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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 (

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 (
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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 (








Ep 49: Thom Tuck - World's Worst Greatest Hits Album

Ep 49: Thom Tuck - World's Worst Greatest Hits Album by Hosted by Ben Van der Velde and Barry McStay

Duration: 01:11:31

Ep 48: Masud Milas - World's Worst Blaxploitation Movie

Ep 48: Masud Milas - World's Worst Blaxploitation Movie by Hosted by Ben Van der Velde and Barry McStay

Duration: 01:24:44

Ep 47: Samantha Baines - World's Worst Space Invention

3 - 2 - 1 - LIFT OFF! Whoops, the rocket fell over. Yes, having previously discussed astronauts, we're blasting off to space again in search of the World's Worst Space Invention. Award-winning comedian and actress Samantha Baines (The Crown, Call The Midwife) joins us to share her love of Cox and her insights into sex in space. Meanwhile, Ben pops the hood and looks at the inner workings of the Death Star and Barry talks about THAT pencil story and the terrifying experience of living on...

Duration: 01:06:31

Ep 46: Richard Maxted - World's Worst Cocktail

Ben and Barry are often likened to cocktails - one is a high-baller with a twist and the other is a fruity virgin. So it was only natural that they would seek out the very worst of that particular type of tipple, with a little help from Richard Maxted, mixologist and proprietor of bespoke cocktail purveyors Mix & Muddle. We ask the question 'Who is Tom Collins?', learn the dirty secrets of the dirty martini and marvel at humankind's ingenuity for drinking literally ANYTHING when push comes...

Duration: 01:04:49

Ep 45: Ethan Lawrence - World's Worst Monarch

This is one of those episodes we've been looking forward to since the beginning of the podcast. Alongside actor, fellow history nerd and WFF fan Ethan Lawrence we go on a merry journey from China to Egypt, 13th century Bulgaria to 18th century France and finally to frontiersville San Francisco in front of the maddest, baddest, stupidest and occasionally most haplessly charming monarchs. Contained within are stories of men sown into bearskins and chased by wolves, cabbage kings, cannons...

Duration: 01:23:40

Ep 44: Ria Lina - World's Worst Legal Defence

Order in court for this week's episode as we tackle the thorny issues of terrible legal defences. With us is one of our most qualified and talented guests - an expert in forensics, criminology and how to get away with anything, plus a mean performer on the stand-up and cabaret circuit: it's Ria Lina. With Ria's assistance Ben and Barry work out the best way to murder each other and then head onwards to the gnarly thickets of ridiculous legal behaviour. This mega-episode covers a huge...

Duration: 02:12:44

Ep 43: Archie Maddocks - World's Worst Playwright

Curtain up! This week's guest is Archie Maddocks, a stand-up comedian as well as a multi-nominated playwright - his work has been shortlisted for both the highly prestigious Bruntwood Prize and Alfred Fagon Award in 2017. We train both barrels on word-wranglers and script-screwer-uppers as we take on some of the World's Worst Playwrights. Ben gets personal, Barry talks unstageable stage directions and Archie takes down no less than a Nobel Prize winner. Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot...

Duration: 00:38:45

Ep 42: Lolo Brow - World's Worst Burlesque

We laid out the green carpet and welcoming the Lizard Queen of British Burlesque Lolo Brow to dish the dirt on the worst burlesque of all time. She's a woman who takes her job very seriously and reveals the challenges, skills, secrets and invention behind becoming a top class performer. Don't worry though, we've also got our usual helping of disaster, including a watery New Orleans show that shocked audiences in the 1940s, the story of the first ever striptease, some truly astonishing...

Duration: 01:25:11

Ep 41: Morgan & West - World's Worst Magic Trick

Izzy wizzy, let’s get busy with a whole heap of magic and mystery. Ben and Barry are joined by Morgan & West, Time Travelling Magicians, who saw us in half, catch our bullets and pull rabbits from our nether regions in search of the World’s Worst Magic Trick. Among the weird and wonderful sights we behold are an Ancient Egyptian who could separate a goose from its head, a wartime prestidigitator of dubious repute and a whole London cab-full of doves. Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot...

Duration: 00:49:12

Ep 40: Amelia Womack - World's Worst Environmentalist

As the storm clouds of climate change begin to whirl around us we thought it was time we talked to an expert who could help us point the finger at the worst environmentalists of all time. We uncovered hapless inventors, murderers with good(ish) intentions and extremely poor doings involving anyone called Nigel. Our guest and guide through these choppy waters is Amelia Womack, the Deputy Leader of the UK Green Party. Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @Amelia_Womack

Duration: 01:17:29

Ep 39: Ben Mepsted - World's Worst Striker

Goooooooaaaaaalllllllll! For those of you expecting a podcast about the world’s worst takers of industrial action - sorry, this one is about football strikers. Joining us is the host of The Football Question podcast, Ben Mepsted, to help us find some of the most backwards forwards ever (and indeed, never) to find the net. As always there are some fun facts - what man has played international football in four decades, why Fabrizio Ravanelli makes an excellent masturbation aid, and what IS...

Duration: 01:07:06

Ep 38: Richard Soames - World's Worst Word

Get some ice cool ear muffs ready for this episode as your ears are going to be burning by the end of it! Barry and Ben interview sketch comedy's Mr.Nice Guy Richard Soames about the worst word human beings have ever spoken. It should go without saying that we really give the explicit rating a good working over on this one as we explore all the best curse words in English, Russian, German, Icelandic and Italian. Don't worry though, it's not all profanity - we also take up arms against the...

Duration: 01:32:41

Ep 37b: World's Worst Holding Episode

We're taking a week off to enjoy a cheeky autumnal holiday. In the meantime, fill your ears with some of the best clips that didn't quite make the final edits of some of our favourite show. Feat. Bec Hill, Tiernan Douieb, Lynn Ruth Miller, Jim Smallman and Sarah Bennetto. Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @bechillcomedian @tiernandouieb @lynnruthmiller @jimsmallman @sarahbennetto

Duration: 00:23:49

Ep 37: John Henry Falle - World's Worst Mythical Beast

Grab your net, trident and extra-thick gloves and join us on a monster hunt! Ben and Barry are joined by Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee John Henry Falle aka The Storybeast as they delve deep into the cryptozoological annals of the past in search of the world's worst mythical beast. This episode spans the globe, from grubby little Japanese goblins to the US Air Force, via Greek mythology's biggest jock and the seventh circle of hell. Enjoy listening but be careful dear listener, for inside:...

Duration: 01:15:42

Ep 36: Simon Feilder - World's Worst Gadget

Go go gadget! X-Ray Spex on, hoverboards charged up and telescopic body-parts at full mast as we construct some of the world’s worst gadgets! Comedian, improviser and former Big Breakfast weatherman Simon Feilder is here to rummage through our garages and attics to find some of the most useless inventions ever. Amidst our tinkering, we create vicious self-defence devices, unprotectable patents and Edwardian Spotify, with appearances from The Prodigal Son, fake leeches and - of course - the...

Duration: 01:04:32

Ep 35: Tom Crowley - World's Worst Remake

What, this old guff again? Yes but not as you know it, because Worst Foot Forward gets a reboot as we talk about the World’s Worst Remakes. Writer, performer, producer and director Tom Crowley helps us trawl through the sludge and slush in the sewer of humanity’s knock-offs and rip-offs. Barry - in a slightly feverish state - takes us sightseeing around terrible replicas of landmarks, Tom gives an in-depth analysis of a horror movie that undoes all the good work of its originator, and Ben...

Duration: 01:07:52

Ep 34: Edd Kimber - World's Worst Baker

Roll us out, cover us in flour and watch us rise, it’s a very tasty episode this week all about the World’s Worst Baker. And who better than AN ACTUAL GREAT BRITISH BAKE-OFF WINNER to help us decide on the soggiest bottoms in history. Yes, GBBO series 1 winner Edd Kimber aka The Boy Who Bakes is on hand to knead, prove and knock out as we discuss tacky wedding cakes, psychedelic bread, poisoning Nazis and the man who started the Great Fire of London but blamed anyone else he could find....

Duration: 01:04:01

Ep 33: Keir Shiels - World's Worst Doctor

The doctor will see you now, but say ‘AAAAAAAHHHHH’ because he’s accompanied by two idiots. Yes, actual real-life NHS registrar Doctor Keir Shiels is on call with Ben and Barry scrubbing up beside him as we discuss the World’s Worst Doctors. There are quacks and charlatans, cure-alls and elixirs, and tales of blowjobs on prescription, why the Hippocratic Oath is mostly bollocks and why goat balls may be just what you need to spice up your love life. Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot...

Duration: 01:03:09

Ep 32: Tobi Wilson - World's Worst TV Cartoon

Well knock us down with a steamroller, drop an anvil on us and throw us off a cliff because this week we're getting very animated in the company of Tobi Wilson. As a writer on the BAFTA-winning series 'The Amazing World of Gumball', Tobi talks us through some lesser lights of his chosen field as we peruse the World's Worst TV Cartoons. We reminisce about the Golden Age of Animation when such shows as Animaniacs, Freakazoid Sharks ruled the airwaves. Along the way, there...

Duration: 00:57:41

Ep 30: Bisha K Ali - World's Worst Horror Movie

Woooooooo! WOOOOOOOOO! Look out behind you, because creeping up slowly in ghostly and macabre form is this week's episode about the worst horror movies ever projected on the silver screen. We're joined by writer and comedian Bisha K Ali for a blood/treacle-with-food-colouring-soaked journey through the world of F-movies, possessed lawnmowers and a former Star Trek officer dressed as a crow. Be afraid, be very afraid... Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @bishakali

Duration: 00:37:43

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