334 episodes

An encyclopaedia of heroic failure

Join Ben Van der Velde, Barry McStay and their guests as they brandish their wooden spoons of destiny and celebrate the losers, heroic failures and spectacular mis-steps that pockmark human endeavour. If you ever want to feel better about your progress in life, take a listen and enjoy a lovely schadenfreude bubble bath. Music by Max Perryment (www.maxperryment.co.uk)

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Worst Foot Forward Hosted by Ben Van der Velde and Barry McStay

    • Comedy
    • 4.8 • 98 Ratings

An encyclopaedia of heroic failure

Join Ben Van der Velde, Barry McStay and their guests as they brandish their wooden spoons of destiny and celebrate the losers, heroic failures and spectacular mis-steps that pockmark human endeavour. If you ever want to feel better about your progress in life, take a listen and enjoy a lovely schadenfreude bubble bath. Music by Max Perryment (www.maxperryment.co.uk)

Donate to us via Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/WorstFootForward

    Ep 259b: Best of the Worst of the Best 18

    Ep 259b: Best of the Worst of the Best 18

    This week we've raided the vaults to find the sunnyside option in our choice for fictional children, death scene, cult, president and fan fiction. It takes us a merry dance through the worlds of 1920s gangsters, the suspiciously unsinister side of Japanese neo-religions and the ever-reliable imagination of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
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    Visit www.worstfootforwardpodcast.com for all previous episodes and you can donate to us on Patreon if you’d like to support the show during this whole pandemic thing, and especially as we work on our first book and plan some live shows! https://www.patreon.com/WorstFootForward
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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Ep 259: Dr. Alfredo Carpineti - World's Worst Planet

    Ep 259: Dr. Alfredo Carpineti - World's Worst Planet

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    To trivia...and beyond! The podcast goes galactic this week with an episode about the World's Worst Planet and yes, we know, if you have a problem with the show's naming convention you're too late. We're 259 episodes in, we ain't going back now! Alongside us is astrophysicist Dr. Alfredo Carpineti who explains to us EXACTLY what a planet is, while Ben looks back in time and Barry cheats a bit by mentioning some moons.
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    Visit www.worstfootforwardpodcast.com for all previous episodes and you can donate to us on Patreon if you’d like to support the show during this whole pandemic thing, and especially as we work on our first book and plan some live shows! https://www.patreon.com/WorstFootForward
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    The Third Foot: Procrastination

    The Third Foot: Procrastination

    *Note to self: Remember to insert witty explanation about this Third Foot bonus episode about Procrastination before release*
    Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde 
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    Visit www.worstfootforwardpodcast.com for all previous episodes and you can donate to us on Patreon if you’d like to support the show during this whole pandemic thing, and especially as we work on our first book and plan some live shows! https://www.patreon.com/WorstFootForward
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    • 26 min
    Ep 258: Matt Winning - World's Worst Apocalypse

    Ep 258: Matt Winning - World's Worst Apocalypse

    Don't panic! Well actually, do panic a little bit. 
    For this special Patreon episode Ben and Barry have cornered real live climate scientist and comedian Matt Winning to find out how bad the climate catastrophe really is (bad) and how farcical it could otherwise have been (very). We discover the comet madness that gripped the world in 1910, the dangers of angering floating brains in space, a German count with a 3-storey ark and the real reason why climate change is so very bad, plus what we might be able to do to start reversing its effects. Panicking a bit less now?
    Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @mattwinning
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    Visit www.worstfootforwardpodcast.com for all previous episodes and you can donate to us on Patreon if you’d like to support the show during this whole pandemic thing, and especially as we work on our first book and plan some live shows! https://www.patreon.com/WorstFootForward
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    • 1 hr 25 min
    Ep 257b - World's Worst Edinburgh Fringe 2022 Compilation

    Ep 257b - World's Worst Edinburgh Fringe 2022 Compilation

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    With a sweltering August, Ben on holiday and Barry performing his civid duty, the boys are taking a well earned hiatus. However, the pod-gods demand sacrifices and here we present at their altar a compilation episode! It contains some of our favourite moments featuring guests who are performing at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. There are standout stories like Sindhu Vee's gold medal tantrum, Glenn Moore's unfortunate numerical newsreader and John Robertson's troubling housemates.
    Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde 
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    Visit www.worstfootforwardpodcast.com for all previous episodes and you can donate to us on Patreon if you’d like to support the show during this whole pandemic thing, and especially as we work on our first book and plan some live shows! https://www.patreon.com/WorstFootForward
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ep 257: Mark Thomas - World's Worst Political Party

    Ep 257: Mark Thomas - World's Worst Political Party

    Vote Worst Foot! We are waving banners, sporting rosettes and handing out manifestos written on the back of cigarette packets which week as we campaign for our candidates to be the World's Worst Political Party. We have Mark Thomas as our guest alongside us on the hustings, a political comedian of the highest calibre who tells us about his own experience of running for election and lots more besides. Ben puts forward a Czechslovakian party from the 1910s which was as much performance art as politics, and Barry sings the praises of rhinos, gorillas and two-tailed dogs.
    Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde 
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    Visit www.worstfootforwardpodcast.com for all previous episodes and you can donate to us on Patreon if you’d like to support the show during this whole pandemic thing, and especially as we work on our first book and plan some live shows! https://www.patreon.com/WorstFootForward
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    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
98 Ratings

98 Ratings

_rowantree_ ,

Brings joy to every Monday morning

The perfect soundtrack to getting ready for the working week. I’ve listened to the whole back catalogue now, some episodes more than once, and couldn’t recommend the podcast more

Ragnaiel ,

Hilarious, charming and fascinating!

Rapidly working my way through the back catalogue, and I’m enjoying all of them!

Papa Smee ,

Always Funny, Always Brilliant

I was put on to this Podcast by my partner and we have been devouring the back catalogue together. Ben and Barry are spectacular company and the guests and topics they cover are always fun and interesting.

There is no other podcast which produces such a high level of laughs and 'oh I didn't know that' moments.

Cannot reccomend it enough. Put it in your earholes.

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