215 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

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    • 4.8 • 82 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 181: Nick Pettigrew - World's Worst Inventor

    Ep 181: Nick Pettigrew - World's Worst Inventor

    We've been tinkering and twatting about in the lab this week, and we've come up with all sorts of weird gadgets and gizmos aplenty in our pursuit of the World's Worst Inventor. Joined by comic, writer and antisocial behaviour officer Nick Pettigrew, we delve deep into the minds of the likes of Dr Sir Nakamats - the man of many patents; Richard Pockrich - someone with too many ideas; and John McAfee - the antithesis of the computer nerd.
    Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @NickPettigrew
    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 ever book! https://www.patreon.com/WorstFootForward
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ep 180: Aaron Simmonds - World's Worst Weightlifter

    Ep 180: Aaron Simmonds - World's Worst Weightlifter

    Lift, clean and jerk with us this week as we are joined by comedian and former weightlifter Aaron Simmonds to talk about the World's Worst Weightlifter. There are appearances by all sorts of strongmen and strongwomen, from The Mountain to Geoff Capes's budgies, alongside mishaps with urine and performances with horses, plus a whole lot more besides.
    Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @RollingComedian
    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…after all, Ben has a new baby to feed! https://www.patreon.com/WorstFootForward
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    • 58 min
    Ep 179: Ignacio Lopez - World's Worst Sports Movie

    Ep 179: Ignacio Lopez - World's Worst Sports Movie

    Get ready for the cinematic equivalent of a kick in the shins as we head to the cinema wearing three jockstraps, a backwards headguard and fetching lacrosse skirts as we watch all the most terrible sports movies, so that you don't have to.

    Joined by comedian Ignacio Lopez we discuss how to ruin a cult classic, the haphazard launch of The Mighty Ducks and report on some very strange astrological goings on in Pittsburgh.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ep 178: Rich Watkins - World's Worst Language

    Ep 178: Rich Watkins - World's Worst Language

    Hello, bonjour and willkommen to this linguistically laden episode of Worst Foot Forward. Actor and student of languages Rich Watkins brings his talented tongue to bear on the World's Worst Language, with demonstrations of back slang and a very controversial candidate. Barry uncovers the secrets of the Rosetta Stone, and Ben doesn't disappoint long-time listeners with a discussion all about Klingon.
    Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @RichWatkinsLDN
    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…Ben does have a new baby, after all! https://www.patreon.com/WorstFootForward
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    The Third Foot - Christopher Columbus (Bonus Episode)

    The Third Foot - Christopher Columbus (Bonus Episode)

    As the famous rhyme doesn't go, 'In Twenty Twenty, Van der Velde and McStay / discovered Columbus was really from Norway'. After we were contacted by a Norwegian listener, Petter, with news from the north that there is a local legend in the tiny village of Hyen that Christopher Columbus was actually Norwegian. Not only that, there are TWO monuments in the village, to both the man himself and to 'Columbus's Egg'. Well, that was all we needed to set us off on a winding route in a bonus episode where we discover the mad stories about CC's origins, how exactly to balance an egg, and where on Earth is Atlantis.
    Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde 
    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… Ben does have a new baby, after all! https://www.patreon.com/WorstFootForward
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    • 37 min
    Ep 177: Ola The Comedian - World's Worst Nollywood Moment

    Ep 177: Ola The Comedian - World's Worst Nollywood Moment

    No, there isn't a typo in this episode title and we aren't visiting the glitz and glam world of Hollywood. Instead, alongside the brilliant British-Nigerian comedian Ola, we are immersing ourselves in the brilliant, irrepressible but definitely crazy world of the Nigerian and West African film industry known as Nollywood. Ola tells us tales of snakes inserting themselves into lady-parts, Ben turns his seedy eye to bad CGI and Barry tells us exactly why Blackberry phones are so damn important.
    Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @olathecomedian
    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…Ben has a new baby to feed, after all! https://www.patreon.com/WorstFootForward
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    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
82 Ratings

82 Ratings

kitokatmh ,

Addictive, clever and so funny

I started listening after a recommendation from one of my friends after I discovered what I think is the world’s worst video game (Mario’s Time Machine - prove me wrong) and I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s so good, and I’ll be devastated when I finally catch up and have to wait for each episode!

nervechannel ,

💯 for comedy trivia / weird history / bad science fans

Just discovered this last weekend and I’ve been binge-listening since then. Genuinely funny, always fascinating, and occasionally furious about all the right things. 3 seasons late to the party I know, but it’s my favourite new discovery since I got into No Such Thing as a Fish.

Podblast ,

Brilliant deep dive into failure

A really funny and fascinating look at history through the one thing that connects us all - failure.

It’s great to hear that I’m not the only one who gets things wrong, and especially not as bad as the people that Barry and Ben look into!

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