While I’m at it – I ought to tell you about the podcast I am doing with Giles. It’s not a Spike podcast but you might enjoy it anyway.
It’s called “Giles Coren Has No Idea” and the premise is that it is the story behind his Saturday column – where the ideas come from (me) and what jokes to make about them (him).
The Times wanted Giles to do a podcast but it was difficult to find a format – there are so many talking-heads and celebrity interview podcasts around already it seemed pointless to try and do a copycat thing… plus with three columns a week to write and his insistence on doing loads of childcare, the admin that would be required from Giles to set up a weekly celebrity interview was kind of out of the question.
So I suggested a behind-the-scenes thing about his column with me as a sidekick as I am always available and already on the payroll. We record on a Wednesday and the podcast comes out on a Friday – you can then read what Giles eventually decided to write in his column online at around 5pm on the same Friday. You could if you wanted, listen to the podcast and then immediately read the resulting column.
As a newspaper obsessive I obviously think it’s beyond cool to be able to see where jokes came from, which ideas were rejected and why. I used to have a short recording of a conversation in the writer’s room at Blackadder and I listened to it over and over again – so that’s how they did it, that’s how it got made.
You can find the podcast on iTunes or Spotify or wherever else you get your podcasts. If you don’t know what a podcast is or how to listen to one, ring a helpful nephew or niece.
I mean, I’ve got to say that the first episode, which is the only one we’ve done, is a bit patchy. We were a bit unprepared and freaked out and might have had a few drinks the night before.
But the next one, which comes out this Friday, we are going to be ON IT.
I have had a few people asking me why my picture and name aren’t more prominent on this podcast and it’s because I don’t want them to be. This is Giles’s thing, not mine and I’m just helping him out. If I wanted to be more visible on it, I would only have to ask – so I appreciate your concern but don’t worry it’s not yet another example of the patriarchy being a douche.
I am hoping that we will eventually be able to have some guests on, because I think it would be funny. Giles is a little resistant to the idea but he will agree with me in the end, because he usually does.