John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme Recording – Series 4 Episode 2

As I have explained numerous times on this blog, but will do so again for the sake of consistency, ‘John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme’ is a radio 4 sketch show, penned by Cabin Pressure writer John Finnemore. Recently I attended a recording of an episode of  the fourth series.

???????????????????????????????The recording took place at the Shaw Theatre in London, a venue I had not yet visited. All the normal cast were present including Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Simon Kane. Lawry Lewin and Carrie Quinlan. The episode contained many hilarious sketches, some of which I had already heard at the series try-outs (here and here). These included various sun gods arguing at a dinner party, a very uninspiring careers advisor and something about Humpty Dumpty.

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IMG_1592After the show I went on my regular autograph hunt. As well as acquiring a script for the episode I also got the whole cast (+Ed Morrish and Susannah Pearse) to sign this poster which I designed myself!

Newsjack Recording – Series 9 Episode 2

2013-09-25 21.01.02So it’s that time of year again. The nights are getting earlier, the house is getting colder and, oh yes; Newsjack is back!

For those of you who don’t know/care, Newsjack is a topical radio sketch show with an ‘Open Doors Policy’ which means that anybody can send in their sketches to be recorded.

What with all good radio comedy, the beeb needed some people to laugh in the background and so I got the chance to sit in a room, one half of the only two teenagers in a room of middleaged business men and women.

We saw the return of the main cast which features Justin Edwards from Skins, Lewis Macleod (a.k.a Postman Pat) and Margaret Cabourn-Smith who’s obviously got a good agent as she’s in everything.

tickets 001A great show we had, full of jokes about selfies, the iPhone 5s and the Pope. We were also treated for a fair bunch of spontaneous hilarity from the cast which included Edwards womanising a bit and Macleod getting annoyed with one of the audience after they told him to redo a line.

Got some autographs, got a script, had a talk with Carl Cooper about how to pursue a career in radio producing. Whoppe!

The current series of Newsjack is airing thursday nights at 11pm on BBC Radio .

The Brig Society Recording – Episodes 1 & 2

11899_635947326420795_1117507062_nYesterday I went to another radio recording. Yay! This time it was for a brand new sitcom; The Brig Society, starring Marcus Brigstocke.

Basically what happens is in each episode, Marcus volunteers to do some work for his local community and ends up being put in charge of whatever he volunteers for. The series (or at least the two episodes I saw) also stars Margaret Cabourn-Smith (Newsjack, 946626_635947469754114_207665429_nJohn Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme, Do the Right Thing), William Andrews (Sorry I’ve got no Head) and Rufus Hound (who has most probably been in some stuff).

The show was being recorded at RADA, which is by far my favourite studio out of the two I’ve been too. Being recorded were the first two episodes. The first (and the better) was when Marcus was put in charge of his 525238_635947676420760_474970956_nlocal hospital and the second when Marcus became a local fashion icon.

One of the things I love about radio recordings is that the audience do not just come in, sit down, laugh, clear off. The actors really do try to interact with the audience as much as possible. The producers and that the actors always try to provide added amusement which is very nice, especially as 405854_635947753087419_910051166_nit’s free. At the Now Show for instance, Hugh Dennis conducted the audience in a laughing Mexican Wave and this time Marcus Brigstocke went round the audience being highly critical about what some of them were wearing.

The shows were good, however were both an hour long which meant we were sitting there quite a long time. The show also had a 941768_635947789754082_1721358310_ntendency to spend far too long on certain jokes which made it boring if those jokes weren’t very funny anyway.

After the show we hung around and met some of the cast. I’d already met Mr Marcus Brigstocke so I simply told him that I admired his work on the childrens TV show ‘Stupid’ which was good when I was about six, but looking back it was kind of pathetic. 603740_635947799754081_723385906_nWe also met Rufus Jones (whose script I got) and then Maragret Cabourn-Smith! The actual Maragaret Cabourn-Smith!

(For those of you who don’t know who she is, she’s been in John Finnemore’s Souvinere Programme and comedy Podcast; Do the Right Thing). We had a lovely chat with her. She told me I was too young to listen to Do the Right Thing and then advised me to go to The Edinburugh Fringe Festival. Fair do’s.