No Pressure To Be Funny

No Pressure To Be Funny

No Pressure To Be Funny. Image shows from L to R: Ivan Gayton, Sameena Zehra, Nick Revell, Barry Castagnola, Kevin Day, Chris Coltrane. No Pressure To Be Funny is a topical comedy podcast presented by LBC's James O'Brien, produced by Alex Grace and written and performed by comedians Alistair Barrie and Nick Revell. A guest panel drawn from the arts, media and politics discuss the week's news in front of a live audience alongside comedy songs, monologues and diatribes. To find out more visit www.nopressuretobefunny.com

Next show, recording Sunday 30th November: Campaigner and playwright Beatrix Campbell; Veteran Australian comedian Trevor Cook; Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer Nominee Aisling Bea; Swedish stand-up comedian Tobias Persson; and comic musician James Sherwood.

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 discussion of Ebola, courtesy of Médecin Sans Frontières Ivan Gayton; Sameena Zehra offers some interesting activist strategies for a pacifist...; Barry Castagnola offers a profound philosophical rumination on situations where contracting Ebola virus might be attractive; and Chris Coltrane displays a surprising awareness of IKEA. Jonny Awsum supplies a calypso, and everything is held together expertly and elegantly by guest host Kevin Day. With fantastic monologues from Alistair Barrie and Nick Revell, who coincidentally also write these billing notes.


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Previous Episodes

Series 8, Episode 1 (28th September 2014)

Series 8, Episode 1 (28th September 2014)

Date: 30th September   Length: 64 mins   Size: 59.2mb

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......   Listen

Series 7, Episode 6 (29th June 2014)

Series 7, Episode 6 (29th June 2014)

Date: 30th June   Length: 80 mins   Size: 73.98mb

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......   Listen

Series 7, Episode 5 (25th May 2014)

Series 7, Episode 5 (25th May 2014)

Date: 27th May   Length: 52 mins   Size: 48.7mb

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 ......   Listen

Series 7, Episode 4 (27th April 2014)

Series 7, Episode 4 (27th April 2014)

Date: 29th April   Length: 47 mins   Size: 43.13mb

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 dis......   Listen

Series 7, Episode 3 (30th March 2014)

Series 7, Episode 3 (30th March 2014)

Date: 1st April   Length: 54 mins   Size: 49.90mb

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... ......   Listen

Series 7, Episode 2 (23rd February 2014)

Series 7, Episode 2 (23rd February 2014)

Date: 24th February   Length: 49 mins   Size: 44.54mb

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 an......   Listen

Series 7, Episode 1 (26th January 2014)

Series 7, Episode 1 (26th January 2014)

Date: 27th January   Length: 44 mins   Size: 40.34mb

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......   Listen

Series 6, Episode 3 (24th November 2013)

Series 6, Episode 3 (24th November 2013)

Date: 25th November 2013   Length: 50 mins   Size: 45.23mb

James O'Brien and the panel - Andy Zalzman, Tiffany Stevenson, Padraig Reidy and Nick Doody - deal with bankers, politicians and hard drugs (in the s......   Listen

Series 6, Episode 2 (27th October 2013)

Series 6, Episode 2 (27th October 2013)

Date: 29th October 2013   Length: 48 mins   Size: 45.04mb

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 Gu......   Listen

Series 6, Episode 1 (22nd September 2013)

Series 6, Episode 1 (22nd September 2013)

Date: 23rd September 2013   Length: 58 mins   Size: 53.89mb

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......   Listen

Series 5, Episode 6 (14th July 2013)

Series 5, Episode 6 (14th July 2013)

Date: 16th July 2013   Length: 53 mins   Size: 49.25mb

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 compa......   Listen

Series 5, Episode 5 (9th June 2013)

Series 5, Episode 5 (9th June 2013)

Date: 11th June 2013   Length: 51 mins   Size: 47.84mb

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......   Listen

Series 5, Episode 4 (5th May 2013)

Series 5, Episode 4 (5th May 2013)

Date: 6th May 2013   Length: 47 mins   Size: 43.58mb

May 5th 2013 - James O'Brien talks to Alex Andreou, Lee Camp, Gary Delaney and Nat Luurtsema about the nutty fruitcakes of British politics......   Listen

Series 5, Episode 3 (7th April 2013)

Series 5, Episode 3 (7th April 2013)

Date: 10th April 2013   Length: 53 mins   Size: 49.08mb

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 punish......   Listen

Series 5, Episode 2 (3rd March 2013)

Series 5, Episode 2 (3rd March 2013)

Date: 4th March 2013   Length: 58 mins   Size: 53.89mb

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[......   Listen

Series 5, Episode 1 (3rd February 2013)

Series 5, Episode 1 (3rd February 2013)

Date: 5th February 2013   Length: 79 mins   Size: 72.63mb

With guests Phill Jupitus, Andrew Maxwell, Miranda Sawyer and Wayne Deakin. Plus music from Loretta Maine. This month's podcast covers, amo......   Listen

Series 4, Episode 3 (9th December 2012)

Series 4, Episode 3 (9th December 2012)

Date: 11th December 2012   Length: 68 mins   Size: 62.80mb

With guests Robin Ince, Matthew Norman, Sara Pascoe, Pete Johansson and James Sherwood. In this episode, the panel discuss prank phone calls, pregnan......   Listen

Series 4, Episode 2 (11th November 2012)

Series 4, Episode 2 (11th November 2012)

Date: 13th November 2012   Length: 47 mins   Size: 43.7mb

Rob Grant, Simon Munnery, Kevin Day and Polly Toynbee join James O'Brien, Nick Revell and Alistair Barrie to tackle the crisis at the B......   Listen

Series 4, Episode 1 (7th October 2012)

Series 4, Episode 1 (7th October 2012)

Date: 8th October 2012   Length: 37 mins   Size: 34.35mb

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......   Listen

Edinburgh 2012

Edinburgh 2012

Date: 20th August 2012   Length: 84 mins   Size: 77.88mb

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 M......   Listen

Series 3, Episode 4 (10th June 2012)

Series 3, Episode 4 (10th June 2012)

Date: 12th June 2012   Length: 45 mins   Size: 41.75mb

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 ......   Listen

Series 3, Episode 3 (13th May 2012)

Series 3, Episode 3 (13th May 2012)

Date: 15th May 2012   Length: 42 mins   Size: 39.23mb

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......   Listen

Series 3, Episode 2 (15th April 2012)

Series 3, Episode 2 (15th April 2012)

Date: 17th April 2012   Length: 41 mins   Size: 37.94mb

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 ......   Listen

Series 3, Episode 1 (11th March 2012)

Series 3, Episode 1 (11th March 2012)

Date: 15th March 2012   Length: 41 mins   Size: 37.37mb

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 comedian......   Listen

No Pressure To Be Festive 2011

No Pressure To Be Festive 2011

Date: 21st December 2011   Length: 48 mins   Size: 44.23mb

A special edition of the topical panel show. Guests Ken Livingstone, Miranda Sawyer, Miles Jupp, George Monbiot and Rich Hall join host James O'Br......   Listen

Series 2, Episode 6 (16th November)

Series 2, Episode 6 (16th November)

Date: 18th November 2011   Length: 26 mins   Size: 23.49mb

James O'Brien, Alistair Barrie and Nick Revell are joined by Tiffany Stevenson, Henning Wehn, Paul Thorne and New Statesman journalist Mehd......   Listen

Series 2, Episode 5 (9th November)

Series 2, Episode 5 (9th November)

Date: 10th November 2011   Length: 32 mins   Size: 29.43mb

James O'Brien, Alistair Barrie and Nick Revell are joined by Mark Steel, Rob Deering, Holly Walsh and journalist Matthew Norman to talk......   Listen

Series 2, Episode 4 (2nd November)

Series 2, Episode 4 (2nd November)

Date: 3rd November 2011   Length: 31 mins   Size: 28.63mb

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 weig......   Listen

Series 2, Episode 3 (26th October)

Series 2, Episode 3 (26th October)

Date: 27th October 2011   Length: 30 mins   Size: 27.79mb

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) J......   Listen

Series 2, Episode 2 (19th October)

Series 2, Episode 2 (19th October)

Date: 20th October 2011   Length: 41 mins   Size: 38.13mb

James O'Brien is joined by Australian comic Sarah Kendall, Cutting Edge regular Steve Gribbin, Just A Minute regular Chris Neill, and New Stat......   Listen

Series 2, Episode 1 (12th October)

Series 2, Episode 1 (12th October)

Date: 13th October 2011   Length: 38 mins   Size: 35.14mb

James O'Brien is joined by Mitch Benn of The Now Show, writer of Drop the Dead Donkey and Outnumbered Andy Hamilton, Observer journalist Mi......   Listen

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