Richard Herring's Edinburgh Fringe Podcast

Richard Herring presents this daily, improvised, topical comedy chat show from the Edinburgh Festival

  • 1 hour 5 minutes
    2017 #4: John Robins and Ahir Shah
    RHEFP 2017 #4: John Robins and Ahir Shah - Suck Each Other Off A Bit. Richard reveals the hypocrisy of his parenting techniques and reminisces about the death of Lady Di. His first guest is Edinburgh Comedy Prize nominee Ahir Shah - they chat about Brexit, how looking into the sun proves your strength and wisdom and the older generations disregard for metaphorical ladders. His second guest is Edinburgh Comedy Prize nominee, Jon Robbins (sorry) John Robins. They talk about break ups, being in relationships with comedians, the way that Edinburgh haunts the long-term Fringe performer, a darker version of The Cobbler and how John loves to go to bed with his mum. Colin gets to quiz both guests and hopefully will be back with his own Edinburgh Fringe podcast next year. By the time you hear this you will probably know who is the winner and who are the losers, but here's the clip that John was talking Dustin Hoffmann Oscar speech: (whizz through the noms if you like). Do check out both these guys shows at the Fringe or on tour. You can buy the Emergency Questions book here - Thanks for joining us at the Fringe in this way. It's been a fun year. And maybe I will come back and do more of these another time. Really delighted to have resurrected it.
    26 August 2017, 4:20 pm
  • 1 hour 4 minutes
    2017 #3: Iain Stirling and Jason Manford
    RHEFP 2017 #3: Iain Stirling and Jason Manford - The Main Thing Is Ricky Gervais Didn't Win. Rich is mortified about having accidentally crashed someone else's show and is thinking of becoming someone who pays to sit in a hairdressers. But the good news is that Colin is back to remind his guests of times that things have gone wrong for them. Rich's first guest personally knows many of the people that Rich not-so-secretly lusts over at CBeebies - it's Iain Stirling. They chat about working alongside puppets (in their own different ways), how Love Island has turned Iain into a huge Edinburgh smash, the tragedy behind the Amazing Bubble Man and whether somehow Richard might be Iain's dad. Then Richard is joined by the Radio Times Comedy champion and also champion poor time keeper, Jason Manford to chat about the old bamboo, setting up comedy clubs, bizarre coincidences and I think a misunderstanding about what a human centipede involves. Come and see one of Richard's last few Fringe shows by booking here: Or be in the audience for a bonus Edinburgh Fringe podcast (guests TBA) by booking here:
    19 August 2017, 11:20 am
  • 1 hour
    2017 #2: James Acaster
    RHEFP 2017 #2: James Acaster - Three Nights in Peterborough. Richard is so close to becoming the Radio Times Comedy Champion that he can almost taste it, which will just make his ultimate failure all the more painful and thus amusing, but luckily he almost shat his pants on a children's roundabout. HIs guest went one step further than that, it's the wonderful comedy genius James Acaster. They discuss how hot chocolate is not a flavour, sky diving in slip-ons, the dangers of eating chicken nuggets for a bet, the behind-the-scenes disaster that happened on the Conan show, how a rubbish ghost train was made more scary, shooting Private Pike in the face, crashing cars and the ace sitcom We The Jury. You really must buy James' book for more of these painfully funny stories - And also you must buy the Emergency Questions book Also come and see show 3 of this year's RHEFP if you can (with Iain Stirling) (and we're looking into the possibility of doing another show in the last week too).
    12 August 2017, 9:20 am
  • 1 hour 5 minutes
    2017 #1: Doug Anthony All Stars
    RHEFP 2017 #1: The Doug Anthony All Stars - The Boy Who Cried Batman. The King has returned and he's at the spooky New Theatre Grand Hall where the Masons get up to all sorts of mysterious time-travelling. And Richard is very excited to be welcoming comedy legends the Doug Anthony All Stars, Paul, Tim and Paul. There's lots of chat about the Edinburgh Fringe of the eighties, the point where comedy and tragedy meet, what happens when you become the carer for your comedy partner, what happens if you never wash your clothes, the Doug who became a diplomat, how Jerry Sadowitz terrorised the public, and curing rectal cancer. Sorry the first minute or so got lost, but I have attempted to recreate it (and it was nothing of any worth). Plus there's a beautiful song at the end which is going to leave you wondering why the audience is laughing, but suffice to say what was happening was very funny indeed. Come and see the next two podcasts recorded. Buy tickets here: See Richard's stand up show Oh Frig I'm 50 at the Pleasance at 7.30pm: See The DAAS at the Pleasance at 10pm:
    5 August 2017, 3:00 pm
  • 58 minutes
    2013 #25: Jason Manford and Wayne Mazadza
    RHEFP 2013 #25: Jason Manford and Wayne Mazadza - The Final Curtain? After 75 mostly audible hours of entertainment Richard is hanging up his badger sporran and relinquishing his monarchy of Edinburgh for the last time. And he's going out in style with a man who has had lunch with Gino and Mel, Jason Manford. They chat about gate-crashing Ramadan, how to crash a car, having sex with a Dalek (for old time's sake) and how the Stig saved Manford's life. Plus growing up in the Triangle of Death, what happens when a logger meets a logger and mentoring Jack Carroll from Britain's Got Talent. Is it easier to entertain the troops or the Taliban. Find out in this last ever RHEFP! With groceries, champagne and Scotch money on offer as prizes for the winner of the competition. With stand up from the Stand barman and future star Wayne Madadza. Thanks to everyone at the Stand for all the help and a wonderful month. Shall we do it again next year? Buy something from or sponsor Rich at if you've enjoyed the last 3 years and over 3 solid days of entertainment. Goodbye Edinburgh 2013. It's been a blast.
    26 August 2013, 5:20 pm
  • 1 hour
    2013 #24: Baconface, Simon Donald and Jarlath Regan
    RHEFP 2013 #24: Baconface, Simon Donald and Jarlath Regan - It's All Bacon. Richard reveals that tomorrow's podcast will almost certainly be the last RHEFP (rhefp) ever, so if you have enjoyed these 75 hours of free goodness and resent giving him any money, then why not sponsor Rich on a potentially fatal attempt to run a half-marathon in 5 weeks time via Simon Donald is the first guest and the discussion turns to what constitutes heterosexuality in Newcastle, rivalry with Gateshead, Big Feasts and Biggins and whether F*ckwits is a gameshow or a panel show. Stand-up comes from the fabulous Jarlath Regan. Then mysterious cult Canadian comedian Baconface is on hand to discuss bacon, the best way to adhere it to your face, what to do when it falls off and whether there are any practical post-face applications. Also his view on Bigfoot, the Foster's Comedy Awards and Stewart Lee who appears to have stolen a lot of his act. There is a surprising chemistry between the pair, given they have just met.
    25 August 2013, 6:45 pm
  • 1 hour 2 minutes
    2013 #23: Caroline Rhea, Barry from Watford and Alex Edelman
    RHEFP 2013 #23: Caroline Rhea, Barry from Watford and Alex Edelman - Going Down On Colin. Richard is waiting for the Perrier people to turn up with his Spirit of the Fringe award, but the only person winning anything today is Colin, who in his last appearance is festooned with gifts. Though some of them will be stolen by first guest Caroline Rhea (pronounced Ray, apparently) who is on hand to talk about animatronic cats, swearing Scottish children and Larry David's inability to tell a knock, knock joke. And does she walk off the podcast? Or is she just going to catch her cab? You decide. Fellow American Alex Edelman provides the stand-up, before true blue Brit, Barry from Watford, comes on to talk about his wife, pies, Steve Wright, Iain Lee and Nicholas Parsons. It's getting a little raggedy round the edges, but the end is in sight now. Will the next two be the last ever RHEFPs?
    24 August 2013, 8:45 pm
  • 1 hour 2 minutes
    2013 #22: Ed Byrne, Bridget Christie and Luke Wright
    RHEFP 2013 #22: Ed Byrne, Bridget Christie and Luke Wright - Slithery Calves. Rich is worried about the bullying that Chelsea Manning might be getting in prison, but is relieved to see Colin is still alive (if he was ever alive). His first guest is Ed Byrne who knows the correct pronunciation of Sudoku and is very happy to talk about Pointless for a long time. It might not be entertaining for you, but Richard is very happy to be there. Also what is it like spending your life looking quite like Richard's best friend from school? Ed is unable to really comment on that (even though he does). And there's more discussion of Doctors and breaking America. Luke Wright is here with a poem. And then Bridget Christie turns up to chat about her blitz on lads' mags, her calamitous time as a farm hand, the Daily Mail and being the Great Fire of London. And amazingly Richard turns out to be the only interviewer who doesn't really mention the elephant in the room (which is a rare thing, even when the elephant's wife is not around).
    23 August 2013, 7:20 pm
  • 1 hour
    2013 #21: Paul Putner, Scroobius Pip and Sarah Campbell
    RHEFP 2013 #21: Paul Putner, Scroobius Pip and Sarah Campbell - Just A Band. Rich starts by praising the many toilet-seat wee-ers that Edinburgh seems to attract for their amazingly committed work and spots some celebrity lookalikes in the audience. Then he chats to Paul Putner about the Curious Orange, Little Britain and Glam Metal Detectives being the new Monty Python. And how an appearance in a Tango ad started the ball rolling. Stand-up comes from Sarah Campbell. And then Scroobius Pip discusses how he set fire to a hobby horse in a container without any thought for personal safety, all the secret work he does for charity and whether Purple Ronnie is a massive influence on his work. Plus whether it's effective to warn people about swearing in shows by more or less pointing out which swear words you can expect.
    23 August 2013, 8:40 am
  • 1 hour 7 minutes
    2013 #20: Mark Thomas, Rob Delaney and Chris Stokes
    RHEFP 2013 #20: Mark Thomas, Rob Delaney and Chris Stokes - Pointless. Rich is a little weary and struck down by awards day depression and annoyed by journalists spotting themes from too small a selection of shows and top 10 joke competitions. He also has a theory about what might have happened to Colin. His guests are a busy (and slightly late) Mark Thomas, who is dashing around Edinburgh like a (living) blue-arsed fly protesting and demoing and being active. He chats about the shows he has seen, whilst Rich has just been watching telly, and disses Rich's Pick N Mix protests and lack of ambition. But is interested to hear who will be looking after today's racists when they are old. Stand-up comes from Chris Stokes, who was not sexually harassed during the show whatever he tells you or the police. Then bearded American Rob Delaney comes on to chat about board games, pubic trimming, how to react to award nominations and how Wikipedia can get things wrong. A rare (for this Fringe) clumsy and awkward day from Rich, but the guests are terrific so you'll still enjoy it.
    21 August 2013, 7:00 pm
  • 1 hour 2 minutes
    2013 #19: Peacock and Gamble and Dana Alexander
    RHEFP 2013 #19: Peacock and Gamble and Dana Alexander - Double Bumhole. Richard is concerned about all the people calling him 'The Spirit of the Fringe' this year. Come on people, that's for the corporate awards committees to decide, not you. He's tired out and dreaming of dangerous balloon rides with derivative double acts. And then his dreams come partly true as Proctor and Gamble arrive. The talk starts with bumholes and descends from there. Find out about Peacock's Muppet collection, his love of Les Dawson and a synopsis of his appearance on Doctors. Gamble chats about having a non-functioning pancreas, his love of the work of Richard Herring and how Peacock groomed him. Both of them admit that Richard is much better at comedy and podcasting than them and agree to retire. With stand-up from Dana Alexander. It's the last Tuesday! Hooray!
    20 August 2013, 7:28 pm
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