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Brighten your week with the latest BBC Radio 4 comedy, introduced by Athena Kugblenu.

Comedy of the Week BBC Radio 4

    • Comedy
    • 4.0 • 335 Ratings

Brighten your week with the latest BBC Radio 4 comedy, introduced by Athena Kugblenu.

    Tom Ballard: Solastalgia

    Tom Ballard: Solastalgia

    The world is on fire and we're all going to die lol.

    Recorded in his hometown of Melbourne, Solastalgia is the first Radio 4 stand-up special from award-winning Millennial Australian comedian Tom Ballard. It’s his terrified, emotional and hilarious response to the climate crisis - what it means, how it makes us feel, what if anything we can do about it, and whether any of it is funny.

    He’ll even tell you what Solastalgia means.

    Tom was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer in 2015 and for the main prize in 2016, and hosted his own daily late-night comedy show for ABC, Tonightly with Tom Ballard. He can be heard regularly on the smash-hit satirical podcast The Bugle, and his work is "unrelenting and uproarious" (Chortle), "brave, biting, ballsy and ultimately, brilliant" (Time Out), "multi-dimensional and multi-layered, adding twist upon twist and full of little parcels of surprises" (Beyond The Joke), and "engaged, conscientious and consistently, archly funny, Ballard is precisely the sort of political commentator the world needs" (The Scotsman).

    Written and performed by Tom Ballard

    Recorded by Kristina Miltiadou

    Post production by Rich Evans

    Produced by Ed Morrish

    Recorded at Comedy Republic, Narrm/Melbourne – on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.

    A Lead Mojo production for BBC Radio 4

    • 29 min
    Josie Long: What Next?

    Josie Long: What Next?

    Three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and self-effacing national treasure Josie Long returns to the R4 airwaves to turn her sharp but affectionate eye on the state of the nation – and world, and planet – as we begin to emerge from two years of upheaval.

    ‘What’s Next?’ was a slogan stencilled all over major cities by climate change campaigners during the pandemic. It’s a fair question. In this stand-up masterclass – adapted from one of the most lauded Edinburgh Fringe shows in recent years – Josie considers the responsibility we have to our children with the planet in the parlous state it is.

    She has become a mother herself (the first person ever, to her knowledge, to have not one, but two babies) and, through the prism of new parenthood, there is a lot to be alarmed about - corrupt governments, melting icecaps, health-food entrepreneurs making unsubstantiated claims about dates. And yet, in among all the existential crisis of the world in 2022, Josie finds hope and humanity.

    A memoir of life-altering experiences broadened out into a manifesto for the direction we take now, post-pandemic, What’s Next deals surehandedly with both the personal and the global, showcasing the talents of a comic with an unusual and much-cherished ability to straddle the playful and the profound.

    She may not have all the answers to our many societal crises, but nobody poses the questions in quite such an impassioned and entertaining way.

    Written and performed by Josie Long

    Produced by Siren Turner and Lianne Coop

    An Impatient production for BBC Radio 4

    • 28 min
    Janey Godley: Still Got It

    Janey Godley: Still Got It

    Revelations, reflections and laughs abound in this touching performance from the legendary comedian, who is undergoing cancer treatment and reeling from recent controversy.

    Janey Godley is a force of nature across the country, particularly in her hometown of Glasgow.

    This performance, her first live appearance in over six months, is a landmark moment in her life and her career. Time in recovery and isolation has given her a new perspective on how she lives her life, how fragile people can be, and that maybe she does care about what others think of her.

    Recorded live in Glasgow at Websters Theatre.

    Written by Janey Godley
    Produced by Richard Melvin

    A Dabster production for BBC Radio 4

    • 28 min
    Jen Brister: Waves

    Jen Brister: Waves

    Why has such a large swathe of the population started plunging into freezing-cold water, in a country whose climate is pretty obviously ill-suited to wild swimming, or arguably any sort of swimming away from a spa resort?

    Jen Brister might seem, at face value, an unlikely candidate to ask. In her critically-acclaimed stand-up she has never been noted for suffering fools – or fads – gladly. Yet amid the bedlam of the past two years, as the mother of young twin boys suddenly finding herself a full-time nurse, teacher and a lot of other jobs she never signed up for, Jen has found refuge in the unlikely setting of the sea off Brighton, where she lives.

    Armed with the unusual combination of wetsuit and microphone, she takes us on a personal odyssey in this unique comedy special, which sees her shuttle between the stage and the less familiar performance space of the deep ocean.

    In a counterweighted series of stand-up segments and waterbound philosophical passages, Jen tries to piece together what it is about (sometimes dangerously) cold water that has helped reunite her with her sanity. Swimming in the elements promotes mindfulness, enhances our sense of self, and allows us to think our thoughts with a clarity that is often elusive. But what does a comedian do with this enhanced self-awareness?

    With her customary sharpness of tongue – admittedly, a little mellowed by all the wholesome exercise – and precision of thought, one of the most exciting comedians in the country finds waves of inspiration both on dry land and in the milieu she has started to regard as a second home.

    Actually, maybe a first home if the kids get any noisier.

    Written and performed by Jen Brister
    Produced by Lianne Coop

    An Impatient production for BBC Radio 4

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
335 Ratings

335 Ratings

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Olga - don't give up the day job

Sorry Olga but not funny in the slightest. "Algo" needs re-writing and requires an interrupt handler. Also, having a BcS in Computer Science does not make one a "Computer Scientist".

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I grew up with this show

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