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01:44 pm - Funny listening
When I'm at the gym I sometimes listen to 'I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue' on my i-Pod. Now I've listened to them all, twice. Has anyone got any recommendations for something similarly funny? I was wondering about the Ricky Gervais podcasts - are they any good?

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From:dremiel
Date:January 21st, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
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I don't now the show but here in the States NPR has a very funny news quiz called "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" and we catch it on the podcast since it runs on Saturday mornings here and we're usually at Shabbat morning service. They hit current events, odd news stories and, famously, invite well known people to answer questions about subjects of which they have no knowledge!
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From:communicator
Date:January 21st, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
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Actually that does sound pretty good. I don't know whether audible will make it available in the UK - they carry some radio stuff from the US. I'll look out for it.
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From:communicator
Date:January 21st, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC)
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It's impossible to describe a funny programme I think - some just are funny, and others are utter rubbish, and it's hard to say why.

Not sure if I'll be able to get these for download in the UK, but I now know something to search for. Thanks dremiel and hoyland
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From:communicator
Date:January 21st, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
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Wow, there are loads, thanks again
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From:hafren
Date:January 21st, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC)
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Not similar exactly, but Andy Hamilton's Old Harry's Game is funny and good listening.
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From:communicator
Date:January 21st, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I've never heard of it, so thanks
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From:happytune
Date:January 21st, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
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Oh yes! I second Old Harry's Game. Brilliant. Also The Museum of Everything. And Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (not really comedy, but still good). And Jeremy Hardy.
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From:despotliz
Date:January 21st, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
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I listen to The Now Show a lot - I have a DVD of *cough* dubious provenance, I think you can get highlight CDs as well.
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From:communicator
Date:January 21st, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
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That's a good suggestion - I listen to that on radio 7 come to think of it, thanks
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From:glitterboy1
Date:January 21st, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
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For the last while, I've been very happy listening to audiobooks at the gym (from audible.co.uk - which you first recommended, thank you). Those sessions are the longest stretches of time that I get, and it works well for me. I like your idea of ISIHAC, too, though. Hmm....
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From:communicator
Date:January 21st, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
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I like spoken word better than music at the gym because my headphones don't completely cut out the competing background music. Glad it works for you too. I find ISIHAC good because the time just shoots by, and one 30-40 min program gets me through a session. Disadvantage - smiling and laughing to myself for no obvious reason, to the amusement of other exercisers.
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From:glitterboy1
Date:January 21st, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
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Hee, yes, I've had that happen, too - though I know it would be even more the case with ISIHAC. I've also found myself with tears in my eyes - though not, fortunately, breaking out in full-fledged sobs... :-)

I think I had always just automatically put music on at the gym, and it was just as an experiment that I tried the audiobooks. I find that the time goes *so* much faster. The other thing I sometimes listen to there is the podcast of Melvyn Bragg's R4 series 'In Our Time'.
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From:ianmcdonald
Date:January 21st, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
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The Ricky Gervais ones with Karl Pilkington are brilliant. Ignore Gervais --he's getting too self important and 'irony' is slipping into 'wank': Karl Pilkington is a genius.
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From:communicator
Date:January 21st, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
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Thanks - They are ultra-cheap on audible so I wondered whether they were rubbish.
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From:watervole
Date:January 21st, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
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"Just a minute" though you've probably thought of that already. (and I third 'Old Harry's Game'.)
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From:communicator
Date:January 21st, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
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For some reason I'm not a massive fan of Just a Minute. But I will check out Old Harry's game. I just looked at the wikipedia entry and it sounds like it's got lots of funny female roles too.
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From:wg
Date:January 21st, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
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Funniest podcast I have discovered in recent months (thanks to a recommendation on Mitch Benn's podcast) is a weekly satire show called The Bugle.
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From:communicator
Date:January 21st, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
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Oh, thank you. Is that an off-shoot of The Times then?
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From:wg
Date:January 21st, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
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I really have no idea why the times host, and presumably pay for this - i assume from the page it came about as part of their US coverage. I certainly wouldn't have guessed it had anything to do with the paper from the programmes.

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