* James Kettle
* The Guardian, Saturday 15 August 2009
* Article history
It looks like Ricky Gervais has set out a pretty unshakeable template for comedy podcasts. Production polish and crisp editing are out, and if you want success in this medium it seems you have to go for something cheerful, light and utterly ramshackle. Andrew Collins and Richard Herring deliver these qualities with unerring consistency. The premise is very simple: they turn up with a pile of newspapers once a week, go through them, and make a series of occasionally incisive but frequently delightfully puerile jokes about the contents. It's a pretty low-key show, but one which sits well with the duo's self-deprecating style (which also explains the deliberately misspelt title). Normally recorded in the hi-tech surroundings of Herring's attic, this year's fringe sees the pair podcasting in front of a live audience.
â¢ Underbelly, Wed to 23 Aug, 12.20pm; listen at comedy.org.uk/podcasts