329 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 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
    The Third Foot: Richard Pockrich

    The Third Foot: Richard Pockrich

    Our monthly bonus episode sees us dive deeper into the life of a figure who we discussed in our World's Worst Inventor episode, Captain Richard Pockrich. The Irish eccentric proposed putting wings on all the adults in Ireland, blood transfusions to promote immortality and also invented the eery glass harp, that musical instrument beloved of spooky and hypnotic types. He's going to be a hero in our book one day (it's being written, we promise!), so let's celebrate him now!
    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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    • 24 min
    Ep 256: Otto English - World's Worst National Myth

    Ep 256: Otto English - World's Worst National Myth

    Well suckle a she-wolf, it's time for an episode all about preposterous national wolves. We fly around the globe with our mind (but in the way the Kims of North Korea claim to be able to) as we encounter unlikely Celtic connections in the Americas, the horrifying domino effect of Turkey's claim to be the root of all language and some quite astonishing revelations about Her Majesty the Queen.
    Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @otto_english 
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    Buy Otto's book here: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Otto-English/Fake-History--Ten-Great-Lies-and-How-They-Shaped-the-World/25405510
    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 20 min
    Ep 255: James Cook - World's Worst Tournament

    Ep 255: James Cook - World's Worst Tournament

    We are halfway through Wimbledon, one of the great sporting tournaments of the year. It seems appropriate to embrace our competitive spirits and discuss the World's Worst Tournament in the company of comedian, board gamer and FIFA Men's World Cup nerd James Cook. James tells us all about Mussolini's hosting skills, Ben waves a knight around on the end of a lance and Barry tells the touching story of the competition to find the world's very worst golfer.
    Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @jamesecook
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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 7 min
    The Third Foot: Midsummer

    The Third Foot: Midsummer

    It’s the longest day of the year - which just means more time to listen to podcasts! Ben and Barry are here to brighten your day with a bonus episode all about the Midsummer Festival. We slide up and down the Swedish Maypole, smack ourselves in the face with Portuguese leeks and hammers, and we criticise Doctor Johnson’s bonfire.
    Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde 
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    Join us on our Discord server! https://discord.gg/9buWKthgfx
    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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    • 29 min
    Ep 254: Sian Davies - World's Worst Rugby Team

    Ep 254: Sian Davies - World's Worst Rugby Team

    Join us in a muddy ruck on the halfway line as we get down to the mucky business of finding the worst rugby XV of all time, in the company of award-winning Liverpudlian comic Sian Davies. We uncover the dark, bloody (and occassionally noble) histoy of rugby, as well as the dictators who had a penchant for a scrum and why the key to success includes a skill for amateur theatre.
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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 8 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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