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.
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.
Get in touch with the show: email – London@adrianlacey.com
What makes a good national anthem? Are they more head or heart? And what would make a great song for London? Alex Marshall, London journalist and author of Republic or Death! Travels in Search of National Anthems, joins Adrian, as well as visiting his roots in the ‘burbs. The people of London get their say, too!
The show is linked from the oldest theatre site in the UK capital to still be in theatrical use, the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. This links to two national anthems with the same tune – those of the UK and Lichtenstein.
Star violinist, west Londoner Jane Gordon speaks exclusively here to Adrian Lacey with a story to tug at, erm, your heartstrings..!
Imagine realising you’ve left your most treasured possession on the train. That happened to Jane recently when she left the station accidentally without her instrument. She picks up the nerve-racking and heartwarming story here while clutching this 300-year-old work of art.
Jane also talks about her upcoming Proms concert in London, plucks a few strings, then you can hear her in an excerpt of a beautiful recording with the celebrated Rautio Piano Trio, of which she is a member.
London made Shakespeare. This edition celebrates the great Bard of Avon, who died 400 years ago on April 23rd, 1616.
Join Adrian on a tour of Shakespeare’s Globe theatre at Bankside by the River Thames with actress Janet Walker. Hear captivating passages from Richard II and As You Like It performed by Shakespearean actor Keith Dunphy and Sarah Kempton respectively.
Plus, reborn London ‘blogger’ Samuel Pepys meets a mystery manic man with app-itude (played by Russell Thomas) in a ‘most excellent coffee house’ by the Globe.
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Shakespeare’s Globe, Bankside, London, April 2016
Baroque and roll in this edition as we take you into legendary rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix’s flat in Brook Street, W1 – newly opened to the public. It’s just next door to the house where baroque composer Handel lived 200 years before.
Enjoy a VIP tour inside Jimi’s flat with the director of the venue, Michelle Aland, plus meet the man who met Hendrix: music mogul Rob Dickins sets the scene.
And meet a man who was alive around the time of Handel – London diarist Samuel Pepys. Now alive again(!) he gets a little hot and bothered in Fulham market.
The UK capital’s oldest purpose-built bookshop, Daunt Books in Marylebone is the setting for a relaxed but revealing conversation with London writer and journalist Matthew Green. His latest book, Aftershock, describes what is often a difficult transition between war and peace for military personnel.
A studio discussion follows with Matthew and Adrian joined by Hilary Horton, a healthcare manager who suffered post-traumatic stress disorder after service in Iraq. The condition’s serious, but the discussion includes lighter moments, too.
And there’s humour from 17th-century London ‘blogger’ Samuel Pepys having, er, fun with new communications technology!
Pictures (at londonpodcast.net): Matthew Green in Daunt Books/Hilary Horton in Iraq, 2003
You may not be a Star Wars fan. Fine – don’t go anywhere. But even if you are, you may just have reached saturation level, thanks to the pre-Christmas hoo-hah about The Force Awakens.
But try this new angle.
There’s a fascinating London connection to this iconic movie franchise.
Meet the Oscar-nominated Londoner who had a huge hand in creating the look of The Empire Strikes Back, and hear the mystery of the Star Wars headbanger. Plus a guy who calls himself a Star Wars nerd as if it’s a good thing!
All that and the original 17th century London blogger, Samuel Pepys comes back to life…