279 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 • 93 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 225: Sacha Coward - World's Worst Mermaid

    Ep 225: Sacha Coward - World's Worst Mermaid

    BUY TICKETS TO OUR UPCOMING LIVE SHOW HERE: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/goodshipcomedy/572834 - Worst Foot Forward Literary Salon, 10th October 2021 at Backyard Comedy Club with special guests Bec Hill, Jay Foreman and Ria Lina!
    We are under the sea this week with folklorist, historian and cryptid-enthusiast Sacha Coward as we try and get an Arial view of the World's Worst Mermaid. Sacha takes us to the depths of the Amazon to sort dolphin fact from dolphin fiction, Ben treads the boards at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival and Barry takes the most litigious statue in Denmark to court.
    Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @sacha_coward
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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 more live shows! https://www.patreon.com/WorstFootForward
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Ep 224: Kris Ball - World's Worst Eurovision Act

    Ep 224: Kris Ball - World's Worst Eurovision Act

    It's a contest about a contest today as we bring podcaster and Eurovision Song Contest fanatic Kris Ball to help us sort out the World's Worst Eurovision Act. In what may be a baffling experience for anyone not from this continent, we discuss miming playing instruments, Portugal's up-and-down history with the event and the wit and wisdom of Sir Terry Wogan. We also make Worst Foot Forward history as all three of us arrive with exactly the same candidate...
    Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @KrisWhoTweets
    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
    Worst Foot Forward is part of Podnose: www.podnose.com

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ep 223: Dan Quirke - World's Worst Movie Special Effects

    Ep 223: Dan Quirke - World's Worst Movie Special Effects

    We're splicing ourselves into a model of a burning building this week as we bring shonky jeopardy into your ears. Joining us to celebrate the worst that Hollywood can deliver is actor, painter and writer Daniel Quirke. We reveal quite how method James Cagney was forced to go, the dreaded 'b******e' cut of Cats and the horror of Jeremy Renner's CGI arms.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ep 222: Gary Hartley - World's Worst Insect

    Ep 222: Gary Hartley - World's Worst Insect

    We've got ants in our pants, bees in our knees and bugs in our earlugs this week as entomologist - and definitely not etymologist - Gary Hartley talks to us about the World's Worst Insect. Or rather, Gary stubbornly spends much of the show defending some of humankind's tiniest and most annoying nemeses from their traditional criticisms. Meanwhile, Ben has tales of Nazi insects and Barry discovers exactly why praying mantises give such amazing head.
    Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @garyfromleeds
    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
    Worst Foot Forward is part of Podnose: www.podnose.com

    • 1 hr 8 min
    The Third Foot: 5 Years Of Worst Foot Forward (Bonus Episode)

    The Third Foot: 5 Years Of Worst Foot Forward (Bonus Episode)

    Join us for some A-grade navel-gazing as we look back at the conception of our own podcast 5 years ago. We sprinkle in some bits of trivia along the way as we reminisce about Ben walking the London Underground, visits to nuclear bunkers and reveal some behind-the-scenes details including the discarded alternative names for the show!
    Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde 
    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
    Worst Foot Forward is part of Podnose: www.podnose.com

    • 40 min
    Ep 221: Runi Talwar - World's Worst Cricketer

    Ep 221: Runi Talwar - World's Worst Cricketer

    Pop on your pads, adjust your box and settle in for an attritional afternoon at the crease as Ben and Barry are joined by Kiwi-Indian comedian Runi Talwar to debate about the world's worst cricketer. The show contains extravagant cheats, conmen, Charles Dickens laughing at legless sailors and a man being set on fire by a cricket ball. 

    • 1 hr 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
93 Ratings

93 Ratings

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.

Meat Banter ,

Best Worst Podcast

Very funny! A celebration of failure and sure to provide you with little known facts to dazzle friends on zoom quizzes. Discovered through Loremen podcast

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