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Ep 66: Jamey Stegmaier – World’s Worst Game Monday, April 16th, 2018

It’s all fun and games this week on Worst Foot Forward as Ben and Barry welcome Jamey Stegmaier to talk about the World’s Worst Game Jamey is the founder of Stonemaier Games (https://wwwstonemaiergamescom) and in the last decade he has created some of the highest-rated board games in the world such as Scythe and Viticulture We cast our eyes on a few board games including a plethora of Monopolies, a few drinking games including one which enraged a pope, and a few sexy games whose players range from modern American college kids to repressed Edwardian gentlefolk Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @jameystegmaier @podnose Worst Foot Forward is part of Podnose:...


Filed Under: Barry McStay, Ben Van Der Velde, Hobbies & Games, Podcast, Worst Foot Forward

Ep 66: Jamey Stegmaier – World’s Worst Game

Ep 65: A Gay and A Nongay – World’s Worst Friendship Monday, April 9th, 2018

This week we're joined by podcast royalty and bosom buddies James Barr and Dan Hudson, aka A Gay and a Nongay to discuss what happens when friendship turns sour As ever, we gallop through the history books to uncover the reality behind royal whipping boys, a strangled Moorish poet, a million ways to stab your brother in the back and what happens when you get to over-familiar with bears (Massive clue: you get eaten and have a documentary made about you by a brilliant, yet creepy German guy) Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @gaynongay @imjamesbarr @danhudson @podnose Worst Foot Forward is part of Podnose:...


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

Ep 65: A Gay and A Nongay – World’s Worst Friendship

Ep 64: Tulip Siddiq MP – World’s Worst Fashion Accessory Sunday, April 1st, 2018

Handbags and glad-rags time, as Ben and Barry record an episode in the Houses of Parliament in London, no less! And joining them is a dedicated follower of fashion and Labour Party Member of Parliament for Hampstead and Kilburn, Tulip Siddiq Taking time from her busy schedule, Tulip's love of style is on full display as she confesses to past - and present fashion faux pas Meanwhile Barry tries to insert a dog into a muff and Ben does his utmost to gross everyone out with invasive jewellery and lizards Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @TulipSiddiq @podnose Worst Foot Forward is part of Podnose:...


Filed Under: Barry McStay, Ben Van Der Velde, Miscellaneous, Podcast, Worst Foot Forward

Ep 64: Tulip Siddiq MP – World’s Worst Fashion Accessory

Ep 63: Jon Dryden Taylor – World’s Worst Opening Ceremony Sunday, March 25th, 2018

Tan-tan-tara-tara splutter splutter cough… This episode reaches you with a dribbly fanfare, a shambling parade and a few dubious musical acts, like all the very Worst Opening Ceremonies Yep, this week we’re talking to actor and writer Jon Dryden Taylor about those very arcane mixed-bags which have preceded great events We visit Hollywood in the dark days of the late 80s, Olympics and World Cups rife with scuffed penalties and roasted doves, and learn why the Magic Kingdom was a lawless wasteland on its opening day Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @JonDryTay @podnose Worst Foot Forward is part of Podnose:...


Filed Under: Barry McStay, Ben Van Der Velde, Miscellaneous, Podcast, Worst Foot Forward

Ep 63: Jon Dryden Taylor – World’s Worst Opening Ceremony

Ep 62: Tez Ilyas – World’s Worst Centre Back Monday, March 19th, 2018

It's back to one of our favourite Sunday afternoon pub conversations this week as we go searching for more terrible footballers for our all-time worst XI This week, we fill the centre-back spot and there are a rogues gallery of misfits, cheats and actual criminals all jostling, badly, for the spot Our guest is football fan, Blackburn Rovers fanatic and tremendous stand-up comic Tez Ilyas We discover the story of the farcical Combination League - a precursor to the Football League in the 1880s which lasted less than a season, how and why the Madagascan champions lost 149-0 and who exactly was a "bastard's bastard" during the 1970s Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @tezilyas @podnose Worst Foot Forward is part of Podnose:...


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

Ep 62: Tez Ilyas – World’s Worst Centre Back

Ep 61: Stevyn Colgan – World’s Worst Policeman Monday, March 12th, 2018

Hullo hullo hullowhat have we got here then Why officer, it's an episode all about the worst coppers of all time We invited on QI elf, novelist, lateral thinker and ex-policeman with over 30 years service Stevyn Colgan to join us in settling the subject As you'd expect, there's plenty of disreputable plods and dastardly inside jobs including brothels, speed cameras, three-card tricks, cross-dressing, lollipops and a very enthusiastic revolutionary Have a listen and we're sure you'll agree it's a fair cop Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @stevyncolgan @podnose Worst Foot Forward is part of Podnose:...


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

Ep 61: Stevyn Colgan – World’s Worst Policeman

Ep 60: Spring Day – World’s Worst Family Tradition Monday, March 5th, 2018

We’ve a spring in our steps and a Spring in the studio this week as Brooklyn’s sharpest wit Spring Day is with us to talk about the World’s Worst Family Traditions We mine the murky world of Reddit and our very own listeners for pranks and Stacks, we shove vicious insects into various items of clothing and we put so many babies in peril So many babies… Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @springdaycomedy @podnose Worst Foot Forward is part of Podnose:...


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

Ep 60: Spring Day – World’s Worst Family Tradition

Ep 59: Helen Arney – World’s Worst Element Monday, February 26th, 2018

It's time to get out our Bunsen Burners and boil everything down to its most basic constituent parts: if we can work out what the worst element in the world is, perhaps we can uncover the secrets behind all heroic failure Joining us this week is breathtakingly smart and multi-talented chanteuse of the science world Helen Arney Part of the Festival of the Spoken Nerd, Helen has appeared on TV and Radio as both a science communicator, madcap experimenter and dab hand with the ukulele Together we navigate through the tricky quarries full of Kryptonite (all 22 varieties), sinister red mercury, dull old Boron and the phoenix-like astatine Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @helenarney...


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

Ep 59: Helen Arney – World’s Worst Element

Ep 58: Felix Trench – World’s Worst Day Monday, February 19th, 2018

It’s a beautiful day! Our guest this week is the actor Felix Trench, star of the podcast sitcom ‘Wooden Overcoats’ (http://wwwwoodenovercoatscom) and history graduate who thumbs through the Worst Foot Chronicles to look for the World’s Worst Day There are quite a few to choose from… Felix gives us a worldwide tour of the year 1556, Ben harks back to the day the 20th Century began and Barry does a double-take as he discovers his calendar has a February the 30th Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @felixtrench Worst Foot Forward is part of Podnose:...


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

Ep 58: Felix Trench – World’s Worst Day

Ep 57: Matt Stellingwerf – World’s Worst Punishment Monday, February 12th, 2018

We're joined this week by award-winning Kiwi comic and former criminologist Matt Stellingwerf to cover a seriously grisly topic: the world's worst punishment This episode comes with a serious content warning as we delve into the depths of human behaviour to discuss capital punishments with the sort of inventiveness normally reserved for Wallace and Gromit Our search takes us from medieval Spain to Enlightenment Sweden, with nods to Greek myths, Greek history and depressing American present You'll learn a lot in here and hopefully come away not too depressed about the nature of humanity Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @M_Stellingwerf...


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

Ep 57: Matt Stellingwerf – World’s Worst Punishment

Episode 56b: The World’s Worst ‘Best Of 2017’ Episode Monday, February 5th, 2018

This week on Worst Foot Forward we are celebrating joining Podnose, the UK’s leading independent entertainment podcasting network To mark this, we’re looking back over our first year (and a bit) of trivial silliness and awful achievements We’ve picked out some of our favourite facts and fripperies from episodes 1 to 53, featuring some of our very best guests and very worst worsts, including understudy dogs, delicious seagull wine, Sexy Pac-Man and #goatballs If you’re a longtime listener or are tuning in for the very first time, this should give you a good idea of the sort of nonsense we peddle week in, week out Wooden spoons at the ready Dig in Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @podnose Worst Foot Forward is part of Podnose:...


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

Episode 56b: The World’s Worst ‘Best Of 2017’ Episode

Ep 56: Laura Lexx – World’s Worst Tea Monday, January 29th, 2018

Anyone for tea Following on from speaking to the quintessential British rapper last week we cover the most classic of all British topics this week: tea Joined by award-winning comedian and host of the CineMastermind podcast Laura Lexx we settle a debate that goes all the way back to the very first cuppa that was stewed a little too long and severely displeased a Chinese emperor As well as getting very annoyed at Fortnum and Mason for the most expensively pretentious teabag on the planet we reveal tales of daring disguise by swashbuckling colonialists, the hitherto little known practice of tea duelling and the astonishing number of different digestive systems posh people like to have their tea leaves past through before they actually drink the stuff Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde @lauralexx...


Filed Under: Barry McStay, Ben Van Der Velde, Food & Drink, Podcast, Worst Foot Forward

Ep 56: Laura Lexx – World’s Worst Tea

Ep 55: Professor Elemental – World’s Worst Hip-Hop Album Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Pull up a turntable and join us as we cut through the hardy thickets of undergrowth that make up the choices of the world's worst hip-hop album Joined by the indomitable Professor Elemental - the finest exponent of chap-hop and owner of the world's only monkey butler - we listen to music so asinine, offensive, badly produced and inappropriate that it should be banned by the Geneva Convention All so you don't have to On the way we discover the tragi-comic tale of Vanilla Ice, the potty-mouth Little Yachty and why hip-hop stars should never visit Stoke Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde...


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

Ep 55: Professor Elemental – World’s Worst Hip-Hop Album

Ep 54: Will Seaward – World’s Worst Pirate Monday, January 15th, 2018

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of Cointreau, it’s time for these salty seadogs to tell ye a tale! Gather ye round as Cap’n Will Seaward, comedian and storyteller of yore, is piped aboard the good ship Worst Foot Forward by Cabin Boy Van der Velde and Able Seaman McStay Avast and away, they set sail in search of treasure, namely the World’s Worst Pirates But beware! For there be many dragons along the way, including a pirate monk, a man who it is said ate his enemies hearts and even the man who is the reason we wannabe pirates do be talkin’ like this Take comfort in stories of pirate gayness, hat-bandits and the origin of the word barbecue AAAARRRRGGGHHH! Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde...


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

Ep 54: Will Seaward – World’s Worst Pirate

Ep 53: Andrew Doyle – World’s Worst Sequel Monday, January 8th, 2018

This week's episode sees us paint with broad brushstrokes as we discuss the world's worst sequel, along with our guest - comedian, writer and Jonathan Pie co-creator - Andrew Doyle If you've ever loved something and been crushingly disappointed by the follow-up (parents with two offspring will know that feeling) you'll love this episode We discuss every possible type of sequel: from books to films to popes to wars, political parties, musicals and more Follow us on Twitter: @worstfoot @bazmcstay @benvandervelde...


Filed Under: Barry McStay, Ben Van Der Velde, Miscellaneous, Podcast, Worst Foot Forward

Ep 53: Andrew Doyle – World’s Worst Sequel