31 episodes

Formerly known as The Laurel & Hardy Blogcast, this is the only podcast to take you on a chronological journey through the films of the world's best-loved comedy team, Laurel and Hardy. In each episode, I take a deep dive through each film the boys made together and I'm joined by a special guest on every show. Helping me to discuss these wonderful comedies are the world's leading authorities on Laurel and Hardy and Hal Roach Studios, such as Randy Skretvedt, Richard W. Bann, Glenn Mitchell, Rob Stone and many more. If you love classic comedy, this is the podcast for you.

The Laurel & Hardy Podcast Patrick Vasey

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

Formerly known as The Laurel & Hardy Blogcast, this is the only podcast to take you on a chronological journey through the films of the world's best-loved comedy team, Laurel and Hardy. In each episode, I take a deep dive through each film the boys made together and I'm joined by a special guest on every show. Helping me to discuss these wonderful comedies are the world's leading authorities on Laurel and Hardy and Hal Roach Studios, such as Randy Skretvedt, Richard W. Bann, Glenn Mitchell, Rob Stone and many more. If you love classic comedy, this is the podcast for you.

    28. Bonus Podcast '...and this is my friend Mr Holland'

    28. Bonus Podcast '...and this is my friend Mr Holland'

    In this very special bonus episode of The Laurel & Hardy Podcast, Patrick chats with star of TV and stage Jeffrey Holland. Jeffrey is someone who can rightly be referred to as a member of UK TV royalty. His acting career on both stage and screen over the years has been prolific, appearing in such TV classics as Dad's Army, Are You Being Served? It Ain't Half Hot Mum, but he became a household name for his roles in the celebrated sit-coms, Hi-De-Hi, You Rang M'Lord and Oh, Doctor Beeching.

    Since 2013, Jeffrey has been touring with his one-man stage show entitled, '...and this is my friend, Mr Laurel', a play in which he plays Stan reminiscing about his life and career. Jeffrey also talks about his earliest memories of Laurel and Hardy and ultimately faces the Atoll Question.

    To learn more about Jeffrey Holland, click here: https://www.jeffreyholland.co.uk/

    To book tickets to see Jeffrey in '...and this is my friend, Mr Laurel', at The Lighthouse in Poole, Dorset, click here: https://www.lighthousepoole.co.uk/whats-on/2022/and-this-is-my-friend-mr-laurel/

    For more information about The Laurel & Hardy Podcast, click here https://laurel-and-hardy-blog.com/

    Stay in touch with all the latest Podcast news, including updates on my forthcoming book, Laurel & Hardy: Silents by subscribing to the free newsletter here: https://laurel-and-hardy-blog.com/contact/

    To subscribe to the all-new Laurel & Hardy Magazine, click here: https://www.laurelandhardymag.com/

    Join in the discussion and become an official Blog-Head by joining the Blog-Heads Facebook Group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2920310948018755

    To purchase CDs of the Beau Hunks Orchestra’s music contained in these podcasts, click here: https://amzn.to/2CgeCbK

    To purchase a copy of Randy Skretvedt’s incredible book, Laurel & Hardy: The Magic Behind the Movies, click here: https://amzn.to/3Dpl1P3

    To find the best Laurel and Hardy books and DVDs and Blu-Rays, visit The Laurel & Hardy Blog’s Amazon storefront, click here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/shop/laurelandhardyblog

    *Please note that I am an Amazon affiliate, and any purchases made using the above links will help support this podcast whilst not costing you a penny more.

    • 40 min
    27. Wrong Again (1929) with Glenn Mitchell

    27. Wrong Again (1929) with Glenn Mitchell

    Under its new title, The Laurel & Hardy Podcast, Episode 27 takes a deep dive into Stan and Babe's wonderful 1929 release, Wrong Again.  Returning guest expert Glenn Mitchell pays a fitting tribute to the late film historian Dave Wyatt.

    During Patrick and Glenn's discussion about the film in focus, the two shine a torch on the musical score, the mechanics of the horse on the piano gag and Leo McCarey's reminiscences of directing what became one of his favourite of all Laurel and Hardy's films.

    Stay in touch with all the latest Podcast news, including updates on my forthcoming book, Laurel & Hardy: Silents by subscribing to the free newsletter here: https://laurel-and-hardy-blog.com/contact/

    To read the blog on Wrong Again, click here: https://laurel-and-hardy-blog.com/2022/11/06/29-wrong-again-1929-2/

    To purchase a copy of Glenn Mitchell's Laurel & Hardy Encyclopedia, click here: https://amzn.to/3NBAe2x

    To subscribe to the all new Laurel & Hardy Magazine, click here: https://www.laurelandhardymag.com/

    Join in the discussion and become an official Blog-Head by joining the Blog-Heads Facebook Group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2920310948018755

    To purchase CDs of the Beau Hunks Orchestra’s music contained in these podcasts, click here: https://amzn.to/2CgeCbK

    To purchase a copy of Randy Skretvedt’s incredible book, Laurel & Hardy: The Magic Behind the Movies, click here: https://amzn.to/3Dpl1P3

    For more information about The Laurel & Hardy Podcast, click here https://laurel-and-hardy-blog.com/

    To find the best Laurel and Hardy books and DVDs and Blu-Rays, visit The Laurel & Hardy Blog’s Amazon storefront, click here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/shop/laurelandhardyblog

    *Please note that I am an Amazon affiliate, and any purchases made using the above links will help support this podcast whilst not costing you a penny more.

    • 1 hr 52 min
    26. Liberty (1929) with John Bengtson and Randy Skretvedt

    26. Liberty (1929) with John Bengtson and Randy Skretvedt

    Episode 26 has very lofty ambitions, as Patrick and his guests discuss Laurel & Hardy’s 1929 short, Liberty. In the footsteps of Harold Lloyd, Liberty is the one and only time Stan and Babe made an out-and-out ‘thrill’ picture and what a hilarious short it is! To help him to discuss the locations used for the filming of Liberty, Patrick welcomes a new guest to the Blogcast, the “great detective of silent film locations”, John Bengtson. As well as hearing John’s Laurel and Hardy back-story, we also have the welcome return of the Atoll Question!

    In the second half of the show, Patrick also welcomes regular Laurel and Hardy author and expert and friend of the Blogcast, Randy Skretvedt, who takes a close look at the film’s productions history.

    If you like your Podcasts packed full of interesting information, enjoyable conversation, movie clips and much more besides, then you’ll love Episode 26.

    To read the blog on Liberty, click here: https://laurel-and-hardy-blog.com/filmography/

    Stay in touch with all the latest Blogcast news, including updates on my forthcoming book, Laurel & Hardy: Silents by subscribing to the free newsletter here: https://laurel-and-hardy-blog.com/contact/

    To visit John Bengtson’s ‘Silent Locations’blog on Liberty, click here: https://silentlocations.com/?s=liberty

    For more information on the filming location where Liberty was filmed, click here: https://www.939broadwaylofts.com/our-history

    To subscribe to the all-new Laurel & Hardy Magazine, click here: https://www.laurelandhardymag.com/

    Join in the discussion and become an official Blog-Head by joining the Blog-Heads Facebook Group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2920310948018755

    To purchase CDs of the Beau Hunks Orchestra’s music contained in these podcasts, click here: https://amzn.to/2CgeCbK

    To purchase a copy of Randy Skretvedt’s incredible book, Laurel & Hardy: The Magic Behind the Movies, click here: https://amzn.to/3Dpl1P3

    To purchase a copy of Randy Skretvedt’s latest book – The Laurel & Hardy Movie Scripts: Volume 2 – Lost Films and Classics, click here: https://amzn.to/3BkbKoL

    For more information about The Laurel & Hardy Blog, click here https://laurel-and-hardy-blog.com/

    To find the best Laurel and Hardy books, DVD and Blu-Ray releases, visit The Laurel & Hardy Blog’s Amazon storefront, click here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/shop/laurelandhardyblog

    *Please note that I am an Amazon affiliate and as such any purchases made using the above links will help to support this podcast, whilst not costing you a penny more.

    • 2 hrs 15 min
    25. We Faw Down (1928) with Chris Seguin

    25. We Faw Down (1928) with Chris Seguin

    In this 25th episode of The Laurel & Hardy Podcast, Patrick provides an update on his forthcoming book, Laurel & Hardy: Silents and makes a special announcement about the future of The Laurel & Hardy Magazine. The main business of the day, however, is to take a close look at the 1928 silent short, We Faw Down. To help him with the analysis of the film, Patrick welcomes back to the Blogcast Canadian film historian, Chris Seguin.  In addition to discussing the film in focus, Chris also provides interesting context by talking about silent comedy star Larry Semon's demise which was happening concurrently with Laurel and Hardy's rise to greatness. 

    To read the blog on We Faw Down visit: http://www.blog-heads.com/

    Join in the discussion and become an official Blog-Head by joining the Blog-Heads Facebook Group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2920310948018755

    To subscribe to The Laurel & Hardy Magazine, click here: http://www.laurelandhardymag.com/

    To stay up to date with book releases and everything else, join The Laurel & Hardy Blog's mailing list here: https://laurel-and-hardy-blog.com/contact/

    To visit Chris Seguin's blog, click here: http://thescribefiles.blogspot.com/

    To purchase CDs of the Beau Hunks Orchestra’s music contained in these podcasts, click here: https://amzn.to/2CgeCbK

    For more information about The Laurel & Hardy Blog, click here: http://www.blog-heads.com/

    To find the best Laurel and Hardy books and DVDs visit The Laurel & Hardy Blog’s Amazon storefront, click here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/shop/laurelandhardyblog

    *Please note that I am an Amazon affiliate and as such any purchases made using the above links will help to support this podcast, whilst not costing you a penny more.

    • 1 hr 45 min
    24. Habeas Corpus (1928) with Paul Castiglia and Randy Skretvedt

    24. Habeas Corpus (1928) with Paul Castiglia and Randy Skretvedt

    In a bumper Episode 24, the Podcast has reached a pivotal moment in Laurel and Hardy’s cinematic history. Today’s film in focus, Habeas Corpus was not only the boys’ first out-and-out scare-comedy, but it was also the moment Stan and Babe took their first steps toward the talkies.

    Joining Patrick on this deep-dive into Habeas Corpus is first-time guest and scare-comedy expert, Paul Castiglia. Paul discusses the genesis of the comedy horror film, discusses his Laurel and Hardy backstory and answers the infamous Atoll Question.

    In addition, Patrick also welcomes regular Laurel and Hardy author and expert, Randy Skretvedt to take a close look at the film’s synchronised music and effects track.

    If you like your Podcasts packed full of interesting information, enjoyable conversation, movie clips and much more besides, then you’ll love Episode 24.

    To read the blog on Habeas Corpus, click here: https://laurel-and-hardy-blog.com/filmography/

    Stay in touch with all the latest Blogcast news, including updates on my forthcoming book, Laurel & Hardy: Silents by subscribing to the free newsletter here: https://laurel-and-hardy-blog.com/contact/

    To visit Paul Castglia’s ‘Scared Silly’ blog, click here: http://scaredsillybypaulcastiglia.blogspot.com/

    Join in the discussion and become an official Blog-Head by joining the Blog-Heads Facebook Group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2920310948018755

    To purchase CDs of the Beau Hunks Orchestra’s music contained in these podcasts, click here: https://amzn.to/2CgeCbK

    For more information about The Laurel & Hardy Blog, click here: http://www.blog-heads.com/

    To find the best Laurel and Hardy books and DVD and Blu-Rays visit The Laurel & Hardy Blog’s Amazon storefront, click here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/shop/laurelandhardyblog

    *Please note that I am an Amazon affiliate and as such any purchases made using the above links will help to support this podcast, whilst not costing you a penny more.

    • 2 hrs 49 min
    23. Bonus Blogcast - "Everything Comes From Karno" with David Crump

    23. Bonus Blogcast - "Everything Comes From Karno" with David Crump

    Joining us on this special bonus edition of The Laurel & Hardy Podcast is a man who has had a number of guises in his life, including as an actor, singer, and playwright, and to that list, he can now add the title author. In 2021, he published an extensive biography of music hall impresario, Fred Karno, entitled Fred Karno: The Legend Behind the Laughter.

    No discussion of Stan Laurel, Laurel and Hardy – or comedy in its wider sense can be complete without recognising the impact of Fred Karno, and so it is with great pleasure that we welcome on to Episode 23, author, David Crump.

    On the show, Patrick chats to David about his own background before discussing the life and career of Fred Karno, with a specific focus on Karno’s involvement with Stan Laurel and later, about his brief spell working at the Hal Roach Studios.

    As part of the show, we also hear a couple of extracts from two interviews with Stan Laurel, held in the late 1950s, in which Stan talks about joining the Karno troupe and his tour of the vaudeville circuits of the USA.

    Episode 23 also sees the welcome return of the infamous ‘Atoll Question – but which items will David choose to with him onto his desert island?

    The interviews sampled in this episode are:

    1) Stan Laurel interviewed by Arthur B. Freidman in 1957

    2) Stan Laurel interviewed by Tony Thomas in 1959

    To purchase a copy of Fred Karno: The Legend Behind the Laughter, by David Crump, use my affiliate link here: https://amzn.to/3aeW10h

    To join the ‘Blog-Heads’ Facebook Community, click here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2920310948018755

    For more information about The Laurel & Hardy Blog, click here: https://laurel-and-hardy-blog.com/

    To purchase CDs of the Beau Hunks Orchestra's music contained in these podcasts, click here: https://amzn.to/2CgeCbK

    • 1 hr 55 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Rory boy ,

A brilliant podcast

I’ve only just come across this podcast. While recovering from a lengthy illness I revisited the films of my favourite screen comedians….. it was the best cure so I searched out any podcasts on the Boys. This is so interesting, and the format of following a chronological journey is brilliant. Really well presented, engaging style and great, knowledgeable guests. I’m catching up from the beginning and am loving it. Keeping me occupied for many hours. Thank you so much and keep up the great work 😊👍

Tigrig ,

Best Podcast Ever

This podcast is a must- certainly for fans of ‘the boys’ but also for anybody with an interest in film history, social history etc. Patrick has a very engaging style and clearly loves his subject- he really gets the best out of his guests who clearly share his passion. I really look forward to the monthly episodes and looking forward to the journey all the way to Atoll K! Keep up the great work Patrick. 👍👍👍

Matmister ,

Wow!! A gem of a podcast for any Laurel and Hardy fans.

I really can’t speak highly enough of this podcast (or blog?) As a fan of the boys for 40+ years now, it is only in about the last 10 years that I have started looking into them in more detail. I’ve read several books and seen a few documentaries but this podcast is a real find. It is very informative, with some great guests for each episode as Patrick looks at their careers film by film in chronological order. And what a great host Patrick is. His love for Laurel and Hardy, as well as his in depth knowledge, shines through. I’ve learnt so much about them so far and I’m only on episode 6. In fact, I find myself in the unusual position of eagerly looking forward to the next episode whilst at the same time not wanting to rush through them and get to the end and have to wait several weeks for the next one! 😂 But I guess that’s a sign of a truly great podcast. If you read this review Mr Vasey, can I just say a huge thank you for the care, time and love that you obviously put into these podcasts.

Marc Stanton

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