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Richard Herring's Edinburgh Fringe Podcast

Richard Herring presented a daily podcast from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011, 2012 and 2013. The hour-long shows featured big name special guests, gossip, swearing, lies, prizes and surprises! The show is back for three 2017 specials!

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2013 #24: Baconface, Simon Donald and Jarlath Regan

RHEFP 2013 #24: Baconface, Simon Donald and Jarlath Regan - It's All Bacon. Richard reveals that tomorrow's podcast will almost certainly be the last RHEFP (rhefp) ever, so if you have enjoyed these 75 hours of free goodness and resent giving him any money, then why not sponsor Rich on a potentially fatal attempt to run a half-marathon in 5 weeks time via http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RichardHerring. Simon Donald is the first guest and the discussion turns to what constitutes heterosexuality in Newcastle, rivalry with Gateshead, Big Feasts and Biggins and whether F*ckwits is a gameshow or a panel show. Stand-up comes from the fabulous Jarlath Regan. Then mysterious cult Canadian comedian Baconface is on hand to discuss bacon, the best way to adhere it to your face, what to do when it falls off and whether there are any practical post-face applications. Also his view on Bigfoot, the Foster's Comedy Awards and Stewart Lee who appears to have stolen a lot of his act. There is a surprising chemistry between the pair, given they have just met.

1hr

25 Aug 2013

Rank #1

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2011 #14: Barry Cryer and Edward Aczel

What's that unusual atmosphere in the air today? Could it be genuine reverence. Rich is joined by one of his absolute comedy heroes, Barry Cryer and is trying to be on his best behaviour. Barry's butterfly brain means he has a story about everyone and everything that gets mentioned from Nicholas Parsons to Stewart Lee and Jack Benny to Richard Pryor. He also comes up with the best answer yet to the Keith Allen Question (as it is known in parliament). So just sit back and listen to a comedy legend (which is pretty much that all Rich does in this episode) and find out who's really the king of Edinburgh. Edward Aczel is on hand for five minutes of stand-up and Rich has just been offered an advert where he'd have to live in a perspex box for three days (he may not take it). What a lovely way to spend the afternoon.

1hr

18 Aug 2011

Rank #2

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2011 #24: Isy Suttie and Andrew O'Neill

Richard has now been talking to comedians for 24 hours - it'll take you a whole day to listen. And there's one more to come. Hopefully our technical gremlins are behind us and after 10 gigs in 2 days Rich had an early night. And though he apparently looks like a tramp he is in good spirits. Made better by the fact that his guest is Isy Suttie, from off of that scene in the stationery cupboard in Peep Show (if you don't know what Peep Show is or what TV is, that all gets explained in the podcast - though we forgot to explain what a podcast is, sorry). You'll find out what happens when you don't put helium in your balloon, how celebrity death can wreck a comedy routine and if a member of Pink Floyd stole Isy's guitar. Top drawer stand-up from Andrew O'Neill. There's only one more to go.

1hr 2mins

28 Aug 2011

Rank #3

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2012 #01: Sarah Kendall and Iszi Lawrence

2012 #1: The Return of the King - Sarah Kendall and Iszi Lawrence. Edinburgh has only been going a day and Richard Herring is already exhausted, tired enough to attempt to instigate a rebellion against the Fringe Jesus, Stewart Lee. But is he serious? No one seems entirely sure, least of all Herring. But he's back with tales of Badmington cheating and lift etiquette and his greatest comedy moment, Harold Pucksa: The Man Who Can Only Live in a Vacuum. His guest is ex-Fringe flatmate and Comedy Award nominee Sarah Kendall who has tales of what happens when you Dirty Dance in a kitchen and her husband's athletic antics whilst she gave birth. Richard reveals what he did to an Amy Pond costume at the Dr Who exhibition in Cardiff and keeps us up-to-date with all the latest news on the 1988 series of Going for Gold. A Scottish man in the front row drinks half a bottle of wine in the hour, whilst under the influence of opiates from an operation. Richard receives his first Talking Cock review during the show too. Surely this can only end in crying. With stand-up from Iszi Lawrence.

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2 Aug 2012

Rank #4

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2011 #25: Adam Buxton and Seymour Mace

It's the end, my friends and someone is set to win half a bottle of olive oil, some Weetabix and the monarchy of Edinburgh. And we've saved the best till last as Count Buckules is here to tell us about the times he has said inappropriate things on 6Music, how his computer cable must be placed 'just so', a trip to New Zealand with a ventriloquist, what a cock bongo would involve and what it would take for him to fellate Keith Allen. Rich is remarkably indiscreet as always, spreading possibly libellous rumours about certain celebrities and revealing the genesis of a famous Stewart Lee sketch and a classic bit of Alan Partridge. And Seymour Mace is also here to give his controversial views on evolution. Thanks to everyone at The Stand and at The British Comedy Guide for their sterling work. Might we do it again next year? ... Surely not.

1hr

29 Aug 2011

Rank #5

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2011 #19: Dave Fulton and Steve Gribbin

Dave Fulton and Steve 'Gibbon' Gribbin - In the last days Rich has seen the world's most urchiny children and the poshest baby ever and there's a young man with a bow tie in the front row today. Perhaps he is asleep and dreaming all this. Today's guest is ex drug dealer and grave robber Dave Fulton who climbs up frozen waterfalls for fun. He also has an incredible story about Richard from 1999 that the womanising drunkard Somerset comedian has no memory of. It's a goodie though. The two men, with fifty years' worth of comedy experience between them, have some serious things to say about the business of making people laugh, but there's plenty of funnies too. And another golden oldie with more than a quarter of a century's experience is on hand to give us five minutes of his act, the exuberant Steve Gribbin. This show is so different every day. Hope you're enjoying it as much as we are.

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23 Aug 2011

Rank #6

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2011 #18: Al Murray and Martin Mor

Libya is on turmoil and David Cameron has to come home from another holiday, but Rich is in ebullient mood, as after today there are only 7 podcasts to go. The end is in sight, but will it keep moving further and further away like it did last year? Rich is joined by Al Murray, who today is playing his most complex and bizarre character - himself - and there's chat about the Female Eunuch, murder mimes, the spontaneous generation of the Pub Landlord character, fights between members of the cast of Time Gentleman Please as well as whether monkeys can consent to sex, the Worst Comedy Experience of 2005 and the Edinburgh based birth of Al's eldest child in 1999. Stewart Lee's name crops up a couple of times too. With stand-up from the remarkably bearded Martin Mor and an appearance from the Nirvana baby. It's one of the best shows yet.

1hr 1min

22 Aug 2011

Rank #7

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2011 #21: Paul Provenza and Joe Lycett

A late night performing at the awesome Set List gig has left Richard both tired and exhilarated and fittingly he's talking to the producer of that show, Paul Provenza. He has tales of how a lazy eye got him into comedy, the genesis of his film The Aristocrats and the differences between American and British stand-up. It's quite a scholarly look at the comedy business and the mindset of comedians, but there's plenty of funnies too, including how far Paul will go to deal with a heckler - it is a long way! Rich has a story of trying to intervene in an assault in 1987 and there's some mention of high-backed armchairs. See if you can spot the moment where Rich actually nearly fell asleep (due to late night and hangover rather than the conversation taking a dull turn). Stand-up from the sausage and bean loving future superstar Joe Lycett.

1hr

25 Aug 2011

Rank #8

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2011 #17: Dan Tetsell and Lee Camp

Rich is a bit hungover and still reeling from having walked through the streets of Edinburgh on a Saturday night, seeing fights and sick and men on their own being weirdly impressed to see him. He's just thankful he didn't get punched. It's a mini-AIOTM (aiotm) and TWTTIN (twttin) reunion today, with King Herod actor Dan Tetsell, who just seems relieved to be away from his daughter's shitting arse. He has some script-writing tips and stories of Edinburgh embarrassments, whilst Rich recalls the romantically turbulent year of 2004 when he dated 50 women in 50 days for the 12 Tasks of Hercules Terrace. Stand-up from Lee Camp. It's got a bit of a postprandial Sunday afternoon feel to it.

1hr

21 Aug 2011

Rank #9

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2011 #20: Omid Djalili and Jen Brister

Rich is a bit groggy after pretending to be Paul Weller at Karaoke Circus last night, but he's excited about having seen Pete Hornberger from 30 Rock in the street, even though he has a real life movie star as his guest today. Omid Djalili has stories of experimental theatre in the Czech Republic, possibly killing Oliver Reed and maybe breaking up Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. Rich looks back to a pivotal career moment in the Fringe of 2007, whilst Omid recounts the antics of towel thief Andre Vincent and the comedy awards announcement is made during the show, so there's time to chat about Richard's repeated failure to be nominated for anything. With stand-up from the wonderful Jen Brister and the last chance to win a wine voucher from www.nakedwines.com

59mins

24 Aug 2011

Rank #10

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2011 #15: Josh Howie and Josh Widdicombe

Josh Howie and Josh Widdicombe. Rogue and Josh(es) - Somewhere back in 1981 the 14 year-old Richard Herring has exploded after being mentioned on Channel 5 this morning by Janet Ellis, but the 44 year-old Rich has to push on and do another podcast, if he can stop looking at 18 year old A level students jumping in the air. He is joined today by former trainee rabbi Josh Howie, who is by his own admission a dick. They chat about near fights with hecklers, torn banjo strings, AIDS and incest and whether actors are thicker than comedians. Brilliant Josh Widdicombe is on hand to provide 5 minutes of stand-up and the audience are getting amorous with each other. It's all happening.

1hr

19 Aug 2011

Rank #11

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2011 #22: Phil Nichol and Markus Birdman (Lost Podcast)

Due to a recording error we only had a very speeded up and corrupted recording. We have slowed it down, but you will probably only want to listen if you are a completist. This is what was in it though: Phil Nichol and Markus Birdman - It's a small crowd and Rich is a bit sluggish again, but when talk moves on to pleasuring oneself at disaster sites things perk up. Phil Nichol is on hand to talk about how it is to win awards and whether they should exist, people having sex in public places and what got him into comedy. Rich is looking back at 2008 and when rib tickling turned to rib cracking and Phil introduces us to a street performer who may be real or might be just in his imagination called Rumpel (we'll find out tomorrow as he's going to be a guest on the show). Stand-up provided by Markus Birdman and today's episode sponsored by Genna Delaney's jewellery. www.gennadelaney.com

1hr 10mins

27 Aug 2011

Rank #12

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2011 #23: Rumpel and Matt Kirshen

After yesterday's debacle where the podcast got recorded on the wrong setting - Chris at The Stand 'accidentally' forgets to record the opening of today's show - which is coincidentally the bit where I am slagging him off for his incompetence. Weird. My first guest today is someone who Phil Nichol was talking a lot about yesterday, eccentric street performer, Rumpel - the Worldly Kangeroo Fool of Oz - and it turns out that either Nichol has a very good imagination (where the things he think take physical form) or this is a real man. He says something that I think is the funniest thing in all 23 podcasts so far. Then the relatively sane Matt Kirshen is on hand to talk about which order you should rape and kill a tramp in, men's nipples and performing in a meeting room at a hotel. Episode 23 is a podcast packed with actual insanity and unpleasantness and laughs. Let's just hope it all recorded OK.

1hr 1min

27 Aug 2011

Rank #13

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2011 #16: Simon Munnery and Matt Green

Rich is coping with the imminent closure of the Tempting Tattie and with having had his second Celebrity Mastermind nightmare of the month, but luckily Simon Munnery is on hand to out Top Trump Rich on numbers of Fringes plus talk of what happens if you drink half a jar of Nescafe in one pint of water, Edinburgh feuds with unlikely foes, future movie stars falling face first into bowls of porridge, airships and what it's like to act as Banksy's lawyer. It's amazing stuff. And if that wasn't enough Matt Green is on hand for five minutes of stand-up and one lucky sinister fella is going to win a 25 Euro voucher to buy left-handed items at On The Other Hand - www.ontheotherhand.ie - if you come tomorrow you could win another one!

1hr 2mins

20 Aug 2011

Rank #14

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2013 #23: Caroline Rhea, Barry from Watford and Alex Edelman

RHEFP 2013 #23: Caroline Rhea, Barry from Watford and Alex Edelman - Going Down On Colin. Richard is waiting for the Perrier people to turn up with his Spirit of the Fringe award, but the only person winning anything today is Colin, who in his last appearance is festooned with gifts. Though some of them will be stolen by first guest Caroline Rhea (pronounced Ray, apparently) who is on hand to talk about animatronic cats, swearing Scottish children and Larry David's inability to tell a knock, knock joke. And does she walk off the podcast? Or is she just going to catch her cab? You decide. Fellow American Alex Edelman provides the stand-up, before true blue Brit, Barry from Watford, comes on to talk about his wife, pies, Steve Wright, Iain Lee and Nicholas Parsons. It's getting a little raggedy round the edges, but the end is in sight now. Will the next two be the last ever RHEFPs?

1hr 2mins

24 Aug 2013

Rank #15

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2013 #22: Ed Byrne, Bridget Christie and Luke Wright

RHEFP 2013 #22: Ed Byrne, Bridget Christie and Luke Wright - Slithery Calves. Rich is worried about the bullying that Chelsea Manning might be getting in prison, but is relieved to see Colin is still alive (if he was ever alive). His first guest is Ed Byrne who knows the correct pronunciation of Sudoku and is very happy to talk about Pointless for a long time. It might not be entertaining for you, but Richard is very happy to be there. Also what is it like spending your life looking quite like Richard's best friend from school? Ed is unable to really comment on that (even though he does). And there's more discussion of Doctors and breaking America. Luke Wright is here with a poem. And then Bridget Christie turns up to chat about her blitz on lads' mags, her calamitous time as a farm hand, the Daily Mail and being the Great Fire of London. And amazingly Richard turns out to be the only interviewer who doesn't really mention the elephant in the room (which is a rare thing, even when the elephant's wife is not around).

1hr 2mins

23 Aug 2013

Rank #16

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2013 #21: Paul Putner, Scroobius Pip and Sarah Campbell

RHEFP 2013 #21: Paul Putner, Scroobius Pip and Sarah Campbell - Just A Band. Rich starts by praising the many toilet-seat wee-ers that Edinburgh seems to attract for their amazingly committed work and spots some celebrity lookalikes in the audience. Then he chats to Paul Putner about the Curious Orange, Little Britain and Glam Metal Detectives being the new Monty Python. And how an appearance in a Tango ad started the ball rolling. Stand-up comes from Sarah Campbell. And then Scroobius Pip discusses how he set fire to a hobby horse in a container without any thought for personal safety, all the secret work he does for charity and whether Purple Ronnie is a massive influence on his work. Plus whether it's effective to warn people about swearing in shows by more or less pointing out which swear words you can expect.

1hr

23 Aug 2013

Rank #17

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2013 #20: Mark Thomas, Rob Delaney and Chris Stokes

RHEFP 2013 #20: Mark Thomas, Rob Delaney and Chris Stokes - Pointless. Rich is a little weary and struck down by awards day depression and annoyed by journalists spotting themes from too small a selection of shows and top 10 joke competitions. He also has a theory about what might have happened to Colin. His guests are a busy (and slightly late) Mark Thomas, who is dashing around Edinburgh like a (living) blue-arsed fly protesting and demoing and being active. He chats about the shows he has seen, whilst Rich has just been watching telly, and disses Rich's Pick N Mix protests and lack of ambition. But is interested to hear who will be looking after today's racists when they are old. Stand-up comes from Chris Stokes, who was not sexually harassed during the show whatever he tells you or the police. Then bearded American Rob Delaney comes on to chat about board games, pubic trimming, how to react to award nominations and how Wikipedia can get things wrong. A rare (for this Fringe) clumsy and awkward day from Rich, but the guests are terrific so you'll still enjoy it.

1hr 7mins

21 Aug 2013

Rank #18

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2013 #19: Peacock and Gamble and Dana Alexander

RHEFP 2013 #19: Peacock and Gamble and Dana Alexander - Double Bumhole. Richard is concerned about all the people calling him 'The Spirit of the Fringe' this year. Come on people, that's for the corporate awards committees to decide, not you. He's tired out and dreaming of dangerous balloon rides with derivative double acts. And then his dreams come partly true as Proctor and Gamble arrive. The talk starts with bumholes and descends from there. Find out about Peacock's Muppet collection, his love of Les Dawson and a synopsis of his appearance on Doctors. Gamble chats about having a non-functioning pancreas, his love of the work of Richard Herring and how Peacock groomed him. Both of them admit that Richard is much better at comedy and podcasting than them and agree to retire. With stand-up from Dana Alexander. It's the last Tuesday! Hooray!

1hr 2mins

20 Aug 2013

Rank #19

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2013 #18: Alexei Sayle and David Kay

RHEFP 2013 #18: Alexei Sayle and David Kay - In a Cupboard with Lembit Opik. Richard has finally committed murder at the Fringe and is wondering if something similar happened to Lady Di (though hopefully no Cif was used then). He's very excited to be chatting to legendary stand-up Alexei Sayle about Carry On Columbus, how he nearly ended up as a Golden Girl, how the attempt to heal the rift with Ben Elton led to another rift and how Benny Hill ended up with Alexei's Emmy! We get some really good insights into the mind of a genius comedian (and Alexei says some stuff as well... Ha ha I am funny). With scone-based humour from David Kay. Think you'll enjoy this one!

58mins

19 Aug 2013

Rank #20