12 episodes

For many performers, their biggest fears is that people will find the creative writing they produced when they were younger. Early poetry, short stories, song lyrics, scripts and more shouldn't stay hidden in shoe boxes in our parents' house or in password protected folders on our laptops. It’s time we monetised that shame and gave those pieces the public outing our 15 year old selves would’ve wanted.

Each week a guest brings something they wrote in their adolescence to be discussed and co-analysed with Rhys - who will be bringing something embarrassing of his own to level the playing field.

Early Work with Rhys James Global Media & Entertainment

    • Stand-Up Comedy

For many performers, their biggest fears is that people will find the creative writing they produced when they were younger. Early poetry, short stories, song lyrics, scripts and more shouldn't stay hidden in shoe boxes in our parents' house or in password protected folders on our laptops. It’s time we monetised that shame and gave those pieces the public outing our 15 year old selves would’ve wanted.

Each week a guest brings something they wrote in their adolescence to be discussed and co-analysed with Rhys - who will be bringing something embarrassing of his own to level the playing field.

    EP11: Kerry Godliman

    EP11: Kerry Godliman

    Rhys's Norwegian mother Kerry BOSHliman steps into Early Work quarantine to give us a selection of her life before she developed her no-nonsense nature. A peek into the nonsense days. Drama schools called EGYPT where she made safe sex videos. Long letters to Philip Seymour Hoffman in the pre-twitter era. Rhys clearly pretending to know who Hanif Kureishi is as she reads a short story about him. The Early Work is deep, poetic and beautiful, which is not great news for the Teen Horniness category. Plus, some of the most detailed analysis of Rhys's Early Work so far. Bosh.

    Follow Early Work on Twitter @EarlyWorkPod
    Rhys is on tour - all dates on his website. Or you can follow him @rhysjamesy
    Email your Early Work to earlyworkpodcast@gmail.com

    • 57 min
    EP10: Mathew Horne

    EP10: Mathew Horne

    British comedy acting royalty Mathew Horne remembers nothing from his childhood... except his first funny character, his love of human geography, a choreographed dance for the football lads and earning his dad's approval immediately. Thankfully Rhys is on hand to analyse his early work's deeper meanings further than the "good lad" feedback from his teachers. Poems about pies, hair, football and bins. A menu Heston Blumenthal would be envious of. And finally some fair feedback for Rhys's pretentious attempt at something lyrical. Good lads.

    Follow Early Work on Twitter @EarlyWorkPod
    Rhys is on tour - all dates on his website. Or you can follow him @rhysjamesy
    Email your Early Work to earlyworkpodcast@gmail.com

    • 43 min
    EP9: Jayde Adams

    EP9: Jayde Adams

    Shankings, arson, asthma. A mixed bag at school for Jayde Adams. So it’s no wonder she turned to writing. First of all, a novel longer than The Hobbit that she just up and deleted one day, failing to predict the inception of Early Work podcast where it would’ve been finally put to use. Then undeleted poetry about flu jabs, pets she’s allergic to one that inadvertently invents John Lewis christmas adverts. Plus, Rhys reads a super horny poem from his salad days and someone receives the first 15/15 score in Early Work history.

    Follow Early Work on Twitter @EarlyWorkPod
    Rhys is on tour - all dates on his website. Or you can follow him @rhysjamesy
    Email your Early Work to earlyworkpodcast@gmail.com

    • 38 min
    EP8: Joel Dommett

    EP8: Joel Dommett

    Joel’s got weird knees. He’s also got weird habits, like inventing a new kind of walking, getting absolutely punk’d by the Wombles, making Stephen Mulhern uncomfortable and writing plays with his mum. Enlisting the acting talents of Rhys to help bring it to life, Joel brings to Early Work mansions his prize-winning murder mystery set it an old people’s home and Rhys responds with some Linkin Park inspired poetry about ‘time’. Drivel.

    Follow Early Work on Twitter @EarlyWorkPod
    Rhys is on tour - all dates on his website. Or you can follow him @rhysjamesy
    Email your Early Work to earlyworkpodcast@gmail.com

    • 50 min
    EP7: Tom Rosenthal

    EP7: Tom Rosenthal

    Precocious Pleb Tom Rosenthal has been making #content for decades. Fans of his adolescent youtube channel will be familiar with Pimp My Toaster, long time followers will be well aware of his scouse accent in public speaking contests. Here, he ups the ante with an Early Work first: some Actual Recordings™ of things. Those things just so happen to be raps. Raps about cricket, sure, but also a diss track in an attempt to quash some beef at his middle-class school in Reading. Inspired by all this Rhys brings out a rap of his own, recorded on garageband age 19, parodying a Biggie Smalls classic. Listen through your hands. 24 hours to reply.

    Follow Tom on Twitter @rosentweets
    Follow Early Work on Twitter @EarlyWorkPod
    Rhys is on tour - all dates on his website. Or you can follow him @rhysjamesy
    Email your Early Work to earlyworkpodcast@gmail.com

    • 48 min
    EP6: Nick Helm

    EP6: Nick Helm

    Walking back-catalogue Nick Helm enters Early Work mansions with a supercomputer of content. Whether you're stuck in a well, your heads in an oven or you've just got your eyes closed, everything's dark in Nick's world, and what an honour it is to delve into. Plus, Rhys reads a poem he wrote on halloween about a girl he'd had an argument with. Boy oh boy.

    Follow Nick on Twitter @thenickhelm
    Follow Early Work on Twitter @EarlyWorkPod
    Rhys is on tour - all dates on his website. Or you can follow him @rhysjamesy
    Email your Early Work to earlyworkpodcast@gmail.com

    • 50 min

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