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Comedian, actor and writer Charlie Higson chats to friends from the world of comedy about classical music and their own personal music journey, with all sorts of nonsense in between - from reminiscing about how they met to reviving some of their popular comedy characters. Featured friends include Bob Mortimer, Vic Reeves, and fellow stars of The Fast Show, Paul Whitehouse and Arabella Weir. A Scala Radio production.
 
Elite SRS exists to equip and encourage people to Do Hard Things so they grow stronger. This is the encouragement side. Join us as we talk with guests from all walks of life about the most difficult thing in their life they wouldn’t take back and how they grew. Our hope is the stories we share will connect with others in the midst of their own hard things to offer hope and perspective to persevere.
 
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Today's guest is motivational speaker Bob Mortimer. Bob is a triple amputee after surviving electrocution in his early twenties. Bob talks about choosing to live empowered rather than as a victim of his circumstances, biking across the country with his family, and the journey towards healthy living with only one limb. Bob's story is unique and powe…
 
Today's guest is Luke Parker. Luke is a professional CrossFit athlete and a member of the Mayhem Independence Team with CrossFit Mayhem. Luke talks about being publicly shamed after his appearance on the Bachelorette and the impact that experience had on his identity. He also encourages listeners to find their purpose and put their full effort into…
 
Today's guest is Greg Amundson. Greg is one of the founding CrossFit athletes, is currently a chaplain for police officers and holds a masters-in-theology. Greg talks about his divorce and moving across the country after growing up his whole life in Santa Cruz, California. He shares some tips and tricks on enduring difficulty through moments of cla…
 
In the last episode of the series, the baking king himself – and James’s nemesis – Paul Hollywood joins us in the dream restaurant. Bon appetit! Paul Hollywood’s new book ‘Bake’ is out on 9th June, published by Bloomsbury. Buy it here. Recorded and edited by Ben Williams for Plosive. Artwork by Paul Gilbey (photography and design) and Amy Browne (i…
 
Today's guest is Kathy Bangsund. Kathy is the co-founder and former director of The Dwelling Place, a home for young men with down syndrome in Leavenworth, Washington. Kathy talks about raising a son with special needs and the opportunity to create a welcoming space for other young men in similar situations. The Dwelling Place residents are known a…
 
We’re back in National Treasure territory, as Rob Brydon – who has eaten a lot of food both on and off camera – joins us in the Dream Restaurant. See Rob Brydon on tour. Go to robbrydon.live for tickets. Recorded and edited by Ben Williams for Plosive. Artwork by Paul Gilbey (photography and design) and Amy Browne (illustrations). Follow Off Menu o…
 
Will Moorad is a professional CrossFit athlete who recently qualified for the 2022 Games. Will talks about being diagnosed with a kidney disorder that ended his career prematurely, walking with his wife through her cancer diagnosis and treatment, and the importance of community to endure difficult seasons. At Elite SRS, we exist to equip and encour…
 
Michelin starred chef Angela Hartnett gives James some tips for his chorizo broccoli pasta in today’s episode. Angela Hartnett’s new book ‘The Weekend Cook’ is out on 26 May, published by Bloomsbury. Buy it here. Recorded and edited by Ben Williams for Plosive. Artwork by Paul Gilbey (photography and design) and Amy Browne (illustrations). Follow O…
 
Today’s guest is Nick Woodard. Nick is a professional jump rope athlete, coach and owner of Learnin’ the Ropes. Nick talks about tearing his Achilles and the difficult road to recovery. He also talks about the challenges the jump rope community faces in order to grow and describes the two most difficult jump rope tricks. I hope you enjoy the show a…
 
Podcasting royalty Dr Buckles drops by the Dream Restaurant. And this meal’s on him. Listen to The Adam Buxton Podcast on Acast or whatever you listen on. Recorded and edited by Ben Williams for Plosive. Artwork by Paul Gilbey (photography and design) and Amy Browne (illustrations). Follow Off Menu on Twitter and Instagram: @offmenuofficial. And go…
 
In today's episode, we sit down with Zenos Games founder and Underdogs Athletics business manager, Jared Graybeal. Jared talks about his life-altering time spent in jail, what makes CrossFit unique and difficult, and some of the challenges of being an entrepreneur. His story is inspiring and full of hope!…
 
We’re opening up the national treasure chest to welcome legendary Pulp frontman, radio DJ and author Jarvis Cocker to the Dream Restaurant. We hope there are no mice in the kitchen. Jarvis Cocker’s book ‘Good Pop, Bad Pop’ is out on 26th May, published by Jonathan Cape. Pre-order it here. Follow Jarvis on Instagram @jarvisbransoncocker Recorded and…
 
Becca Rae is one of our staff members at Elite SRS as our production manager for all things jump ropes. Becca shares one of the most difficult stories I've ever heard, including her prison sentence, the loss of her daughter and the murder of her father - all within one year! Becca offers hope and encouragement that even in the hardest of seasons th…
 
Rising stand-up star Sikisa – aka Twix – has a reservation this week. And she‘s got opinions on sausage rolls. Sikisa’s taking her debut solo show – ‘Life of the Party’ – to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August. For tickets head to edfringe.com. Follow Sikisa on Twitter @sikisacomedy and Instagram @twix_choc87 Recorded and edited by Ben Williams…
 
Guido is the founder of the CrossFit competition Wodapalooza and Peak 360, a CrossFit Gym in Miami, Florida. Guido talks about growing up without a positive fatherly influence and the impact of fathers on their children and the trajectory of their lives. He also dives into his test for understanding how much of his identity is wrapped up into any o…
 
Superb stand-up, Taskmaster anarchist and Hate Thy Neighbour documentary maker Jamali Maddix goes wild at the Dream Restaurant this week. See Jamali in London at the Hackney Empire on 28 May. Tickets here. Follow Jamali on Twitter and Instagram @jamalimaddix Recorded and edited by Ben Williams for Plosive. Artwork by Paul Gilbey (photography and de…
 
In an Off Menu first, comedian and podcaster Kiri Pritchard-McLean returns to the Dream Restaurant. Confused? Best listen… Kiri Pritchard-McLean is on tour with ‘Home Truths’. For tour dates visit www.kiripritchardmclean.co.uk Listen to Kiri’s podcast ‘All Killa No Filla’ at allkillanofilla.libsyn.com Follow Kiri on Twitter @kiripritchardmc and Ins…
 
Keon Ghaharian, Dope Ropes founder and owner, sat down with us to share his Do Hard Things story about risking everything to chase his dream of starting his own company. He talks about jump rope as a hobby, how he started Dope Ropes and made the decision to quit his full time job, and what allowed him to stick with it. Hear why he was able to perse…
 
Josh Thomas – acclaimed Australian comedian and star of his own Aus and US TV shows – orders his dream meal this week, in the final episode from our trip across the Pond. Watch Josh’s show ‘Please Like Me’ on Amazon Prime. Follow Josh Thomas on Twitter and Instagram @joshthomas87 Recorded by Ben Williams and edited by Naomi Parnell for Plosive. Rec…
 
We sat down with CrossFit athlete and coach Anthony Davis to talk about his journey into CrossFit and how he was able to transform his perspective through failure. After failing to make it out of the regionals in 2018, Anthony stripped everything away to rebuild. Now he's stronger than ever.By Elite SRS
 
Derry Girls star and Great Pottery Throw Down host Siobhán McSweeney is this week’s diner, welcomed to the Dream Restaurant by Ed and the Genie for McSweeney. Derry Girls returns Tuesday 12 April on Channel 4. Epsiodes will air each Tuesday and be available to catch up on All 4. Watch it here. Follow on Siobhán Twitter and Instagram @siobhni Record…
 
Shaun Hamilton, the International Jump Rope Union's current President, sat down with us to share his Do Hard Things story about losing his job and the impact of being taken out of "safety" into the unknown. He talks about using joy to convert difficulty into opportunity, how he's leveraged his experience in his current role, and much more. Hear why…
 
Taskmaster champion and award-winning comedy actor Morgana Robinson is next on the bookings list. But who let the stray dogs out? Morgana Robinson stars in Newark Newark which is on Mondays at 9pm on Gold. Watch here. Follow Morgana on Instagram @morgana_robinson. Recorded and edited by Ben Williams for Plosive. Artwork by Paul Gilbey (photography …
 
Chef and restaurateur Asma Khan – owner of Darjeeling Express in London, and the first British chef to appear on Netflix’s ‘Chef’s Table’ – is this week’s diner. Asma Khan’s new book ‘Ammu: Indian Home-Cooking To Nourish Your Soul’ is out now, published by Ebury Press. Buy it here. Follow Asma on Twitter @Asma_KhanLDN and Instagram @asmakhanlondon.…
 
‘Bridgerton’ and ‘Line of Duty’ star Claudia Jessie’s travelled down from Brum for her booking at the Dream Restaurant. And she’s brought samosas with her. ‘Bridgerton’ series 2 launches globally on Netflix, March 25. Recorded and edited by Ben Williams for Plosive. Artwork by Paul Gilbey (photography and design) and Amy Browne (illustrations). Fol…
 
After bringing the dream restaurant into the afterlife for Red Nose Day last year, Ed Gamble, James Acaster and Brett Goldstein have returned to the land of the living for another edition of Menus To Be Buried With. You have the power to do something incredible this Red Nose Day. Whether it’s a little or a lot, the money you donate will help tackle…
 
‘Bake Off’ champion and award-winning TV chef Nadiya Hussain is our guest diner this week. But don’t tell her your recipes, she might put them in her next book. ‘Nadiya x Prestige’ cookware and bakeware range will be available to buy in stores and online at John Lewis and from Prestige’s website from March 14. Follow Nadiya on Twitter @begumnadiya …
 
We’re ordering this episode sunny side up, as stand-up comic and ‘Sunny D’ star Dane Baptiste dines at the dream restaurant. And remember: we’ve all got bellies and we all do sh*ts. Listen to Dane’s podcast ‘Dane Baptiste Questions Everything’ on Acast or wherever you listen to podcasts. Follow Dane on Twitter @danebaptweets and Instagram @danesnap…
 
‘Parks and Recreation’ co-creator and ‘The Office’ writer Michael Schur creates his perfect menu this week. But is his dream restaurant a Good Place to be or a Bad Place? Michael Schur’s book ‘How To Be Perfect: The Correct Answers to Every Moral Question’ is out now, published by Quercus. Buy it here. Follow Michael on Twitter @kentremendous. Reco…
 
The genie better not mess-up comedian Fatiha El-Ghorri’s order. She’ll punch him in the face and call him stupid. Follow Fatiha on Twitter @fatihaelghorri and Instagram @fatiha.elghorri. Recorded and edited by Ben Williams for Plosive. Artwork by Paul Gilbey (photography and design) and Amy Browne (illustrations). Follow Off Menu on Twitter and Ins…
 
Big Tom Davis – star of Channel 4’s new crime comedy ‘The Curse’ and officially The David Blaine of Science – joins us for his dream meal this week. And there’s an actual experiment in the studio. Tom Davis stars in ‘The Curse’ which is on Sundays at 10pm on Channel 4. All episodes are available to stream on All 4. Listen to Tom’s podcast ‘Wolf and…
 
The Voice of an Angel herself, Charlotte Church, gets back to nature in the dream restaurant this week. And James is there, getting embarrassed. ‘Charlotte Church’s Dream Build’ airs at 9pm on Tuesdays on Really, also available to stream on discovery+ Follow Charlotte Church on Twitter @charlottechurch and Instagram @therealcharlottechurch Recorded…
 
The Off Menu boys are back for a seventh series, and who better to be the first diner than Tim ‘I’ll be mother’ Key? Tim Key’s new book ‘Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush: An Anthology of Poems and Conversations from Outside’ is published by Utter & Press on 14 February. Pre-order it here. And buy Tim’s previous book, ‘He Used Thought as a Wife. A…
 
It’s part two of our huge best of bonanza. We’ll be back for a new series in 2022. Happy new year! Recorded and edited by Ben Williams for Plosive. Artwork by Paul Gilbey (photography and design) and Amy Browne (illustrations). Follow Off Menu on Twitter and Instagram: @offmenuofficial. And go to our website www.offmenupodcast.co.uk for a list of r…
 
What a delicious year for Off Menu. So much so we’ve split our annual Best of the Year episode into two parts. Recorded and edited by Ben Williams for Plosive. Artwork by Paul Gilbey (photography and design) and Amy Browne (illustrations). Follow Off Menu on Twitter and Instagram: @offmenuofficial. And go to our website www.offmenupodcast.co.uk for…
 
Spreading festive cheer this week is absurdist comedy hero Harry Hill! But which Christmas special is better? There’s only one way to find out… Harry Hill’s autobiography ‘FIGHT!’ is out now. Buy it here. Harry Hill is on tour with ‘Pedigree Fun’ in 2022. Buy tickets here. Harry’s podcast ‘Harry Hill’s Noise’ is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify…
 
It’s Chrissstttmasssss! And what better way to get into the festive spirit than with an absolutely disgusting episode of Off Menu with Taskmaster champ Sarah Kendall. Series 2 of Sarah Kendall’s sitcom ‘Frayed’ is on Sky and NOW in the new year. Follow Sarah on Twitter @sarah_kendall Recorded and edited by Ben Williams for Plosive. Artwork by Paul …
 
It’s the final episode of series 6, and who better than Netflix star, Edinburgh Comedy Award-winner and one of the finest comedians in the country – Bridget Christie – to be the dream restaurant’s last customer. That poor squirrel. Bridget Christie’s new show ‘Who Am I?’ is at the Leicester Square Theatre in London, 14-18 Dec. Book tickets here. Re…
 
Who ya gonna call? The dream restaurant! Acclaimed film director Jason Reitman – director of ‘Up in the Air’, ‘Juno’ and ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ – joins the Off Menu boys in LA. Jason Reitman’s ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ is in cinemas on 18 Nov. Recorded and edited by Ben Williams for Plosive. Artwork by Paul Gilbey (photography and design) and Am…
 
Like mother like daughter? TV presenter and broadcaster Miquita Oliver has a table booked this week. Hope the restaurant has enough clean vessels. Miquita presents the Times wine podcast ‘Wine Times’. Listen on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, Recorded and edited by Ben Williams for Plosive. Artwork by Paul Gilbey (photography and design) and Amy Browne …
 
Like father like son. Another national treasure is in the dream restaurant – legendary actor Timothy Spall orders his perfect meal. Timothy Spall stars in ‘Spencer’ which is in cinemas this Fri 5th Nov. Recorded and edited by Ben Williams for Plosive. Artwork by Paul Gilbey (photography and design) and Amy Browne (illustrations). Follow Off Menu on…
 
Welcome to the dream restaurant Jack Dee, we’ve been expecting you for some time! The legendary grump orders his dream meal, but don’t tell Jane. Jack Dee’s new book ‘What’s Your Problem?’ is published on 28th October. Order it here. Follow Jack on Twitter @therealjackdee. Recorded and edited by Ben Williams for Plosive. Artwork by Paul Gilbey (pho…
 
Up-and-coming singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has a table reserved this week. And James is turning his weirdest dial up to 11. Ed Sheeran’s new album ‘=’ (Equals) is released on 29th October 2021 through Asylum/Atlantic. Pre-order it here. Follow Ed on Twitter @edsheeran and Instagram @teddysphotos Recorded and edited by Ben Williams for Plosive. Artw…
 
Brassic and Our Girl star (and Bake Off champion) Michelle Keegan picks her dream meal this week. But is she a cheat? Brassic 3 all episodes available now on Sky and streaming service NOW. Follow Michelle Keegan on Twitter and Instagram @michkeegan Recorded and edited by Ben Williams for Plosive. Artwork by Paul Gilbey (photography and design) and …
 
Grab a couple of tallboys! On his way to a root canal, NY-born musician Jeff Rosenstock joins Ed and James in LA (in a pre-pandemic world) to choose his dream menu. Buy Jeff Rosenstock’s albums on Bandcamp Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffrosenstock Recorded by the Comedy Store LA and edited by Naomi Parnell for Plosive. Artwork by Paul Gilbey (photogra…
 
Goodness gracious me, it’s another national treasure in the dream restaurant. Actor-writer Meera Syal joins the Off Menu boys to order her perfect meal. Meera Syal stars in Sky Original ‘Code 404’, series 2. All episodes available now on Sky Comedy and NOW. Follow Meera on Twitter @meerasyal Recorded by Ben Williams and edited by Naomi Parnell for …
 
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