My Perfect Podcast: Joel Morris
- Brian Donaldson
- 24 March 2020
The comedy writer tells us about his favourite podcasts
In cahoots with co-writer Jason Hazeley, Joel Morris has been making readers and viewers laugh for too many years to mention with their work for Charlie Brooker, Viz and Mitchell & Webb. The pair's rebooted versions of the Ladybird Books earned much acclaim (check out the ones on The Hipster and The Husband for actual pain-inducing hilarity) and now they're on the fifth series of their Rule of Three podcast (produced by Great Big Owl) in which funny people talk about the funny things that make them laugh. Among their guests have been Eddie Izzard, Sarah Kendall, Sanjeev Kohli, Sue Perkins, Beardyman, and their former boss Mr Brooker. Here, Morris tells us about the podcasts which make him cry and the ones that really annoy him.
Which podcast educates you?
The More or Less Radio 4 podcast is essential. Bitesize shows, and loads of hard data to help you navigate the news, which you find yourself quoting for months. It's the antidote to a culture of 'what I reckon is … '
Which podcast makes you laugh?
All of Great Big Owl's stuff, naturally. We're great, us. But of stuff that we don't make, David Reed's Inside the Comedian has made me laugh more than almost any other podcast. It's both a great parody of comedians taking their art too seriously, and one of the best improvised shows you could ever want to hear. David is so quick and clever, and when a guest finds themselves dragged along into some dreadful flight of fancy, it's insanely funny.