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Brighten your week with the latest BBC Radio 4 comedy, introduced by Darren Harriott.

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    • 4.0 • 320 Ratings

Brighten your week with the latest BBC Radio 4 comedy, introduced by Darren Harriott.

    Bridget Christie: Mortal

    Bridget Christie: Mortal

    Episode 1 - Birth

    Following on from her hugely successful, award-winning previous series – ‘Minds The Gap’ and ‘Utopia’, Bridget now turns her attention to Mortality, covering ‘Birth’, ‘Life’, ‘Death’ and ‘The Afterlife’.

    Like many of us forced to work from home during lockdown, Bridget has recorded this series herself in her house, and in her local park, on a pre-sanitised recording device sent to her in the post. Batteries weren’t included. She had to buy them all herself.

    In a collection of informative, personal and absurd recordings, she confronts the difficult questions most of us spend our lives avoiding - all whilst being interrupted by cats, chores, children, foxes and a plumber.

    “Do twins share a soul or do they get one each?”, “Why don’t we bury our placentas and plant a tree on top of them?” and “Who’s blocked the toilet again?”

    If you are mortal, then this is the show for you.

    Written and performed by Bridget Christie
    With guest appearances from her dad, her sister Eileen and her friend Ash.
    Producer... Carl Cooper
    Sound Mixer... Olga M. Reed

    Bridget Christie: Mortal is a BBC Studios Production

    • 29 min
    Athena's Cancel Culture

    Athena's Cancel Culture

    Over the last few years, if a celebrity has ever said or done anything remotely controversial, then they've probably been cancelled. Largely performed through social media, some describe it as necessary evil to help democratise the internet and reflect the expectancy of an artist’s audience, for others it’s just a chance to shut up gobby celebs!

    Whatever your view, it certainly helps empower fans by diminishing celebrity cultural capital and helping keep their egos and opinions in check. It's a growing phenomenon that's left almost no one unscathed, from comedians and actors to musicians and TV hosts. It’s also happening to the not so famous - remember the cat bin lady?

    With stand up and sketch comedy, Athena explores cancel culture and the world of offence in modern times. Over four episodes, Athena will help explain the phenomenon of cancel culture among celebrities, look at the history of offence, and offer up some cancel rules for guidance. Athena then puts all that cancel knowledge to the test on her own social media activity from 10 years ago. There’s just no escape from cancel culture justice, even for Athena!

    Writer and Performer: Athena Kugblenu.
    Support cast: James McNicholas.
    Producer: Gus Beattie
    A Gusman production for BBC Radio 4

    • 15 min
    Meet David Sedaris

    Meet David Sedaris

    What with the whole world grinding to a viral halt and everything, this special series of essays and diary entries is recorded at the Sussex home of the world-renowned storyteller.

    In 2021, it's 25 years since David Sedaris first shared his very particular world view with the listeners to BBC Radio 4, having brought us The SantaLand Diaries back in 1996. In this eighth series of Meet David Sedaris, he continues to entertain with sardonic wit and incisive social critiques.

    David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humour writers and, in 2019, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that he's a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.

    Sedaris's first book, Barrel Fever (1994), which included The SantaLand Diaries, was a critical and commercial success, as were his follow-up efforts, Naked (1997), Holidays on Ice (1997) and Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000). He became known for his bitingly funny recollections of his youth, family life and travels, making semi-celebrities out of his parents and siblings.

    David Sedaris has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album. His latest international best-selling books include a collection of stories entitled Calypso, an edited selection of diary entries Theft By Finding, and a 'greatest hits' selection called The Best Of Me.

    Producer: Steve Doherty
    A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4

    • 29 min
    Future Empire-fect

    Future Empire-fect

    In their previous BBC Radio 4 series, Empire-ical Evidence, comedians Andy Zaltzman and Anuvab Pal travelled to each other’s home cities and walked around, taking in the sights and sounds and taste and feel of the bustling metropoli of London and Kolkata, before performing stand-up in crowded rooms full of people laughing loudly and maybe even sharing snacks.

    In Future Empire-fect, their new series recorded in March 2021, they won’t be doing that.

    What they will be doing is looking at the future of the relationship between Britain and India in fields such as politics, medicine, cricket, culture, cricket, trade, hospitality and cricket. In this first episode, they take in the pharmaceutical industry, business, trade and politics, and how the two nations plan to work together - or not.

    Praise for Empire-ical Evidence:
    "Surprisingly successful as both entertainment and education." The Telegraph
    "I was intrigued by Andy Zaltzman and Anuvab Pal's ambition and then surprised to find myself chuckling at their chutzpah." The Spectator

    Writer/Perfomer: Andy Zaltzman
    Writer/Perfomer: Anuvab Pal

    Producer: Ed Morrish

    A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
320 Ratings

320 Ratings

Grace•Gray ,

👍🏼Review 👍🏼

Really funny and original I recommended this to all my friends so funny

Paikea Ngati Porou ,

Hit and Miss

Too few belly laughs, and too many pointed gibes. I love comedians who have the gift of being funny and making people laugh. A lot of these comedians elicit claps or applause for clever repartee ( often at the expense of others).

Cardinal Chunder ,

Variety

So many performers get access to this feed that it’s like a royal variety show in your pocket. I’ve been introduced to many comedians, performers, writers through this one podcast feed that I’ve gone on to research and seek out their work.
If you like comedians and are willing to expand your horizons this is very worth while.

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