197 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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    • 4.9, 72 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 165: Bethany Black - World's Worst Race

    Ep 165: Bethany Black - World's Worst Race

    On your marks...get set...GO!

    We're off to the races this week, along with brilliantly funny stand-up comedian, actor and writer Bethany Black as we discover new heights of human incompetence and brazen cheating.  

    It turns out that the turn of the 20th century was a highpoint for incredibly stupid motor car races, terribly organised Olympic marathons and cheating of the most audacious scope.  This is a proper vintage episode full of misadventure, injury, wrong-headed endeavour and excellent storie

    • 59 min
    The Third Foot: Hermits (Bonus Episode)

    The Third Foot: Hermits (Bonus Episode)

    Welcome to this month's bonus glace cherry atop a teetering pile of horse manure.  Since we're all currently living a monastic lifestyle we thought it would appropriate to be inspired by regular character on the show St.Simon Stylites and talk about some of the most fascinatingly odd loners in history.  There's tales of hoarded riches, strange ciphers and ornamental hermits.  Come enter our grotto...

    Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde

    • 26 min
    Ep 164: Davey Reilly - World's Worst Celebrity Hip-Hop Album

    Ep 164: Davey Reilly - World's Worst Celebrity Hip-Hop Album

    Boy, have we gone niche this week! Not content with already having covered hip-hop albums, this week we zoom in on that benighted land of "celebrity" in the company of Irish comedian and wrestling fanatic Davey Reilly. And sure enough, Davey drags a wrestler through the mud of his own creation. Meanwhile, Ben takes us to the Utah House of Representatives, and Barry casts an eye over misguided sports teams and 80s icon Mr T.
    Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @DaveyReilly
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ep 163: Dr Lucy Rogers - World's Worst Science Communicator

    Ep 163: Dr Lucy Rogers - World's Worst Science Communicator

    God, the episode titles really don't really treat our guests very well, do they!? Dr Lucy Rogers is an absolutely world class science communicator, an inventor with a sense of fun and a whole lot to say to us on the topic of the World's Worst Science Communicator. She shares stories of fat trains and thin stations, Barry dives down ferret-holes in search of the evolutionary tree of fairies, and Ben takes aim at a big hitter: Alexander Graham Bell, hater of sign language.
    Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @DrLucyRogers
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    • 1 hr
    Ep 162: Madison Coby - World's Worst Poster

    Ep 162: Madison Coby - World's Worst Poster

    Your podcast needs YOU!

    This week we're joined by the creative whirlwind Madison Coby: actor, graphic designer and illustrator to discuss all the things that can go wrong on a simple piece of A3 paper. We dive into the worlds of fashion, film-making and wartime propaganda to discuss words and images that should never have been put together on paper.

    Are you podcast body ready...?

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ep 161: Joseph Cullen - World's Worst Farmer

    Ep 161: Joseph Cullen - World's Worst Farmer

    We're reaping what we sow this week on WFF as actor, improviser, comedian and producer Joseph Cullen, whose family are of Cornish farming stock, is with us to talk about the World's Worst Farmer. We talk odd animals, dynamite, gong-farming and the man who taught the world about 'do nothing' farming.
    Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @joseph_cullen90
    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… https://www.patreon.com/WorstFootForward
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    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 Ratings

Lisi bobbz ,

Extremely funny

Always brightens my day

Charlie SunBear ,

Delight of a podcast

Consistently making Monday mornings bearable since 2016

Jfdi09 ,

I absolutely love this show.

Every time I look at an episode title and think there is no way I’m going to find that subject interesting - Barry and Ben (and their guest) prove me wrong. I have nearly worked my through the entire back catalogue of episodes and I can guarantee If you want to laugh and learn something at the same time then you need, nay MUST! give them a listen.

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