September rolls around, it's back to school time but what a busy August we've had here at Worst Foot Forward. This month has been our best-listened to ever, with over 1000 more listens than our previous best. This may in no small part be down to Ben appearing on BBC Radio 5Live's Afternoon Edition to promote the show! Our friend and past guest Gabriel Ebulue deserves all our thanks for recommending us during his appearance on the show as part of his Unmissables. Host Nihal Arthanayake then called up Ben and got to hear some of our favourite stories about the likes of astronaut John Young and pirates Charles Swan and Benjamin Hornigold. So if you're a new listener who joined us off the back of that, thanks so much and welcome to the site! If you're an old listener who has been with us for a while, thanks so much too. Genuinely, we're so proud of the show and so glad more and more of you are enjoying the best of the worst.

In among all that, we've recorded some very fun episodes and released our first bit of extra content to all of you thanks to hitting our first milestone on Patreon. The Journey Around The Monopoly Board episode with Paul Flannery seems to have been a big hit - despite it being truly the worst game ever. If you liked this little deviation from the norm, click the Patreon button on the top of the page and go see what you could earn if you can pledge to support us on there. When we hit 25 pledges, we will release new content like that every month. The money already being pledged is safely in the Worst Foot Forward vaults, and we've actually already put in motion the plan to potentially do a live show early next year. Maybe. Watch this space!

Finally finally - and yes you hear us bang on about this all the time, but dammit we're nothing but shameless whores! - we really do appreciate it when someone adds a review and a rating on Our iTunes Page! This month we actually hit the top 50 in the iTunes Podcast Charts (Comedy - UK) for the first time. It was a brief foray, but it really brought home to us how exciting it is to be doing something that folks like you seem to actually enjoy. So, if you haven't yet, please do pop on over there and click those 5 stars. Write a nice little sentence about the show. Pat yourself on the back. Good karma earned. And if you like us, do recommend us to a friend - new subscribers are ten times better than a new review. We hope the show keeps growing and you keep listening. Thanks again. Now, off to keep washing the stains of the Monopoly money off our hands...it just won't come out!!!


We'll be honest folks, the heatwave has nearly ruined us both. Ben and Barry are perspiration-prone at the best of times, so recording recent episodes in the airtight hothouse that is Worst Foot Towers has been a challenge. But that's only made the episodes even stranger, which is always a good thing. Listen out for upcoming shows on Resignations and Emperors!

Ben has returned to gigging after the birth of his wee baby boy, and is slowly getting the hang of talking to people who are actually in a live audience again rather than relying on editing. Barry has returned to prancing around as a host of The Crystal Maze Live in London and is slowly remembering how weird it is to be very silly without Ben alongside him.

We've been very touched by how kind and supportive those of you who are donating on Patreon have been. Those who have pledged support to us there have now received a couple of batches of exclusive extra content, we've had some great suggestions for upcoming show topics from them and we're working on the idea for a live show sometime in the spring in London - it may not happen but if it does, we'll be sure to let you know. After all, we kinda need you guys there.

Finally, the new football season has started. So over the next few months prepare yourselves for intermittent moans and gripes from both Barry and Ben about their respective teams as they yet again fall into the trap of false hope in new dawns.


Gosh, it's been a busy few weeks for us - and by us, we mainly mean Ben. Yep, his little baby boy arrived safe and sound, so Ben and his wife are happily bedding down in their parental nest. But it hasn't stopped the boys getting together for some new recordings, as we're sure you've noticed. There are already FOUR guests lined up to record over the next week too so we are getting ahead of that curve!

Also, you will have noticed our shiny Patreon button on the front page of the website. Isn't it shiny? Go on. Click it. You know you want to. If you do, you can visit our Patreon page where you can pledge a wee bit of money towards the continuing silliness of our podcast AND earn some tasty little rewards too. Have a little look. We've already hit our first target of ten supporters and, as a result, are promising to make you all an extra episode a month! 

These will be special, not-quite-usual shows and in fact we're recording the first of them tomorrow at 1pm. We're inviting back an old friend to join us as we play the World's Worst Board Game: Monopoly. Yep. We're already regretting the entire endeavour, but it's too late now. You can watch the whole thing on Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/worstfoot/ - or you'll be able to download the audio version of us playing sometime later this month. If we have finished playing. Barry just learned that the longest game of Monopoly ever played lasted 70 days and is now terrified beyond reason.


For those of you wondering, no, Ben's wife hasn't had their baby just yet. He/She/It is due any day now and all at WFF Towers will grind to a halt as podcasters from far and wide will traverse the Savannah and gather at the foot of Pride Rock to worship our future Podking. Then there's probably going to be some situation where Barry kills Ben using wildebeest, the baby befriends two hapless sidekicks and there's a stage musical with puppets down the line. Anyway. We'll let you know when the momentous day arrives, don't worry.

Aside from that, we've recorded four episodes in the last week with another two (baby-permitting) due this week. Hopefully, that'll be enough to keep you ravenous hordes happy for a while yet. We're almost ready to launch our Patreon page, which will allow you to support us financially in a way we just know you've been dying to do. And there will be a host of tasty rewards on there, from social media shout-outs to specially-tailored episodes...oo, exciting.

For those of you who want to see Barry in person doing acting and not wanging on about his usual pod-fare like popes or ancient history, then you have an opportunity! You can see him in 'Libby's Eyes' at the Bunker Theatre, London Bridge over the next five weeks. He says it'll be quite good and he does several accents in it. Details and tickets are here: https://www.bunkertheatre.com/whats-on/libbys-eyes/about

Our First Blog

Well, here goes. Worst Foot Forward now has a website. God help us all...

Ben and Barry will - doubtless, sporadically - keep you updated on things from behind-the-scenes. Like Ben's upcoming baby and Barry's upcoming round-the-world kayaking trip. We'll also be launching a Patreon soon so the many tens of you who want to donate to support the show will be able to finally part with your money with the greatest of ease.

Thanks for visiting the website, go check out our shows and spread the word to your friends!