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Episode 106

Solitary John, A Misplaced Croissant & Knee Socks

Show broadcast on 27 February 2016

Elis and John were preparing to take A Robins Amongst The Pigeons on the road this weekend, and you can hear some live preparation in this week's podcast. Logistics, travel, and whether or not the boys will share a bed. Plus Humble Brag Of The Week, Winner Plays On and Elis' Gig Diaries.

Podcast intro

Following on from episode 104, more tales of keeping strange things for posterity.

John's introduction of Elis

"To my left is the last man to be successfully tried for unlicensed scrivening in Penarth. "

Conversations and riffs

Elis and John are making preparations for their live A Robins Amongst The Pigeons gigs in Salford. They have been stung by last minute train prices. They considered Producer Vin driving but he hasn't yet done motorways. To add to injury to insult, the staff at Pret forgot to put Elis' chocolate croissant in his bag and he had a meltdown on Leicester Square.

What would it take for John's likeness to appear on a bank note? Invent the self-sharpening bush craft knife. This leads to a riff about how to copyright ideas and intellectual property.

Elis offers to teach John about breastfeeding, in a high American southern accent.

Text-in topic

Listeners text and tweet during the show on this week's topic.

There's disagreement over the sleeping arrangements in John and Elis' shared one-bed hotel room after tonight's A Robins Amongst The Pigeons live show in Manchester. Do listeners think they should share the bed?

Elis' Gig Diaries

Elis reads aloud from diaries he kept during his early stand-up days.

Elis tries learning the flute. Fellow comedian John Robins advises him that he is funnier off stage than he is on it. His improvised bit about Guantanamo Bay fails but his material about an alien in TK Maxx is a success.


More examples of that scourge of social media, the humblebrag.

When you are recognised for your television acting roles by the airplane steward and all you want to do is get on the plane #flatterbarrassing. Elis tweeted about being embarrassed to have told someone about scoring a great goal when he was a child. The smartly-dressed business woman in the first class carriage who had an embarrassing incident that you are now posting on social media about... was you.

Winner Plays On

Elis and John face off in the weekly quiz on topics of their choice.

St David (Elis) v Winston Churchill (John). John wins 3-1.5.

The 'Keep It Session' Sessions

A special section at the end of the podcast for music recommendations.

Captain Beefheart (John)

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