I recommend The Adam Buxton Podcast. It’s a free form show that mainly revolves around interviews (or chat-rambles as he calls them) with interesting people. There is also an episode in which Adam documents the progression of a cold he has. He seems so familiar from his other work that, although it feels odd to refer to him by his first name, it would feel far odder to call him ‘Buxton.’ The most natural feeling name to type is ‘Dr Buckles’ – the origin of which I am unaware of.
Fans of his previous work will be thrilled to hear Dr Buckles let loose in the land of audio once more. There are familiar voices such as director Garth Jennings and Adam’s school friend Louis Theroux, and other familiar voices, such as Adam’s Bowie impression. This isn’t just a rehash or reunion though; there are exciting new adventures to be had as Count Buckules (another pseudonym) interviews musicians such as Lianne La Havas and Scroobius Pip. It isn’t done in the same manner as most interview shows either, the Louis Theroux and Garth Jennings episodes use a variety of different interviews that Buckles has been collecting for the last year or so. This gives it a different dynamic and captures different moods of both the interviewer and interviewee.
There is also a return of Dr Buckles MD’s homespun vernacular as he refers to ‘the pronce’ (the artist formerly known as Prince) and ‘the castle’ (short for Big British Castle AKA the BBC.) There’s something about this familiar silliness that feels like a family in-joke that brings you all together. You still chuckle with recognition when he says these things because you know that they’ve transcended jokery and are just part of the way he speaks.
Dr Buckles’ incredible composition skills feature heavily in the podcast. These aren’t convoluted or moronic songs. Neither are they the half-rate-jokes-with-an-acoustic-guitar style of a lot of modern musical comedy. They are brilliant brain farts. Stabs of charming weirdness. My favourite is the ‘no’ song, which goes: ‘no! No no no no no no no no!’
Laughter is the best medicine, and Dr Buckles knows how to administer it.