Episode 05: Keith the Hostage Negotiator (feat. Natasha Parrott) – ED & FRIENDS

The lovely Keith is in the podcast studio for Episode 5, where we go in deep on life as a Police Officer and Hostage Negotiator as well as having a giggle with Giggle Loop improviser Natasha Parrott.

IMG_0080 (1)Keith tells us what it takes and what it costs to be a Hostage Negotiator with the Met Police, as well as making us chuckle with tales of roller-discos and going undercover to avoid the wrath of Prince.

We loved having Keith on the podcast. We were hanging on his every word! You can see his improv team, Genre Claude Van Damme and laugh at their particular brand of cinematic comedy by liking them on Facebook or following them on Twitter.

IMG_0013And co-hosting with Ed this week is comedy co-hort and Giggle Loop chum, Natasha Parrott! As well as being an improviser, she is also on those Text Santa posters with Ed, so she is in your face throughout the christmas period leading up to Christmas Jumper Day on December 18th.


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Episode 04: Fran the Clown – ED & FRIENDS

Ed is delighted to have on the podcast this week an actor, musician, improviser, presenter, stand-up comedian and children’s entertainer: Francesca Reid!

IMG_6520Francesca has been performing since she was an eccentrically imaginative toddler. Flanked by a full cohort of imaginary pals she would write great 6/8 word odes where her knack for vocabulary was evident in the brevity of said great works . . .

She also works with the Flying Seagull Project, a charity dedicated to bringing circus and arts-based fun to people in difficult times. For more info or to make a donation, please go to http://www.theflyingseagullproject.com

And if you would like to learn more about Francesca’s myriad talents, go to www.francescareid.com

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Also, as referred to in the podcast itself, here is the documentary Play No Matter What featuring Francesca’s charity:

Play, no matter what! from Kim van Haaster on Vimeo.

Episode 03: Alec the Arctic Explorer (feat. Ellie Grice) – ED & FRIENDS

This week we have a genuine explorer on the podcast! And Ellie Grice! You know, from Giggle Loop!

DSC00776_3322363bAlec Greenwell, as well as being one of Ed’s oldest and dearest friends, is also one of two madmen who braved polar bears, wolves and frostbite as they attempted to retrace the 1938 Arctic expedition of legendary British explorer David Haig-Thomas. On foot!

Alec tells stories of food, pain and danger. And Ed mainly sits there, awestruck.

IMG_0030Co-hosting and equally struck with awe is Ed’s Giggle Loop cohort, the lovely Ellie Grice! As well as being one of a three-part comedy group with Giggle Loop, a two-part comedy duo with Red Beard, she is a solo renaissance lady and comedian on particularly good behaviour.

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And for the curious, here’s a map of where the expedition took Alec Greenwell the expedition.

Haig-Thomas Map

Ladies and gentleman… Sketch, Please!

Podcast Adventures are launching a brand new monthly comedy sketch podcast written by YOU!


Sketch, Please! is an open forum for writers and performers to take part in a monthly comedy sketch show. Send us your script and we will produce, perform and record the script for the world to hear on our podcast every month. Send us your details, and we may well be recording the show with you as a performer.

We have several segments for writers to submit for:

  1. Sketches: A straight up, radio-play comedy sketch for a cast of up to 2 men and 2 women. Keep them short and sweet. We want 2-3 minutes of mirth per sketch.
  2. Soapbox Monologues: A 2 minute character monologue. Maybe topical? Maybe with a celebrity? Definitely fun!
  3. Answers Corner: Dealing with one of life’s big questions? Rubbish at being a human being? Submit a question to our Answers Corner and receive some sound advice from our guest agony aunt.
  4. The News As You Know It: Got a fun view on current affairs? Submit a report (satirical or otherwise) to our news programme.

We’re also opening the door to performers for our sketch shows, so whether you are a writer or performer for any of the above segments, check our Submissions Page to find out how to take part!

Epsiode 02: Serena The Firework Queen – ED & FRIENDS

Episode 2 of Ed & Friends! Ed meets up with old friend and founder of Foyle Fireworks, Serena Foyle.

Serena PhotoSerena Foyle is a Pyromusical producer with a unique approach to combining music with fireworks.  Serena trained with a Russian concert pianist before going on to Edinburgh University to study Classical music and later went on to study Music Production at the London School of Sound.

Foyle Fireworks was created in 2012 as a Pyromusical production company in response to Serena Foyle’s passion for designing more artistic fireworks displays, that are created with equal emphasis on both music and fireworks. More info at www.foylefireworks.com

Serena and Ed talk about blowing things up, the future of the job and Ed even quizzes Serena on her History of Art knowledge.

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BONUS! Here’s the Foyle Firework display set to Skyfall! This’ll show Sam Smith a thing or two.

Skyfall from Foyle Fireworks on Vimeo.