Sunday, April 22, 2018

Life of Brian

I've plugged Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast (or, as all the cool kids are calling it, RHLSTP) before, but feel compelled to do so again in the wake of the Brian Blessed episode. Securing his appearance was, Herring has admitted, the holy grail and he certainly didn't disappoint.

In what was less an interview and more a monologue with occasional prompts from the host, most of the stories he recounted are probably already familiar, especially to anyone who's read his book, but bear repeating: snubbing Picasso, repeatedly goosing Sir John Gielgud, the perils of having a shit on Everest, being drunkenly egged on by BBC executives to put a condom on the statue of Helios at Television Centre.

The man is an absolute force of nature, and a delight to listen to. Credit to Herring for managing to get him on, and then to give him free rein (not that there was much option).

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