Worst Foot Forward

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This week we enter the surprisingly murky world of mascots with stand-up comic (and former Crystal Palace mascot) Chloe Petts for company.  There's a cornucopia of delights inside this week including cocaine-dealing parrots, indestructible cats, sw…
Pop on your lab coats and join us down in the Worst Foot Forward labs as we uncover a carnival of quackery, forgery and all sorts of morally dubious activity done in the name of human progress. At the behest of one of our Patreon supporters we took…
Behind every king or queen there always seems to be a witless eldest son, a dissipating and disappointing heir or some conniving offspring waiting next in line. We're joined by historian and author Lauren Johnson who takes us through some lacklustr…
In the second of our monthly bonus episodes, courtesy of our fantastic fans on Patreon, we revisit a former winner of an episode: Theophilus Marzials, our World's Worst Poet. Barry recites some of his poetry including the legendary 'A Tragedy' (plo…
This week's episode has been thoroughly spot-checked by a crack team of cardinals preparing Barry, Ben and their guest, comedian and animator Alasdair Beckett-King for canonisation.   There's the usual rogues gallery you'd come to expect from the C…
Our guest this week is perfectly designed in every way to give us an insight into the World's Worst Design Flaw. A designer and author of the book Tragic Design, Jonathan Shariat is also a podcaster with a bone to pick with the Florida ballot paper…
This week we don our sheepskin jacket (with a bribe sown in the lining), enjoy a cheeky post-match half (plus a wee nip from our hip flask) and stand on the sidelines hollering impotently into the wind, as we reveal the worst managers of all time. …
We're in uncharted waters this week, as Ben and Barry are confronted with technology far beyond their understanding, otherwise known as our guest Andrew Somerville. An immersive theatre-maker and tech whizz (we don't really understand IT job titles…
Hold your noses and dive into the open sewer of the most olfactorily repulsive episode yet.  Joined by Sarah Jones, an expert on microbes, minerals and a bunch of really pungent jobs we delve into the eye-watering world of the world's worst smell. …
As promised a couple of episodes ago, since we've hit our target on Patreon of 25 supporters, we'll be throwing out an extra show per month for all our listeners in which we focus in more depth on some of our world's worst winners. For this first e…
We're down in the lab tinkering with equipment, mixing dangerous substances and generally causing chaos. We're conducting the World's Worst Scientific Experiment under the watchful eye of the hugely qualified and clever Cerys Bradley. There are a s…
*swivels around in enormous winged chair* Ah, Mr.Podcast Listener, we've been expecting you.  The guest in our deadly lair this week is master script editor Andrew Ellard, who joins us on a tour of the most woeful evil geniuses in fact and fiction.…
Quick, march! Into battle we go under the leadership of our general, classicist and quiz-show boffin Dr Rob Cromarty. We're seeking out the world's worst military tactic and you bet we've found a few contenders to skirmish with. There are war eleph…
This is an episode for anyone who has become so frustrated with their Rubik's Cube that they've ended up unpeeling the coloured squares and sticking them back on to help you solve it! Joined by incredible escape room auteur Dean Rodgers, Ben and Ba…
With the first inklings of spring in the air, Ben and Barry are feeling positively positive about things and so once again are delving back into the archives in search of some of the World's Best. In this instance, we look at the topics from Episod…
Sleep well, dear listeners, and sweet nightmares to you all as Ben and Barry, in the company of poet Dan Simpson, hasten you to slumber with the World's Worst Lullaby. We truly travel the globe in this one, with contributions from Iceland, Haiti, B…
In a world where two trivia nerds are able to trap the honorary librarian of the Liberal Club in a posh shed out the back of a nice flat in Hampstead, anything is possible.  And this week, in that world, we chat to the marvelous journalist, academi…
Be our guests, be our guests - in fact, the man doing just that (via Skype) is American stand-up Myq Kaplan, who is getting very meta as he chose the topic World's Worst Guest, and strives to live up to the title. Meanwhile, Barry tells us about th…
Over the past five years the phenomenon of escape rooms has exploded all over the globe and this week our two guests are creators of several remarkable ones in London.  Tom and Andrew join us to talk about what goes wrong when people try to escape.…
We’re indulging our consumerist instincts this week in the company of actor, host of the Average at Best Podcast and star of countless commercials, Oliver Powell. Ollie helps us glaze over in the face of the World’s Worst Adverts, with insights int…
Pop on your diamante slippers, swish your feather boa around your neck and strut your way in 2019 with tales of the world's worst divas.  Accompanied by magnificent musical comic Sooz Kempner we tell the tales of Handel's warring divas, Freddie Mer…
New Year’s Eve, the clocks tick towards midnight with the prospect of turning the page on 2018. BUT NO! We keep you firmly rooted in the past as we look back at our so-called “best bits” from episodes released over the past year. There are returns …
This week we head to the appendix of our encyclopaedia of heroic failure and talk about some stone cold heroes. Way back in early 2017 we talked about the worst board games, fairy tales, professional wrestlers, TV comedies and first dates - now Ben…
Sweet holy mother of everything that's heroically awful: we made it to 100 episodes!  To celebrate Ben and Barry drill down into everything terrible about the number 100: from dodgy bank notes to terrible cricketers and golfers, suspiciously young …
We are boldly setting out to civilise you this week, as we talk about the World’s Worst Empire. Our guest this week is regular contributor to satirical podcast The Bugle, comedian and writer Anuvab Pal. As a native of India, and with Barry as his s…
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Podcast Details
Started
Dec 1st, 2016
Latest Episode
May 6th, 2019
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
127
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour

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