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Adrian Lacey & Shane O'Connor have more than 30 years of TV and Radio broadcasting experience in the UK. They get together every week to discuss a chosen comedy show, their love of comedy and to share their experiences of the programmes they have worked on and the people they have met and interviewed. Join them on Apple Podcasts, Spreaker, Stitcher, iHeart Radio and Youtube. Subscribe for a new episode each Monday. We're @ComedySlab on Facebook & Twitter
 
Formerly one of Britain's most successful audio comedy podcasts,'Traces Of Nuts' has been relaunched online to coincide with the return of the live show to the stage. 'Like a nut allergist chomping on a Snickers bar, the Traces Of Nuts comedy troupe are likely to result in piggy-eyed and pink-cheeked convulsions' - NOTTINGHAM EVENING POST Check out www.tracesofnutscomedy.co.uk
 
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This week we review - Whites (Series 1 Episode 3) Set in the kitchen of a country house hotel, Whites follows the trials and tribulations of head chef Roland and his long suffering sous chef Bib. Having been on the brink of success 15 years ago, Roland has since lost the sparkle and drive needed to win a long-coveted Michelin star. He can cook with…
 
Episode 1 - BirthFollowing on from her hugely successful, award-winning previous series – ‘Minds The Gap’ and ‘Utopia’, Bridget now turns her attention to Mortality, covering ‘Birth’, ‘Life’, ‘Death’ and ‘The Afterlife’.Like many of us forced to work from home during lockdown, Bridget has recorded this series herself in her house, and in her local …
 
This week we review - Mister Winner (Series 1 Episode 3) Leslie Winner is an eternally-optimistic klutz with his heart in the right place. Somehow, despite his calamitous nature, he has found love with his fiancé Jemma and they are preparing for their wedding. The pressure is on Leslie to find, and keep a job, pay for the honeymoon and keep his fat…
 
Over the last few years, if a celebrity has ever said or done anything remotely controversial, then they've probably been cancelled. Largely performed through social media, some describe it as necessary evil to help democratise the internet and reflect the expectancy of an artist’s audience, for others it’s just a chance to shut up gobby celebs!Wha…
 
This week we review - Ted Lasso (Series 1 Episode 6) Recently divorced Rebecca Welton is the new owner of AFC Richmond, a struggling team in the English Premier League and to seek revenge on her cheating ex-husband, she hires the most incompetent coach that she can find to ruin the football club - the only thing her ex ever loved. She hires Ted Las…
 
What with the whole world grinding to a viral halt and everything, this special series of essays and diary entries is recorded at the Sussex home of the world-renowned storyteller.In 2021, it's 25 years since David Sedaris first shared his very particular world view with the listeners to BBC Radio 4, having brought us The SantaLand Diaries back in …
 
This week we review - 15 Storeys High (Series 2 Episode 1) Sitcom focusing on miserable lifeguard Vince Clark, who hates being touched, and his Chinese lodger Errol, who live together in the tower block. In addition to watching Vince and Errol, we dip in and out of the lives of the other occupants of the towerblock; there's wife-swappers, bible-bas…
 
In their previous BBC Radio 4 series, Empire-ical Evidence, comedians Andy Zaltzman and Anuvab Pal travelled to each other’s home cities and walked around, taking in the sights and sounds and taste and feel of the bustling metropoli of London and Kolkata, before performing stand-up in crowded rooms full of people laughing loudly and maybe even shar…
 
This week we review - Mandy (Series 1 Episode 1&2) Mandy is a BBC TV series, written by and starring Diane Morgan as the title character Mandy Carter. The pilot was first broadcast in August 2020 Mandy is a woman with dreams. Big dreams. Most of all, she dreams of breeding Doberman Pinchers. But there are hurdles to overcome before that dream can b…
 
This week NAMI interview actor, improviser, professional London tour guide and panto Queen from Pinch Punch Improv, Lottie Davies! We discuss improvised panto and Pinch Punch’s Build Your Own Panto show, performing internationally, Shakespeare roles and how improv can help in our day to day lives!
 
The Men from the Ministry was broadcast by the BBC between 1962 and 1977 and starred Wilfrid Hyde-White and Richard Murdoch until 1966, when Deryck Guyler replaced Hyde-White. It was written and produced by Edward Taylor with contributions from John Graham, and with some early episodes written by Johnnie Mortimer and Brian Cooke, it ran for 13 seri…
 
This week we review - Back (Series 1 Episode 1) Stephen's father, a local legend and pub landlord, has died so Stephen is set to - finally - take over the pub. Mum Ellen and sister Cass have no interest in the family business - they're 'creative', with weed to buy and energy-centres to rebalance. With his dad dead, it's now Stephen's chance to shin…
 
NAMI interview Emily Jane Kerr from... (deep breath!) the Notflix Girls, (officially known as The Spice Girls of Improv) Waiting for the Call Improv, Shakespeare for Breakfast, Dickens for Dinner, The News Review and Conolly and Kerr! We chat all things musical improv, improvised rapping, being in all female musical group and the future of fringe a…
 
This week we review - Toast Of London (Series 3 Episode 5) Steven Toast is a middle-aged, middling actor with a chequered past who spends more time dealing with his problems off stage rather than performing on it. When not treading the boards, Toast haunts the voice over studios of Soho where amongst other, he endures the company and shenanigans of…
 
This week we review - Modern Life Is Goodish (Series 4 Episode 3) Dave Gorman thinks modern life is good-ish. However, tired of endlessly being sold stuff he doesn't need, feeling manipulated by the media and harassed by technology, he's become slightly obsessive about the 'ish'. Instead of letting it drive him mad he's decided to fight back. A bit…
 
This episode NAMI interview Oxford-based actor and stand- up comedian Kitty Speed. Described as ‘Oxford’s sweetest of hearts,’ Kitty is a storyteller obsessed with all the things we never talk about! This episode covers training at RADA, gate-keeping in the industry, representation on panel shows and discussing taboo subjects in comedy! We’re givin…
 
This week we review - Another Case Of Milton Jones (Series 4 Episode 1) Another Case of Milton Jones is the third comedy programme starring Milton Jones written for BBC Radio 4 and ran for five series. Each week Milton plays the part of an expert in a given field, with no discernible ability or aptitude for his new found environment. Assisting him …
 
This week NAMI interview TV and film actor and improviser Steph Hindle from West Yorkshire! A member of Shipley Little Theatre, Saltaire's Shakespeare in the Park and Idle and Thackley Theatre Group, Steph has been performing since 2006 across Yorkshire. We discuss Steph's career in theatre and independent film and the difference between performing…
 
This week we review - Green Wing (Series 12 Episode 7) South Park is an American animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone and developed by Brian Graden for Comedy Central. The series revolves around four boys - Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, and Kenny McCormick and their exploits in and around the titular Colorado town. The…
 
This week we review - Green Wing (Series 1 Episode 1) Green Wing follows the lives of the staff of the East Hampton Hospital Trust. The series begins with the arrival of new surgical registrar Dr Caroline Todd (Tamsin Greig), a woman who seems to manage to constantly put herself in the most embarrassing situations. During her time in the hospital s…
 
This episode the NAMI gang interview Bangor alumni Kat Cooke! Kat performs with Liverpool Comedy Improv and is a founding member of all-female group Boss Birds Improv! This week we discuss the strange transition from in-person performances to online only performances at the start of the UK lockdown as well as reminiscing about student days and the …
 
This week we review - Two's Company (Series 2 Episode 1) Dorothy McNab, a prickly American authoress needs domestic help for her new Chelsea townhouse. When Robert, an irrepressibly posh British butler applies, he takes an instant dislike to her. A true Gentleman's Gentleman, Robert is stubborn and constantly frustrated by his employer's lack of de…
 
This week we review - Drunk History UK (Series 3 Episode 4) A UK version of the TV format in which inebriated comedians attempt to recount events from history. Top UK stand-ups relate their favourite historical stories while getting absolutely bladdered on a mixture of beers, wines and spirits. Their slurred versions of history are then acted out, …
 
This week the NAMI gang interview Bradford based comedian and actor Susie Jackson. Susie is passionate about affordability and local theatre and is the owner of Even Poorer Theatre, an assistant lecturer at Calderdale college and performs a stand up Drag act in West Yorkshire! We discuss the use of bodily fluids in performance and the myth that wom…
 
This week we review - Futile Attempts (At Surviving Tomorrow) (Episodes 2) Life’s rubbish. However artist, comedian and manic depressive Kim Noble has just bought a microphone and he’s decided to make a podcast (like every other loser). Over ten episodes, we join Kim on a surreal and hilarious sonic journey. In a podcast unlike anything you’ve hear…
 
This week we review - Seinfeld (Series 8 Episode 20) Seinfeld is an American sitcom television series created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld which ran on NBC from 1989 to 1998, over nine seasons and 180 episodes. The show stars Seinfeld as a fictionalized version of himself who is the main protagonist and focuses on his personal life with three …
 
This week we review - Round The Horne (Series 3 Episode 21) Round the Horne was a BBC Radio comedy programme starring Kenneth Horne. First transmitted in four series of weekly episodes from 1965 until 1968, the show was created by Barry Took and Marty Feldman, who wrote the first three series. The fourth was written by Took, Johnnie Mortimer, Brian…
 
This week we review - Giles Wemmbley Goes Off (Series 2 Episode 6) Sitcom following the adventures of Giles Wemmbley Hogg. Traveller, backpacker, fearless investigator of cultural diversity... and an upper middle-class student from Budleigh Salterton. Giles is a nice but rather dim upper-middle class ex-public school boy who records his adventures …
 
This week we review - Gavin & Stacey (Series 1 Episode 1) Stacey is from Barry, near Cardiff, and Gavin is from Essex. But the difference in backgrounds and culture doesn't hinder their romance, which flourishes when they finally meet for the first time after hitting it off during numerous flirtatious work calls. Stacey's guardian-uncle, Bryn, has …
 
This week we review - The Mighty Boosh (Series 3 Episodes 1) Surreal sitcom following the adventures of Vince Noir and Howard Moon. Vince and Howard are Zoo Keepers who work in the dysfunctional 'Zooniverse' along with the disturbing Dixon Bainbridge, Bob Fossil and Mrs Gideon. The third series sees the action shifts to Naboo's second hand shop in …
 
This week we review - The Break (Series 3 Episodes 1) The Break is set in the fictional Yorkshire coastal town of Flamford - the seaside town sanity forgot - and features retired resident, Jeff Whittaker and his estranged London-bred financial whizz-kid nephew, Andy Chambers, who has arrived unannounced and stressed-out in desperate need of peace a…
 
This week we review - Stella Street (Series 3 Episodes 1 & 2) From the minds of John Sessions, Phil Cornwell and "The Comic Strip Presents …." creator Peter Richardson, Stella Street showcases the incredible mimicry talents of Sessions and Cornwell. In Surbiton, Surrey, film stars Michael Caine, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino and others share a street w…
 
This week we review - Rob Newman's Half-Full Philosophy Hour (The New Forest Festival of Stoic Philosophy) Rob Newman tackles some of the great philosophical arguments that trouble him such as what if the right side of history is the wrong side of nature and how do we break up big tech before big tech breaks us? In this episode, the award-winning c…
 
This episode the NAMI gang interview Groundlings Theatre and School attendee and Star Wars-themed improv group Wretched Hive Comedy leader Louise Woods from LA, USA! We discuss what it's like to be a student at the infamous Groundlings school (alumni include Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph ) as well what it's like to lead a themed c…
 
This week we review - After Life (Series 1 Episode 1) Set in the small fictitious town of Tambury, the series follows Tony, a writer for the local newspaper whose life is upended after his wife dies from cancer. Tony had a perfect life. But following the death of his beloved wife Lisa to breast cancer, Tony changes. Having contemplated taking his o…
 
This week we review - Stand Up for Live Comedy (Series 1 Episode 3) Stand-up comedy is a vital part of our British culture, and this series aims to support grassroots comedy talent in light of the significant impact Covid-19 has had on the stand-up comedy industry. Stand Up For Live Comedy is filmed in six different cities across the UK in outdoor …
 
The NAMI crew interview former Stranger Things Have Happened (Groningen, Netherlands) improviser Naomi de Ruiter, discussing such Important Improv Subjects as: starting a group from scratch, dealing with hecklers, performing internationally, starting an improv-based cult and this episode's selected topic for discussion- the power of the suggestion!…
 
This week we review - Spitting Image (Series 21 Episode 1) First broadcast in February 1984, the series was produced by 'Spitting Image Productions' for Central Independent Television over 18 series which aired on the ITV network. The series was nominated and won numerous awards, including ten BAFTA's and two Emmy's. One of the most watched shows o…
 
This week we review - Alan Partridge From The Oasthouse (Episode 5) Alan Partridge is a familiar face (and voice!) to anyone who enjoys genuinely good television (and radio!), having been seen (and heard!) on shows that have delighted the eyes (and ears!) of viewers (and listeners!) for decades, including BBC teatime show This Time (and North Norfo…
 
This week the NAMI gang interview Bangor Comedy alumni Rhiannon Wyn Thompson! Rhi is a Welsh actress who gave up her full time job to pursue her dream of acting and has since been involved in pursuing her own films and projects, including the short film Bound by Lindsay Walker and Clear Out with Lost at Sea Media. In this episode we discuss the inf…
 
This week we review - Red Dwarf (Series 10 Episode 1) Following a catastrophic leak of radiation aboard mining space ship Red Dwarf, technician Dave Lister finds himself as the last living human. Having been held in a form of suspended animation known as stasis at the time of the leak he was shielded from its fatal effects whilst all of his colleag…
 
This week we review - Hitmen (Series 3 Episode 4) Paul Whitehouse is an experienced fisherman; Bob Mortimer is a complete novice. Their friendship stretches back for decades, but they've recently reconnected after both suffering very serious heart problems and each staring death in the face. Paul has suggested to Bob that he take up fishing to help…
 
The NAMI Team interview brilliantly funny Welsh stand-up comedian Jenny Collier! We cover everything from dealing with hecklers, diversity in stand-up and the all important high brow topics of pubes, farts and poo. For more information about the podcast or our talented improv performers visit: www.thespianageproductions.co.uk…
 
This week we review - Hitmen (Series 1 Episode 1) Hitmen is about two best friends trying to make their way in the world with only each other to rely on. They also just happen to kill people for a living. Having stumbled into a career in contract killing, misfits Fran and Jamie are not your typical killers for hire. Working out of their scruffy van…
 
This week we review - Detectorists (Series 3 Episode 1) Detectorists follows the relationship between two friends who share a passion for metal detecting. When Andy and Lance are together, they're like an old married couple. They gripe at each other, but there is a true bond underneath. Each has their own slightly dysfunctional lives but together t…
 
This week we review - Staged (Series 1 Episode 1) David Tennant and Michael Sheen (playing themselves) were due to star in a production of Six Characters In Search Of An Author in the West End. The pandemic has put paid to that, but their director (Simon Evans - also playing himself) is determined not to let the opportunity pass him by. He knows ho…
 
Join Paddy and Fenby in a post-horror film palette cleanser where they use their adrenaline-induced cynicism, sarcasm and silliness to pick apart their latest scary stream! This week, we're reviewing Candyman (the original) and we're joined by special guests Robby and Jeels. Find out how having a curry while watching a horror film can add to the ex…
 
This week we review - Tom Wrigglesworth's Open Letters (Series 1 Episode 4) This series started life as a one-off recording of Tom Wrigglesworth's Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated stand-up routine about a rude and unhelpful train guard. After the success of this first show, Tom was commissioned to return to Radio 4 to regale his audience with more …
 
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