A podcast dedicated to comedy sketches that never quite made it. @jamesofwalsh and pals look back at abandoned sketch ideas and weigh up whether they were mercy killings or if there is an inkling of an idea that can be salvaged. Hopefully in the process we’ll all learn something about how not to write sketches.
After a massive hiatus, STNQMI is back with a hard hitting expose into bestiality sketches, specifically bestiality sketches written by me, the author of this podcast. Paul Creasy returns as guest as we discuss whether, truly, the main issue with this sketch is its escalation. The episode is rounded off with a suitably heavy-breathing rendition of the 1998 Pulp classic Dishes.
James is all by himself this week, so he presents a trio of parody gambling adverts that never quite made it. At least two of them he stands by, the third... well, hear for yourself. This episode also features of a cover of Jeffrey Lewis’ cheeriest song about heartbreak and misery. Enjoy!
Rachel Cader brings in a sketch that never quite made it onto the BBC’s Newsjack. James, Rachel and Rebecca chat topical sketches, how strange it is writing for someone else, satire, Doctors, the use of mobile phones in drama, Anna from This Life, the art of the non apology, and people pretending to be ants. The whole episode ends, as always, with a very special cover.
This week, the excellent Paul Creasy picks a sketch out of his own personal sketch bin, dusts off the potato peelings, and presents it to the class (James and Rachel Cader). Along the way, we discuss Twitter versus reality, Graham Linehan and his suitability as a punchline, cancel culture, Philip Schofield, and whether the best kind of live comedy audience member is the one who doesn’t laugh but comes up to you afterwards to say they kind of liked it.
Next Level Sketch writer and performer Nadine Bailey turns up with one of her abandoned idea eggs in the form of a sketch that never quite made it - but she recorded it for us anyway. Will it survive or will it suffer the wrath of James’ second hand gunge tank? Joining James and Nadine is Mr Euan Brown, who knows a lot about comedy and is also very demanding about post production comedy sound effects.
James wrote a sketch about danger, adventure and high-altitude horse riding. Next Level Sketch co-producers Paul and Muireann join him to discuss if it can be salvaged or if it deserves to be subjected to the gunge tank he bought off a 90s Irish kids tv show.
Sketch comedy writer @jamesofwalsh has shingles. Despite or perhaps because of this, he has set up a new podcast in which he discusses why his ideas suck and should be buried at the bottom of the ocean. In this debut episode, he is joined by fellow Next Level Sketch producer @juanpenguino to discuss a very bad sketch that wisely never saw the light of day: Harry Potter but it’s Hazza Pazza. Join them as they try to put right what once went wrong.