It’s official!

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… We are better than Mitchell and Webb*. And we’re not being paid. (I know you probably think I am overreacting to our sudden ascent up the iTunes podcast chart – Richard Herring does – but I’m genuinely shocked. This is the general podcast chart, not the comedy one, and we seem to be at number 37.)

*And Steve Wright (not the serial killer) and Andrew Marr, and these people are backed by licence-fee cash and globally recognised branding. It’s a victory of love over money, and idiocy over good sense.

64 thoughts on “It’s official!

  1. i think you are missing an ad opportunity..richard’s endorsement of lemsip max. the daily express, various coffee shops…seriously – it’s as good as the ricky gervais stuff (which descends into just taking the piss at Karl Pilkington) and more off-the-cuff…

  2. i think you are missing an ad opportunity..richard’s endorsement of lemsip max. the daily express, various coffee shops…seriously – it’s as good as the ricky gervais stuff (which descends into just taking the piss at Karl Pilkington) and more off-the-cuff…

  3. Clair is right.Bask in the warm glow of our love.I have to say, I find it reassuring that you seem genuinely surprised to be so popular. It’s only a matter of time before you give Mayo and Kermode a run for their money.

  4. Clair is right.Bask in the warm glow of our love.I have to say, I find it reassuring that you seem genuinely surprised to be so popular. It’s only a matter of time before you give Mayo and Kermode a run for their money.

  5. Ah yes, the newspaper rustling problem. I think I’ve got to the bottom of this, as mentioned on the British Sitcom Guide forums: we use the built-in mic on Richard’s MacBook, but I don’t actually know where the mic is. Clearly, on the latest podcast, we must have been moving our cuttings over the mic by accident. I know this sounds stupid but does anybody know where the mic is? Serious question.

  6. Ah yes, the newspaper rustling problem. I think I’ve got to the bottom of this, as mentioned on the British Sitcom Guide forums: we use the built-in mic on Richard’s MacBook, but I don’t actually know where the mic is. Clearly, on the latest podcast, we must have been moving our cuttings over the mic by accident. I know this sounds stupid but does anybody know where the mic is? Serious question.

  7. Boo, my comment didn’t show! I have an ibook and the mic is a small hole to the upper right hand-side of the screen, don’t know about macbook.I think I just realised why my comment didn’t show before, I forgot to put the info that takes you further than the myspace homepage.

  8. Boo, my comment didn’t show! I have an ibook and the mic is a small hole to the upper right hand-side of the screen, don’t know about macbook.I think I just realised why my comment didn’t show before, I forgot to put the info that takes you further than the myspace homepage.

  9. I just looked it up on the apple support website. Assuming he has a normal macbook, I haven’t had a look at the other types, above the screen there should be 3 small apertures. The one on the left is the mic, the one in the middle is the camera and the one on the right is the camera indicator light. See page 18 of this: http://manuals.info.apple.com/en/MacBook_Early2008_UserGuide.pdfAnd my lost comment went, “maybe word has got out that you have information on Michael Fagin and people wanted to hear it with their own (unimpeded) ears.” It always seems stupid when you says something a second time.

  10. I just looked it up on the apple support website. Assuming he has a normal macbook, I haven’t had a look at the other types, above the screen there should be 3 small apertures. The one on the left is the mic, the one in the middle is the camera and the one on the right is the camera indicator light. See page 18 of this: http://manuals.info.apple.com/en/MacBook_Early2008_UserGuide.pdfAnd my lost comment went, “maybe word has got out that you have information on Michael Fagin and people wanted to hear it with their own (unimpeded) ears.” It always seems stupid when you says something a second time.

  11. Given my understanding of computers is something akin to George W’s understanding of world politics, I could be wrong, but I think it’s one of the little dots either side of the built in camera.Which is at the top of the screen… you knew that much though, I’m sure.

  12. Given my understanding of computers is something akin to George W’s understanding of world politics, I could be wrong, but I think it’s one of the little dots either side of the built in camera.Which is at the top of the screen… you knew that much though, I’m sure.

  13. Is this like Herrin’s? (Scroll down page to ‘Comments’http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://www.cnet.com.au/i/r/2006/mobilecomp/notebooks/22054640/macbook_pro_australia_12.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.macuser.com/hardware/the_macbook_pros_isight_light.php&h=375&w=500&sz=16&hl=en&start=1&tbnid=5Kv2g1pVmx3SYM:&tbnh=98&tbnw=130&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dmacbook%2Bmicrophone%26gbv%3D2%26hl%3Den

  14. Is this like Herrin’s? (Scroll down page to ‘Comments’http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://www.cnet.com.au/i/r/2006/mobilecomp/notebooks/22054640/macbook_pro_australia_12.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.macuser.com/hardware/the_macbook_pros_isight_light.php&h=375&w=500&sz=16&hl=en&start=1&tbnid=5Kv2g1pVmx3SYM:&tbnh=98&tbnw=130&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dmacbook%2Bmicrophone%26gbv%3D2%26hl%3Den

  15. I’ve just decided not to be self-conscious about my excitement at the iTunes ascent. This morning, Richard and I overtook Chris Evans in the general podcast charts (we are now at 34, three behind The Archers), and started to gain on Russell Howard and John Richardson in the comedy podcast charts (we are now at 17). I realise at some point this rise will stop, as we reach a finite amount of new subscriptions, but even more reason to enjoy it while it lasts.

  16. I’ve just decided not to be self-conscious about my excitement at the iTunes ascent. This morning, Richard and I overtook Chris Evans in the general podcast charts (we are now at 34, three behind The Archers), and started to gain on Russell Howard and John Richardson in the comedy podcast charts (we are now at 17). I realise at some point this rise will stop, as we reach a finite amount of new subscriptions, but even more reason to enjoy it while it lasts.

  17. Thanks for the mic info. Certainly, having investigated my MacBook, there is, as suggested, a small dot next to the tiny camera. Assuming it’s as identifiable on Richard’s MacBook Pro, we will be able to avoid rubbing newspaper cuttings on it next Friday.

  18. Thanks for the mic info. Certainly, having investigated my MacBook, there is, as suggested, a small dot next to the tiny camera. Assuming it’s as identifiable on Richard’s MacBook Pro, we will be able to avoid rubbing newspaper cuttings on it next Friday.

  19. I am personally very fond ofthe way the podcast starts and finishes as if at random, mid sentence – usually a sentence about how you turn it on or off. I am extra fond of the fact that, as we know, this is not faked.It is of course the amateur spirit which makes the podcast so good, and I mean amateur there in an old-fashioned and good way. Up the Charts!.

  20. I am personally very fond ofthe way the podcast starts and finishes as if at random, mid sentence – usually a sentence about how you turn it on or off. I am extra fond of the fact that, as we know, this is not faked.It is of course the amateur spirit which makes the podcast so good, and I mean amateur there in an old-fashioned and good way. Up the Charts!.

  21. I feel sorry for Steve Wright for being more rubbish than you and Herrin. But I feel most sorry for the comedian Steven Wright, who now has to have on his posters “Not the man off the radio” AND “Not the serial killer.” Mind you, if he was the turn at my school reunion, he would have to put “Not the one who did maths and physics for A Level but left after lower sixth to go to the community college,” so it could be worse, I suppose.

  22. I feel sorry for Steve Wright for being more rubbish than you and Herrin. But I feel most sorry for the comedian Steven Wright, who now has to have on his posters “Not the man off the radio” AND “Not the serial killer.” Mind you, if he was the turn at my school reunion, he would have to put “Not the one who did maths and physics for A Level but left after lower sixth to go to the community college,” so it could be worse, I suppose.

  23. Surely the chart is based on downloads not subscriptions. The more subscribers you get, the more downloads happen as soon as it becomes available therefore the higher in the charts (just like a record) in which case old subscribers count the same as new subscribers. When I have a look on my Mac (which is always on) the podcasts that I’ve subscribed to via iTunes are just there, ready to drag to our ipods.

  24. Surely the chart is based on downloads not subscriptions. The more subscribers you get, the more downloads happen as soon as it becomes available therefore the higher in the charts (just like a record) in which case old subscribers count the same as new subscribers. When I have a look on my Mac (which is always on) the podcasts that I’ve subscribed to via iTunes are just there, ready to drag to our ipods.

  25. Perhaps the comedian Steven Wright could simply advertise himself as “The Talented Steven Wright”. That ought to differentiate between him and others with the same name.

  26. Perhaps the comedian Steven Wright could simply advertise himself as “The Talented Steven Wright”. That ought to differentiate between him and others with the same name.

  27. I hope you’re right about the subscriptions/downloads, JW. I have only ever listened to (and subscribed to) the Word podcast before, but now I’ve done one, I feel solidarity and have since subscribed to Russell Howard and Ricky Gervais, thus potentially slowing down the rise of our podcast in the charts!(If I’m honest, nice comments from people saying they’re enjoying it are far more valuable than placings in a chart.)

  28. I hope you’re right about the subscriptions/downloads, JW. I have only ever listened to (and subscribed to) the Word podcast before, but now I’ve done one, I feel solidarity and have since subscribed to Russell Howard and Ricky Gervais, thus potentially slowing down the rise of our podcast in the charts!(If I’m honest, nice comments from people saying they’re enjoying it are far more valuable than placings in a chart.)

  29. I should start working in an apple shop. Look at page 22 of this: http://manuals.info.apple.com/en/MacBookPro_15and17-inch_2.4_2.2Ghz_UserGuide.pdfOn a macbook pro the mic is to the left hand-side of the keyboard, just below the speaker – thus much more susceptible to paper rustles. Oh and I have also been getting into podcasts this week having only subscribed to the Word and Adam and Joe before. I may have gone over the top. Video podcasts make a nice change as I don’t have a TV and they are better quality than youtube. I like the National Geographic ones, especially when it’s wildlife stuff (although the narrator goes into annoying overdrive then), the films about humans are interesting but often make me slightly annoyed, how we seem to make our lives uncomfortable for the sake of it.Other podcasts I would recommend:Collings and Herrin obv.The New Yorker commentGuardian DailyNewsPodRough GuidesVintage ToonCast – which is great except the maker has taken the opportunity to stick a few poor quality political satire films – from the right-wing (unfunny) side of American politics – that he has probably made himself. Annoying if you have only downloaded one at a time to your ipod.Good luck with hitting no.1!

  30. I should start working in an apple shop. Look at page 22 of this: http://manuals.info.apple.com/en/MacBookPro_15and17-inch_2.4_2.2Ghz_UserGuide.pdfOn a macbook pro the mic is to the left hand-side of the keyboard, just below the speaker – thus much more susceptible to paper rustles. Oh and I have also been getting into podcasts this week having only subscribed to the Word and Adam and Joe before. I may have gone over the top. Video podcasts make a nice change as I don’t have a TV and they are better quality than youtube. I like the National Geographic ones, especially when it’s wildlife stuff (although the narrator goes into annoying overdrive then), the films about humans are interesting but often make me slightly annoyed, how we seem to make our lives uncomfortable for the sake of it.Other podcasts I would recommend:Collings and Herrin obv.The New Yorker commentGuardian DailyNewsPodRough GuidesVintage ToonCast – which is great except the maker has taken the opportunity to stick a few poor quality political satire films – from the right-wing (unfunny) side of American politics – that he has probably made himself. Annoying if you have only downloaded one at a time to your ipod.Good luck with hitting no.1!

  31. Thanks, Jenny. A mic in the side of the laptop would explain the rustling.I have just given up my ambition to be number one in the podcast charts since I heard Mark Kermode on News 24 say that his Five Live movie one gets 99,000 downloads a week! We can’t compete with that.

  32. Thanks, Jenny. A mic in the side of the laptop would explain the rustling.I have just given up my ambition to be number one in the podcast charts since I heard Mark Kermode on News 24 say that his Five Live movie one gets 99,000 downloads a week! We can’t compete with that.

  33. Funnier than most people who try to be funny for a living… oh, Richard does do it for a living…I’ve really enjoyed the first couple and I find it interesting how different you sound, Andrew, when you’re talking ‘crap’ (if you get my slightly un-eloquent drift), compared to when you appear on the likes of Mayo’s film reviews, in place of Kermode, and have to be a little more serious.

  34. Funnier than most people who try to be funny for a living… oh, Richard does do it for a living…I’ve really enjoyed the first couple and I find it interesting how different you sound, Andrew, when you’re talking ‘crap’ (if you get my slightly un-eloquent drift), compared to when you appear on the likes of Mayo’s film reviews, in place of Kermode, and have to be a little more serious.

  35. Hi Andrew. Downloaded all 3 on Sunday and have been listening on the train to and from work. First class (the podcasts – not my standard of travel!). I love the way that you obviously aren’t working to any kind of hard and fast script, which seems to make for even funnier listening. On more than one occasion, I found myself in that rather embarrassing situation of trying to stifle laughter on the train and ended up having to pause you for a few minutes while I composed myself.Can’t wait for the fourth installment. Certainly glad that you’re going to keep the paper rustling to a minimum now, having found the invisible mic. Not sure if it’s just my Ipod, but I find the podcasts sound a little ‘squelchy’, for want of a better word, perhaps due to the internal mic? Are you going to try and get your new microphones up and running again, or are you going to stick with what you know works?All the best and keep up the good work – we’ll keep listening.Doug.P.S. I double dare you both to go and see ‘An Audience With JON GAUNT – Live And Undaunted’. According to his poster, he’s ‘Larger Than Life Itself And Right In Your Face’ and you can ‘Ask Any Questions You Like’. Sounds like he’s throwing down the Gaunty-let. Sorry, I’ll get my coat! 😉

  36. Hi Andrew. Downloaded all 3 on Sunday and have been listening on the train to and from work. First class (the podcasts – not my standard of travel!). I love the way that you obviously aren’t working to any kind of hard and fast script, which seems to make for even funnier listening. On more than one occasion, I found myself in that rather embarrassing situation of trying to stifle laughter on the train and ended up having to pause you for a few minutes while I composed myself.Can’t wait for the fourth installment. Certainly glad that you’re going to keep the paper rustling to a minimum now, having found the invisible mic. Not sure if it’s just my Ipod, but I find the podcasts sound a little ‘squelchy’, for want of a better word, perhaps due to the internal mic? Are you going to try and get your new microphones up and running again, or are you going to stick with what you know works?All the best and keep up the good work – we’ll keep listening.Doug.P.S. I double dare you both to go and see ‘An Audience With JON GAUNT – Live And Undaunted’. According to his poster, he’s ‘Larger Than Life Itself And Right In Your Face’ and you can ‘Ask Any Questions You Like’. Sounds like he’s throwing down the Gaunty-let. Sorry, I’ll get my coat! 😉

  37. Glad you’re enjoying the work, Doug (although it’s not work), and I doubt we’ll change anything. Working from any kind of script would seem anathema to what we set out to do. A vague list of news stories is all we have. I’d love to go and see Gaunty, but I fear it might make me physically sick.No plans to make the mics work as yet. Still got them. (And I hear the same “squelch” when I listen on my iPod, and it’s definitely to do with the internal mic, but there’s something quaint and real about it, too.)Interesting observation, Robram – and perhaps that’s why I love doing the podcast – I’m off the leash. I’m on News 24 again tomorrow, being Kermode. Let’s hope I don’t drift into Collings & Herrin persona, or I won’t be asked back!

  38. Glad you’re enjoying the work, Doug (although it’s not work), and I doubt we’ll change anything. Working from any kind of script would seem anathema to what we set out to do. A vague list of news stories is all we have. I’d love to go and see Gaunty, but I fear it might make me physically sick.No plans to make the mics work as yet. Still got them. (And I hear the same “squelch” when I listen on my iPod, and it’s definitely to do with the internal mic, but there’s something quaint and real about it, too.)Interesting observation, Robram – and perhaps that’s why I love doing the podcast – I’m off the leash. I’m on News 24 again tomorrow, being Kermode. Let’s hope I don’t drift into Collings & Herrin persona, or I won’t be asked back!

  39. I saw a nasty headline today: HARRY’S BACK IN CHELSEA: Harry spends night with girlfriend.I’m not sure if I think that’s worse because he’s royal.

  40. I saw a nasty headline today: HARRY’S BACK IN CHELSEA: Harry spends night with girlfriend.I’m not sure if I think that’s worse because he’s royal.

  41. You see, we have slipped down from 17 in the comedy charts to 19 today, and from 33 in the main podcast charts to 36. This is why you must enjoy your successes in comedy while they are happening and not turn it into a race or competition. The next thing you know, you’re going to Australia and doing a Tony Hancock. Anyway, many of the other podcasts are weekly, because they are just copied off BBC radio shows. Because ours is all original material, we couldn’t possibly do it every week. In other words, it’s not a fair chart. Pass the vodka and pills.

  42. You see, we have slipped down from 17 in the comedy charts to 19 today, and from 33 in the main podcast charts to 36. This is why you must enjoy your successes in comedy while they are happening and not turn it into a race or competition. The next thing you know, you’re going to Australia and doing a Tony Hancock. Anyway, many of the other podcasts are weekly, because they are just copied off BBC radio shows. Because ours is all original material, we couldn’t possibly do it every week. In other words, it’s not a fair chart. Pass the vodka and pills.

  43. The fortnightly schedule is the thing that will mitigate against the higher altitudes of podcast popularity. The fact that it is original is an advantage over the rehashed broadcast output. (Which is not to say that Mayo’s stuff, for example, isn’t worth a listen. And Adam and Joe are currently keeping me very entertained.)Moving sideways, did anyone see John Gaunt on the bizarre Newsnight last night? People complain that you can’t discuss immigration without being branded a racist, and then these same people, when invited to discuss immigration (via the encoding of the “white working class”) spoil themselves by coming out with clicheed nonsense. He wasn’t the only one. I found the programme very unsettling.

  44. The fortnightly schedule is the thing that will mitigate against the higher altitudes of podcast popularity. The fact that it is original is an advantage over the rehashed broadcast output. (Which is not to say that Mayo’s stuff, for example, isn’t worth a listen. And Adam and Joe are currently keeping me very entertained.)Moving sideways, did anyone see John Gaunt on the bizarre Newsnight last night? People complain that you can’t discuss immigration without being branded a racist, and then these same people, when invited to discuss immigration (via the encoding of the “white working class”) spoil themselves by coming out with clicheed nonsense. He wasn’t the only one. I found the programme very unsettling.

  45. The squelching sounds to me more like the sampling rate rather than the source (microphone). Another possibility is that the encoder is doing it. Why not try installing the free Audacity to do the recording and save it using LAME encoder (also free)… or better still, splash out on a copy of AudioHijackPro ($32) which has a host of other functions as well (I’ve been using it for years to turn BBC listen again streams into podcasts which it does with ease).

  46. The squelching sounds to me more like the sampling rate rather than the source (microphone). Another possibility is that the encoder is doing it. Why not try installing the free Audacity to do the recording and save it using LAME encoder (also free)… or better still, splash out on a copy of AudioHijackPro ($32) which has a host of other functions as well (I’ve been using it for years to turn BBC listen again streams into podcasts which it does with ease).

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