Episode 30: Paul the Train Conductor – ED & FRIENDS

Paul Hughes was once a radio producer for the Music Control evening show, but had always been a train-nut since he was a child. So he chased his dream and became a Train Conductor, and now he is an Operations Manager of one of the largest train stations in the country.

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Ed and Paul talk about the beauties of train travel, the strange things that Train Conductors witness and the sometimes dangerous and sometimes noble duty of the train conductor.

This man loves trains.

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Episode 29: Jim the Soldier -ED & FRIENDS (U.S. Election Special)

Ed & Friends takes a different tone this week as Ed talks to his friend and cousin Sgt. James Russell, and while they talk about life in the US Military, the subject inevitably turns to tomorrow’s Presidential election.


Ed asks how a soldier reacts to Presidential candidates that evoke the military in their campaigns, whether they are bending the facts to aid their campaign or disrespecting the families of fallen soldiers. Jim, a man that does not waste his words, gives Ed his views on Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the duty of a soldier.

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And in the spirit of clarity, here are some links to some of the topics Ed and Jim discuss in their interview.

NOTE: Since the recording of this episode of Ed & Friends, the FBI have revealed that the further emails discovered on Anthony Weiner’s laptop are not pertinent to Hillary Clinton’s case and the FBI will be take no new action against Clinton, as reported by The New York Times.

Episode 28: Leanna the Sh!t-Faced Shakespeare Actor – ED & FRIENDS

Dead Drunk Detective is launching this Monday and we happen to share a cast member with the smash West End and Edinburgh Fringe show Sh!t-Faced Shakespeare. They perform an entire Shakespeare play, but every night, one cast member is a babbling drunk. It’s why they call it Sh!t-Faced.


The talented Leanna Wigginton tells Ed about her acting training, her start with the company and the birth of “Horny Helena” in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

To find out more about Leanna’s other endeavours with Sandy & Danni, check out their Twitter Page as well as their YouTube Channel.

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Episode 25: Steve the Improv Guru – ED & FRIENDS

This week on Ed & Friends; lots of lessons and laughter from improv comedy legend and founder of  Hoopla, Steve Roe!

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Steve has made a name for himself teaching and performing improvised comedy. In 2006, he and his friends started meeting above a pub in Balham and eventually created Hoopla, which has since become a comedy community with weekly shows, its own festival and a platter of classes and courses that are training and showcasing comedians in the heart of London.

Steve gives Ed a potted history of improv and chats about making things up on the spot, breaking the rules and keeping a healthy disrespect for the art form. He also shares a soon to be award winning story about some Spanish tourists and a bookshop toilet.

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Episode 24: Jim and Bob the Musicians turned Writers – ED & FRIENDS

We’re back from our summer break and we started with a bang. Except that Ed got a little bit drunk with his friends!

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Jim McCreddie and Bob Good’s time in the music business left them with an epic back catalogue of crazy characters and weird stories. Now they’re producing a comedy web series all about it. It doesn’t have a name yet, but Ed talks to Jim and Bob all about the process of just getting up and producing their own material.

Jim and Bob share a few of the weird stories that inspired, discuss their comedy heroes and what it’s like to work with friends. The first episode of the show is out this Autumn, and follows the story of a failing band, finding the lighter side to the trials and tribulations of the music business.

Fired up on a fine smorgasbord of supermarket beers, they also invent a new game called Incorrect Impressions, but by that time they are quite drunk and silly. We’ll be keeping you up to date as the series develops

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Episode 19: 6 Month Celebration – ED & FRIENDS

This week on the Ed and Friends Podcast, Ed and producer Kat celebrate 6 months of the show with some top clips.

 

IMG_5265A huge thank you to all of our wonderful guests, and thanks to you for listening! We’ll be back next week with another great interview, but if you know someone unusual and brilliant you think Ed should be talking to, why not let us know! You can get in touch with us by emailing on mail@podcastadventures.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Episode 17: Culum the Sound Designer – ED & FRIENDS

Ed & Friends is back and this time he’s with award-winning sound designer Culum Simpson!

Ed and Culum are old school buddies. And Culum went from aspiring actor to talented Sound Designer and has never looked back, creating alarming soundscapes for commercials and charity campaigns for PETA and the National Autistic Society.

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Ed and Culum talk about the balance of creativity and concept in Sound Design, quiffs and old times!

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Here is Culum’s award-winning work for PETA‘s “Get a Feel For Angora” campaign. It gets pretty unpleasant for those poor bunnies. Sensitive viewers be advised!

And here is Culum’s recent, startling work helping to raise awareness for the National Autistic Society. He’s a talented chap!

Episode 16: Jack the Tree-Climbing Author – ED & FRIENDS

Remember clambering up trees as a kid? This week’s guest is rediscovering the glory of our city’s hidden canopy as a grown man, husband and dad.
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Jack Cooke has just published his first book, “The Tree Climber’s Guide”, detailing his musings from his most notable treetops in London. With beautiful accompanying illustrations from his wife Jennifer, Jack’s encouraging city-dwellers to take to the air and recapture their sense of fun.
Ed finds out how tree-climbing can offer a fresh perspective on urban life, takes Jack on a build-your-own adventure and sets aside some much needed time to swap plans for the zombie apocalypse.
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If you’re inspired, you can get hold of Jack’s book here, check out his website at JJ cooke.com and find Treetop City on Instagram.

 

 

 

 

Episode 15: Phil the Musical Comedian – ED & FRIENDS

This week on the Ed & Friends Podcast, Ed chats to improv chum and musical maestro Phil Lunn about his niche of improv comedy, where he performs improvised songs in character as part of his solo show Phil Lunn Is…

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Ed and Phil chat about how he started as a self taught musician for comedy revues and sketch shows before making the jump to improv and crafting his show that takes him to showcases and festivals around the world. And they even find time for a quick game of Questions Only, which Ed proves to be quite rubbish at.

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You can find out more about Phil’s shows at PhilIpLunn.uk and he will next be performing his solo act at The Giggle Loop Show in Central London on 27th April. He’s also on Facebook and Twitter, so follow him there as well.

And here’s a little slice of Tom Lehrer, who we mention on the show:

Episode 14: Miriam the Sunday Assembly Singer – ED & FRIENDS

This week Ed took in some of the shows at the South Bank Centre’s Chorus Festival

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His guest is Miriam Zendle, a singer in London’s Sunday Assembly Choir – a secular congregation that brings people together to sing, smile and help each other out.
Miriam tells Ed all about how she found a choir with a different edge, singing pop and rock songs and building a community for social action under the motto, “Live Better, Help Often, Wonder More”
We had great fun taking part in the singalongs and talks the group held… be warned, you might hear Ed singing:
You can find out more about Sunday Assembly at www.sundayassembly.com

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