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Next Level Sketch

By Next Level Sketch
Brand spanking new sketches from Next Level Sketch, a London comedy collective who put on sketch comedy nights at Hoopla Impro when the government allows us. When they don’t, we record podcast episodes instead. These sketches are best taken aurally.

Sketch is for everyone, and we invite writers and performers from all backgrounds to be part of Next Level Sketch. Check out our diversity page at www.nextlevelsketch.com on how you can join us, take a free sketch crash course with Gemma Arrowsmith, and get involved with Fringe of Colour.
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Season 3, Episode 8: The Airport
We’re back! This month, we have a bumper episode set in absolutely everyone’s favourite place, The Airport. When we decided upon this topic we were probably feeling more optimistic about the possibility of travel than reality has allowed, so please enjoy these weird and wonderful characters jetting off on holiday so you don’t have to. Why not come see us do shows IRL, at the lovely and socially distanced Miller in London Bridge? Our next show is Tuesday 27th July and it WILL be good. We have cabaret style seating and lots of excellent and funny sketches to perform at you. We’re nextlevelsketch.com and @nextlevelsketch on the socials. Season 3 Episode 8 of the Next Level Sketch podcast was written by John Dredge, Muireann Kelly, Jonas Jamarik, Roderick Millar, Paul Creasy, Madeleine Kasson, Flex Toomey, Angela Yaz, Ben Fortescue, James Walsh and Angela Yaz. It also featured the voice acting talents of Sarit Wilson Chen, Vic Dry, Maddi Sainsbury, Euan Brown, Nadine Bailey, Dan Smith, Rebecca Diez, Greg Davies, Rachel Cader,
34:02
July 13, 2021
Season 3, Episode 7: The Fantasy Realm of Flark
Hold on to your flying horses and pack up that pixie dust, Next Level Sketch are back with a bumper episode of sketches set in the mysterious fantasy realm of Flark (you should have seen the other suggestions). Wizards! Adventurers! Pies! Our next live show is on 29th June at The Miller in London Bridge - just google / askjeeves Next Level Sketch or head to the Hoopla Impro website to secure tickets. We’re very happy to say The Free Mondays are our guests for this show, even though it happens on a Tuesday. Season 3 Episode 7 of the Next Level Sketch podcast was written by Nadine Bailey, James Walsh, Flex Toomey, Paul Creasy, Ben Fortescue, Muireann Kelly, Jonas Jamarik, Luke Beahan, and Roderick Millar. It also featured the voices of Vic Dry, Sarit Wilson Chen, Manisha Patel, Mr Euan Brown, Angela Yaz, Phoebe Lewis, Daniel Smith, Greg Davies, Bella Nicholson, and Aron Tennant. SFX and music courtesy of zapsplat.com, incompetech and freesound.org. Jingles were by Greg Davies and James Walsh, with added vocals by Sarit Wilson Chen. The theme tune was written by James Walsh and performed by James Walsh and Rebecca Diez. No flying octopuses were inconvenienced in the making of this podcast.
30:17
June 7, 2021
Season 3, Episode 6: Last Orders at the Dog & Owner
We return to The Dog & Owner, a pub full of interesting characters and unlikely happenstances. We recommend you listen to this episode while sat outside a real pub, that way you can compare the two. We’re back doing live shows next month! May 25th at Hoopla at The Miller in London Bridge, then the last Tuesday of every month. Come watch us do sketches! Tell us how much you like our sketches! Tickets available from www.nextlevelsketch.com. We love doing this sketch podcast, and we will do a new episode every month to fit around our live commitments. Season 3, Episode 6 of the Next Level Sketch podcast was written by Nadine Bailey, James Walsh, Angela Yaz, Paul Creasy, Madeleine Kasson, Flex Toomey, and Muireann Kelly. It also features the voices of Jenna Cole, Vic Dry, John Dredge, Euan Brown, Greg Davies and Dan Smith. Sound fx from zapsplat.com. Jingles, theme tune and production by James Walsh. Singing by Rebecca Diez. No herons were harmed in the making of this podcast.
14:59
April 26, 2021
Season 3, Episode 5: The Dog & Owner
Today pubs in England reopen - or the bits outside them do - so to celebrate here is an episode of sketch comedy set in a pub! It’s called The Dog and Owner, where there is good beer, no queue for the ladies loo, and a heron (but you’ll find out about that in part two). We are returning to the stage on 25th May @HooplaImpro in London Bridge. Come see us in the flesh! Details will be @nextlevelsketch and nextlevelsketch.com when we’ve figured out what they are. Season 3 Episode 5 of the Next Level Sketch podcast featured sketches written by Rob Smyth, Dan Smith, James Walsh, Euan Brown, Paul Creasy, Roderick Millar, John Dredge, Rachel Cader and Nadine Bailey. The sketches were also performed by Vic Dry, Flex Toomey, Angela Yaz, Muireann Kelly, Manisha Patel, Madeleine Kasson and Michael Klamo. Sound effects and music were from Zapsplat.com and Freesound.org. The theme tune and jingle were written by James Walsh and performed by James Walsh and Rebecca Diez.
21:19
April 12, 2021
Season 3, Episode 4: FunWorld Returns
To celebrate the end of lockdown, please enjoy another visit to FunWorld, technically the only theme park open in the ENTIRE COUNTRY, despite a) having a terrible safety record and b) not being real. Fingers crossed, we’ll be back at the Miller in London Bridge doing live sketch comedy from May. Get in touch! We’re on nextlevelsketch@gmail.com and @nextlevelsketch on Twitter. Season 3 episode 4 of the Next Level Sketch podcast was produced by James Walsh and featured sketches written by Paul Creasy, Roderick Millar, Nadine Bailey, Flex Toomey, Dan Smith, James Walsh and Ben Fortescue. It also featured the voice acting and / or singing talents of Sarit Wilson Chen, Bella Nicholson, Aron Tennant, Rebecca Diez, Euan Brown, Greg Davies, Angela Yaz, Madeleine Kasson, Manisha Patel, Vic Dry, and Rob Smyth. The theme tune was written by James Walsh and performed by James Walsh and Rebecca Diez. Theme Park Therapist is a Millar/Davies production. Episode artwork by Rebecca Diez, Sound effects courtesy of zapsplat.com and Roderick’s sitting room door. No horses were hurt in the production of this episode.
01:22:21
March 29, 2021
Season 3, Episode 3: FunWorld
This month we visit the Next Level Sketch theme park, FunLand. Remember to keep your arms, legs and other appendages inside the podcast at all times. If you want to get in touch, we’re on nextlevelsketch@gmail.com or www.nextlevelsketch.com, or on twitter @nextlevelsketch. Season 3, Episode 3 of the Next Level Sketch podcast was produced by Muireann Kelly. It features sketches written by Bella Nicholson, Flex Toomey, James Walsh, John Dredge, Madeleine Kasson, Muireann Kelly, Paul Creasy and Rob Smyth. It also featured the voice acting talents of Alastair Drummond, Aron Tennant, Dan Willis, Euan Brown, Geoff Oxendale, Greg Davies, Luke Behan, Phoebe Lewis, Rebecca Diez, and Roderick Millar. The theme tune was written by James Walsh and performed by James Walsh and Rebecca Diez, and the jingles were written by James Walsh. Episode artwork by Rebecca Diez. Some SFX from zapsplat.com
22:27
March 15, 2021
Season 3, Episode 2: SupaBuy Returns
We are back for a second visit to SupaBuy, the supermarket where nonsensical things are likely to happen. This week’s episode features Gertie the Sheep, the noted father of Diagnosis: Murder star Barry Van Dyke, and more communism than you might expect. Season 3 episode 2 of the next Level sketch podcast was written by Julia Middleton, Paul Creasy, James Walsh, Ben Fortescue, Shane Malone, Euan Brown, Muireann Kelly, Greg Davies, and Roderick Millar. It also featured the voice acting talents of Nick Halberry, Bella Nicholson, Flex Toomey, Madeline Kasson, Sarit Wilson Chen, Manisha Patel, Rachel Cader, and Gertie the sheep, who Roderick assures me is currently starring in a zoom play about the plight of sheep in Macedonia It was narrated by Muireann Kelly, and the theme tune was written by James Walsh and performed by James Walsh and Rebecca Diez. Some sound effects courtesy of zapsplat.com and freesound dot.org. Like! Subscribe! Get in touch: www.nextlevelsketch.com www.twitter.com/nextlevelsketch
18:37
March 1, 2021
Season 3, Episode 1: SupaBuy
We at Next Level Sketch have somehow reached our THIRD SEASON; please ignore the fact our second season was only four episodes long - it had a good run. This season we’re trying something a little different, and are setting our episodes within coherent geographical comic universes. This week and next we are at SupaBuy, a supermarket populated by robot automatic checkouts, eccentric cashiers, intense security guards, and very dangerous trolleys. Please leave us a review if you liked the episode - it really helps us reach a larger audience! And you can find us at nextlevelsketch.com and @nextlevelsketch.
21:59
February 15, 2021
Season 2, Episode 4: The Sheep Photon
The first Next Level Sketch podcast episode of 2021 comes almost a year to the day on from our first ever live performance, which actually feels more like 8,000 years ago. Oh well! We have some fantastic sketches for you this year and we’ll put them into your faces any way we can. All details for upcoming shows and episodes will be on nextlevelsketch.com and on our Twitter @nextlevelsketch. Episode 14 of the Next Level Sketch podcast features sketches written by Flex Toomey, Paul Creasy, James Walsh, Julia Middleton, Luke Beahan, Rachel Cader, Roderick Millar, Daniel Smith, Zoe Browne, Muireann Kelly and the semi-mythical John Dredge. It also featured the voice acting talents of Vic Dry, Cody Whitaker, Ben Fortescue, Euan Brown, Greg Davies, Jimmy Jameson, Sarit Wilson Chen, Dan Willis, and Jess Carrivick. The songs and jingles were written by Jess Carrivick and James Walsh, and the theme tune was written by James Walsh and performed by James Walsh and Rebecca Diez. We used zapsplat.com for some excellent sound effects, and the music in the Sheep sketch was “Action Strike” by Purple Planet
32:27
January 25, 2021
Season 2, Episode 3: Dickensian Careers and Festive Cheers
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum from the next level Sketch collective in this most piratical of seasons… if you believe that Jesus was a pirate, which I personally do. All the evidence is there: the enormous parrot He wore on his shoulder at all times, the ludicrous obsession with buried treasure, the scurvy outbreak in Nazareth... We have a lovely Christmas episode for you all to enjoy. Please sit back, grab yourself a class of rum or a chocolate sprout, and listen intently. We’re back with live shows at The Miller in London Bridge next year. Our first show is 26th January, and then the last Tuesday of the month thereafter. All details will be on nextlevelsketch.com and on our Twitter @nextlevelsketch. Episode 13 of the Next Level Sketch podcast features sketches written by James Walsh, Paul Creasy, Jess Carravick, Muireann Kelly, Roderick Millar, Dan Smith, Angela Yaz, Flex Toomey, and Ben Fortescue. It also features the voice acting talents of Nadine Bailey, Rachel Cader, Vic Dry, Euan Brown, Dr Ruth Martin, Jenna Cole, Shane Malone, Jimmy Jameson, and Greg Davies. The jingles were by James Walsh, and the theme tune was written by James Walsh and performed by James Walsh and Rebecca Diez. Some sound effects courtesy of zapsplat.com
29:49
December 14, 2020
Season 2, Episode 2: Never Knowingly Underslothed
With usual host Paul Creasy either missing or never having existed in the first place - we’re still figuring out which - James Walsh takes over the hosting reins. This episode is slightly longer and more packed with jingles than usual, so we suggest you take a break at the 15 minute point to have a cup of tea, eat a biscuit, or stare at something primal like the sea or some goo. Season 2 Episode 2 features sketches written by James Walsh, Paul Creasy, Shane Malone, Roderick Millar, Muireann Kelly, Zoe Browne, Nadine Bailey, Dan Smith and Ben Fortescue. Performing alongside them, at least metaphysically speaking, were Rachel Cader, Jess Carravick, Vic Dry, Kitty Dry, Greg Davies, Dr Ruth Martin, Euan Brown, Manisha Patel, Cody Whittaker, Rebecca Diez, Liv Long and Liam Brennan. The sloths were played by siamangs, a type of gibbon. James Walsh wrote all the jingles, and roped in Dr Ruth Martin to help sing them, and James Walsh wrote the theme tune, which was performed by James Walsh and Rebecca Diez. Our website is nextlevelsketch.com, we’re @nextlevelsketch on twitter and we used some lovely sound effects sourced from zapsplat.com.
26:42
November 23, 2020
Season 2, Episode 1: Steve the Sexy Cat
It’s the start of November, which can only mean two things: it’s time to launch our second season, and it’s time to do our spooky, November themed Halloween special. All change in the Next Level Sketch castle, as Muireann Kelly hosts, as she did throughout the first series too, honest. Who is this Paul Creasy you mention? He sounds made up. Elsewhere in this episode you may find yourself lost in Britain Home Stores, hear the howling of bigoted wolves, and enjoy the sexiness of Steve, the sexy Halloween cat. We also can’t rule out the possibility of your getting woken up at 6am by the builders or finding yourself in the forbidden section of the library. You have been warned. This week’s episode contains sketches written by James Walsh, Muireann Kelly, Nadine Bailey, Rachel Cader, Sarit Wilson Chen, Ben Fortescue, Roderick Millar, and Paul Creasy. Along with the writers, the sketches were also performed by Manisha Patel, Jess Carrivick, Jenna Cole, Vic Dry, Greg Davies, Zoe Browne, Cody Whittaker and Dan Smith. Our thanks to Dr Ruth Martin, who provided additional wolf noises. The jingles were written by James Walsh and the theme tune was written by James Walsh and performed by James Walsh and Rebecca Diez.
21:31
November 2, 2020
Season 1, Episode 10: Town Planners vs. The Goths
The season finale! It might seem arbitrary, but it was time to put season one of the Next Level Sketch podcast out of its misery, as if it were a Radio 1 DJ still playing Dire Straits in 1993. The first episode of Season 2 will be along next month, so think of this as a gloriously renewal, not a bitter and terrible end. Episode 10 contains many lovely sketches and some frankly odd jingles and songs, but that’s not what this episode description is about. No indeed. Instead, it’s to thank all you loyal listeners out there for sticking with us throughout this mysterious year, during which we had to stop doing live shows and instead learn how to put together a professional quality sketch comedy podcast in double quick time while also occasionally remembering to do our day jobs. We’re so honoured and slightly teary-eyed by all the work put in by the burgeoning Next Level Sketch collective, from the crucial Zoom meeting sketch read through and feedback to the writing, performance and production effort going in to the finished episodes. For the latter, we offer all our thanks to podcast producer Paul, who has given up a lot of his weekends to put the past ten episodes together. As a reward, he will also be made to direct our first live show since February, scheduled for 27th October at The Miller in London Bridge. Come along!?
20:35
October 5, 2020
Season 1, Episode 9: Prêt a Pompeii
In this, the ninth episode of our awesome sketch comedy podcast, we are finally confident and established enough to welcome a recurring character: The Handyman, who you may remember from the episode specifically named after The Handyman. This episode packs in King Kong and his penchant for slightly over-fussy atriums; ancient Tories encouraging you back to work (politicians so ancient that by the time you hear this they may - heavens! - be encouraging the opposite); the kind of phone conversations you just love to overhear on the 73 bus (again, if buses still exist when you read this); terrifying baking and relaxation tips, and a song so jaunty you’ll want to wear it as a hat. Episode 9 of the Next Level Sketch podcast featured sketches written by James Walsh, Vic Dry, Paul Creasy, Ben Fortescue, Euan Brown, Greg Davies, Roderick Millar, Avalina Kreska and Muireann Kelly.  The sketches were also performed by Nadine Bailey, Rebecca Diez, Matthew Lawson and Sarit Wilson Chen. Jingles were written and performed by James Walsh and Avalina Kreska. The theme tune was written by James Walsh and performed by James Walsh and Rebecca Diez. Sound effects from Zapsplat.com, purple-planet.com and Freesound.org.
14:54
September 21, 2020
Season 1, Episode 8: Billionaires In Space
Have you ever wondered what would happen if Elon Musk and Richard Branson starred in a 1950s style sitcom together while trapped in a moon penal colony? We have, apparently. Elsewhere in this very, utterly eighth episode of sketch comedy, we have balding werewolves, some Tories, a nuclear submarine, a very serious news organisation, and, back by popular demand: horses. This episode features sound effects from Zapsplat.com, Freesound.org, and our own mouths. Episode 8 of the Next Level Sketch podcast featured sketches written by Zoe Browne, James Walsh, Paul Creasy, Jess Carrivick, James Turner, Daniel Smith, Greg Davies, Ben Fortescue and Nadine Bailey. The sketches were also performed by Rachel Cader, Jimmy Jameson, Euan Brown, Jenna Cole, Vic Dry and Muireann Kelly. Jingles were written and performed by James Walsh and Avalina Kreska. The theme tune was written by James Walsh and performed by James Walsh and Rebecca Diez.
20:26
September 7, 2020
Season 1, Episode 7: The Handyman Chronicles
Episode 7 introduces the hero we need right now, but probably don’t deserve: the Handyman, fighting against darkness, entropy, and mild engine issues. Elsewhere in this week’s deeply soggy episode, Kylie Minogue opens a novelty food franchise, Dracula is frustrated with the monster classifieds service, and a mother from Stevenage attempts to win some kind of horrific and cruel game show. Warning: this episode features an esteemed nature documentarian getting sexually excited by rhinos, and also Black Lace; as such it may not be appropriate for younger listeners.
20:23
August 24, 2020
Season 1, Episode 6: Horton Hughes Investigates
We’ve made it to six episodes, which means we are officially a classic radio comedy series, and you can never take that away from us. We are bursting with content this week: choirs, letters from listeners, detectives, radio stations, robotic algorithms, pirates, and trust exercises. We are fairly certain you will have an enjoyable time.
16:02
August 10, 2020
Series 1, Episode 5: Naked And Afraid And Ghosts
This week’s episode of funny, new sketch comedy comes with a special “I’ll eat my hat” guarantee, whereby if you feel unsatisfied with our sketches about giant chickens, traffic updates for bees, and slightly suspicious medical professionals, simply email nextlevelsketch@gmail.com and we will eat our hats after a short wait.
17:23
July 27, 2020
Series 1, Episode 4: The World Mixed Metaphor Championships
We made another episode of wonderful fresh sketch comedy! This one is packed with starving and furious dinosaurs, avian divas, underpaid robots, bombs, and preposterously dangerous quests; so do be careful as you make your way through. Keep your limbs inside the podcast car at all times. We here at Next Level Sketch think sketch comedy is for everyone, and we invite writers and performers from all backgrounds to be part of our gang. Check out our diversity page at www.nextlevelsketch.com on how you can join us.
20:36
July 13, 2020
Series 1, Episode 3: Britain’s Next Top Model Railway
A lot of sketch comedy podcasts split up after that difficult second episode, with various members going solo to varying levels of success. But we at Next Level are stronger than ever, and we’re not even slightly worried that one of our writers or performers is going to do a Robbie, or a Geri, or a the entirety of the Sugababes. This week’s journey through the sketches that emerged from our minds includes some Very Specific Horoscopes, a trip to Club Med and other questionable holiday destinations, and some time with a sharp toothed vlogging sensation. We here at Next Level Sketch think sketch comedy is for everyone, and we invite writers and performers from all backgrounds to be part of our gang. Check out our diversity page at www.nextlevelsketch.com on how you can join us.
20:54
June 29, 2020
Series 1, Episode 2: Grondelkemmer
We did it! We made a second episode of sketch comedy! Join us for horse holidays, frothy coffee, important information from the Skegness tourist board, and the tale of the terrifying Grondelkemmer. Sketch is for everyone, and we invite writers and performers from all backgrounds to be part of Next Level Sketch. Check out our diversity page at www.nextlevelsketch.com on how you can join us, take a free sketch crash course with Gemma Arrowsmith, and get involved with Fringe of Colour.
22:13
June 15, 2020
Series 1, Episode 1: The Covid-19 Pence Coin Memorial Edition
It lives! Our debut sketch podcast episode is definitely a real thing that you’re about to listen to. Close your eyes (unless you’re operating heavy machinery) and enjoy deliveries to space stations, hard hitting reporting on Britain’s Toughest School, disturbing fairy stories, and an unexpected endorsement from The Human League’s Phil Oakey.
18:23
May 28, 2020