It’s creepy history time, as Paul attempts to teach a flu-ridden Ben about the badass history fascists that were the Knights Templar. On the way we get lost in sweary medieval feudalism, the etymology of Norse and Crusader fashion tips.
Sometimes life produces coincidences that produce nothing but excellence and this was one of those occasions. Whilst myself and Paul were convinced that The Tangentlemen was a genius, never-before-used name, it turns out that all-round comedy legend Ross Noble had just named his forthcoming tour Tangentleman.
After some brief panicking and blowing into brown paper bags at the thought of terrifying law suits, we contacted Ross’ agent, who turns out to be one of the nicest people in the world. Not only was she happy with the coincidence, but Ross offered to pop along to the podcast and clear up any confusion. So here’s our first special guest, talking about how he creates his comedy, his take on the industry and the secret to a happy life.
This week’s episode sees Paul, and in particular Ben, go tangential at almost warp speed. What is meant to be a sober and respectful summation of the genius of classical sitar player Ravi Shankar very quickly becomes hijacked by the mechanics of a man born with two penises. Inbetween this smorgasbord of genitalogical (it’s a word) nonsense the boys consult The Book of References, discuss the practicalities of actually jumping the shark and explore the limits of Paul’s knowledge of The Beatles.
In this episode the Tangentlemen bowed down at the feet of a screen legend and all round general badass, Christopher Lee. Well mostly, of course they drifted a little bit into the world of duelling pianos, re-imagining Allo Allo as a drama and the problems with great minds thinking alike.
Here’s the latest episode of mine and Paul Duncan McGarrity’s podcast, covering all the key topics of the day, including what if Dad’s Army had torture scenes in it, how to kill your Nan with chewing gum and exactly what it would be like to have a glass penis.
It’s probably our funniest and definitely our most tangentle episode so far. Give it a listen, rate and review if you get a spare half hour.