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For 20 years amateur humourist, Irish-born sage, semi-hermetic raconteur, fantasist, socially awkward cat obsessive, energy drinks misuser and husband Neal O’Carroll has practiced the art of starting comedic ramblings with no idea how the first sentence will end, never mind what he’ll say or write. 800 episodes in, he claims he’s getting the hang of it. Irish comedy podcasts Into Your Head’s roots include O’Carroll’s long enjoyment of classic BBC Radio panel game Just a Minute. From an early age (27) Neal was starting sentences with “Two Cats walk into a Bar” more frequently than his peers, initially in early 2000s humour blog Neal’s Belch, which spawned unscripted yet dialogue-laden Matchstick Cats comics. By 2006, O’Carroll had noticed saying stuff is easier than writing, and the rest is history. And now so can you. | Unique free comedy podcast from Ireland by Neal O’Carroll | https://NealOCarroll.ie

Location:

Wicklow town, Ireland

Description:

For 20 years amateur humourist, Irish-born sage, semi-hermetic raconteur, fantasist, socially awkward cat obsessive, energy drinks misuser and husband Neal O’Carroll has practiced the art of starting comedic ramblings with no idea how the first sentence will end, never mind what he’ll say or write. 800 episodes in, he claims he’s getting the hang of it. Irish comedy podcasts Into Your Head’s roots include O’Carroll’s long enjoyment of classic BBC Radio panel game Just a Minute. From an early age (27) Neal was starting sentences with “Two Cats walk into a Bar” more frequently than his peers, initially in early 2000s humour blog Neal’s Belch, which spawned unscripted yet dialogue-laden Matchstick Cats comics. By 2006, O’Carroll had noticed saying stuff is easier than writing, and the rest is history. And now so can you. | Unique free comedy podcast from Ireland by Neal O’Carroll | https://NealOCarroll.ie

Twitter:

@Neal

Language:

English


Episodes

Show 811: How to Win BIG in the Confession Box

2/25/2024
Neal discusses Bivouacs, shoes in radio dramas, traversing North Korea, how to talk to your child about podcasting, the phrase teaching your grandmother how to suck eggs, urinal troughs on trains, inventing the commuter picnic, cartoons about puppets, attitudes to scarecrows, curing the listener's pencil sickness, major life lesson from Man Versus Food, how a bishop moves in Chess, Worzel Gummage (ITV), alternate universe binary code, winning in the confessional, Muppet Babies format confusion, a Mary Poppins of the drugs world, typewriter versus typerwriter, myths about oats, the fates of Murder She Wrote's Jessica Fletcher and Family Guy's Mayor Adam West, paracetamol versus cocaine versus audiobooks, Harbour Hotel (RTE Radio 1) and what replaced it, honey monster capsules. what an AI barman experiences and more. About Into Your Head: IntoYourHead.ie/AboutMessage the show: IntoYourHead.ie/ContactNeal's webcomic: MatchstickCats.com License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International - It is mandatory to reproduce this attribution for each episode: "Neal O'Carroll via IntoYourHead.ie & Newsburp.ie Many episodes findable forever on Archive dot org."

Duration:01:10:03

Show 809: And the Elevator Seal Maintenance Dog you Rode in On

2/3/2024
Neal discusses explaining Pink Floyd to a cat, understanding the Middle East, how parrots work, cars that are very wide and very short, how to dress a performing seal, Chevies, levees, levies, Daewoo, the building layout in Cheers, imagining what it's like to have undiagnosed haemorrhoids, advice for U.S. homeowners, Led Zeppelin's creative process, using local language on the podcast, a non-unionised dog, a unionised dog, proof my brain exists, a fraudulent dog, determining what the listener wants and more. About Into Your Head: IntoYourHead.ie/AboutMessage the show: IntoYourHead.ie/ContactNeal's webcomic: MatchstickCats.com License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International - It is mandatory to reproduce this attribution for each episode: "Neal O'Carroll via IntoYourHead.ie & Newsburp.ie Many episodes findable forever on Archive dot org."

Duration:01:09:48

Show 808: My Trunk, My Choice

1/26/2024
Neal presents a new original Quentin Tarantino dialogue about a bank heist of a bulding that once housed Robin Island jail (tasteful), and discusses assisting an elephant with self exploration, a bland thing that you're sucking on all day, mapping your face, addressing the far-future listener as ancestor, a non-corporeal Maître D’ versus a cat, Logan’s Run (1976) for fish, podcasts versus comic books, a French dining experience, how I imagine you drive a car, a concienctious elephant's data protection worries, peanuts as an epsresso, how they made Resevoir Dogs (1992) on a budget, writing dialogue, the undernourished gear stick, the term "shitting on", recyclable tissue drinking straws, Mrs Brown's Boys (BBC / RTE), Keeping the dream alive, how to end a conversation in real life, how this podcast stays authentic and more. About Into Your Head: IntoYourHead.ie/AboutMessage the show: IntoYourHead.ie/ContactNeal's webcomic: MatchstickCats.com License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International - It is mandatory to reproduce this attribution for each episode: "Neal O'Carroll via IntoYourHead.ie & Newsburp.ie Many episodes findable forever on Archive dot org."

Duration:01:00:44

Show 807: Pope Bollo XI

1/21/2024
Neal discusses what happens to your child if they listen to this, what your cat does to feel alive, how to organise a legalised crime purchase regime, reporting future cold cases, Demolition Man (1993), prepping your child for an era of burning and drowning, how to row your dog, Dinasaur versus Alien, an horrific nursery rhyme. forty years of non-violent teaching, a tonne of bricks versus a tonne of blessings, understanding shoe leather, a brief overview of flies in popular culture, the movie that wasn’t about the fly (1997) (NOT The Fly (1996)), a pact with the listener regarding the papacy, sourcing snake oil, is it okay to laugh at a dog and more. About Into Your Head: IntoYourHead.ie/AboutMessage the show: IntoYourHead.ie/ContactNeal's webcomic: MatchstickCats.com License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International - It is mandatory to reproduce this attribution for each episode: "Neal O'Carroll via IntoYourHead.ie & Newsburp.ie Many episodes findable forever on Archive dot org."

Duration:00:50:47

Show 806: Blood in your Head of Guinness

1/14/2024
Neal discusses a problem he has in common with Beatle Paul McCartney, a surgeon and a tree surgeon comparing notes, truly hollow fruits, the body as a trickle down economy, doctors berating the comatose, the very worst thing to take on a plane, manicure and footwear logistics for upright cats, cranberry sauce nuts, outsourcing your bedtime thoughts, the face as a fake shopfront facade, dropkick me Jesus through the goalposts of life, toothbrushing on TV, "coming right up" as a catchprhase, child avoidance for cats, Edward Scissorpaws, toothbrushing in the military, that movie with the Dude (1998), blood in the heads of Guiness, tackling the roof of your mouth, belching as a by-product, the argument against sleeping, Judge Judy tries to help, defining a field, scaring your child with wooden houses, redesigning the toothbrush, the argument for timber skycrapers, two places where coffee is inappropriate, a flying bucket, Fortycoats (RTE TV), body parts as co-workers and more. About Into Your Head: IntoYourHead.ie/AboutMessage the show: IntoYourHead.ie/ContactNeal's webcomic: MatchstickCats.com License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International - It is mandatory to reproduce this attribution for each episode: "Neal O'Carroll via IntoYourHead.ie & Newsburp.ie Many episodes findable forever on Archive dot org."

Duration:01:06:35

Show 805: Two Handcuffs or Three?

1/8/2024
In a podcast laden with twists and nail-biting revelations as we sit in on a jail-hardened dog's parole review, Neal considers what an M&M is, Mother Nature's periodic landscapes, a doctor's views on bi-directional blackboard scraping, the dog bitch to dog Hitler ratio, dog parole board makeup, the French resistance on 'Allo 'Allo (BBC1), what home means to a dog serving life, lingusitics versus comas, putting yourself in the dog's shoes, something I learned watching Letterman (Columbia Broadcasting Systems), adults and Freddo bars, a shocking reveal about the dog convict's year, ditto the parole officer's year, employee Christmas dinner ratios, trying it with two dogs; two Shanes, a mutton decoy, a French podcast you might prefer and more.About the show: IntoYourHead.ie/AboutGet in touch: Visit IntoYourHead.ie/ContactNeal's webcomic: MatchstickCats.com License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International - It is mandatory to reproduce this attribution for each episode: "Neal O'Carroll via IntoYourHead.ie & Newsburp.ie Many episodes findable forever on Archive dot org."

Duration:01:25:35

Show 804: Intellectually Honest Meatloaf Recipies

1/1/2024
In the first show of 2024 Neal discusses the term "west brit", Trevelyan, a cat avoiding New Year's beer scams, a dog's dealings with the registrar of deaths and stuff, defining hella dodgy, Hurricane Charlie mountain memories, songs about meatloaf, accepting that toilets trigger thirst, Chas and Dave but not Status Quo, realities of building a road to the Moon, a show-permeating glasses incident, fine line between Nowhereland and Doctor Who, what is a dog's business?, civil defence raincoats, Brendan Grace wrote that combine harvester song, a moveable psychic prediction, counterintuitive office animal demographics, how dogs experience repetition and more. About the show: IntoYourHead.ie/AboutGet in touch: Visit IntoYourHead.ie/ContactNeal's webcomic: MatchstickCats.com License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International - It is mandatory to reproduce this attribution for each episode: "Neal O'Carroll via IntoYourHead.ie & Newsburp.ie Many episodes findable forever on Archive dot org."

Duration:01:06:41

Show 803: Christmas on a Popsicle Stick

12/26/2023
In a Christmas special culminating in the heartwarming story of a foulmouthed fake Santa who holds up bars, Neal discusses face cloth enthusiasts, introducing your child to A Clockwork Orange (1972), conversations with a working dog, a guide to shooting yourself in the foot, dogs in soap operas, how parenting ends, a deleted undersea mountain climber story, watching Highlander (1986) for the Queen songs, a barman's secret life, a barman's alternative work ethic, inventing a trailor system for homeless pets, what the term Jesus Christ on a popsicle stick means to a cat, the nights of Christmas Day, a dog who relates to post-Gabriel Byrne episodes of In Treatment (HBO / Sky Atlantic), people who have multiple shoes, one fell swoop, managing a five mile leash, drawing artificial trees on heads of stout, consulting the bar security cat aging expert from last week, reimaging Slimer, an overtrained dog, panting versus laughing and more. CORRECTIONS AND CLARIFICATIONS: The barman incorrectly refers to a Baileys and coffee as an “Irish Coffee”, when it is of course something far superior. About Into Your Head: IntoYourHead.ie/AboutMessage the show: IntoYourHead.ie/ContactNeal's webcomics: MatchstickCats.com License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International - It is mandatory to reproduce this attribution for each episode: "Neal O'Carroll via IntoYourHead.ie & Newsburp.ie Many episodes findable forever on Archive dot org."

Duration:01:08:45

Show 802: Custody of a Padlock

12/20/2023
Neal discusses reassuring a fast food operative who's seen Michael Douglas in Falling Down (1993), the trouble with one-way vocal chords, whodunnits at mass, thoughts of a depressed eternal dog, bar security's guide to aging a cat, a new way to deliver heating oil, misinterpreting a blue moon, temporal extradition, custody of a padlock, cat linguistics, commissioning the word bespoke, smuggling toast, smiting technique, TV sets versus alters, nasal linguistics, portable church memories, cinema glasses for cats, you Americans do the news incorrectly, ditto late night talk shows, multitasking with your mouth, minimum word-lengths in academia, dangers of generic juice, probabilities explained properly, penography, philantropicality, a new way to value postage stamps, a non-scalable podcast, ordering milk in bars, bridge versus drunkard, operating an old fashioned telephone, why dogs pant, reinventing the afterlude and more. About the show: IntoYourHead.ie/AboutGet in touch: Visit IntoYourHead.ie/ContactNeal's webcomic: MatchstickCats.com License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International - It is mandatory to reproduce this attribution for each episode: "Neal O'Carroll via IntoYourHead.ie & Newsburp.ie Many episodes findable forever on Archive dot org."

Duration:01:12:48

Show 801: Air Investigator First, Elephant Second

12/11/2023
Neal discusses sit-com bunk bed envy, takey-offey parachutes versus landy parachutes, a dignified way to kill off libraries, eternal peanuts, where cabaret fits in the grand scheme of things, a curtailed feed remnant advisory for returning listeners, fooling yourself with documentaries, Everest without a Walkman, measuring hell-broken-loose levels, steamboats and whitewashing, long distance stewing, casting then uncasting the dead parents on Diff'rent Strokes, the right elephant for the job, rebooting Air Crash Investigation, legalities of shooting messengers who happen to be elephants, elephants versus character actors, actor David Kelly RIP, a revised history of storytelling and firelighting, falling by design, penny drop moment for a trainee air crash investigator, statistical probabilities of different species entering a bar, bunk kitchens, failing to remember the word bittorrent, inauthentic endings on travel shows and podcasts, drawing a stairs on volume two of Colliers Junior Classics and more, before assigning the listener an important comprehension exercise as homework. About Into Your Head: IntoYourHead.ie/AboutMessage the show: IntoYourHead.ie/ContactNeal's webcomic: MatchstickCats.com License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International - It is mandatory to reproduce this attribution for each episode: "Neal O'Carroll via IntoYourHead.ie & Newsburp.ie Many episodes searchable forever on Archive dot org."

Duration:01:09:08

Show 800: You could fry an egg on the rocks

12/5/2023
In an 800th episode during which he may have overdone the energy drinks somewhat, (although the Cat Stevens part is true) Neal exposes a gaping loophole for toddler movie producers and discusses merry-go-rounds versus the events depicted in The Deer Hunter (1978), what he learned in his days in a Dublin boxing arena, achieving immortality by outwitting his future self, sit-com revolving door tropes, novel advice for joggers, you could fry an egg on the rocks / stones / sidewalk - if you had an egg (1980s Irish commercial) ukulele talk, a scathing attack on the first four hundred episodes of this series, a hall of mirrors versus a horsehoe-shaped bar, learning from The Walking Dead, self-aware fictional characters on strike, revisiting Short Circuit (1986) versus revisiting Sesame Street, windscreen wipers are robots, the chimney revenge woman, Cat Stevens at an accountancy seminar (1994), a contraption to achieve mouth lubrication equilibrium, time machine form factors, Spielberg and Schindler's charming misunderstanding in a bar, a Netflix branded cereal, what real raw milk does to cereal and more. About the show: IntoYourHead.ie/aboutGet in touch: Visit IntoYourHead.ie/contact License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International with this mandatory attribution for each episode: "Neal O'Carroll via IntoYourHead.ie & Newsburp.ie - Many eps available forever on Archive dot org"

Duration:01:10:10

Show 799: High Praise from a Giraffe

11/25/2023
Neal discusses the imaginary listener's secret existential crisis, approximating the taste of grass for the discerning diner, a new way to measure your height, whether crosswords count as relaxation, changing atitudes to chimneys, what's under your face, the first humans ever to see a bridge, canal tow-path horse height issues, harmonica design mysteries, Lovely Daaaaaaaaaay versus a barking barman, canal tow path issues, demons in undergound systems, a horse's head versus a railway bridge, impressing a giraffe with our bar licensing system, how giraffes pat you on the head, Lovely Daaaaaaaaaay versus a barking barman, what happens when two "Two cats walk into a bar" stories walk into a bar and more. About the show: IntoYourHead.ie/aboutGet in touch: Visit IntoYourHead.ie/contact License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International - It is mandatory to reproduce the following attribution text in full and with this exact wording for each episode: "Neal O'Carroll via IntoYourHead.ie - Many episodes also findable on Archive dot org.

Duration:00:54:37

Show 798: How Silence Works

11/21/2023
In an hour culminating in an elightening explanation, using the story of his recently departed mother's 1950s or early 1960s Atlantic crossing, of how silence works, Neal discusses why animals need to become gardeners, your chances of getting a pharmacist to sell you tea or paracetemol or cocaine, the movie "Downsizing", quicksand on a playing field, the pros and cons of having Anthony Hopkins as your family doctor, how cats buy rounds, the folly of wine tasting, Robin Williams, Robbie Williams, an over-empowered sweet shop proprietor, the philosophy of characters who exist only in a podcaster's imagination, an old zoological gardens song, how The Beatles' new song Now and Then has advanced this podcast, and more. About the show: IntoYourHead.ie/aboutGet in touch: Visit IntoYourHead.ie/contact License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International with this attribution: "Neal from Ireland via IntoYourHead.ie "

Duration:00:58:12

Show 797: No Kneecapping

11/13/2023
Neal discusses turning against Tom Hanks, a cat versus Pope Benedict XVI, Apple Pencils in banks, turning against Monopoly, a beverage based on some woman off Deep Space Nine, misexplaining Occupy Wall Street, off-air cat songs, debriefing a temporary cat, why you should have something wrong with you, fonts in the blood, transmitting barmen over the Wicklow Mountains, taking up space, IT security as entertainment, cistern noise analysis, treadmills versus conveyor belts and more. About the show: IntoYourHead.ie/aboutGet in touch: Visit IntoYourHead.ie/contact License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International with this attribution "Neal from Ireland via IntoYourHead.com "

Duration:01:11:14

Show 796: Quod Erat Vometorium

11/7/2023
Neal discusses filling a bath from the bottom, an anti-prelude, harmonica haters, witchhunts under Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, isolated tool-blaming, the case for (domestic) cats vomiting on each other, QED memories, a particularly taxing song for harmonica, what to drink in a vomitorium, understanding bass guitar operators, misunderstanding Queen's John Deacon, vomitorium enthusiasts in academia, navigating company law for vomitoriums, the IT role in a vomitorium, the life of an off-duty vomitorium manager, judges playing peek-a-boo in procedural dramas and more. About the show: IntoYourHead.ie/aboutGet in touch: Visit IntoYourHead.ie/contact License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International with attribution "Neal from Ireland via IntoYourHead.com"

Duration:00:53:30

Show 795: A Weekend in Jail

11/3/2023
Neal deals with how head transplants do or don't work, cinematography of Pope John Paul II and Oscar Schindler, how donkeys are processed hygenically, the problem with Steve Jobs RIP, a cat purchasing fake magic in a laundrette, elephants in a library, the problem with the human digestive system, surviving a long weekend in prison, what to do after you've made lemons into lemonde, talking microbes with guns (fictional), what Bob Geldof was right about, a synopsis of Better Caul Saul, awards versus nominations, and more. About the show: IntoYourHead.ie/About Get in touch: Visit IntoYourHead.ie/ContactNeal's webcomic: MatchstickCats.com License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International with attribution "Neal from Ireland via IntoYourHead.com "

Duration:00:37:54

Show 794: Reinventing the Inhaler

10/21/2023
Neal discusses pre-recorded bungee jump commentary, training podcast listeners, fighting fire with actual fire, gorillas in the news, PC disposal vesus bear disposal, finding a milkman in 2023, life as a margarine factory line foreman, the real reason for the seven year hiatus, how a cat verifies podcast listeners, that excellent ten-part drama about either Freud or Einstein, conversations in a margarine factory, cooking a load of crap, milk truck misconceptions, predecessors to pigs, Apple's harmonica firewall, how harmonicas could revolutionise healthcare, a song about how Paul McCartney wrote in his sleep and more About the show: IntoYourHead.ie/about Get in touch: Visit IntoYourHead.ie/contact License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International with attribution .“Neal from Ireland via IntoYourHead.com ”

Duration:00:44:02

Show 793: Armchair Liars (comeback episode after brief seven year interlude)

10/15/2023
Neal discusses the brief seven year interlude since Show 792, a prodical son, how lemonade works, coffee shop marzipan violence, a civilised summons, single use gold, Siskel or Ebert or Roeper or the other one, the podcast co-host protection system, zero on the dog scale, Make my day versus Be my guest, off duty dog helmets, dog licensing, vocal experiments, acapelo singers' concerns about the word bollocks, alienating dog owners, armchair liars, a bag of salted peanuts in a bag of salt and more. About the show: IntoYourHead.ie/aboutGet in touch: Visit IntoYourHead.ie/contact License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International with attribution "Neal from Ireland via IntoYourHead.com "

Duration:00:46:26

Pre-Comeback Rough Warmup Audio

10/6/2023
A short test transmission as Into Your Head prepares to emerge from it's brief seven year absence. Show 793 will be along in a week or so. License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International with attribution License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International with attribution "Neal from Ireland / IntoYourHead.com "

Duration:00:13:09

Show 792: “Pilot” (2016)

10/26/2016
This episode, from 2016, Show 792: "Pilot" was the last ever episode of Into Your Head. Until October 2023, when it's coming back! Please subscribe to the new brand new podcast feed. See IntoYourHead.ie/Subscribe for everything.

Duration:00:25:37