Category: Recommendations

Easy listening

I’ve been horsing through Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast, a show in which Herring interviews famous comedians (for the most part) in front of a live audience in a relaxed but informative manner. I have persevered not for Herring himself — he’s a good guy, but he spreads himself a bit thin these days — but because of the calibre of the people involved: Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton; Mark Thomas; Adam Buxton; Stephen Fry; unexpectedly, Mary Beard. I think my favourite has to be John Lloyd (comedy producer extraordinaire, responsible for things like Not the Nine O’Clock News, Blackadder and QI). This surprised me, as I thought Lloyd came off as unbelievably pleased with himself on his episode of Desert Island Discs, but faced with Herring he was far more likeable — admittedly, I liked him best when he annihilated Herring’s glib atheism. Lloyd pulled the rug from under Herring’s feet with a considered defence for polite agnosticism, observing that Herring doesn’t even know how many chemicals there are in a carrot, so how on earth could he make the call on the Almighty? Hurray!…