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Brighten your week with the latest BBC Radio 4 comedy, introduced by Athena Kugblenu.

Comedy of the Week BBC Radio 4

    • Comedy
    • 3.2 • 78 Ratings

Brighten your week with the latest BBC Radio 4 comedy, introduced by Athena Kugblenu.

    Phil Ellis Is Trying

    Phil Ellis Is Trying

    Series 2, Episode 1 of the anarchic sitcom about a man desperate to succeed in a world he does not fully understand. When Phil discovers Parbold is hosting the World Pinball Championships, he sees a way to solve his money troubles by winning the big cash prize. But it's not just him who wants the money, as Phil's past catches up with him. Meanwhile, Polly starts a pet-walking business as a sideline.

    Written by Phil Ellis and Fraser Steele.


    Phil Ellis as Phil
    Johnny Vegas as Johnny
    Amy Gledhill as Polly
    Terry Mynott as Barry Bean
    Katia Kvinge as Ellie/Barber
    Sunil Patel as Announcer/Bear owner
    and with special guest star Sean Lock as The Dragon

    Produced by Sam Michell

    A BBC Studios production

    • 29 min
    Evil Genius with Russell Kane: Batman

    Evil Genius with Russell Kane: Batman

    Stevie Martin, Rachel Fairburn and Johnny Cochrane ask how super the superhero really is. Is the caped crusader the sexiest superhero of all? Or a weirdo in a cave who makes it all worse, actually?
    Producer: Beth O’Dea
    Evil Genius with Russell Kane is a BBC Audio Bristol production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.

    • 45 min
    What's the Story, Ashley Storrie?

    What's the Story, Ashley Storrie?

    Growing up surrounded by gangsters and a dysfunctional family, this is the story of Ashley - a tall comedian who loves William Shatner and hates textured fabrics.

    Glasgow's nightlife in the early 1980's was still flying the flag for disco, bell bottoms and oversized lapels, and it was outside the local club in Shettleston where Ashley's parents met for the first time, starting the story that led to an unexpected marriage and a family feud that was never resolved.

    A Dabster production for BBC Radio 4
    Written by Ashley Storrie
    Produced by Julia Sutherland

    • 14 min
    Michael Spicer: Before Next Door

    Michael Spicer: Before Next Door

    Room Next Door Man, Michael Spicer, charts his real-life progress to global internet stardom. However, this rags to riches story is still lacking in riches so Michael has accepted a promotion at work and continues to plug away on Twitter.

    We re-join the story in December 2019 on a family swimming trip that is as damp and disappointing as Michael’s comedy career to date, but the impending general election coverage provides an opportunity for media attention.

    Meanwhile, an office workshop led by Conservative-supporting, communications guru Benjamin Cruz (Sanjeev Bhaskar) provides extra stress. Cruz thinks Michael's comedy should be more politically balanced, something the BBC echoes by interrupting the episode to ensure Michael is performing with total impartiality.

    To further fuel Michael's anxiety, his wife Roberta wants him to stuff the day job and go on tour - with her as his full-time manager.

    Can Michael seize the day while also holding onto the job that pays his mortgage?

    Cast: Michael Spicer with Ellie Taylor, Joanna Neary, Jamie Borthwick, Alison Ward, Greig Johnson, Jason Forbes, Peter Curran, and guest starring Sanjeev Bhaskar

    Writer: Michael Spicer
    Producer: Matt Tiller

    A Starstruck and Tillervision Production for BBC Radio 4

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

3.2 out of 5
78 Ratings

78 Ratings

woerwaks ,

Sweet. Bitter-sweet.

Love the podcast, but yesterday when I wanted to play one or two funnies of found over the holiday time to a.griend, all but 4 episodes were gone - I hope this is a temporary thing. As I can't remember who the comedians were. I just assumed the list would also was be on iTunes? Perhaps it's on the BBC website. Let's hope.

Cath0012345 ,

Not a Fan

This podcast is not my cup of tea, unless you want to listen to people being idiotic on purpose.

Braluk ,



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