No Pressure To Be Funny
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No Pressure To Be Funny is a topical comedy podcast featuring former Perrier nominee Nick Revell, Comedy Store 'Cutting Edge' regular Alistair Barrie, and presented by inestimable LBC radio host James O'Brien.
||June 2015||This month, Omid Djalili, Sajeela Kershi, Chris Neill and Jake Yapp discuss, amongst other things, rock festivals, royalty, torture, peaceful protest, women's football and The Comedy Godfather, Barry Cryer. Masterful musical sets from Ronnie Golden, and h||30 6 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||May 2015||Nick Revell hosts May's NP2BF. The guests are musical comedian James Sherwood; political stand-up Kate Smurthwaite; The Daily Telegraph's political sketch writer Michael Deacon; and Amir Amirani, the director of We Are Many, a film about the anti-war marc||1 6 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||April 2015||Alistair Barrie presides over April's show as panellists Angela Barnes, Jo Brand, Joe Wells and Andy Zaltzman discuss topics including the forthcoming election. Meanwhile Nick Revell looks at Islamic State's accounts, and Christian Reilly provides a song||27 4 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||March 2015||Kevin Day is joined by Nick Revell, Susan Murray, Carey Marx and Martin Rowson to discuss topics including Jeremy Clarkson, Prince Charles, swearwords and what exactly satire is. Also featuring an attempted radicalisation of the nation's youth by Alistair||31 3 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||February 2015||In this month's show we discuss Greece and everything European, TV shows on Mars, racism on Earth, the relative merits of living in east London and Islamic State. All cheerful stuff. Hosted by Kevin Day, with music from Steve Gribbin and contributions fro||24 2 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||January 2015||In this edition we cover the elections in Greece and the UK, comedians who get involved in politics, the limits of causing offence, social injustice in the Middle East, Davos, the Greens, the far-Right, sex and media-presentation, including a long and pro||26 1 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||December 2014||No Pressure to be Festive: Alistair Barrie and Nick Revell host the final show of the year, with a lively panel of Jo Jo Smith, Michael Deacon, Hal Cruttenden and first-timer James O'Brien. Music from Paul Thorne. By the way - in keeping with the slightly||15 12 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||November 2014||James O'Brien hosts, with Bea Campbell, Aisling Bea, Trevor Crook and Tobias Persson discussing - amongst other things - Popes, Revolution, Black Friday and Humanitarian Awards. With songs on Vans and Class Insults from James Sherwood, and the usual contr||1 12 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||October 2014||Given that two of the biggest topics this week are the global threat of a fatal disease with no cure and a string of stories of sexual violence, it's surprising this is not the most gag-dense edition we've ever done. A compelling and informative discussio||27 10 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||September 2014||This month's show is in association with the peace-building charity International Alert. Their Secretary General and No Pressure regular, Dan Smith, gives us a profound and fascinating analysis of the current situation in the Middle East. To ensure the wh||30 9 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||June 2014||As we're taking two months off through the summer, here's a slightly longer podcast than usual; a satirical and seditious seaside special edition, if you will, (not to mention sibilant) and the perfect way to while away a rainy holiday afternoon when you'||30 6 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||May 2014||Kevin Day hosts and David Elms provides the laid-back sound track to this chilled out Bank Holiday edition of No Pressure. Plenty of swearing and vile insults, as the panel discuss the World Cup, racism, sexism and alcohol, while Bennett Arron suggests a||27 5 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||April 2014||In this month's show, Steve Gribbin provides the music while James O'Brien and guests Daphna Baram, Don Biswas, Matt Forde and Chris Neill discuss amongst other things, the Middle East, Tony Blair, UKIP, Manchester United, and the Royal Family. See if you||28 4 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||March 2014||No Pressure to Be Funny, March 30th 2014 - in which we deliver something unique in the history of British media - an interesting, informative and very funny discussion of the EU... Joe Wells brings the long-overlooked dolphin angle of the Ukraine crisis t||1 3 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||February 2014||In this edition, Dave Fulton inadvertently reveals the polyerotic undertones of being caught in an avalanche when a discussion of the Winter Olympics goes off-piste; Jonny and the Baptists share some of their fanmail from UKIP, while Alistair Barrie chann||24 2 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||January 2014||Michael Deacon, Sara Pascoe, Miles Jupp and Nathan Caton join James O'Brien to discuss UKIP's meteorological theories, whether or not Lord Anelka and Nicolas Rennard should apologise, and similar things comedians regret saying and doing; the panel compare||27 1 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||November 2013||James O'Brien and the panel - Andy Zalzman, Tiffany Stevenson, Padraig Reidy and Nick Doody - deal with bankers, politicians and hard drugs (in the sense of 'discuss', not 'do business with')... the positives of environmental holocaust and why the rich sh||25 11 2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||October 2013||This month on No Pressure To Be Funny, guest host Kevin Day wrangles a formidable array of talent whilst trying to be nice about The Great British Bake Off. The Guardian's Polly Toynbee definitely says pleb, Alex Andreou dares to suggest re-nationalising||29 10 2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||September 2013||James O'Brien reveals the shameless and frankly disgusting behaviour of some members of the British aristocracy when it comes to trying to return unwanted clothing; Dan Smith of International Alert dispenses wisdom on the Middle East and hits a new person||23 9 2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||July 2013||Amongst other things covered in this month's show, host James O'Brien tries to defend pay-rises for MPs; James Sherwood melodically shows how tough the rich have it compared to the poor; Angela Barnes reminisces on the awkwardness of helping one's father||15 7 2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||June 2013||In this month's show, Mitch Benn rocks the room with two pieces of satirical musical brilliance which contain more coherent and persuasive political arguments than we've heard from Her Majesty's Opposition since about 1945; Jessica Fostekew deflates Bilde||11 6 2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||May 2013||May 5th 2013 - James O'Brien talks to Alex Andreou, Lee Camp, Gary Delaney and Nat Luurtsema about the nutty fruitcakes of British politics, and UKIP as well; how Barack Obama wishes he could find someone in America with enough authority to close Guantana||6 5 2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||April 2013||This month's No Pressure sees guest host Kevin Day come up with some interesting new programme ideas for BBC3 based on some thoroughly historical suggestions for punishing financial wrongdoing from The Keiser Report's Max Keiser. The Independent's Steve R||9 4 2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||March 2013||This month, firebrand of the left Owen Jones denies a love tryst with Tory donor and disgraced former party chairman Lord Ashcroft; Helen Lewis sets James O'Brien straight about the New Statesman's relationship with the Labour Party, Keith Farnan suggests||4 3 2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||February 2013||With guests Phill Jupitus, Andrew Maxwell, Miranda Sawyer and Wayne Deakin. Plus music from Loretta Maine. This month's podcast covers, amongst other things, the European Union, Antisemitism, Trans-Confessional Cannibalism, Toxic Vaginas, Ireland, Afghani||4 2 2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||December 2012||With guests Robin Ince, Matthew Norman, Sara Pascoe, Pete Johansson and James Sherwood. In this episode, the panel discuss prank phone calls, pregnancies, arguments in favour of terrorism, economic crises, education, why happiness (as the Four Tops always||11 12 2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||November 2012||Rob Grant, Simon Munnery, Kevin Day and Polly Toynbee join James O'Brien, Nick Revell and Alistair Barrie to tackle the crisis at the BBC; Jimmy Savile; the US Election; Remembrance Day and Afghanistan; the state of the Coalition halfway through its term;||13 11 2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||October 2012||In this edition, topics include Julian Assange, the truth about Boris Johnson, and what to give Vladimir Putin for his birthday. Also, the first plans are revealed for Koran! The Musical. Joining James O'Brien and Nick Revell are comedians Andy Zaltzman a||8 10 2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Edinburgh 2012||No Pressure To Be Funny joins forces with Amnesty International UK for a podcast from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. James O'Brien is joined by activist and comedian Mark Thomas, Canadian stand-up Dana Alexander, America's Paul Provenza and award-winning||19 8 2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||June 2012||James O'Brien is joined by stand-up Hal Cruttenden, musical comic Paul Thorne, New Statesman journalist Helen Lewis, and Burma's best known political comedian Zarganar, who was imprisoned in 2008 after criticising the ruling junta's response to cyclone Na||12 6 2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||May 2012||James O'Brien is joined by Nick Doody, Kevin Day and Lee Camp to talk about topics including democracy and underpants bombers. With some great topical songs from Steve Gribbin, and contributions from creators Nick Revell and Alistair Barrie too.||15 5 2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||April 2012||Thanks to a ridiculous insistence on taking his family on holiday, regular host James O'Brien isn't on the show this month, but we have called on our first reserve, Talksport's Matt Forde. He's joined by Bridget Christie, Newsnight's Paul Mason and No Pre||17 4 2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||March 2012||James O'Brien is joined by stand-up Ian Stone; New Statesman journalist Helen Lewis; and unquestionably one of the most important and funniest British comedians ever, Alexei Sayle. Music is from rising star Loretta Maine.||14 3 2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||No Pressure To Be Festive 2011||A special edition of the topical panel show. Guests Ken Livingstone, Miranda Sawyer, Miles Jupp, George Monbiot and Rich Hall join host James O'Brien to review the year, with contribution from writer-producers Alistair Barrie and Nick Revell, and music fr||21 12 2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Series 2, Episode 6||James O'Brien, Alistair Barrie and Nick Revell are joined by Tiffany Stevenson, Henning Wehn, Paul Thorne and New Statesman journalist Mehdi Hasan.||18 11 2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Series 2, Episode 5||James O'Brien, Alistair Barrie and Nick Revell are joined by Mark Steel, Rob Deering, Holly Walsh and journalist Matthew Norman to talk about topics including issues at the Home Office.||10 11 2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Series 2, Episode 4||James O'Brien is joined by Mark Thomas, Tiffany Stevenson, Elis James and Alistair Barrie to discuss who or what Kim Kardashian is... plus other weightier topics. With contributions from Nick Revell and Dave Cohen too.||3 11 2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Series 2, Episode 3||James O'Brien is joined by TalkSport's Matt Forde, News Quiz regular Paul Sinha, award-winning comic Nat Luurtsema, and the fantastic (Time Out) James Sherwood, with creators Nick Revell and Alistair Barrie.||27 10 2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Series 2, Episode 2||James O'Brien is joined by Australian comic Sarah Kendall, Cutting Edge regular Steve Gribbin, Just A Minute regular Chris Neill, and New Statesman journalist Helen Lewis-Hasteley.||20 10 2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Series 2, Episode 1||James O'Brien is joined by Mitch Benn of The Now Show, writer of Drop the Dead Donkey and Outnumbered Andy Hamilton, Observer journalist Miranda Sawyer and human-rights lawyer and founder of Reprieve, Clive Stafford Smith. Covering all the week's news inc||13 10 2011||Free||View In iTunes|
It's quite lucky there is no pressure to be funny.If there were this podcast would be flattened,squashed,squeezed,and pulped into the long line of failed comedy podcasts were it belong's. Having said that is great to listen to for the cringe worthy moments of which there are plenty to enjoy.Sorry James love you on LBC stick to your day job!!
Lots of laughs!
Found it really funny, can we have more casts ASAP!
Oh Dear... Oh Dear.
I think James o'b is one of the best Radio presenters around so I was keen to hear him doing these podcasts, and I thought for sure I would be downloading them all. Unfortunately he's stepped down into a sub-amateur technical production, although that's the least of his and it's problems...
Mostly poor guest selections, so panels which never really seem to gel, no real flow or structure to anything, and generally a half arsed attempt at satirical conversation by failing comedians.
This is a perfect example of antiquated (so called) media professionals and (so called) comedians who are out of touch with the world around them. A group who who have tried to come up with an idea but which has failed disastrously.
After initially looking forward to these I am afraid to say that they are cringingly UN-funny, extremelly UN-cool and just plain UN-interesting.
In all, a very poor podcast which may be funny to a few old men who spend most of their time in sheds.