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Frog Stone, writer and co-star of hit BBC4 TV show "Bucket" joined Sam - who features in "Bucket" Episode 1 - in the Studio this week.Frog told us all about the development of her career from am-dram performances in village halls in the north west of England, to Cambridge Footlights and beyond. The Plus One Game saw Frog putting a call-out to commi…
 
The fabulous John-Luke Roberts dropped into the studio today. John-Luke has been a writer for TV shows such as Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Have I Got News For You and co-wrote the sit-com "Bull", starring Robert Lindsay and Maureen Lipman. Conversation ranged from John-Luke’s start in comedy to the merits of his moustache and nose-job.John-Luke enthr…
 
Jamie Morton, host and creator of the podcast smash hit "My Dad Wrote a Porno" was Samantha Baines’ guest in the studio today. Inevitably the conversation turned a bit smutty as we learnt all about the origins of Jamie’s podcast, heard some Rocky Flintstone EXCLUSIVES and got an insight into Morton family dynamics.Samantha and Jamie swapped stories…
 
Comedian and writer Sophie Willan landed in the Hoxton Radio studio to chat with Sam this week. Sophie talked about her childhood and growing up in Bolton, learning to twerk in the clubs and dancehalls of Bolton, before progressing to acting, comedy and writing.@samanthabaines@sophiewillanBy Samantha Baines
 
Actor, writer and performer Harrie Hayes dropped into the studio to chat with Sam today. We explored Harrie’s career in comedy and acting and how Harrie upset the vegan community… and how she plans to make amends.There was also talk of intriguing Plus Ones at a Zazu Fete and a party to celebrate the next prime minister.Poems and headlines also feat…
 
Comedian, Eleanor Conway dropped into the new Hoxton Radio studios today. Eleanor’s comedy routine draws heavily on the extremes of her life from briefly working in the adult film industry to running away with her dealer – all this occurred before she got sober and turned her talent to comedy.We had all the usual stuff too – News, Poems and Plus On…
 
Loren O'Brien reveals her biggest lie was diagnosing herself with the wholly imagined condition of a “black spot” on the brain as an excuse for avoiding work - a lie that wasn't without its consequences.Loren redeems herself by providing a studio demonstration to answer the old philosophical riddle of, “What is the sound of one hand clapping?”Plus …
 
In the studio with Sam today was improvisation comedian and performer Anna Caro promoting the 2nd annual Shoreditch Improv’ Festival.Anna told us all about the art of improvisational comedy and her unlikely meeting with Shia LaBeouf in Australia and its subsequent broadcast on the giant screen outside the Sydney Opera House.We had our usual poetry,…
 
Melbourne born comedian Sarah Bennetto dropped into the studio this week. A quick blast of Bronski Beat had Sarah confessing her favourite musical genre to be "Danceable Misery" whislt Sam declared hers to be "Drunk Dancing Sloshed and Losing Control" .Sarah was the guinea pig for our new "Plus One' section. Among Sarah's proposed "Plus Ones" were …
 
Jayde Adams, reveals the long trajectory from perpetual 9th place pre-teen freestyle disco dancer to award winning Comedian.We hear about Jayde’s Edinburgh show ’31’ and the challenges of perfecting a performance. There’s the usual weird news headlines and epic poetry performances from both Jayde & Sam.You can find out more about Jayde’s schedule a…
 
Journalist and comedian Viv Groskop gets political and throws out the idea that perhaps Theresa May, Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage are in fact fictional characters.Viv also reveals her secret desire to emulate the career of Jane McDonald and become a professional cruise-ship crooner – in spite of her poor vocal abilities.Sam and Viv take on the ne…
 
Lewis Reeves stand-up comedian and star of E4 sci-fi comedy Crazyhead in which he plays the loveable fool Jake was Sam's gurest in the studio on this week. Tips were exchanged for getting ahead of the Christmas present buying and wrapping and Lewis explained how his bum was banned from London Underground.Twitter posed the question “Why did you betr…
 
Decked out in her sparkly, sequinned, sea-creature jacket, up-and-coming comedian Lauren Pattison provided a gastronomic insight into the quality and virtues of the fish and chip shops of the north east of England.Sam and Lauren talked about the process of building up a routine from fifteen minutes to a full hour and finding comedic inspiration fro…
 
Kate Phillips, gorgeous star of The Crown, Wolf Hall, War & Peace and Peaky Blinders, joins Sam on this week's show. Conversation flowed from on set mishaps to appropriate chocolate storage techniques, Kate’s sporting achievements to the shape of Tudor sewing needles.Kate wrote a fantastic poem, which Samantha followed with a few verses on the rece…
 
Eating healthy and the benefits of salt on chocolate ice cream were among the topics of conversation when Sam met comedian and presenter Alistair Williams on this week's show. There was also a question of whether or not Mother Theresa was a vegetarian.The headlines brought us the idea of dwelling in London’s latest phallus shaped skyscraper and a d…
 
Sam’s guest this week was comedian and actress Ellie Taylor, who arrived in the studio made-up with a lipstick homage to the final BBC Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown and showing off her ultra-flexible thumbs.We talked Podcasts and Radio, self-promotion and the challenges of being a funny woman… “talent plus hard work plus opportunity =…
 
Sam's guest this week was the multi-talented actress, comedian and playwright Helen Monks. Conversation ranged from the hazards of bed bugs, fat suits, rollercoasterphobia and accidental on-screen vomiting.Sam faced a challenging question about Boris Johnson,Nigel Farage and Donald Trump and Helen told us all about her play about homelessness in St…
 
On Baines Plus One this week Sam was joined by Jess Nesling and Natalie Dirkin, producers of the Standing Ovariation comedy event, Conversation flowed from decomposing bodies to cottage cheese, to leotards, to accidentally kicking children.With an abundance of poems for National Poetry Day, bonkers news headlines and a choral homage to train delays…
 
On Baines Plus One, Sam had a quick chat with her producer Kate Lennon about the 2016 Funny Women Awards and what it takes to be a good producer. Then this week’s guest, comedian Amy Howerska Tina Turner’d into the studio, and Sam chatted to her about Religion, David Bowie and comedy careers.There were pork pie poems, naughty news headlines and fun…
 
On Baines Plus One this week Sam had comedy producer, promoter and pickled egg lover, Luke Molloy! Conversation flowed from Luke’s magnificent beard to his obsession with pickled egg’s, S Club 7 to his secret talent of being the UK’s junior weightlifting champion at 15 years old!Luke brought in a pickled egg for Sam to try (she wasn’t a fan, check …
 
On the last show before Sam heads to the Edinburgh Fringe we’ve had the splendiferous award-winning comedian, Felicity Ward.In true Radio 4 style conversation flowed smoothly from curly hair to pescetarianism to fridge feng shui to anxiety attacks! Jump and click play to hear all about Felicity’s AMAZING introduction to TV and comedy, details of he…
 
Baines had one third of award winning sketch group, comedian Matthew Crosby as her plus one this week. Chat about nipple sizes strangely dominated the show, even leading to a twitter poll on the subject (currently small nipples are winning).The comedy pair chatted sketch group vs stand up, Pokemon Go and writing for TV vs writing for radio. There w…
 
Today on Baines Plus One Samantha was joined in the studio by the wonderous Sofie Hagen and they talked about Oysters, Pokemon Go and vomiting!Baines quizzed Sofie on her new show Shimmer Shatter and Sofie revealed her love of app-based colouring in. Both poems this week were themed around the brilliant (or not so brilliant) Pokemon Go which it tur…
 
This week actor and director, Paul Clayton star of Peep Show, Coronation Street, Him and Her and countless other TV appearances joined Samantha Baines in the studio for the latest Baines Plus One.Sam made a series of discoveries about Paul’s hidden talents including his secondary career as a bingo caller, fire eating skills and Paul’s fashion desig…
 
The fantastic Desiree Burch stopped into the studio for the latest edition of Baines Plus One with Samantha Baines.Take a listen to hear Desiree’s views on progressing comedy, British drinking practices and her love of non trendy music. Be sure to also check out Baines’ poem of the week, which was inspired this week by KFC’s phone charger meal pack…
 
Comedian, actress, writer and unexpected Doctor: Ria Lina joined Baines in the Hoxton Radio studio this week on Baines Plus One.Ria who is not married to T4's Steve Jones, talked about her foray into science at University, her specialist knowledge on cold-sores and her new Edinburgh show about her untimely death. There was three poems of the week, …
 
On this splendid edition of Baines Plus One, Samantha was joined by So You Think Your Funny finalist Eshaan Akbar.Conversation danced from hymn talk to novel writing and onward to the power of hold music & messages. Jump in and click play to hear all about Eshaan’s approach to comedy, details of his Edinburgh shows and an excellent auto corrected p…
 
Multi-talented award-winning musical and character comedian Sooz Kempner joined Samantha in the studio for this week’s Baines Plus One. Sooz wowed us with her Christina Aguileria and Judy Garland impressions and the ladies chatted musicals, 90’s boy bands and combat trousers. Baines and Sooz also had a peek at this weeks headlines, discussed custar…
 
Comedian, panelist on the The Wright Stuff and science teacher of the past Shazia Mirza popped into the studio to join Samantha for this week’s Baines Plus One.Hear the truth behind and the strange comparisons between being a comedian and teaching science to naughty school kids, alongside the pros and cons of performing to a Guardian reading audien…
 
Silent Witness actor, film-maker and sixth form ‘student of the year 2006’ Hamza Jeetooa joined Samantha Baines for a packed Baines Plus One show.Hit play to catch Hamza’s top acting tips, hear about the pair’s time at the Central School of Speech and Drama and a fab David Beckham impression.@SamanthaBaines@HamzaJeetooa…
 
Baines was joined by Live at the Apollo star Seann Walsh for a nice long chat on this week’s Baines Plus One.In fact Seann turned the tables on Baines, quizzing her on her very own quick-fire quiz round (as Alan Partridge) before tackling a more in depth interview. Hit play to hear Seann’s take on writing for Edinburgh, hair care and ‘Desert Island…
 
This week 82 year old comedian Lynn Ruth Miller popped into the studio as Samantha Baines’ plus one. Click play to hear Lynn Ruth’s man related guilty pleasures, painting tips and how to accomplish anything! We also say a friendly hello to Paul McCartney ‘Hi Paul!’ and compare Britain’s Got Talent vs. America’s Got Talent – Lynn Ruth’s been on both…
 
Heckler quashing comedian Laura Lexx joins Baines to chat sexism in stand up, getting into comedy as a student & the pointlessness of marathon running. Press play to learn the correct pronunciation of ‘xx,’ why failing in comedy can be good and the story behind Lexx’s viral heckle video in a holiday edition of Baines Plus One.@LauraLexx@SamanthaBai…
 
Comedian/improv master the Olivier Award-winning Susan Harrison popped into the studio for a show packed full of great chat, a sideways look at the news and of course the poem of the week – Susan’s was from the perspective of a dog!Take a listen to the whole show and find out about the struggles that both Susan and Baines grapple with when asked to…
 
Award-winning actress, Jessica Regan - aka Dr Niamh Donoghue on BBC's Doctors, was Samantha Baines' fabulous guest-host on Baines Plus One.Sam and Jess chatted everything from burning leotards at drama school to Jess winning at the British Soap Awards... Oh hiiiiii, Best Newcomer 2015!Halfway through the show, we heard the shocking announcement of …
 
In this packed episode of Baines Plus One we get to know London based comedian Tiernan Douieb.Have a listen to hear the pros and cons of writing topical material and how Tiernan got into stand up learning from Kent’s doctor of comedy.We also find out about Tiernan’s new podcast ‘Partly Political Podcast’ in which he interviews experts on current ne…
 
Baines' plus one this week was comedian Dane Baptiste, writer and star of BBC3’s Comedy Feed Sunny D, as well as Live at the Apollo.Dane scored a whopping 9.5/10 in the new Guest Quest, and continued to impress in the studio, with his extensive knowledge of rats, rabies, and the fundamental difference between aqua and hydrophobia! He also gave a Ba…
 
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