Podcast: Richard Herringâ€™s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast
Number of Episodes: 100
Release: Wednesdays, but currently on hiatus
There are so many people in this world that Iâ€™d love to sit down and have a chat with. While I still canâ€™t really do it, someone who can is Richard Herring. His podcast (RHLSTP) is smart, irreverent, hilarious and pure bliss. His guest list is one that other interviewers can only dream of, and it doesnâ€™t matter whoâ€™s sitting opposite him, theyâ€™re going to get the same treatment. Herring is capable of asking really important questions, getting to the heart of who someone is and what drives them, and where they think their careers are going, but mostly he just wants to make cock jokes and talk about seventies television. Thatâ€™s not a complaint.
Itâ€™s currently on hold, and will be back this month, but over the last 100 episodes, guests have ranked from up-and-coming comedians like Joe Lycett, Sara Pascoe and Roisin Conaty, to really high-profile guests like Stephen Fry, Eddie Izzard and Harry Shearer. While the guests are generally pulled from the world of comedy, there have also been academics (Mary Beard), TV presenters (Louis Theroux) and fellow podcasters (Helen Zaltzman and Olly Mann). While a lot of it seems to be Herring asking people if theyâ€™d rather have a hand made of ham or an armpit that produced sun cream, he nonetheless always gets a great interview.
Particularly wonderful episodes include Stephen Fry (for which the podcast got noticed by the mainstream press when Fry admitted to recently attempting suicide), Armando Iannucci & Graham Linehan (if only for Linehanâ€™s Bob Dole anecdote), Louis Theroux (which contains a lot about Jimmy Saville), and Miles Jupp (who is distraught at Herringâ€™s obsession with Balamory). Frankly, if youâ€™ve ever liked anyone in comedy, chances are theyâ€™re in here somewhere.
While Iâ€™m a bit too young to have been able to appreciate Richard Herring the first time round â€“ indeed, I didnâ€™t know he had a lot of success in the nineties until I started listening to this â€“ itâ€™s clear that the rest of the comedy industry worships him and he seems to be on good terms with all his guests. Theyâ€™re really good fun, but if youâ€™re listening in public, be prepared to get some odd looks.