396 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
    • 4.9 • 101 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 295: Angus Dunican - World's Worst Ventriloquist

    Ep 295: Angus Dunican - World's Worst Ventriloquist

    DONATE TO THE HARDEST GEEZER! 
    Try and see our lips move on this week's episode as Angus Dunican returns to talk to us about the World's Worst Ventriloquist. From puppets on the beat to those who faced down the Nazis and lived to tell the tale, there's something for everyone in here. Assuming everyone has at least one type of creepy puppet they're kind of into...
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ep 294: David Eagle - World's Worst Folk Song

    Ep 294: David Eagle - World's Worst Folk Song

    Barry's play BREEDING runs from March 21st to April 14th 2024 at the King's Head Theatre in London - get tickets here! https://kingsheadtheatre.com/whats-on/breeding
    With a hey nonny no, a slap of the thigh and some deeply questionable lyrics we're joined this week by accordionist, folk singer and comedian David Eagle to root out the world's worst folk song. There's bizarre cover versions, flutes made of human bones, creaking extended metaphors and a roast of Henry VIII. Grab your mandolin and get stuck in!
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    The Third Foot: Theatrical Superstitions

    The Third Foot: Theatrical Superstitions

    Barry's play BREEDING runs from March 21st to April 14th 2024 at the King's Head Theatre in London - get tickets here! https://kingsheadtheatre.com/whats-on/breeding
    In no way connected to the opening of his new play, Barry leads us on a quick whip through some of the most infamous theatrical superstitions and myths, including broken legs, Scottish plays and peacock feathers.
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    • 27 min
    Ep 293b: Best of the Worst of the Best 23

    Ep 293b: Best of the Worst of the Best 23

    *Barry's play BREEDING runs from March 21st to April 14th 2024 at the King's Head Theatre in London - get tickets here! https://kingsheadtheatre.com/whats-on/breeding *
    It's one of our occasional trips down memory lane, and we are revisiting episodes 111 to 115 to discuss not the worst but the World's Best Smell, Algorithm, Manager, Design Flaw and Saint. This episode sees Barry try to convince Ben that he is scientifically disposed to vanilla and Ben trying to convince Barry that Portuguese nonuplet renegades are better than Oscar Wilde's favourite sexy martyr. So, more of the same guff then.
    Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @VanderLaugh
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep 293: Mara Joy - World's Worst Improvisation

    Ep 293: Mara Joy - World's Worst Improvisation

    We're saying "Yes And..." to everything this week as we're joined by tremendous Scottish improviser Mara Joy to discover quite how bad things can get when you start making things up. John Cage goes on for centuries, B-movie mistakes get creepy and Ben finds an unlikely nadir from the jazz world.
    Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @VanderLaugh @Marajoyloves|
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Third Foot: Leap Days & Calendars

    The Third Foot: Leap Days & Calendars

    We're jumping for joy as it's a leap year, and no better time to examine all things calendrical and February 29th-ical. Ben dips into a grab-bag of facts including famous people born on that most uncommon of days, the difficulty of switching from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar, and why a positivist calendar from post-Revolutionary France could really be more trouble than it's worth.
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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
101 Ratings

101 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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