Series 2 Episode 16: Jeremy Hardy and Chris McCauslandPosted by Ben Shires on 12 Oct 12
Well, Autumn has finally arrived; a time for harvest festivals and hardy perennials. And they don’t come much hardier...or perennialier...than celebrated veteran of the UK comedy scene, Jeremy Hardy. Oh yeah, that just happened. You want bite-sized fronds of tree-based wordplay? I arboretum for breakfast.
We caught up with Jez (warning, DO NOT call him this to his face) in one of the catacombed offices of Radio 4, tucked away behind some yellowing health and safety notices and a couple of anemic-looking writers. It was, in other words, Jeremy’s natural environment, having been a mainstay on BBC radio for over 20 years. It’s not often that conversation can swing from archive chats to R-Patz so easily, but with as competent a wordsmith as Mr. Hardy, anything is possible.
Elsewhere, we continued our newfound pastime of invading comic’s homes by visiting Chris McCausland in situ in Surbiton. He found time to talk about appearing in Comedy in the Dark, as well as his thoughts on the new series of Red Dwarf, but conveniently didn’t find the time to make us a cup of tea. Sure, he offered, but he should’ve had the presence of mind to realise that when I say ‘no’, I’m actually just being overly polite and mean yes. There has been some suggestion that I should just start saying yes, but then where would that leave us? In a lawless apocalypse, that’s where.
Conveniently, someone who would feel right at home in said Armageddon is comic Rob Beckett, who kicked off our new feature, Educating Rob, this week with an elocution lesson. Will he ever learn to speak proper? Tune in to find out.