Interview: Elis James – 'I love improvising with John Robins, he is the funniest person I know'

Radio X show and podcast takes to the road

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Interview: Elis James – 'I love improvising with John Robins, he is the funniest person I know'

Given that Elis James and John Robins both predominantly work live, it's little surprise that their Radio X show and podcast would escape the studio to go rampaging across the country. James recalls how it came about: 'We did a live reading in London of A Robins Amongst the Pigeons, the autobiography John wrote as a feature for the show. We'd only advertised through the podcast so the gig sold out solely to fans of the radio show.'

They only did a few shows but then decided to tour properly in the autumn. James insists that he's very much looking forward to hitting the road, and no wonder: as anyone who regularly tunes in to their bromance will testify, James likes nothing more than spending time with Robins. 'I love improvising with John, he is the funniest person I know,' he states fondly. 'We haven't had an argument in almost three years of doing the show, largely because he is usually right and I don't mind that.'

There's plenty to expect, perhaps a #keepitsession ale, a few obscure 'Sacred Cows', textual healing live, and possibly a new chapter of A Robins Amongst the Pigeons. But James' favourite section of the radio show is when the listeners get involved. 'One of us made a lighthearted remark that you can guess a person's political persuasion by what they put on their chips. Within minutes we had hundreds of texts from people saying things like "BROWN SAUCE, SALT BUT NO VINEGAR: UKIP!" I love the immediacy of radio.' And taking their double act into live spaces guarantees even more amusing interaction.

The Stand, Edinburgh, Sun 9 Oct; The Stand, Glasgow, Mon 10 Oct.

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