directing comedy and the insecurities, competitiveness and joys of working with other comedians and whether you ever get too old to dick around.

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