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Ep 250: The World’s Worst Bumper Birthday Episode! Wednesday, April 27th, 2022

We're now on Instagram! @worstfoot  It's the big birthday, the day of days, let the jubilation commence! Worst Foot Forward's 250th Episode arrives in all its rag-glads, dressed down to the ones and ready to party like it's 1499 Ben and Barry share all sorts of facts and stories about birthdays, celebrations, presents, ageing and cake with a little help from a whole host of past guests Joining us with their tales of terrible celebrations and baking disasters are Tiernan Douieb, Tatty Hennessy, Kit Chapman, Sacha Coward, Alasdair Beckett-King, Sadie Clark, Felix Trench, Bec Hill and Joel Morris We also have a couple bits of news which we chat about and explain in more detail in the opening 10 minutes The headlines are that the podcast is hereafter going to be released every two weeks rather than weekly to accommodate our increasingly busy schedules That schedule now includes writing the Worst Foot Forward book with the aid of our new writing agent, Emily Sweet - how exciting! We also welcome Nell Thomas on board as our social media manager / official archivist to help us reach more listeners and keep you all up-to-date on what's happening at Worst Foot Towers And for Patreon donors, there will be new treats such as the chance to pose questions to us and our guests in advance of upcoming recordings So, we may be older, not much wiser, ever changing but still the same We hope you enjoy the birthday episode, thanks for sticking by us for the past 5 years and never...


Filed Under: Barry McStay, Ben Van Der Velde, Podcast

Ep 250: The World’s Worst Bumper Birthday Episode!

The People’s Foot: Joel Morris – World’s Worst Musical Film Sunday, April 24th, 2022

We're now on Instagram! https://wwwinstagramcom/worstfoot/  It's the week of our 250th show and we've planned a bumper celebration period for you! Coming up on Wednesday you'll get the 250th episode itself with lots of special appearances by past guests, facts sent in by you lot and some party trivia from Barry and Ben On Friday there will be a 3rd Foot all about the number 250 But to start off the festivities, we asked our Twitter followers what their favourite Worst Foot episode has been and one show kept being mentioned: Episode 93 with Joel Morris about the World's Worst Musical Film So we are re-releasing that show, your fan favourite choice, with a special new intro by Joel Featuring lots of Ringo Starr, a smattering of sport and a whole lot of Liszt Thanks for supporting us through the past 5 years, see you on Wednesday for the big birthday bash! Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @gralefrit Join us on our Discord server! https://discordgg/9buWKthgfx Visit wwwworstfootforwardpodcastcom for all previous episodes and you can donate to us on Patreon if you’d like to support the show during this whole pandemic thing, and especially as we work on our first book and plan some live shows! https://wwwpatreoncom/WorstFootForward Worst Foot Forward is part of Podnose:...


Filed Under: Art & Literature, Barry McStay, Ben Van Der Velde, Music, Podcast

The People’s Foot: Joel Morris – World’s Worst Musical Film

Ep 249: Louie Stowell – World’s Worst Wizard Monday, April 18th, 2022

Roll up your sleeves, wiggle your fingers thaumaturgically and make sure your magical staff is fully charged as we uncover the worst wizards in history and fiction Joined by children's author and Norse god wrangler Louie Stowell we rate a parade of the usual suspects from Gandalf to Potter, discover wizarding celebrities from South London and New Zealand, 1500 year old men who claimed to know Christ and the most unlikely attraction in the history of Disney Land Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @louiestowell Buy Louie's new book here: https://wwwhivecouk/Product/Louie-Stowell/Loki-A-Bad-Gods-Guide-to-Being-Good/26597409 Join us on our Discord server! https://discordgg/9buWKthgfx Visit wwwworstfootforwardpodcastcom for all previous episodes and you can donate to us on Patreon if you’d like to support the show during this whole pandemic thing, and especially as we work on our first book and plan some live shows! https://wwwpatreoncom/WorstFootForward Worst Foot Forward is part of...


Filed Under: Art & Literature, Barry McStay, Ben Van Der Velde, Podcast

Ep 249: Louie Stowell – World’s Worst Wizard

Ep 248: David Cumming – World’s Worst Pilot Monday, April 11th, 2022

CONTAAAAAAAAACT! sound of spinning propellers followed by the clanging of a disintegrating engine We're joined this week by star of West End musical hit Operation Mincemeat David Cumming to talk about the world's worst marvelous men in the their flying machines We discover why animals make terrible pilots (other than their lack of opposable thumbs), the inspiring story of the man who never was and the astonishing amount of times pilots have acted with clownish disregard for the safety of their passengers Your exits are located here, here, here and there Good luck We're all counting on you Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde@DaveyCumming Join us on our Discord server! https://discordgg/9buWKthgfx Visit wwwworstfootforwardpodcastcom for all previous episodes and you can donate to us on Patreon if you’d like to support the show during this whole pandemic thing, and especially as we work on our first book and plan some live shows! https://wwwpatreoncom/WorstFootForward Worst Foot Forward is part of...


Filed Under: Barry McStay, Ben Van Der Velde, History & Politics, Podcast

Ep 248: David Cumming – World’s Worst Pilot

Best Of The Worst Of The Best 17 Sunday, April 3rd, 2022

It's getting a bit sunnier here in the UK so we're adopting a sunny outlook this week It's one of our intermittent epiosdes where we go back to former shows, revisit the topics and look for the BEST in that category rather than worst We explore episodes 81, 82, 84 and 85 and talk about the World's Best Prank, Resignation, Emperor and Detective Expect appearances by clean lions, formally-written cake and our old friend Emperor Norton I of the USA Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde Join us on our Discord server! https://discordgg/9buWKthgfx Visit wwwworstfootforwardpodcastcom for all previous episodes and you can donate to us on Patreon if you’d like to support the show during this whole pandemic thing, and especially as we work on our first book and plan some live shows! https://wwwpatreoncom/WorstFootForward Worst Foot Forward is part of Podnose:...


Filed Under: Barry McStay, Ben Van Der Velde, Best of the Worst of the Best, Podcast

Best Of The Worst Of The Best 17

Ep 247: Sam Pamphilon – World’s Worst Sex Position Monday, March 28th, 2022

We're feeling erotic, acrobatic and adventurous this week as we're joined by comedian, actor, writer and bedroom athlete Sam Pamphilon to decide upon the very worst that the karma sutra can throw at us As well as the most infamous sex guide in history we discuss the practicalities, benefits and costs of certain well-known numbers to gay and straight couples, why you shouldn't mix extreme sports and sex and the absolute horror of sex in Greek theatre Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @sampamphilon Join us on our Discord server! https://discordgg/9buWKthgfx Visit wwwworstfootforwardpodcastcom for all previous episodes and you can donate to us on Patreon if you’d like to support the show during this whole pandemic thing, and especially as we work on our first book and plan some live shows! https://wwwpatreoncom/WorstFootForward Worst Foot Forward is part of...


Filed Under: Barry McStay, Ben Van Der Velde, Podcast, Science & Nature

Ep 247: Sam Pamphilon – World’s Worst Sex Position

Ep 246: Lauren Gilbert – World’s Worst Astronomer Monday, March 21st, 2022

We are lifting our eyes to the heavens this week and not just because we are rolling them in disgust but because we are trying to espy the world's worst astronomer We have QI Elf and lapsed physicist Lauren Gilbert joining us to check out Tycho Brahe's nose collection, while Ben attends the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony and Barry wipes pigeon poop off his telescope Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @notanastronomer Join us on our Discord server! https://discordgg/9buWKthgfx Visit wwwworstfootforwardpodcastcom for all previous episodes and you can donate to us on Patreon if you’d like to support the show during this whole pandemic thing, and especially as we work on our first book and plan some live shows! https://wwwpatreoncom/WorstFootForward Worst Foot Forward is part of Podnose:...


Filed Under: Barry McStay, Ben Van Der Velde, Podcast, Science & Nature

Ep 246: Lauren Gilbert – World’s Worst Astronomer

The Third Foot: Holidays (Bonus Episode) Monday, March 14th, 2022

Ben is away on vacation this week so we're releasing our usual monthly bonus episode on a Monday as it's all about holidays! Featuring the world's shortest runways, audacious attempts to smuggle fish through airports, the king who tried to bugger a seaside town and the man who has invented more holidays than Hallmark Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde Join us on our Discord server! https://discordgg/9buWKthgfx Visit wwwworstfootforwardpodcastcom for all previous episodes and you can donate to us on Patreon if you’d like to support the show during this whole pandemic thing, and especially as we work on our first book and plan future live shows! https://wwwpatreoncom/WorstFootForward Worst Foot Forward is part of Podnose:...


Filed Under: Barry McStay, Ben Van Der Velde, Podcast, Third Foot

The Third Foot: Holidays (Bonus Episode)

Ep 245: Tom Phillips – World’s Worst Medicine Monday, March 7th, 2022

Open wide and get ready to swallow the most eccentric concoctions as we explore the pipettes and poisons of the world's worst medicine Joined by author, journalist and world heavyweight fact-checking champion Tom Phillips we discover how many rattlesnakes you have to behead to make genuine snake oil, which is the very worst bit of a corpse to be treated with and welcome back an old friend to the show Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @flashboy Join us on our Discord server! https://discordgg/9buWKthgfx Visit wwwworstfootforwardpodcastcom for all previous episodes and you can donate to us on Patreon if you’d like to support the show during this whole pandemic thing, and especially as we work on our first book and plan some live shows! https://wwwpatreoncom/WorstFootForward Worst Foot Forward is part of...


Filed Under: Barry McStay, Ben Van Der Velde, History & Politics, Podcast, Science & Nature

Ep 245: Tom Phillips – World’s Worst Medicine

Ep 244: Guy Kelly – World’s Worst Novelty Song Monday, February 28th, 2022

It's the disco from Hell this week as we are spinning the records that comprise the World's Worst Novelty Songs We have the excellent performer Guy Kelly alongside us to take us back to childhood drives listening to children's songs Meanwhile Barry uncovers exactly how much is the doggie in the window and Ben reveals the tragedy that befell one Dutch rabbit at Christmas With guest appearances from The Beatles, the 1986 Chicago Bears and Sophia Loren's cooking Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @brainmage Join us on our Discord server! https://discordgg/9buWKthgfx Visit wwwworstfootforwardpodcastcom for all previous episodes and you can donate to us on Patreon if you’d like to support the show during this whole pandemic thing, and especially as we work on our first book and plan some live shows! https://wwwpatreoncom/WorstFootForward Worst Foot Forward is part of Podnose:...


Filed Under: Barry McStay, Ben Van Der Velde, Music, Podcast

Ep 244: Guy Kelly – World’s Worst Novelty Song

The Third Foot: The Making of “The Conqueror” (Bonus Episode) Friday, February 25th, 2022

For this month's bonus episode we have a guest! Having recently covered the World's Worst Historical Movie, one listener got in touch to bring a major omission to our attention: The Conqueror, starring John Wayne as Genghis Khan That was enough of an elevator pitch to catch our attention Even better, Ryan Uytdewilligen has also written a book about that ill-fated project We have brought him onto this Third Foot to tell us all about Howard Hughes's love of epics, John Wayne's dumpster diving and how literally toxic this entire production was Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @R_Uytdewilligen Join us on our Discord server! https://discordgg/9buWKthgfx Visit wwwworstfootforwardpodcastcom for all previous episodes and you can donate to us on Patreon if you’d like to support the show during this whole pandemic thing, and especially as we work on our first book and plan some live shows! https://wwwpatreoncom/WorstFootForward Worst Foot Forward is part of Podnose:...


Filed Under: Barry McStay, Ben Van Der Velde, Podcast, Third Foot, TV & Film

The Third Foot: The Making of “The Conqueror” (Bonus Episode)

Ep 243: Chris Purchase – World’s Worst Fantasy Movie Monday, February 21st, 2022

Saddle up on your finest seven-legged steed and join us for some dragon-slaying Joined by top Twitch streamer PapaGlitch aka Chris Purchase we head into the thickets of Russian cinema, the crumbling coda of Marlon Brando's career and a lot of stuff that looks like softcore pornography but isn't softcore pornography to find the absolute pits of the fantast genre Read about the background to mysterious Russian anti-Semitic vegetable here: https://wwwredditcom/r/AskHistorians/comments/rv9tew/does_anyone_have_any_info_about_the_mythical/ Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @_PapaGlitch_ Join us on our Discord server! https://discordgg/9buWKthgfx Visit wwwworstfootforwardpodcastcom for all previous episodes and you can donate to us on Patreon if you’d like to support the show during this whole pandemic thing, and especially as we work on a book and plan some live shows! https://wwwpatreoncom/WorstFootForward Worst Foot Forward is part of...


Filed Under: Barry McStay, Ben Van Der Velde, Podcast, TV & Film

Ep 243: Chris Purchase – World’s Worst Fantasy Movie

Ep 242: Andrea Hubert – World’s Worst Pain Monday, February 14th, 2022

This week you find us moaning and groaning in agony as we lie broken and scarred after our search for the World's Worst Pain We are joined by the fantastic comedian Andrea Hubert to investigate emotional and physical hurt with cameos by insects which hunt tarantulas, the worst case of tonsilitis one doctor has ever seen and the pastry wars of Gascony Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @ShutUpAndrea Join us on our Discord server! https://discordgg/9buWKthgfx Visit wwwworstfootforwardpodcastcom for all previous episodes and you can donate to us on Patreon if you’d like to support the show during this whole pandemic thing, and especially as we work on a book and plan some live shows! https://wwwpatreoncom/WorstFootForward Worst Foot Forward is part of Podnose:...


Filed Under: Barry McStay, Ben Van Der Velde, Podcast, Science & Nature

Ep 242: Andrea Hubert – World’s Worst Pain

Ep 241b: Best of the Worst of the Best 16 Monday, February 7th, 2022

Half of us are still recovering from Omicron here at WFF Towers, so rather than make ourselves feel even worse,we've opened up the vaults and picked five of the best examples of topics from previous episodes Ben and Barry give their suggestions for the best therapist, housemate, hangover, band name and dance There's some classic choices, some dubious arguments and about as much Beatles, Muppets and Irish history as you'd expect Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde Join us on our Discord server! https://discordgg/9buWKthgfx Visit wwwworstfootforwardpodcastcom for all previous episodes and you can donate to us on Patreon if you’d like to support the show during this whole pandemic thing, and especially as we work on our first book and plan more live shows! https://wwwpatreoncom/WorstFootForward Worst Foot Forward is part of...


Filed Under: Barry McStay, Ben Van Der Velde, Best of the Worst of the Best, Podcast

Ep 241b: Best of the Worst of the Best 16

Ep 241: John Meagher – World’s Worst Boxer Monday, January 31st, 2022

Seconds out, round 241 in our ongoing battle with trivia itself This week we're on the ropes with former MMA fighter and current excellent comedian John Meagher as we take on all-comers for the title of World's Worst Boxer There's an arrogant YouTuber - not that one - a journeyman who wins at losing, and the marquess whose reputation for fair play is very much misplaced Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde Join us on our Discord server! https://discordgg/9buWKthgfx Visit wwwworstfootforwardpodcastcom for all previous episodes and you can donate to us on Patreon if you’d like to support the show during this whole pandemic thing, and especially as we work on our first book and plan some live shows! https://wwwpatreoncom/WorstFootForward Worst Foot Forward is part of Podnose:...


Filed Under: Barry McStay, Ben Van Der Velde, Podcast, Sport

Ep 241: John Meagher – World’s Worst Boxer