The Russell Brand Radio Show

Russell Brand Radio ShowI recommend the Russell Brand Radio Show and podcast in its various forms, and there have been a lot different iterations: 6 Music, BBC Radio 2, TalkSport, XFM, and Audioboom.

When I was 12, radio seemed like a bit of an old person’s thing. I never really listened to it. Then I was bored one night and decided to see if there was anything on the airwaves to entertain me. I stumbled upon a wittering dickensian voice, his hypochondriac co-host, and their poet laureate. They discussed bizarre anecdotes about gay dogs and women marrying dolphins, and got up to the kind of antics which would eventually make national news. This was Russell Brand and Matt Morgan on BBC Radio 2 Show.

I listened to that show, both live and as podcasts, every week until sachsgate took them off the air. It was a shambolic, anarchic show which followed none of the rules of professional radio but, unlike a lot of professional radio, it was incredibly entertaining. It’s a cliché, but Morgan and Brand create the atmosphere of talking with two funny friends of yours, so much so that it feels odd to refer to them by their last names. It had a welcoming, inclusive air without the formality or restrictions of most entertainment mediums. Since he was taken off air, there have been many opportunities to be entertained by Russell Brand; stand-up, TV shows, his Trews Youtube series, and several Hollywood films. What Russell lacks in these mediums is his co-presenter Matt Morgan, who plays the straight man. The dynamic between the two of them, with Morgan taking Brand to task over his behaviour and the two (belly) bouncing off one another, is what made the show work so well.

The radio show has seeped into my subconscious in the same way that the silly jokes and voices you share with your friends do. Just like those old jokes whose origin you have absolutely no memory of, they spring to mind unbidden and I have to catch myself before referencing them out loud and getting a lot of confused looks.

Since Sachsgate, there have been several attempts to revive the show. For a month in 2010, the show returned on Talksport. Then, in 2013, there was a one off show in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust. This year the show has made a true comeback. This time they’re podcasting, a medium which is much more suited to their non-PG content. The podcast is available exclusively on Audioboom, a free podcast distributor. Earlier this year they completed a run of 24 episodes. Hopefully there won’t be another seven year hiatus to endure.


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