My Perfect Podcast: Joel Morris

Joel Morris.

Joel Morris

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.


Which podcast makes you sad or angry?
I've cried through plenty of Griefcast episodes. Hasn't everyone? It's wonderfully cathartic. The only podcasts that make me angry are bland, big-budget, big-star name podcasts. The best of podcasting is about filling passionate little niches for audiences that nobody is servicing. It's hardly rocket science to get big listening figures by throwing cash at someone who's already a colossal star.

Which podcast is your guilty pleasure?
It's not guilty – nothing should be – but I love the way Slate's Decoder Ring podcast takes junk culture so seriously. Like their deep-dive analysis of supermarket trash magazines' obsession with the episode 'Sad Jennifer Aniston'. And their serious exploration of nutso interdimensional conspiracy theory Ong's Hat might be the best podcast episode I've ever heard. America has this wonderful tradition of investigative podcasts and doing one about mad rubbish is such a joy.

Tell us someone who currently doesn't have a podcast but totally should
I'd love to hear a podcast by my childhood TV hero James Burke as he's such a singular mind. Also, so many podcasts are being made and consumed by people of my generation and below, so it would be lovely to have some authoritative, wise, interesting older voices in my ears too.

Pitch us a new podcast idea in exactly 25 words
Parents who have been trapped watching under 5s TV and films over and over again, are allowed to review them using mainly four letter words.

Joel Morris co-hosts the Rule of Three podcast produced by Great Big Owl.

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