Posts Tagged ‘Comedy’

When I record an interview for broadcast, the first thing I do is set the levels. I usually ask the guest what they had for breakfast. This week, I got an answer I wasn’t expecting. I was at BBC Radio Merseyside, my guest was John Gorman. You may remember him from The Scaffold (‘Lily The […]


Just Shoot Me

27Sep16

Nothing is what it seems where we live in Hitchin right now. Julie got shouted at as she was walking through the market square. They’re filming the new season of Doctor Foster and she was just about to walk into the shot. “Stop! You can’t walk through there, you’ll have to go around!”, is what […]


Johnny B. Good.

24Sep16

My favourite American broadcaster right now is Jonathon Brandmeier. His show goes out live every day on over a hundred radio stations. There’s something positive and uplifting about his style. Even when he’s complaining, he sounds like he’s having fun. I also love the way he interacts with his newsman, Buzz Kilman. This week, I […]


I now have something in common with fifteen Nobel Prize winners. I’ve given a speech at the Royal Institution in London. It was the venue for a broadcasting conference called, “Next Radio”. The room was filled with people who work in the radio industry. The Royal Institution was founded in 1799 by the leading British […]


Mack & Cleese

22Sep16

  I was lucky enough to spend over an hour chatting to the comedy legend John Cleese the other day. It was for my new online radio show, “London Calling” which is a weekly show about Britain that’s being hosted by Talkers Magazine in the USA. John had plenty to say about the former CNN […]


Real people are more entertaining than radio presenters. I’m talking about listener phone calls. There’s something special about phone calls on the radio. They’re authentic, unique and unpredictable and the presenter becomes more real when they’re talking to a listener on the phone. It’s hard to get listeners to call in these days. It never used […]


Pass The Duchy

13Sep16

What is the royal prerogative? Well, here’s an example; there is a UK property business that owns land and buildings in 23 different counties. That includes farming land, residential and commercial properties, including the oval cricket ground in London, and other assets including ancient monuments, coastline and quarries all worth around £1bn. It makes more […]


The story of Hillary Clinton collapsing reminds me of when a politician collapsed in front of me while I was interviewing them for the BBC. In 2012, I was the host of the Breakfast Show on Swindon’s BBC Wiltshire. One day after my show, I was sent to cover the opening of a filling station […]


Humans can learn a lot from computers. Computers, since they operate by logical processes and don’t question things, will process nonsensical, input data and produce nonsensical, output. In computer science they have an acronym for this, GIGO. It stands for “Garbage In, Garbage Out”. When you think about it, lots of things work this way. […]


Gangsta Rap

10Sep16

The really cool music of any time period looks like it’s being performed by gang members. The Rock ‘n’ Rollers of the 50s, with their greased back hair, looked like they belonged to a gang. In the late 60s and early 70s, long haired rock stars looked like Hell’s Angels and the rappers of today […]


On the Breakfast Show on BOBfm this week, we were talking about the story of a 4 year old who got a child’s toilet seat stuck on his head. I asked for listeners to call in with ‘getting stuck’ stories… Dean James called in and said at that very moment his daughter Nadine Evans-James was […]


Mack Nuggets

04Sep16

Here’s what I’ve been up to on BOBfm lately… Inappropriate laughter; A bizarre wrong number; A leopard in the hotel room; If it’s got boobs or wheels, it’ll give you problems; Why Nancy won’t go back to London; 20 years since Oasis played Knebworth; Why the Daily Mail is great; Show us your tats; Is […]


Funny Brummie?

30Aug16

Is Birmingham really the funniest place to live in Britain? A new survey from Lastminute.com looked at over three million social conversations and combined the results with consumer research to uncover the laughter profiles of 25 towns and cities across the UK. They found that Birmingham is the funniest. Well done Brum, I lived there […]


Some people say gardening is great exercise, I don’t believe them. Go to any gym and you’ll see treadmills, stepping machines and rowing machines. You will not see a gardening machine! Craic on! Listen to the latest Mack Nuggets at; http://www.mackmedia.co.uk/8th-mack-nuggets-audio-video If you enjoyed this Craic, please click “like” and tweet a link. If you’d […]


There’s something special about a prank you pull on someone who’s in a position of authority. I’m reading John Cleese’ autobiography, “So, Anyway…” I’m enjoying the tales from when he was at school and some of the pranks that were played on teachers. It reminded me of things teachers had to cope with in classes […]


Today I found an old cassette from 1989. It was a live recording of the band I used to be in when we lived in New Zealand. I thought you might like to hear it. The band was called The Misfits. They’d been together for years and were the top band in Northland. I joined […]


Beware of shysters who say they can predict the future! You’d think that in the 21st Century, there wouldn’t be much call for fortune tellers but the profession is alive and well and a lot of money is spent on it. It’s a racket but stupid people continue to fall for this stuff. The most […]


If you have a high IQ, you’re more likely to be satisfied by yourself without the need to be around other people. That’s according to new research published by the British Psychological Society. They studied data from 15,000 adults and found that the more time people with higher IQs spend with other people, the less […]


Radio Ga Ga

16Aug16

Why don’t you hear as many phone calls on the radio these days? Hearing humans on the phone has been replaced with the sound of radio presenters reading out texts. Why do radio stations even allow you to text? Has radio forgotten it’s an AUDIO medium? The stations work hard to get you to listen […]


Best Bet

14Aug16

I had a thought while I was watching the Olympic athletics. If human beings WANT to run as fast as they can against other human beings and you can bet on those races, why do we need to force horses and dogs to run for our entertainment? Craic on! Listen to the latest Mack Nuggets […]