No Pressure To Be Funny

No Pressure To Be Funny

No Pressure To Be Funny. Image shows from L to R: Suzanne Moore, James O'Brien, Joe Wells, Robin Ince, Alex Andreou, Alistair Barrie, Pippa Evans. 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.

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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 to public attention, causing Robin Ince to lose his nice-guy-in-an-edgy-cardigan image, Alex Andreou compares Vladimir Putin enlighteningly to his cat, and Suzanne Moore lyrically eulogises Ed Miliband's 'MDMA eyes'. Pippa Evans introduces the new king of wimp-rock alongside her more famous character Loretta Maine. With the regular contributions from Alistair Barrie and Nick Revell, and hosted as usual by James O'Brien.

Next show, 27th April: Our panel will be anti-poverty campaigner and cookbook author Jack Munroe; stand-up comedian as seen on Live at the Apollo and Have I Got News For You, Hal Cruttenden; 'gag merchant' and London New Comedy Award winner Don Biswas andTalksport Radio presenter/political comedian Matt Forde. With music from the brilliant Steve Gribbin.


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Previous Episodes

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 and the Bapt......   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 Nicolas Rennard should apologise, ......   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 sense of 'discuss', not 'do business......   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 Guardian'......   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 of Intern......   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 compared to the poo......   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 f......   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, and UKIP......   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 punishin......   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 straigh......   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, amongst other......   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, pregnancies, arguments in favour of terror......   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 BBC; Jimmy Savile; the US Election; Remembrance Da......   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 for Koran! The Mu......   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 Mark Thomas......   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 comedian Z......   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 songs from <......   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 Matt......   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 comedians ever, ......   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'Brien to review the year, with contribut......   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 Mehdi Hasan....   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 about topics including issues at the Home Office...   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 weightier topics. With contributions fr......   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) James Sherwood, with creators Ni......   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 Statesman journalist Helen Lewis......   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 Miranda Sawyer and human-r......   Listen

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