173 episodes

Adrian Lacey & Shane O'Connor have more than 30 years of TV and Radio broadcasting experience in the UK. 

They get together every week to discuss a chosen comedy show, their love of comedy and to share their experiences of the programmes they have worked on and the people they have met and interviewed.

Join them on Apple Podcasts, Spreaker, Stitcher, iHeart Radio and Youtube.

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Adrian Lacey & Shane O'Connor have more than 30 years of TV and Radio broadcasting experience in the UK. 

They get together every week to discuss a chosen comedy show, their love of comedy and to share their experiences of the programmes they have worked on and the people they have met and interviewed.

Join them on Apple Podcasts, Spreaker, Stitcher, iHeart Radio and Youtube.

Subscribe for a new episode each Tuesday.

We're @ComedySlab on Facebook & Twitter

    173 - The Tuckers

    173 - The Tuckers

    The Tuckers (Series 1 Episode)

    Set in the south Wales valleys, The Tuckers tells the story of a family of chancers, low on cash but high on spirit - determined to survive through any means necessary. They run a catering business, not always successfully, and a few things on the side, not always legit.

    Peggy rules the roost, with Glyn, her son, next in command. His children, Billy and Bobby, are never far from trouble, and Bobby's ex-wife, Natalie lives next door - with Shaks, their young daughter who has an appetite for mayhem.

    The family bicker endlessly amongst themselves, but if you cross one Tucker, you cross them all, and you'll think twice about crossing them again (especially Grampa Murphy, who spends most of his time in an outside toilet, armed with a gun).

    The series examines the love/hate relationship between members of the clan, ultimately proving that blood is thicker than water.

    Written by Steve Speirs and Owen Bell
    Produced by Owen Bell, Steven Canny and James Dehaviland
    Directed By Ian FitzGibbon and Geraint Havard
    A BBC Studios Production.
    The Tuckers is available here: https://bbc.in/3CJFQkk

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    • 44 min
    172 - Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead

    172 - Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead

    Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead (From 15th March 1971)

    Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead, is a British comedy radio sketch show, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1971.

    Two series of eight episodes were broadcast and in addition, there were two special episodes. A Christmas special, entitled Lines From My Grandfather Christmas's Forehead and a compilation of selected items from past editions, under the title Just A Few Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead.

    The show was created by BBC Radio producer John Fawcett Wilson and Ronnie Barker and featured Barker together with Terence Brady and Pauline Yates and Gordon Langford at the piano. Some editions also featured guitarist Dick Abell.

    Each programme was a sequence of comedy sketches, monologues and comic songs. The writers were credited on each recording but the items they wrote were not named, so identifying the author of a particular item is difficult.

    Among the writers was Gerald Wiley, which was a pseudonym used by Ronnie Barker to submit material without using his own name whilst other writers included Jim Eldridge, Spike Milligan and Harold Pinter.

    The then director of programmes for BBC Radio, Gerard Mansell, described the show as having a "very individual type of humour, quite unlike that of any other TV or radio programme".

    Written by Terence Brady, Donald Churchill, David Climie, John Graham, Charles McKay, Spike Milligan, Peter Spence, Roger Till & Gerald Wiley.
    Produced by John Fawcett Wilson
    A BBC Radio Production.
    Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead is available here: https://amzn.to/2YlosEb

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    • 44 min
    171 - Saxondale

    171 - Saxondale

    Saxondale (Series 2 Episode 1)

    Saxondale is a sitcom by Steve Coogan and Neil Maclennan which focuses on the life of Tommy Saxondale (Coogan). Tommy is a world-travelled ex-roadie with anger-management issues who owns a pest control business in Stevenage.

    Saxondale regards himself as a maverick and a free-thinker and takes every opportunity to impart his wisdom to his young assistant Raymond. As well as Pharaoh ants, mice and occasionally moths, during the sitcom Tommy has to battle with snowboarders, pigeon-loving activists... and people who talk about property prices.

    While Tommy enjoys talking about himself, training Raymond in the mysterious and deadly art of pest control, and sharing a few life lessons, Raymond has little choice but to listen. He lives in Tommy's spare room and gets an uncomfortably close view of Tommy and Magz's sparky relationship.

    Vicky, the receptionist who hands out the jobs for Tommy's Stealth Pest Control operation, takes 'banter' to the next level, knowing exactly how to provoke instant frustration... which inevitably results in a few more visits to the anger management course for Tommy.

    Written by Steve Coogan & Neil Maclennan.
    Produced by Ted Dowd.
    Directed by Matt Lipsey & John Henderson
    A Baby Cow Production for BBC.
    Saxondale is available here: https://amzn.to/3m4lGwf

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    • 45 min
    170 - Sam Simmons Is Not A People Person

    170 - Sam Simmons Is Not A People Person

    Sam Simmons Is Not A People Person (Series 1 Episodes 1&2)

    Comedian. Writer. Ex-Zoo Keeper. Bird Watcher. Definitely NOT a people person.

    Sam and Henry are making a series about birds, and every week - armed with Sam's 'Big Book of Birds' they're looking for a different one.

    Sadly, and despite Henry's very best efforts, Sam keeps being distracted by the people they run into. Each encounter sparks an investigation into Sam's past, because once they've sorted out his issues, then they'll really be able to focus on the bird-watching.

    Written by Sam Simmons.
    Produced by Joe Nunnery & Alexandra Smith.
    A BBC Radio Production.
    Sam Simmons Is Not A People Person is available here: https://bbc.in/3aIQMmr

    The Comedy Slab Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spreaker, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Spotify and Youtube.

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    • 46 min
    169 - Alma's Not Normal

    169 - Alma's Not Normal

    This week we review Alma's Not Normal (Series 1 Episode 1)

    Alma's Not Normal follows Boltonian wild-child Alma Nuthall and her family of eccentric, unruly women.

    With no qualifications and a rebellious streak a mile wide, Alma decides to become an escort to support her dreams of becoming a star and leaving Bolton. Meanwhile, Alma's mother Lin battles with both her addiction to heroin and her troubled relationship with her own mother Joan with the same chaotic fervour. Having only just discovered feminism and sexual liberation, Alma's vampish Grandma Joan, must contend with her daughter suddenly moving in with her.

    Alma's Not Normal offers a bitingly funny and unflinching take on class, sexuality, mental health and substance abuse. It celebrates women dealing with the hand they were dealt while doggedly pursing their dreams. It explores the darker side of life but with genuine warmth and laugh out loud result.

    Written by Sophie Willan.
    Directed by Andrew Chaplin.
    Produced by Gill Isles.
    An Expectation Production For BBC.
    Alma's Not Normal is available here: https://bbc.in/3uItqXm

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    • 44 min
    168 - Nighty Night

    168 - Nighty Night

    This week we review Nighty Night (Series 2 Episode 6)

    Jill is a monstrously self-involved beautician whose husband, Terry, is dying of cancer.

    Her reaction to such terrible news is to tell everyone that Terry has died and pursue her neighbour, Don, a doctor whose wife is suffering from MS.
    She commits murder but successfully frames her admirer - a man called Glen who is subsequently detained in an institution for the mentally insane.

    Meanwhile Jill is planning to move on with her life, but first she must visit Glen and relieve him of the burden of his chip and pin number.
    However, Jill's one objective remains - to find Don and make him hers.

    She hooks her caravan to her bright pink jeep and sets off to north Cornwall, where Cath and Don are currently working through their marital problems at the Trees Therapy Centre.

    Written by Julia Davis.
    Directed by Tony Dow and Dewi Humphreys
    Produced by Ted Dowd and Alison MacPhail.
    A Baby Cow Production for BBC Three.
    Nighty Night is available here: https://bbc.in/3uItqXm

    The Comedy Slab Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spreaker, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Spotify and Youtube.

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    • 44 min

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