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An encyclopaedia of heroic failure Join Ben Van der Velde, Barry McStay and their guests as they brandish their wooden spoons of destiny and celebrate the losers, heroic failures and spectacular mis-steps that pockmark human endeavour. If you ever want to feel better about your progress in life, take a listen and enjoy a lovely schadenfreude bubble bath. Music by Max Perryment (www.maxperryment.co.uk) Donate to us via Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/WorstFootForward

An encyclopaedia of heroic failure Join Ben Van der Velde, Barry McStay and their guests as they brandish their wooden spoons of destiny and celebrate the losers, heroic failures and spectacular mis-steps that pockmark human endeavour. If you ever want to feel better about your progress in life, take a listen and enjoy a lovely schadenfreude bubble bath. Music by Max Perryment (www.maxperryment.co.uk) Donate to us via Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/WorstFootForward

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United Kingdom

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An encyclopaedia of heroic failure Join Ben Van der Velde, Barry McStay and their guests as they brandish their wooden spoons of destiny and celebrate the losers, heroic failures and spectacular mis-steps that pockmark human endeavour. If you ever want to feel better about your progress in life, take a listen and enjoy a lovely schadenfreude bubble bath. Music by Max Perryment (www.maxperryment.co.uk) Donate to us via Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/WorstFootForward

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@WorstFoot

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English

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07764745261


Episodes

Ep 240: Leah Broad - World's Worst Composer

1/23/2022
5, 6, 7, 8! We are scribbling on staves and causing chaos with crotchets this week as we are joined by music historian Dr Leah Broad to discuss the World's Worst Composer. We wade through the lovelife and dressing-up habits of Hector Berlioz, the pigeon-painting of a barmy English aristocrat and the one-hit wonder who died in wild and historic circumstances. Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @LeahBroad Join us on our Discord server!...

Duration:01:08:03

Ep 239: Matt Hoss - World's Worst Festival

1/16/2022
It's great to be here with this week's episode of *check A4 sheet on the back of guitar* Worst Foot Forward to talk about the worst festivals in history. Joined by the host of the Castival podcast, Matt Hoss, we talk about the disastrous iterations of Woodstock, the plague-ridden Chicago World's Fair and why you should be very careful promoting a Charles Dickens Festival. Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @matthosscomedy Join us on our Discord server!...

Duration:01:16:16

Ep 238: Peter Brush - World's Worst Prediction

1/9/2022
We're gazing into our crystal balls this week in search of answers to the question "what is the World's Worst Prediction?" We see a handsome stranger entering our lives in the form of comedian Peter Brush who will lead us on a journey of self-discovery alongside Brazilian football legend Pele. Along the way, Ben flings some fish at a Belfast wall in search of love and Barry grinds his axe against one of the most shameful charlatans of modern times. Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot...

Duration:01:03:15

Ep 237: Robyn Perkins - World's Worst Vegetable

1/2/2022
*BOOK TICKETS TO OUR NEXT LIVE SHOW* - Sunday 20th February 2022, 2.30pm at VAULT Festival, London with special guests Johnny Chiodini and Ellie Gibson: https://vaultfestival.com/events/worst-foot-forward-live-recording/ Join us down at the WFF allotment along with our guest Robyn Perkins as we uncover the dangerous history of Mr Potatohead, battle turnips, deadly carrots and a mystery hairy vegetable. Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde Join us on our Discord...

Duration:01:06:33

Ep 236: The World's Worst Best of 2021 Episode

12/26/2021
*BOOK TICKETS TO OUR NEXT LIVE SHOW* - Sunday 20th February 2022, 2.30pm at VAULT Festival, London with special guests Johnny Chiodini and Ellie Gibson: https://vaultfestival.com/events/worst-foot-forward-live-recording/ Happy Christmas, Merry New Year, Joyful Holidays and whatever you're having yourself. It's been a wild 12 months at Worst Foot Forward towers in a year that saw a lot of lockdowns, another live recording and some brilliant guests, episodes and trivia. In the grandest of...

Duration:01:24:42

The Third Foot: Christmas Crackers (Bonus Episode)

12/23/2021
*BOOK TICKETS TO OUR NEXT LIVE SHOW* - Sunday 20th February 2022, 2.30pm at VAULT Festival, London with special guests Johnny Chiodini and Ellie Gibson: https://vaultfestival.com/events/worst-foot-forward-live-recording/ Merry Crimbletide everyone! To celebrate the festive rest we all goddamn need, Ben and Barry head down a wormhole of the history of crackers and festive jokes. Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde Join us on our Discord server!...

Duration:00:24:42

Ep 235: Alan Flanagan - World's Worst Misunderstanding

12/19/2021
*BOOK TICKETS TO OUR NEXT LIVE SHOW* - Sunday 20th February 2022, 2.30pm at VAULT Festival, London with special guests Johnny Chiodini and Ellie Gibson: https://vaultfestival.com/events/worst-foot-forward-live-recording Oh. Sorry. We didn't expect to see you here today of all places and times. Our mistake. Well, never mind, now you're here we may as well try and explain ourselves in this episode about the World's Worst Misunderstanding in the company of writer Alan Flanagan. We explore...

Duration:00:56:34

Ep 234: Jonn Elledge - World's Worst War

12/12/2021
*BOOK TICKETS TO OUR NEXT LIVE SHOW* - Sunday 20th February 2022, 2.30pm at VAULT Festival, London with special guests Johnny Chiodini and Ellie Gibson: https://vaultfestival.com/events/worst-foot-forward-live-recording We're cranking up Edwin Starr up as loud as he'll go, kissing our sweethearts goodbye and marching off to the front line as we present a list of some of the stupidest, strangest and most infuriating wars in history. Joined by seasoned journalist and fellow trivia nerd Jonn...

Duration:01:11:15

Ep 233c - Best Of The Worst 15

12/5/2021
*BOOK TICKETS TO OUR NEXT LIVE SHOW* - Sunday 20th February 2022, 2.30pm at VAULT Festival, London with special guests Johnny Chiodini and Ellie Gibson: https://vaultfestival.com/events/worst-foot-forward-live-recording It's getting cold and dark outside but we are keeping our spirits up with some positive thinking at Worst Foot Forward HQ. We've put together another episode where we return to past topics - in this case, those from episodes 71-75 - and we look for their bests rather than...

Duration:00:57:05

The Third Foot: John Hunter (Bonus Episode)

11/30/2021
*BOOK TICKETS TO OUR NEXT LIVE SHOW* - Sunday 20th February 2022, 2.30pm at VAULT Festival, London with special guests Johnny Chiodini and Ellie Gibson: https://vaultfestival.com/events/worst-foot-forward-live-recording/ This month our bonus episode is inspired by a story several listeners nudged our way about the Georgian physician John Hunter, a man who liked grafting teeth to cockerels, keeping all manner of oddities in his house and once experimented on his own penis in the name of...

Duration:00:33:31

Ep 233b: Offcuts - Gods, Emperors and Horses

11/28/2021
This week we're emptying out our recycling bin all over the Worst Foot Table as Barry is busy opening an immersive Doctor Who experience and Ben has ground himself into tiny dust being the dictionary definition of a road comic. To keep you satiated with daft trivia we've strung together some previously unreleased material featuring guests Anuvab Pal tittering with us about empire, Angela Barnes telling all on a recording of Celebrity Deal or No Deal, Andrew O'Neill sharing their...

Duration:00:47:35

Ep 233: Dr Kate Vigurs - World's Worst Historical Movie

11/22/2021
This week we're donning our swords, sandals, pointy helmet, tartan fighting trousers and fascist moustaches as we head to the cinema to grimace through the world's worst historical movies. Joined by historian Dr Kate Vigurs we reveal Larry Olivier's collaboration with the Moonie Church that had him laughing all the way to the bank, the staggering anachronisms upon which Braveheart was built and how Columbus' rickety legacy was ruined. Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay...

Duration:01:13:45

Ep 232: Tatty Hennessy - World's Worst Cleaner

11/14/2021
We often struggle to keep it clean here on Worst Foot Forward and this week it will be extra hard as we are getting down and dirty with the World's Worst Cleaner. Award-winning playwright Tatty Hennessy is with us to share grubby tales of space and Bitcoin, while Ben finds a terrorist with a yen for cleanliness and Barry tries to clean - and then paint - the tallest building in the world. Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @tattyhennessy Join us on our Discord...

Duration:00:57:25

Ep 231: Pope Lonergan - World's Worst Carer

11/8/2021
We hope you have your ear trumpets at the ready for this week's episode as we're joined by comedian, author and care worker Pope Lonergan to talk about the world's worst carer. We take another tap dance along the bleakest of tightropes and use a balancing pole weighted with stories of support peacocks, prince regents and the worst use for a pair of scales in history. Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @popelonergan Join us on our Discord server!...

Duration:01:04:13

Ep 230: Pete Donaldson - World's Worst Funeral

10/31/2021
It's spooky season with Hallowe'en upon us and so there's a funereal tone on Worst Foot Forward this week. With podcaster extraordinaire Pete Donaldson as our chief mourner, we are trying not to trip up the cortege at the World's Worst Funeral. There are wrong bodies, un-dead bodies, exploding bodies and lots more bodies besides. Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @petedonaldson Join us on our Discord server! https://discord.gg/9buWKthgfx Visit...

Duration:00:59:21

The Third Foot: Hallowe'en 2021 (Bonus Episode)

10/28/2021
Ghosts and ghouls abound in our Hallowe'en special bonus episode which sees us chat about the ouija board, trick-or-treating and the history of pumpkin tossing in North America. Enjoy spooky season folks and to our friends in Utah especially: watch out for any bright orange projectiles. Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde Join us on our Discord server! https://discord.gg/9buWKthgfx Visit www.worstfootforwardpodcast.com for all previous episodes and you can donate...

Duration:00:21:34

Ep 229: Dr Kit Chapman - World's Worst Chemist

10/24/2021
This week Ben and Barry take on one of the big three scientific disciplines: chemistry. Accompanied by Dr Kit Chapman, they artfully sidestep the really dark stuff to discover stories of the German who cached gallons of his own urine in the search for phosphorus, Robert Boyle's Buzzfeed article and why you shouldn't let Dmitri Mendeleev anywhere near your wife. Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @benvandervelde @bazmcstay @chemistrykit Join us on our Discord server!...

Duration:01:11:12

Ep 228: LIVE SHOW - World's Worst Literary Salon

10/17/2021
Oh what a night! A full 19 months after our first live show, here's our second - our World's Worst Literary Salon with special guests Jay Foreman, Bec Hill and Ria Lina, recorded in front of a REAL ACTUAL PROPER AUDIENCE OF HUMANS on 10th October 2021 at the Backyard Comedy Club in London. Featuring all manner of awfulness, from the poetry of McGonagall to the sex scenes of Morrissey, with a whole host of dead moose on Broadway, a feral mongoose courtesy of Bram Stoker and a trek across the...

Duration:01:30:20

Ep 227b: Best of the Worst 14

10/11/2021
It's time to lob some merry positivity your way as Ben and Barry reverse the polarity of the podcast and pick their World's Best for the topics covered in those shows. We revisit our discussions with Jamie Stegmaier about games, Daniel Bye about political theatre, Gabriel Ebulue about music videos, Jonny Singer about sporting rules and Glenn Moore about newscasters. As ever, there's great big hairy lumps of trivia, enthusiasm and the creation of an incredible new Olympic sport. Follow us on...

Duration:01:31:06

REMINDER: LIVE SHOW THIS SUNDAY!

10/8/2021
Just a little shameless advert to remind you all that we have a live show this coming Sunday, October 10th at the Backyard Comedy Club in Bethnal Green. Our guests are Bec Hill, Jay Foreman and Ria Lina and they'll be helping us bring to live some awful works of art in our World's Worst Literary Salon. Tickets are available at this link, hope to see a bunch of you there! https://www.tickettailor.com/events/goodshipcomedy/572834# Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay...

Duration:00:02:34