Think of this podcast as a digital box-set of all the interviews with all my guests on Phoenix FM. A collection of funny, interesting and/or inspiring conversations with all sorts of people. It's like Parky but on the radio... with more music and I don't sell life insurance.
For the first time this podcast went fully international with our first guest from the other side of the world as I was joined on the phone by Shotgun Mistress frontman, Glenn Patrick. We discussed the making of their upcoming debut album, the band’s first single, their plans to tour the UK and I may have mentioned Dave Grohl again (he started it!)
Steve Hogarth, lead singer of Marillion, talked to us about how he joined the band when Fish left, what it’s like to front a rock band for 30 years, playing live all over the world, conducting weddings in a cafe and something pretty special that Marillion have planned in November.
As you'll heard from the man himself, you can see them performing live on tour with friends from the orchestra this November - all the dates are on their website at www.marillion.com - tickets are on sale now.
Micaela Blitz started comedy 6 months ago and she did her first open mic slots at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year! She talks about starting out in comedy and what it’s like taking on your first festival.
Rachel O’Connor co-stars in Actually Totes Amaze. She is also a qualified psychotherapist working with Objectively Funny to run mental health wellbeing workshops for performers at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. You can find out more about Rachel’s work at http://www.wisespacelondon.co.uk
I was joined in the studio by Paula, Becky and James from the Blackmore Players to talk about their latest production, Drinking Habits. The performance will mark the 50th anniversary for Blackmore Players and it promises to be something special.
Last time Matt Everard was in the Phoenix FM studio, the Billericay-based petrol head was just about to set out on a mission to break a Guinness World Record. This time, he joins us as the proud owner of a world record in Tuk Tuk, having achieved a staggering 74.3mph on a Tuk Tuk with his cousin Russell braving speeds no Tuk Tuk passenger has ever experienced before.
We talked about the Tuk Tuk, the world record and a brand new challenge that lies ahead.
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I was joined in the studio by Essex Comedian of The Year, Luke Poulton. We talked about his journey into comedy, the good gigs and the bad gigs, Crazy Frog, Snakes on a Train and his staring role in his own documentary "You Don't Look Autistic"
I caught up with Rob Broderick AKA "Abandoman" - Ireland's finest improv hip-hop comedian, after his headline set at Standon Calling.
We talked about the key to improvisational comedy, tech drama horror stories, his journey into comedy, and why feedback from primary school kids can get you into trouble!
I caught up with this year's MC at Standon Calling, the very funny and very visable Cally Beaton.
We talked about what it's like to compere the comedy stage at a festival, dealing with kids in comedy, being a part of QI and her new Edinburgh Fringe show "Invisible". Plus, what's the worst thing that could happen before a gig?
I caught up with 50% of The Delightful Sausage and 100% standup comedian, Amy Gledhill before her set at Standon Calling.
We talked about what it's like performing as part of a comedy double act, her own stand up comedy, gigging in pyjamas and The Delightful Sausage's upcoming Edinburgh Show. Plus, what to do if you lose the lid to your champagne bottle.
For the first time as a fully fledged BYFan, I caught up with Ellie Isherwood (BYFYN) after her electrifying performance at Standon Calling.
We talked about her festival experiences, her roots as a performer and the inspiration behind her upcoming single “Trying”. Plus, would she rather be a sloth or an iguana?
I caught up with Flamingods backstage after their outstanding set at Standon Calling.
We talked about their roots, writing as a band while living in different continents, their world tour, their latest album, Levitation and the movies that inspired them.
I caught up with Essex comedian, the voice of MTV and father to be Johnny Cochrane before his set at Latitude's Cabaret Theatre.
It was great to talk to him about his regular pilgrimage to Latitude and adapting his talents to kids comedy with Beano and CBBC. Plus a few tips for new comedians facing “The Blackout” and a top tip for pulling at festivals!
I spoke to the brilliant Maisie Adam after her set at Latitude’s Comedy Arena.
Winner of Amused Moose National New Comic 2018 and So You Think You're Funny 2017, Maisie’s debut show, 'Vague', earned her a nomination for Best Newcomer at last year's Edinburgh Comedy Awards. With ‘Mock The Week’ and ‘The Stand-Up Sketch Show' amongst a growing list of TV credits she’s well on her way to becoming a household name on the comedy scene.
We talked about Maisie’s new Edinburgh show and tour, the new series of ‘The Stand-Up Sketch Show’, her comedy heroes and Latitude’s Amusical.
You can see Maisie perform her fantastic new show, ‘Hang Fire’, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year at the Gilded Balloon from 1st - 26th August, every day at 5pm. She’ll also be bringing the show on tour in the autumn.
I caught up with Ellie Isherwood, known on-stage as BYFYN, before her fabulous set at latitude’s BBC Introducing Stage.
We talked about her stage name, her music and live performances, geeked out hard on electronic music tech, her creative processes, releasing singles vs albums and her upcoming single ’Trying’.
As described in the interview, BYFYN truly performs her music live in an immersive way that makes every song an experience not to be missed! You can see her perform at Standon Calling on 27th July and at The Finsbury, London on August 16th.
I caught up with Michael Odewale after his set at Latitude’s Cabaret Theatre.
Michael has appeared on Comedy Central’s ‘Stand Up Central’, BBC Radio 4 and has also written for The Now Show. #Blackbearsmatter is Michael’s debut show and it’s set to take the Edinburgh Fringe Festival by storm having already scooped the award for Best New Show at Leicester Comedy Festival 2019.
We talked about his festival plans, comedy influences and his debut Edinburgh show.
You can see him at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival from 1st-25th August at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh.
I caught up with Rich Legate, Emma Topolski and Ed Cares of Childcare after their brilliant set at Latitude’s Lake Stage.
We talked about the origins of their name, their earliest fans, their debut album Wabi-Sabi and latest single Sugarcane, their creative process, their live healing events and Ed’s mum!
You can see them perform live at Scala, London on Tuesday 17th December.
I caught up with Louisa, Liam, Jenny, Jamie & Jack ahead of their outstanding set at Latitude’s Lake Stage.
We talked about their first album, Memories of Another Future, their new album, Revolution of Mind, how the band formed, their influences and Louisa’s brother's festival antics!
The band’s latest single ‘Wolf and Bird’ is out now and you can catch them on their ’Trouble Everyday’ Tour in a whole host of places.
I caught up with Charlotte Carpenter ahead of her stunning set at latitude’s BBC Introducing Stage.
An independent artist, Charlotte runs Babywoman records as well as writing, performing and producing all of her music - a talented musician and an inspiration for young women in the music industry. She also makes amazing coffee!
We talked about her emotionally charged lyrics, what it means to be a record label boss and independent artist, her new single, her self-booked European tour and “the poo girl”!
Charlotte’s new single “Follow You Down” will be released on Friday 26th July.
I caught up with the one and only Tez Ilyas, ahead of his set at Latitude’s Comedy Arena.
Tez is one of the break out stars of British comedy with TV appearances on ‘Live at the Apollo’, ‘Mock The Week’, ‘The Last Leg’, ‘Man Like Mobeen’ and ‘Bounty’.
We talked about his brand new TV show, festival experiences, that night he cleared the arena and why he can’t organise the Christmas party.
You can catch Tez’s brand new TV show, The Tez O’clock Show, on channel 4 every Thursday night from 11pm. The satirical news show is a fast-paced mix of stand-up, sketches and studio antics, including provocative monologues and celebrity interviews hosted and anchored by Tez Ilyas, a northern working-class British Asian-Muslim and it’s set to blow the cobwebs off TV satire.
I caught up with Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard’s frontman, Tom Rees after their blazing set at Latitude’s Lake Stage.
We talked festival experiences, the best part of being in a rock band, their current tour, the band’s new single and their super-fan Noel Gallagher.
The new single “Love Forever” will be released on Friday 26th July and to mark its release, the band will be performing at Pop Brixton on 31st July.
I was joined by Sam Ingram ahead of his 50K hike raising funds for Snap Charity Brentwood, an essex based charity for families with children and young people who have any special need or disability. SNAP's aims are to inform, encourage and support parents and carers so that they can grow in strength and knowledge and become better equipped to give the best possible help to their children. We also discussed training for the hike and how you can get involved with the event or the fundraising.
Think of this podcast as a digital box-set of all the interviews with all my guests on Phoenix FM.
A selection of funny, interesting and/or inspiring conversations with all sorts of people. It's like Parky but on the radio... with more music and I don't sell life insurance.