The Vibe Guide

The unofficial episode guide for vibe tasters of the Elis James and John Robins Podcast

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Episode 255

Side However, The Scribe & On The Westway

Show broadcast on 26 January 2019

In 255 episodes, have you heard John Robins do an impression of a Dalek? The wait is over. Tim Key played another blinder as he deputised for Elis. There were accusations, challenges, interruptions and pauses. Lovely stuff. All this plus a Somerville Shame Well, a LONG and ghastly Humblebrag and a tasty Made Up Game!

Podcast intro

John's old barber in Bristol - Giggsy's - is doing a roaring trade in PCD customers who have heard it mentioned on the show.

The bum wiping debate continues: how to arrange the toilet paper in your hand, standing up halfway through the wipe to get a new angle, and possibility of introducing water into the mix.

John's introduction of Elis

"(John's intro of Tim Key) To my left, inventor of the quadruple-breasted suit. The hit of Leamington fashion week, the revolutionary design sees the addition of two further breasts to the traditional double. One folds over the head, the other under the legs like a tailored nappy. Both fasten on to the waist, forming an impenetrable cloth box for the body. Speaking at its launch, he described it as secure, stylish and jolly good fun. It's Mr Tim Key. "

Conversations and riffs

Tim Key returns to fill in for Elis. John and Tim went to a pub quiz but the two differ on how to behave during the quiz. During the debate, Tim introduces the concept of a "side however" when briefly interjecting to make a counterpoint.

Tim tells am amusing tale of a stressful cycle ride to an audition where he ended up on the Westway, a mini-motorway in London.

Tim and John's favourite board games.

John's impression of a Dalek.

Tim went to a Halloween fancy dress party as a Malaysian police officer.

Elis James' Light-Hearted Paper Review

Elis' selection of humorous stories from this week's newspapers.

Tim Key's Light-Hearted Paper Review: ex-pats miss ginger biscuits the most, putting pockets in wedding dresses, Neanderthal spears.

John's Shame Well

John frees another listener of their shame.

Embarrassing yourself in front of Jimmy Somerville.


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

Oh no, you've been liked 25,000 times on Tinder. Your daughter idolises you because you're such a great mother so she has made you the star of her Instagram feed.

The Potato Potato Years

A trip down memory lane to a classic game of 'Potato Potato' from yesteryear.

The Potato Potato Years goes all the way back to 19 January 2019 (one week ago).

Made-Up Games

Listeners suggest made-up games that Elis and John can play.

The Ingredient Game. Pick up a condiment from the dinner table and players take it in turn to guess an ingredient named on the packaging.

Tick Off a Taste

The gang try a new taste sensation sent in by a listener.

New Zealand sweets Froose Balls and Eskimos.

The 'Keep It Session' Sessions

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

Laura Marling (Tim Key)

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