302 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 • 94 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 240: Leah Broad - World's Worst Composer

    Ep 240: Leah Broad - World's Worst Composer

    5, 6, 7, 8! We are scribbling on staves and causing chaos with crotchets this week as we are joined by music historian Dr Leah Broad to discuss the World's Worst Composer. We wade through the lovelife and dressing-up habits of Hector Berlioz, the pigeon-painting of a barmy English aristocrat and the one-hit wonder who died in wild and historic circumstances. 
    Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @LeahBroad
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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 and especially as we work on our first book and plan our live shows! https://www.patreon.com/WorstFootForward
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Ep 239: Matt Hoss - World's Worst Festival

    Ep 239: Matt Hoss - World's Worst Festival

    It's great to be here with this week's episode of *check A4 sheet on the back of guitar* Worst Foot Forward to talk about the worst festivals in history. Joined by the host of the Castival podcast, Matt Hoss, we talk about the disastrous iterations of Woodstock, the plague-ridden Chicago World's Fair and why you should be very careful promoting a Charles Dickens Festival.
    Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @matthosscomedy
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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

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Ep 238: Peter Brush - World's Worst Prediction

    Ep 238: Peter Brush - World's Worst Prediction

    We're gazing into our crystal balls this week in search of answers to the question "what is the World's Worst Prediction?" We see a handsome stranger entering our lives in the form of comedian Peter Brush who will lead us on a journey of self-discovery alongside Brazilian football legend Pele. Along the way, Ben flings some fish at a Belfast wall in search of love and Barry grinds his axe against one of the most shameful charlatans of modern times.
    Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @peter_brush
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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
    Worst Foot Forward is part of Podnose: www.podnose.com

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep 237: Robyn Perkins - World's Worst Vegetable

    Ep 237: Robyn Perkins - World's Worst Vegetable

    *BOOK TICKETS TO OUR NEXT LIVE SHOW* - Sunday 20th February 2022, 2.30pm at VAULT Festival, London with special guests Johnny Chiodini and Ellie Gibson: https://vaultfestival.com/events/worst-foot-forward-live-recording/ 
    Join us down at the WFF allotment along with our guest Robyn Perkins as we uncover the dangerous history of Mr Potatohead, battle turnips, deadly carrots and a mystery hairy vegetable.
    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 6 min
    Ep 236: The World's Worst Best of 2021 Episode

    Ep 236: The World's Worst Best of 2021 Episode

    *BOOK TICKETS TO OUR NEXT LIVE SHOW* - Sunday 20th February 2022, 2.30pm at VAULT Festival, London with special guests Johnny Chiodini and Ellie Gibson: https://vaultfestival.com/events/worst-foot-forward-live-recording/ 
    Happy Christmas, Merry New Year, Joyful Holidays and whatever you're having yourself. It's been a wild 12 months at Worst Foot Forward towers in a year that saw a lot of lockdowns, another live recording and some brilliant guests, episodes and trivia. In the grandest of traditions, we've compiled our favourite clips from the past year into a bumper festive episode. With standout moments including Barry & Ben fan fiction, the horrors of Action Park and the spooky history of Robert Todd Lincoln, this episode features (in order of appearance): Jay Foreman, Ria Lina, Bec Hill, Dr Kit Chapman, Pete Donaldson, Sukh Ojla, Neil Delamere, Tom Scott, Moxie Labouche, Mark Cooper-Jones, Kat Arney, Daniel Quirke, Runi Talwar, Mat Ricardo, Sacha Coward, Emma Gleeson, Tatty Hennessy, Simon O’Rourke, Tasha Dhanraj and Paul Duncan McGarrity. Thanks to them, to all our guests this year and to you lot for listening and laughing. Here's to more of the same in 2022.
    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

    • 1 hr 24 min
    The Third Foot: Christmas Crackers (Bonus Episode)

    The Third Foot: Christmas Crackers (Bonus Episode)

    *BOOK TICKETS TO OUR NEXT LIVE SHOW* - Sunday 20th February 2022, 2.30pm at VAULT Festival, London with special guests Johnny Chiodini and Ellie Gibson: https://vaultfestival.com/events/worst-foot-forward-live-recording/
    Merry Crimbletide everyone! To celebrate the festive rest we all goddamn need, Ben and Barry head down a wormhole of the history of crackers and festive jokes.
    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

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
94 Ratings

94 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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