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Mrs Pepys Feels a Bit Funny

Elisabeth Pepys, wife of 17th-century London blogger Samuel, reads out another diary entry here. In The London Podcast Mr Pepys has hurtled into the 21st-century while Lizzie is left in 1669.

This time she’s inspired by actresses such as Nell Gwyn to take to the London stage for a spot of performing. But will her act stand up or fall down?

Listen closely to decode some possible modern-day messages. Your full ‘detective’ skills may be required!

Mrs Pepys is played by the talented Sarah Kempton who often performs in London (and elsewhere) as part of ad lib troupe Crime Scene Improvisation (crimesceneimpro.com).

Guitar by Gavin Alexander (gavinalexandermusic.co.uk)

Hammond organ by James Taylor (jtq.co.uk)

Written, directed, produced and introduced by Adrian Lacey

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Sarah Kempton stars as Elisabeth Pepys
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Sarah Kempton stars as Elisabeth Pepys (portrait by Clare Newman-Williams)

Richard Kurti: Author, Screenwriter… and ex-Flatmate

Richard Kurti is a two-time author, is BAFTA-nominated, has worked on screenplays for Hollywood studios – and is still trying to forget living with presenter Adrian Lacey yonks ago in Clapham, south west London!

Here he talks in depth about the tragic inspiration for his first book Monkey Wars, and his near-future dystopian second novel Maladapted. Together with Adrian, he revisits their shared Clapham past and reflects on how London – and house prices – have changed since they lived together.

With personal views from – and thanks to – Lucy Carr at a Clapham estate agents.

Author Richard Kurti pictured with his two novels
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Richard Kurti and his two novels

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Kevin Day: the Lost Tapes

OK, so they’re not tapes and they’re not lost. But this is material that’s never been made public before, recorded at Leicester Square in the heart of London’s West End. Alt. comedy standup and writer Kevin Day – who’s written for legends Dave Allen, Ronnie Corbett and Bob Monkhouse and who writes for popular BBC TV news panel show Have I Got News for You – reflects on how he writes and performs, thinks about the late great comedy impresario Addison Cresswell and gives his judgment on the deceased American shock comic Bill Hicks.

Percussion provided by scaffold operatives and the great London rain!

This is a companion show to the special, Comedy in the Capital: You’re Having a Laugh! 🙂 in which you can hear more thoughts from Kevin Day, as well as from Maddie Campion who’s just starting out in comedy and Scott Denyer who’s taken a step back from the mike.

See also Comedy Extra: Stage Rage & the Expert Witness on comedian Lee Hurst’s criminal act – and that’s not his performance…

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Music by James Taylor: jtq.co.uk

Kevin Day at the Comedy Store
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Kevin Day views all his yesterdays at the Comedy Store

Comedy Extra: Stage Rage & the Expert Witness

Imagine you’re at a comedy gig and the comedian stops performing mid-sentence to take a phone from a member of the audience… and it all ends in court. Well that happened to this show’s guest, Garry Green as a member of the audience where top TV comic Lee Hurst was starring. Garry is cross-questioned by Adrian Lacey about that shocking incident.

This edition is a footnote to the Comedy in the Capital London Podcast special starring Kevin Day.

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Music by James Taylor of jazz legends the James Taylor Quartet (jtq.co.uk)

Produced by Adrian Lacey © 2017

Lee Hurst was approached to appear in the show but didn’t get back. The door to the studio’s always open, though, Lee..!

Guest Garry Green
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Saint Garry at the Crown & Sceptre, Fitzrovia, London W1W. Halo model’s own

Year One: The Story so Far..!

To celebrate The London Podcast‘s first anniversary, here’s a compilation which takes you from Shakespeare to the tube, and from Marley to Wogan.

Adrian weaves these excerpts together with one or two anecdotes, giving you ‘the story behind the story’.

It’s just a fraction of the different podcasts made during 2016 which are all still available, and there’s plenty more to come. Subscribe at Londonpodcast.net to avoid disappointment! 😉

Thanks for listening and thanks to all contributors and people behind the scenes providing support and encouragement to help bring the show to 46 countries (and counting) in its first year.

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Photo of Adrian Lacey
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net) your host, Adrian Lacey

 

You’re Having a Laugh: Comedy in the Capital! :-)

Star stand-up comedian, Have I Got News for You writer and TV and radio football pundit Kevin Day is interviewed by Adrian at his ‘club’, the legendary Comedy Store in London. He talks about the past, present and future of Comedy in the Capital, reflecting on his part in creating alternative comedy. He also recalls writing for comedy giants Dave Allen and Ronnie Corbett, as well as praising newer talents like Mat Ewins and surveying the arena that his son Ed Night has ventured into.

Former stand-up Scott Denyer and newcomer Maddie Campion join Adrian in a studio discussion on the state of the art form and the uniqueness of the scene in London. And Scott gets one or two of his gripes about the biz off his chest!

Later, Kevin revisits the scene of the previous Comedy Store in Leicester Square where he met his future wife, and also had to introduce one of the biggest comedy talents on the planet.

There are also steers as to how pies, tin foil and dolphins can be funny.

Comedian Kevin Day
Comedian Kevin Day at the Comedy Store in London
Scott and Maddie
Scott Denyer and Maddie Campion floor their audience

Pepys at the Comedy Store

The original 17th-century blogger Samuel Pepys goes to premier 21st-century London entertainment spot the Comedy Store. From the expressions of the comics in their photos to the temperature of the ale, our redoubtable diarist has a view on everything. And not everything ends well.

Mr Pepys is played by the travelling showman from Waterford in Ireland, Keith Dunphy. The Audio Diary of Samuel Pepys is written and directed by Adrian Lacey. The show is produced by Adrian and introduced by him from London’s swinging West End.

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Keith Dunphy as Pepys by Adam Hills at MUG Photography
Photo at Londonpodcast.net: Keith Dunphy stars as Samuel Pepys/Adam Hills at MUG Photography

Mrs Pepys’ Diary: Great Fire, Cake…& ‘Rexit’

With 17th-century blogger Samuel Pepys adrift in the 21st century in the London Podcast, time to hear again from his wife, Elisabeth Pepys, who’s left behind. It turns out she’s a punster of her parish!

2016 is the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, and Lizzie recalls how she watched it with her husband. She also remembers the death of the first Charles Rex (aka King Charles I).

Finally, Ms Pepys points you to a recipe or two and shows she has a social conscience.

The show is linked by producer Adrian Lacey from the Monument, the tall column which was put up in the City of London to commemorate the fire from 1671.

Mrs Pepys: Sarah Kempton; organ: James Taylor (jtq.co.uk); guitar: Gavin Alexander (gavinalexandermusic.co.uk)

Sarah is a member of Crime Scene Improvisation (crimesceneimpro.com)

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Sarah Kempton stars as Elisabeth Pepys
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net) Sarah Kempton stars as Elisabeth Pepys
Great Fire plaque & Monument
Great Fire plaque & the Monument, City of London

 

 

Fred Astaire & Me: Confessions of a Make-up Artist

Make-up artist to the stars, Jenny Binsted looks back on her long and illustrious largely London-based television career. From politicians to pop stars, Jenny’s made the biggest names up – and has anecdotes to match.

How did Lipstick on your Collar lead to sequins and glue in a strange place? How did a mechanical failure leave Jenny alone with a prime minister? And how did the encounter with Hollywood dance sensation Fred Astaire come about?

All this and more in a relaxed and entertaining conversation which is bookended on location outside the building where Jenny worked for nearly 30 years, Television Centre in west London.

Jenny Binsted and make-up kit
Jenny Binsted with tools of her trade
Adrian at Television Centre
Adrian outside Television Centre in West London

 

Bertoni & Bob: Marley in London

Visit Bob Marley’s London home, and prepare to swoon at a great voice as Bertoni Mowatt brings his lilting Jamaican tones to a special exotic show.

From Bloomsbury’s swish Ridgmount Gardens to a recent very personal tragedy, Bertoni reflects on life in London as a black guy from the Caribbean.

Also, with our London blogger Samuel Pepys having left the 17th century, we hear from the love he’s left behind – hear Mrs Pepy’s Diary, starring Sarah Kempton.

Thanks to Simon Foster for sound editing help. Presented and produced by Adrian Lacey.

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Bertoni outside Bob Marley's London home showing its blue plaque
Photos at Londonpodcast.net: Bertoni’s lightning bolt pointing to Bob Marley’s blue plaque and (below) Sarah Kempton stars as Elizabeth Pepys

Sarah Kempton stars as Elizabeth Pepys