61 episodes

Do you ever have a blank moment? Each week Giles and Jim talked to well known people about those difficult times in life. From public failure to impostor syndrome, grief, social anxiety and fear this insightful and gentle long form interview podcast tries to shine a light on all these issues and more, that often lead us to go blank.

Blank Podcast with Giles Paley-Phillips & Jim Daly Blank Podcast

    • Performing Arts

Do you ever have a blank moment? Each week Giles and Jim talked to well known people about those difficult times in life. From public failure to impostor syndrome, grief, social anxiety and fear this insightful and gentle long form interview podcast tries to shine a light on all these issues and more, that often lead us to go blank.

    Chris Addison

    Chris Addison

    Chris Addison is a comedian, actor, writer and director. Starting in Stand-up Chris made his name touring the UK and playing high profile slots at Edinburgh Festival before moving into acting with his role in the multiple award-winning The Thick of It. Further acting roles and regular appearances on panel shows like Mock the Week have propelled Chris to being one of the UK's most loved performers. He has recently taken up directing with his feature debut The Hustle starring Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway.


    With the ongoing difficulties due to the outbreak of coronavirus, we have had to adapt to how we do things a little. It has always been our intention with Blank to sit down in the real world with our guests, we feel that physical connection is truly key in making sure we have the most authentic, natural and relaxed conversations, however with social distancing now being imposed we had to decide whether to have a break from podding for a while or to try some different approaches, so we've gone with the latter, because most of all, we want to continue to bring you the show, and we hope that it might give all of our wonderful listeners a little respite from the very challenging situation we currently find all ourselves in. The Pod MUST go on


    So Jim and Giles sat down in our respective homes, in Amersham and Seaford, to record with the brilliant Chris Addison in London. We'd arranged to pod with Chris some time ago, but his work schedule had intervened, but with work going into shutdown, Chris messaged to say let's do a podcast.


    We started off by chatting about messy workspaces and how this might be a good time to address it, or not as the case may be.


    Chris talked about those difficult years directly after university and how people can often feel adrift and not know where their path will lead, for Chris it was dreams of theatre directing, but soon became a career in stand-up comedy.


    We talked to Chris about his move into directing and how much of it is down to the inspiration and mentorship of people like Armando Innaucci who took a chance on Chris whilst making The Thick of It. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Isy Suttie

    Isy Suttie

    Isy Suttie is an actress, musician, comedian and writer. Best known for role as Dobby in the multi-award winning Peep Show, Isy is also a hugely successful stand-up and is the author of the brilliant The Actual One.


    We met up with Isy a few weeks back, but Coronavirus was very much on all of our minds and was the basis of our conversation.


    The chat soon shifted to Isy's childhood in Derbyshire and her teen years experimenting with Quija boards and how she was the go to person at parties.


    We discussed creativity and when it isn't quite working, Isy reveals to us her favourite pastime of looking around derelict buildings and we talk about the destructive nature of social media. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Mark Watson

    Mark Watson

    Mark Watson is a British comedian and novelist, originally from Bristol, Mark has been a mainstay of the UK stand-up scene and has had several fiction titles published including Eleven and Hotel Alpha.


    We met with Mark down at Nordic Bar on what was an incredibly soggy day in London. We started our chat by talking about Seasonal affective disorder and how much the weather changes our moods. Mark told us about his early days doing stand-up and having adopted a Welsh accent, he explained the process of moving away from that and doing his own voice.


    We soon moved onto our online lives and negotiating social media and what are the best ways to stay being creative. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Layla Anna-Lee

    Layla Anna-Lee

    Layla Anna-Lee is a television presenter best known for fronting live MMA action and interviewing the best footballers on the planet.


    She sat down with Giles and Jim at Nordic Bar in central London to talk about moments on live TV when things went wrong, dealing with social media trolls and the pressures of being a presenter.


    She also brought donuts to the pod, the first guest to do so, and the three of us rated an reviewed the treats she brought because why not? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Stephen Mangan

    Stephen Mangan

    Stephen Mangan is an actor and writer. Born in London in 1968, Mangan began his acting career in theatre before moving in TV working with the likes of Armando Iannucci, Steve Coogan and in the Multi-Award winning Green Wing. In more recent years Stephen has moved away from more comedy roles to concentrate on drama, and has recently been in BBC One's The Split alongside Nicola Walker.


    We met with Stephen down in South London on a very brisk February morning. We began by talking about Stephen's early life as a young lad from a large catholic family, something that really resonated with Jim, who also came from similar beginnings.


    Stephen told us how he got into acting the loss of his mother at a young age was a pivotal moment in him pursuing his career. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Alastair Humphrey

    Alastair Humphrey

    Alastair Humphrey is an adventurer, author and public speaker, who has been National Geographic's Adventurer of the Year. Alastair has cycled the globe, busked through Spain and created a new movement of micro adventures.


    We started our chat with Alastair about his epic journey around the world, where he cycled some 46,000 miles over four years, we find out the darker times along the way, when Alastair thought he might give up, and also the experiences of kindness and seeing the best sides of humanity.


    Alastair brought along his violin for a short recital at the end of the pod and tells us how he achieved a journey across Spain by busking with it every day.


    Alastair is an adventurer through and through and it was a truly memorable interview for us. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 1 hr 22 min

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