Episodes

  • RHLSTP 157 - Greg Jenner

    · Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast

    RHLSTP #157: Greg Jenner - Portuguese Boy's Urine. Richard seems to think he's the new Frost:Nixon for some reason, but his audience banter suggests he has some way to go. But never mind, he's talking to historian and Horrible Histories expert Greg Jenner. There's something for everyone, as long as you're a fan of Viagra or Leonardo di Vinci. And if not then you can find out about the history of toilets and cantaloupes and penicillin and Papal orgies and William the Conqueror and church-based arson. Richard expounds his boring theory about Rasputin and Greg has some interesting theories about celebrity. And what if you time-travelled to see Jesus and found out you were Jesus. Wow. Is your mind blown? And what if the only thing to survive from our time was Ed Miliband's Millstone?Buy Greg's awesome book here:https://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0297869787/comedyguide-21/Richard is on tour in 2018 - check out www.richardherring.com/gigs for all the confirmed dates.And if you're looking for great Christmas gifts for a comedy nerd head to www.gofasterstripe.com And get the Christmas Emergency Questions book.

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  • RHLSTP 156 - Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd

    · Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast

    RHLSTP #156: Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd - Prime Minister of the Central African Republic. Richard's dog is at war with his eyes, but who cares. He has the Prime Minister from an alternate timeline on his podcast, plus a bloke who bought fags from Mrs Merton, it's the unlikely twosome of Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd. They discuss the pair's great new podcast Reasons To Be Cheerful, plus the Millstone, the sandwich and David Miliband's shoes. Is losing an election in anyway comparable to a triple loss on Pointless Celebrities? Can you be too clever for Win, Lose Or Draw? And is the political system of the UK screwed. There's some tough questions about Brexit (though to be fair Ed is asking most of them), and the difficulty of being a politician and being yourself. You might end up wishing you lived in the Miliverse. Or at least have some ideas for redecorating your kitchen? And will Richard ask the Emergency Questions you all want to hear answered? And will Ed answer?Richard is on tour in 2018 - check out www.richardherring.com/gigs for all the confirmed dates.And if you're looking for great Christmas gifts for a comedy nerd, including the Christmas Emergency Questions, head to www.gofasterstripe.com

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  • RHLSTP 155 - Jan Ravens

    · Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast

    RHLSTP #155: Jan Ravens - Just Amazing. Richard is excited after spotting a celebrity at Crewe station, but upset that the celebrity wasn't excited about spotting him. But his guest has snogged that celeb, it's Jan Ravens. There's chat about how to personify a can of drink, blazing a trail for women in comedy, sand yachting, Sunday school teaching, what makes for a creepy entertainer, working with Barry Sheen, how to choose a Mastermind topic, how tape led Richard to a rare TV victory, how Konnie Huq nearly killed both Jan and Richard and what it's like to have a comedian come out of you. Plus plenty of bull semen, but at what cost?Buy your Emergency Questions books at www.gofasterstripe.comAnd check out Richard's tour dates at www.richardherring.com/gigsPerfect Christmas (or other occasion) gifts.To become a subscriber on our drip channel head to d.rip/richard-herring and get loads of extras.

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  • RHLSTP 154 - John Moloney

    · Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast

    RHLSTP #154: John Moloney - Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me? Richard freewheels about the poor quality of the suit he has had to wear as his nice ones no longer fit him, still giddy from a heady cocktail of tiredness and grief, but he's in for a relaxed and thoughtful hour, with a man who is not afraid to say what he thinks, John Moloney. They chat about Red Wedge, accordions, out-Catholicing Frank Skinner, performing in German and John's bold plans to create 'Dead At The Apollo' a showcase for comedians over 50. Some lovely stuff about overcoming chips on shoulders and some cheerleading for the unlikely twosome of Jeremy Corbyn and Jim Davidson. Also who is best science or Jesus?Check out Richard's upcoming gigs here:http://www.richardherring.com/gigsBuy the Emergency Questions book here:http://www.gofasterstripe.com/eqDownload the FREE Emergency Questions app for...Apple devices: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/emergency-questions-rhlstp/id1276761982Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gofasterstripe.rhlstp.emergencyquestionsAlexa: https://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B075YGLLYZ/comedyguide-21/

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  • RHLSTP 153 - Rachel Parris

    · Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast

    RHLSTP #153: Rachel Parris - Oh Jesus I have Promised. Rich is confused and amazed by horses and apparently alone in being troubled by the lyrics to the new Stereophonics song, but he has a more skilled musician, improviser and ex-Christian rocker on hand to dig him out of his exhausted new-parent hole, it's Rachel Parris. They chat about obscure advertising jingles, how to improvise entire Jane Austen stories, the excitement of sitting on a 'celebrity's' toilet, usurping elderly organists, emailing the Samaritans, who's who (or anyone) in Game Of Thrones, poo wrangling and funky hymns.Check out Parris and Austentatious tour dates: here http://rachelparris.weebly.com/live.htmlHer YouTube channel is here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGfPSEIP41Lcv4bd9gzILzQBuy the Emergency Questions book here: http://www.gofasterstripe.com/eqDownload the FREE Emergency Questions app for Apple devices here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/emergency-questions-rhlstp/id1276761982And for Android here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gofasterstripe.rhlstp.emergencyquestionsAnd for Alexa here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B075YGLLYZ/comedyguide-21/

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  • RHLSTP 152 - Armando Iannucci

    · Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast

    RHLSTP #152: Armando Iannucci - Deeply Dippy. Richard is surprisingly appalled by what a sex robot inventor is planning for his sex robot and reeling from the brutal combo of no sleep and attending a funeral, but life goes on and it's laughter all the way (until the end when it gets a bit bleak) with left-wing Stalin apologist Armando Iannucci. Armando reveals a surprising friendship with a 1990s pop group and the dark underside of Michael Palin before trying to ascertain who is worst: Weinstein, Stalin or James Corden. Rich gets busted about his behaviour at the "Death of Stalin" premiere and there's lots of chat about this excellent film and how being a director has changed Iannucci into a megalomaniac. Plus find out what happened when Armando started to learn the piano in his 40s and his near death experiences on holiday and how he has once again managed to copy all of Richard's ideas and pass them off as his own.Here's the places you can see The Death Of Stalin:Http://www.deathofstalin.co.uk/?campaign=FB%20RegionalCheck out Richard's upcoming gigs here:http://www.richardherring.com/gigsBuy the Emergency Questions book here:http://www.gofasterstripe.com/eqDownload the FREE Emergency Questions app for Apple devices here:https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/emergency-questions-rhlstp/id1276761982And for Android here:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gofasterstripe.rhlstp.emergencyquestionsAnd for Alexa here:https://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B075YGLLYZ/comedyguide-21/

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  • RHLSTP 151 - Ellie Taylor

    · Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast

    RHLSTP #151: Ellie Taylor - Catching Clouds. RHLSTP is back and the sky has changed colour and the first of the gang has died, so Richard is a bit unsettled and sad. But on we plough until our own inevitable deaths. The guest today previously worked for Isis, it's Ellie Taylor, who claims to have grown up in Brentwood, but she doesn't know much about it or trampolining. Like you'd expect. They talk about the faces you pull when you're modelling for Matalan, being apparated in a box, the great Josh paedo postman betrayal, why cats are better than babies, having a heart made of diamonds, and much too much about genitals, but then some stuff about the cute things kids say to make up for the rudeness. Richard is so tired that his brain either says everything he is thinking or can't formulate basic words (so no real change there), but luckily Ellie is eloquent as he bumbles around the questions of body image and perceived attractiveness. Plus he gets to ask questions from the brand new EQ app!See all of Ellie's tour dates here:http://socomedy.co.uk/artist/ellie-taylor/Buy the Emergency Questions book here:http://www.gofasterstripe.com/eqDownload the FREE Emergency Questions app for Apple devices here:https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/emergency-questions-rhlstp/id1276761982And for Android here:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gofasterstripe.rhlstp.emergencyquestionsAnd for Alexa here:https://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B075YGLLYZ/comedyguide-21/

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  • RHLSTP 150 - Sara Pascoe

    · Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast

    RHLSTP #150: Sara Pascoe - Hello, Still a Feminist? Rich details how he considered stealing a man's identity to become a chartered accountant. Perhaps it would have been for the best. But instead he's back for the 150th official episode of the show that the Cool Kids call RHLSTP with one of his all-time favourite guests, Sara Pascoe. She has written a phenomenal book called Animal which you really should buy https://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0571325246/comedyguide-21/ for all teenage girls, all teenage boys and everyone else too. There's some pretty serious chat about the chemistry of love, biology, abortion, the future of the world, whether things are getting better or worse and terrible human nature. But it's contemplative and positive and proves that Richard isn't actually the worst man on the planet, plus there's fun stuff about Just A Minute in a brain scanning machine and Sunday Brunch (with surprise guest) and a brilliant new game show where there's guaranteed to be one woman on every week. Plus all the Emergency Questions lead us to serious answers. It's an amazing end to what has surely been the best series of RHLSTP so far.More shows in October/November: https://leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873492663. Get your Emergency Questions book here: https://www.gofasterstripe.com/eq

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  • RHLSTP 149 - Ed Byrne

    · Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast

    RHLSTP #149: Ed Byrne - Lost Leather Jacket. Rich is getting used to living in the countryside and the action movie that is attempting to get the train home. His guest has painful memories of the show he is best known for, it's Sudoku king, Ed Byrne. Richard is happy because there's lots of chances to discuss celebrity quiz shows, but luckily he's not going to dwell on his own successes or failures (whichever they might have been). They also discuss prestigious acting awards; the decline in the standards of Metro columnists; not feeding gondolas; how you might end up 3% Neanderthal; lost New Zealand dreams; rubbing pork; Alanis Morissette; why lawyers are great best men; the effect of gravity on a scrotum; and how to get on the right side of an audience from Iceland.Go and see Ed on tour: http://edbyrne.com/live-dates/ Spoiler Alert, it's called Spoiler Alert. Get the Emergency Questions book here: https://www.gofasterstripe.com/eq

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  • RHLSTP 148 - Robert Webb

    · Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast

    RHLSTP #148: Robert Webb - The Ideal Age To Die. Richard is still prickling with mortification after an encounter with Michael Portillo, as if turning 50 and moving house wasn't enough, but he has still found time to read his guest's fantastic new book "How Not To Grow Up", I mean "How Not To Be a Boy", Robert Webb. They chat about their mutual inability to draw 8s; and hours (and relationships) lost to Civilisation II; the way tragedy (or not) can shape a comedian; where you would seek release if you were the only person left in the world; the tricky balancing act of making sure the right people are at your funeral; how we will view ourselves in 10 years time; and what our wives might think of us now. Plus imaginary friends, falling down stairs and going to school with Bros. It's literally got everything.Buy a copy of the emergency questions book at www.gofasterstripe.com/eqBuy Robert's excellent book at all major retailers or here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01NB1I9WW/comedyguide-21/

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    RHLSTP 147 - Arthur Smith

    · Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast

    RHLSTP #147: Arthur Smith - Rage and Balloon: Rich tries to find someone older than him in the audience, as he tries to squeeze some joy out of the last few hours of his forties. His guest is older and sager than he and has been doing the Edinburgh Fringe for a full decade longer, it's the self-proclaimed Mayor of Balham, Arthur Smith. They discuss smashing bottles over people's heads, worst and most uriny heckles, the honours system, near death experiences, brushes with the law, Are You Being Served?, Fringe spectaculars, Alexander the Great's socks, poetry, Hamlet featuring Dick Kipper, and what was being said in the backwards episode of Red Dwarf. Plus the benefits of mild fame and what you do when you've just been released from Colditz.For details of Richard's gigs and forthcoming tour visit www.richardherring.com/gigs To become a monthly badger and help us pay for making this visit www.gofasterstripe.com/badges To buy the incredibly popular Emergency Questions book go to www.gofasterstripe.com/eq or get the new Emergency Questions phone app: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/emergency-questions-rhlstp/id1276761982

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  • RHLSTP 146 - Limmy

    · Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast

    RHLSTP #146: Limmy - Monopoly Penguin. Rich is on the cusp of a couple of massive life changes, but he won't let ageing and moving get in the way of asking comedians strange questions in an attempt to make them reveal intimate truths. Today he talks to a man with inventive ideas for revenge and murder, Limmy. They discuss being concreted into the pavement, manspreading, swearing xylophones, fake whatsapps, undescended testicles, sea lion genitals, how to save money when touring, the joy of travelling the world and seeing nothing but Columbo and dedicating a lot of time to the best tactics required to win at Monopoly.This podcast is not sponsored by Bulb, but Rich thinks they are good and we can both get a £50 credit on our accounts if you sign up to them using this code - https://bulb.co.uk/refer/richard234 Or buy the emergency questions book here http://www.gofasterstripe.com/eq

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    RHLSTP 145 - Julian Clary

    · Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast

    RHLSTP #145: Julian Clary - Fist of Fun. Richard is still bugging last week's audience about Lego Batman - it's amazing they keep coming back. His guest is Gillian Pieface, or as she is sometimes known, Julian Clary. They chat about how the Universe lets you know it's time for a break, psychic teeth, burning pianos, perverted monks, the inability to escape innuendo, living next door to hyenas, having a head full of skin, the Tracey family and Aquamarina, Piers Morgan, cocaines, Brian Blessed, Jimmy Greaves, Mike Smith, acting, panto, the continent of the incontinent and disappointing ways to celebrate big birthdays.Buy your own Emergency Questions book here: www.gofasterstripe.com/eq and see Richard's tour dates here: www.richardherring.com/gigs If you'd like to donate to the Kickstarter campaign go to www.gofasterstripe.com/kickstarter

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  • RHLSTP 144 - Katy Brand

    · Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast

    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: www.gofasterstripe.com/eq and see Richard's tour dates here: www.richardherring.com/gigs Find out more about Katy's show at: www.katybrandofficial.comIf you'd like to donate to the Kickstarter campaign go to: www.gofasterstripe.com/kickstarter

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  • RHLSTP 143 - Dan Skinner

    · Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast

    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 www.gofasterstripe.com/EQ. And book tickets to see Richard on tour at www.richardherring.com/gigs

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  • RHEFP 4 - John Robins and Ahir Shah

    · Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast

    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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhDmNRQgKLM (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 - http://www.gofasterstripe.com/EQ. 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.

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  • RHEFP 3 - Iain Stirling and Jason Manford

    · Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast

    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:https://www.pleasance.co.uk/event/richard-herring-oh-frig-im-50Or be in the audience for a bonus Edinburgh Fringe podcast (guests TBA) by booking here:https://www.outstandingtickets.com/show/262/richard_herrings_edinburgh_fringe_podcast

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  • RHEFP 2 - James Acaster

    · Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast

    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 - https://www.amazon.co.uk/James-Acasters-Classic-Scrapes-Acaster/dp/1472247183And also you must buy the Emergency Questions book http://www.gofasterstripe.com/eqAlso come and see show 3 of this year's RHEFP if you can (with Iain Stirling) https://www.outstandingtickets.com/show/262/richard_herrings_edinburgh_fringe_podcast (and we're looking into the possibility of doing another show in the last week too).

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  • RHEFP 1 - Doug Anthony All Stars

    · Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast

    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: https://www.outstandingtickets.com/show/262/richard_herrings_edinburgh_fringe_podcastSee Richard's stand up show Oh Frig I'm 50 at the Pleasance at 7.30pm:https://www.pleasance.co.uk/event/richard-herring-oh-frig-im-50See The DAAS at the Pleasance at 10pm:https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/doug-anthony-all-stars-near-death-experience

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  • RHLSTP 142 - Brendon Burns & Craig Quartermaine

    · Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast

    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:https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/brendon-burns-and-craig-quartermaine-in-race-offSee Richard's show Oh Frig I'm 50 at Pleasance 1:https://www.pleasance.co.uk/event/richard-herring-oh-frig-im-50and RHEFP at the New Town Theatre: https://www.outstandingtickets.com/show/262/richard_herrings_edinburgh_fringe_podcast

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