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We are a comedy podcast in which comedians get together to discuss a book in the manner of a book club, despite the fact that none of us have actually read the book.

We are a comedy podcast in which comedians get together to discuss a book in the manner of a book club, despite the fact that none of us have actually read the book.
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We are a comedy podcast in which comedians get together to discuss a book in the manner of a book club, despite the fact that none of us have actually read the book.




Episode 53 - Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

In which the Idiots discuss Ernest Cline's book of weaponized nostalgia, "Ready Player One" - pack reference after reference after reference instead of actual jokes - differentiate between nerds and funky guys (#funkyguyforlife) - briefly discuss the death of the author - get top tips on internet piracy. Featuring Special Guest Experts Bob Flowers, Hollywood insider and Eobard Covfefe, an internet pirate and founder of www.altright.com.


Episode 53 - Goldfinger by Ian Fleming

In which the Idiots read Ian Fleming's classic tale of espionage, innuendo and idée fixe, "GoldFinger" - really get hung up on names - delve into the secret history of the SAS - play a game. Featuring Special Guest Expert Mr Finch, a friend of Steve Koenig. Outro Music: The 2nd Best Secret Agent in the Whole Wide World - Sammy Davis Jr.


Episode 52 - The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown - Live at Waterstones TCR! (with Michael Hill!)

In which the Idiots recorded a special live Easter episode at Waterstone's Tottenham Court Road on 29th April 2018.


Episode 51 - The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

In which the Idiots discuss Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's ripping yarn about dinosaurs - debate whether wheat is a fruit - dive into the lucrativer world of dinosaur erotica - retool the show to create the next great work of dinosaur erotica. With Special Guest Experts Sam Dodson and advertising executive Barry Blinds. Our live show is happening THIS THURSDAY! Click below for tickets: https://www.waterstones.com/events/faking-lit-podcast-presents-the-da-vinci-code/london-tottenham-court-road...


Episode 48 - A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

In which the Idiots belatedly celebrate St Patrick's Day with James Joyce's celebrated kunstlerroman "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" - talk about masturbation - -debate the meaning of the word "portmanteau" - continue to talk about masturbation - uncover the rivalry between the Samaritans and the Philistines - are unable to get off the topic of masturbation - Chin reads the erotic letters of James Joyce - Michael imagines what it would be like if James Joyce were a character in...


Episode 48 - Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

In which the Idiots record a special Mother's Day episode on Louisa May Alcott's beloved classic "Little Women" - explore the reasons behind Elvis Presley faking his own death - gush about the hip hop musical based on the life and times of Ernest Hemingway - get a lesson in braille - Haran continues to spiral into the outer reaches acceptable podcast banter. Featuring Special Guest Experts Rachel Sambrooks and Danish town planner Billiam Chillitree.


Episode 47 - Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre

In which the Idiots gab about DBC Pierre's Booker and Whitbread winning novel "Vernon God Little" - talk about why hamsters should have guns - why you should have guns on your teeth - how to survive the gas chamber - why you should respect Russia. Featuring Special Guest Experts Alabaman gun enthusiast Werner Climes and fellow American Ursuala You'reIn (Simone Belshaw). Hey! Come on to our live show on the 29th March!...


Episode 47 - Charlie & The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

In which the Idiots unpack Roald Dahl's beloved children's tale of how kids will never be as good as chocolate - Haran reveals another novel's hidden allusions to 20th Century German history - why all the children in this book are essentially the same person - are treated to some maritime flavoured character comedy - read out some of Roald Dahl's most anti-semitic quotes. Featuring Special Guest Expert Admiral P Bummington, a naval admiral and multiple award winning character comedian....


Best of 2017 Part 2

We took a break this weekend, so here's part 2 of our Best of 2017! Chin apologises for being so very, very tired. It's been a long week. Thanks to all the guests we had on the show in 2017: Helen Bauer, Ben Lund-Conlon, Jonny Gillam, Lucy Roper,Tom Redman, Sasha Ellen, Phil Lindsey, Martin Willis, Joseph Murphy, Michael Hill, Andy Onions, Kat Sadler, Elena Gabets and Anne Klein. Get you tickets for our live event at Waterstones here!...


Episode 45 - Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

In which the Idiots get all romantic for Valentine's Day and discuss "Fifty Shades of Grey" by EL James - Haran reveals the secret parallels between "Fifty Shades of Grey" and the Treaty of Versailles - learn how the book has been used as an instruction manual for the sexually clueless - which animals have the best thighs? - Clint Eastwood won't respond to my emails. Featuring Special Guest Experts Lucy Roper and Sex Counsellor B.J. McHammer. Also, come see our live show at Waterstone's...


Episode 45 - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

In which the Idiots discuss Mark Haddon's acclaimed story of autism, family and casual animal cruelty, "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" - spend too much time discussing wallpaper - uncover the secret history of "Spot the Dog" - solve the mystery of what is happening to all the dogs in Camberwell. Featuring Special Guest Experts Fitzgerald Honger, Michael Hill and avowed Jonathan Freedland fan, The Captain. Outro Music: cLOUDDEAD - Dead Dogs 2 (Boards of Canada Remix)


Episode 44 - The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot

In which the Idiots discuss George Eliot's bildungsroman "The Mill on the Floss" - Chin loves George Eliot - Dr Dre does not make good headphones for dogs and is a terrible plastic surgeon - Haran doesn't understand what "metaphorical" means - I'm sorry, but this person is clearly not a dog. With Special Guest Experts podcast phenomenon Steve Koenig and his "dog" Ham McHam(face).


Episode 43 - Shrek by William Steig

In which the Idiots discuss the almost forgotten source material for massive Dreamworks animation franchise, "Shrek" by William Steig - list the multiple failures of the Conservatives - pitch a Radiohead jukebox musical - Jonny sells Chin a book series - Alice burps. Featuring Special Guest Experts Jonny Gillam and Press Secretary Laurence Chives.


Episode 42 - Jaws by Peter Benchley

In which the Idiots have a frank discussion about Pete Benchley's overshadowed novel "Jaws" - get an insider's perspective on Hollywood - pitch our own animal movies - watch Haran and Michael slowly tear each other apart. Featuring Special Guest Experts Michael Hill & Hollywood player Bob Flowers.


Episode # 41 - Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

In which the Idiots discuss Joseph Conrad's tale of madness and Imperialism, "Heart of Darkness" - yo, is this book racist? - we hear several pitches for Black Mirror episodes - are you a Kurtz or a Marlowe? - yo, is this optician racist? Featuring Special Guest Expert, Water Treatment Plant Worker Hamish Hamish (Tom Redman).


Jólabókaflóð 2017

Now we have a Christmas themed episode ho-ho-ho


Talking Trailers with Donnie Bagels - Moonraker

Join Donathan Bagels as he sits down with Alan Pacino and Jane Stewart to watch and discuss the trailer for the 1979 Bond film "Moonraker".


Episode 40 - The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart

In which the Idiots discuss the gross, icky cult classic "The Dice Man" - submit to the will of the dice throughout the episode - guest Andy Diceman regales us with his impression - Chin extolls the Funky Guy Life (#FunkyGuyLife). With Special Guest Expert Andy Diceman, a former employee of the BBC.


Episode 39 - On The Road by Jack Kerouac

In which the Idiots discuss Jack Kerouac's semi-autobiographical cult novel - Chin has a meltdown - Alice tells us her fear of gunge - we are told to keep the noise down - we drink possibly too much wine. Featuring Special Guest Experts Michael Hill, Sasha Ellen, MMA Fighter Michael "Fuck 'em up" O'Reilly, and the Lodger.


Episode 38 - Watership Down by Richard Adams

In which the Idiots discuss Richard Adams's "Watership Down" - get distracted by the ingenuity of the writing team on "Dawson's Creek" - explore the expanded universe of "The Wire" - derail on possibly the most childish and most staggeringly stupid tangent ever while discovering that, yes, there was apparently a "sequel" to "Through the Keyhole". Featuring Special Guest Experts Michael Hill and returning wellness guru Siddartha Bookerjee.


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