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Podcast about British comedy. With discussion on the latest comedy news, TV and radio shows, industry info, and more.

Podcast about British comedy. With discussion on the latest comedy news, TV and radio shows, industry info, and more.
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London, United Kingdom


Podcast about British comedy. With discussion on the latest comedy news, TV and radio shows, industry info, and more.






0207 025 0618


24th Feb - Watson & Oliver

Dave Cohen and Tony Cowards are joined by TV's newest comedy duo, Lorna Watson and Ingrid Oliver. The girls - whose debut BBC Two sketch show began on Monday - open up about their partnership, their writing process and background in live comedy, plus the reception to their new sketch show Watson & Oliver - and how Jennifer Saunders made them cry.

Episode 15 - Miles Jupp

The multi-talented Miles Jupp joins Dave Cohen to talk about his stand-up tour, acting in Rev, developing his radio and TV show In And Out Of The Kitchen, the writing process generally, cricket, how he uses Twitter without actually having an account, and more.


Episode 14 - Chris Addison

The British Comedy Guide's podcast is back! Chris Addison chats in-depth to Dave Cohen about his comedy career, including how he started in stand-up comedy, and his work on shows including Lab Rats, The Thick Of It, and Veep. He also introduces Trying Again, the new sitcom for Sky Living which he co-created with Simon Blackwell. In the show, he plays a man whose fiancee has had an affair with her boss. Chris explains how the project evolved and what it is like working for Sky TV.


Episode 13 - Sean Hughes

In the first WAYLA? podcast of 2013, Dave Cohen and BCG editor Aaron Brown are joined by Sean Hughes. The comedian, novelist and actor is back on tour with a life-affirming show about death. He chats with Dave and Aaron about his career; early 1990s sitcom Sean's Show; how the stand-up industry is changing; the differing motivations between stand-up, acting and writing; and the cult of celebrity. The trio also discuss the ratings hits of broad-humour sitcoms Miranda and Mrs. Brown's Boys,...


Episode 12 - Mark Thomas & Caroline Norris

We're back! After a busy few months, WAYLA? returns for more top-quality discussion about comedy - and now in a studio! In this show, host Dave Cohen is joined by activist comic Mark Thomas to talk about his Edinburgh show Bravo Figaro!, all about opera and his dad; and top comedy producer Caroline Norris, the brains behind smash-hit childrens' sketch show Horrible Histories, BBC Three's Dead Boss, and Jack Dee's new Sky Atlantic series Don't Sit In The Front Row. Join the trio - plus...


Episode 11 - Andrew Ellard

Dave Cohen and James Cary are joined by top script editor Andrew Ellard. Together they discuss ITV's latest moves back into the field of sitcom, and Andrew's impressive CV, including The IT Crowd (with Graham Linehan) and Red Dwarf (with Doug Naylor). Andrew also talks about his work co-writing The Brian Butterfield Movie with James and Peter Serafinowicz, as well as the use of Twitter in the comedy industry, and more in-depth writing discussion including the mechanics and use of character...


Episode 7 - Al Murray

Dave Cohen and Tony Cowards are joined by star guest Al Murray - aka the Pub Landlord. On the table today is the sad news of the death of sitcom supremo David Croft, a director, writer and producer whose impressive CV includes 'Allo 'Allo!, Dad's Army and Steptoe & Son; we also talk about Private Eye as it turns 50, and Sky's continuing investment in comedy. In the feature interview slot, Al Murray discusses his career and the history of the Pub Landlord, including Time Gentlemen Please,...


Episode 6 - Adrian Poynton

Dave Cohen and James Cary are joined by Adrian Poynton, a stand-up comedian and writer of BBC Three's hit sitcom White Van Man. This episode will be of particular interest to budding writers, as Adrian talks in-depth and charmingly openly about the development, commissioning and writing of White Van Man. We also recap the successes of this year's Fringe Festival, discuss the merits of Newsjack, and Channel 4's upcoming Tommy Cooper documentary.


Episode 5 (Edinburgh Special)

Karen Koren, Tim FitzHigham and Dr Phil Hammond are the special guests joining Dave Cohen. On the agenda is finance; the madness, stress, and uniqueness of a concentrated month of performing; the So You Think You're Funny? competition; some medical advice; and a little bit of reminiscing, gossip, and thoughts on the future of the Festival.


Episode 3 - John Finnemore

Dave Cohen is joined by regular co-host James Cary to talk to John Finnemore, the writer and co-star of Radio 4's hit sitcom Cabin Pressure. Topics on the table this week are Campus, radio pilots, My Family, and John's brand new Radio 4 sketch show.


Episode 2 - Simon Godley

Dave Cohen and the BCG's Aaron Brown are joined by special guest Simon Godley, dentist to the stars. On the table this week is a brand new microphone, plus the BBC Television Centre sell-off, Lee Mack's All Star Cast, the sad death of Simon Brint, Lucas & Walliams, reviews from the message board, and Simon's new movie with Ben Miller: Huge.


Episode 1 - Vivienne Clore

Dave Cohen and Tony Cowards are joined by legendary comedy agent Vivienne Clore. Topics on the agenda include the pros and cons of the Edinburgh Festival, new comedy commissions, BBC Four, family sitcoms, and Rufus Hound - movie star. Plus a round-up of comedy news, and views from the British Comedy Guide Forums. This was our first episode and the microphone failed - so apologies for the poor sound quality.