Looks Unfamiliar 5 – Ben Baker
Looks Unfamiliar is a podcast in which writer and occasional broadcaster Tim Worthington talks to a guest about some of the things that they remember that nobody else ever seems to.
Joining Tim this time is writer, broadcaster and quizmaster Ben Baker, who hopes against hope that somebody else remembers early Chris Evans vehicle TV Mayhem, football comic The Onion Bag, novelty yoghurt range Fiendish Feet, the early internet craze for misidentifying every comedy song as ‘by’ Weird Al Yankovic, Betsy Byars’ Bingo Brown novels, and the International Youth Service penpal scheme. Along the way we’ll be getting some unconventional yoghurt-related gardening tips, recalling the classic horror film ‘Dracula Vs. The Skeleton’, discussing whether Fangs-A-Lot is an appropriate choice of family heirloom, and finding out how the least politically correct gag in history ended up at the end of a right-on charity fundraising joke book. And Colin Foley, if you’re out there, please get in contact.
Ben Baker is a quizmaster and writer. You can find his website – with details of some of his collections of writing including Kill Your Television and The Comedy Cash-In Book Book – here, and follow him on Twitter at @benbakerbooks.
Ben Baker is the co-host (with Phil Catterall) of Don’t Let’s Chart, a podcast counting down ridiculous charts and lists of statistics that nobody needed to collate ever, from The Least High Profile Performers At The Royal Variety Performance to The Top Selling Second Hand Pre-Cert Videos. You can find more about Don’t Let’s Chart at Ben’s website here, and follow the show on Twitter at @dontletschart. If you’re new to Don’t Let’s Chart, I’d particularly recommend this one featuring Marvel’s Worst Superheroes, The World’s Most Dangerous Toys, and a Richard Nixon Quiz.
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You can find more about Chris Evans’ early Radio 1 show Too Much Gravy – and what happened next – in Tim’s book Fun At One – The Story Of Comedy At BBC Radio 1, a look at all of the station’s comedy shows from Kenny Everett to Chris Morris and beyond. Fun At One is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.
Ben made a further appearance on Looks Unfamiliar – talking about Toksvig, The Whizzkid’s Guide, Mysteries Of Old Peking, Mo-Ho-Bish-O-Pi, Go (the 1999 film), and Making Your Own TV Listings Magazines – which you can find here.
Ben also came back for a Looks Unfamiliar Extra, looking at the show that gave this one its name – ITV’s cosy daytime nostalgia show Looks Familiar, which you can find here.
Ben also appears in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Emma Burnell, Phil Catterall, Stephen O’Brien, Garreth F. Hirons, Mark Thompson and Tim on the radio talking about Denys Fisher board games, which you can find here.
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