27 Jul 2016

A handful of podcasts I love!

If you are interested in listening to some podcasts, but don't know where to start here are some of my recommendations. Some of them with a sample episode for you to try. Click on the title to get you to the podcast channels. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Coming Soon! - On-soap.com 
Join hosts Jim Archer, Graham Dickson, and Kasey Wilson in a completely improvised podcast as they analyse plot, discuss the directors, and share clips from the actual (made-up) films.

I love the Coming Soon! podcast as it offers lots of laugh out loud moments. The voices are also very relaxing to listen to.

A podcast which is a weekly 15 minute improvised car journey. I find this podcast hilarious and it's always completely different.The episodes are so great that binged listened to every episode over a few days. They also have extra episodes that are recorded live and ones that are called 'Arrival' where the cast talk about the episode they have just recorded.

Destination is an improvised podcast created and produced in London by Katy Schutte and Tony Harris.

With special guest Lauren Lapkus
Really great comedy guests and Lauren does various characters.

Each episode the guest is the host. Take a seat with Lauren as she passes off her hosting duties to a new funny friend every week.

Hollywood Handbook 
Hollywood Handbook is an insider’s guide to achieving your showbiz dreams from two A-List it-boys who are living theirs. Hayes and Sean provide an exclusive VIP backstage pass into Tinseltown politics, answer questions from unsuccessful listeners, and bring in famous guests to discuss their craft and how they became what they are (famous).

I am currently making my way through these episodes. So far, I love the improvisation from celebrity guests and very random subjects. 

Big Magic / The Magic lessons podcast
This is the podcast that gave me that little push to get on with my own podcasting projects. The episodes inspire you to get on with your creative dream.The Magic Lessons episodes work hand in hand with Elizabeth Gilbert's book Big Magic, which is a great read!

Comedy Bang! Bang!
I love the randomness of this podcast and they have some very cool guests on it

'Comedy Bang Bang is a high-spirited get-together between host Scott Aukerman (“Mr. Show”, Producer of “Between Two Ferns”) and his funny friends! You can expect conversation, music, improv, games, and most importantly plugs'

It looks like I can officially call myself a podcaster as I am now working on three podcasts. Although, it never feels like work as I really love it. Here are my podcast projects.

Bad Book Project
It's now been an year since I started the Bad Book Project at The Marwood coffee shop and studios. Each month I get together a group of very funny people to read very bad books to the audience. Since the first night I have recorded each one and made it into a podcast. 

You can also follow the Bad Book Project on Facebook and Twitter

The Spectacular Comedy Podcast
Are you wanting to get into comedy? Want to know how comedians write and come up with ideas? Want to know some secrets? If yes, have a listen to the Spectacular Comedy Podcast.
Last year I wanted to start a chatty comedy podcast where I talk to my comedy friends and people I admire about their creative process of writing and performing. Plus, I wanted to be nosey and find out more about them. This was the Spectacular Podcast which is now the Spectacular Comedy Podcast and has had over 5,000 plays.

You can also subscribe on listen on iTunes and leave it some stars and a review if you fancy. I will be interviewing loads of people while I am up in Edinburgh in August for the Fringe Festival so lots of exciting episodes will be coming your way. 

Character Building
Doing two podcasts has also made me want to do a comedy based one incorporating characters and improvisation. I am doing comedy characters on stage and in my Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe shows, so why not bring these to the podcast world?! 

My idea is to call the new podcast, 'Character Building' as I also want to do a fringe show with the same name at some point. I recently pitched my Character Building podcast idea to a London podcasting company On-Soap.com (Formally Podcast Ldn) and they have accepted it. The pilot will be recorded in Autumn after I come back from Edinburgh Fringe. I have already sorted it's theme tune and the artwork is being designed as I type this! I am very excited mainly because I get to use their posh recording studios. (More on this when the time comes!)

I have listened to various podcasts for a couple of years and I really love them. The popularity of the podcast in the UK doesn't seem as huge as it is in America, but we are getting there.Try some new podcasts out and see what you think. They do help train or car journeys go by with ease and can just help you get through the day. If you have any recommendations put them in the comments below. 

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15 Jul 2016

Have you had a listen to the Spectacular Comedy Podcast? This week @KatiaKvinge #SpectacularPodcast

I've been rounding up other comedians who I like and locking them in a hot room or luring them into my home to podcast with them. You should definitely have a listen.

This week I have been talking to Katia Kvinge about art school, LA, when we both met Julia Davis and of course comedy.

I will also be ambushing more comedians at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August so subscribe on iTunes so you don't miss out at https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/spectacular-podcast/id1060816986?mt=2 

If you enjoy the podcast please leave it some stars and a review if you are feeling fruity.

If you don't have iTunes, you can follow and listen on Soundcloud at https://soundcloud.com/jane-postlethwaite

14 Jul 2016

London folk come along to my Edinburgh Previews for just £5! #comedy #MadeinCumbriaShow

I will be doing two London previews of my Edinburgh Fringe show 'Made in Cumbria' at the Museum of Comedy and Leicester Square Theatre this month. 

You can catch me on Saturday 16 July at Museum of Comedy, London @ 8.45pm and Saturday 30 July at Leicester Square Theatre, London @ 8.30pm.

You can get tickets for just £5 at https://leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873554092/events 

Hope to see you there and bring some friends! 

13 Jul 2016

My best Brighton Fringe so far! @brightonfringe #BrightonFringe

I am not sure whether the Brighton Fringe events have totally sunk in yet as I am currently focused on my Edinburgh Fringe show. I would say it was my best Brighton Fringe to date and it went by too quickly

My show 'Made in Cumbria' was with Lamb Productions at the Nowhere Man cafe this year and I loved every minute of it. I was also doing a lot of ten minute slots at various nights and shows across the city. Most of my shows were sold out and they were nominated for two awards. I was nominated for the Latest Comedy Award and the Audience Choice Award. Lamb Comedy won two awards including best venue for being at the Nowhere Man. 

My great techs Joe McCarthy and Vincent Whittaker

I also made some new friends and my flat became a comedians hang out with several comedy people staying over after their shows. I especially loved meeting the hilarious Zach & Viggo who had an amazing show at The Warren. I did a podcast with them and I know they are going to be a success at Edinburgh Fringe.They won the Latest Comedy Award that I was also nominated for.

Have a listen to our podcast at 

The Warren was my favourite venue (other than the Nowhere Man Cafe) and lots of nice new memories were made.

The bunch of comedians below include Anna Morris, Amy Howerska, Paul Duncan McGarrity, Louise Reay and Sonja aka Cheekykita.

The faboulous Lamb Comedy team made up of Amy and Lulu.

Roll on Edinburgh Fringe!!

24 Feb 2016

My top comedy picks for Brighton Fringe 2016 @brightonfringe #BrightonFringe #Brighton

The Brighton Fringe website has been launched today and I have all the butterflies in my tummy as I had this time last year. I am so excited to be involved again. It's almost boarding on ridiculous. 

I have had a peak at the website and the Brighton Fringe comedy section so have complied my annual 'Comedy top picks' to give you a guide of who to go and see. Who to go and see is a question I get asked a million times in the lead up and during the fringe so it helps to point people to this blog. 

Please do pass this blog list on to anyone who loves comedy and is interested in the Brighton Fringe. My advice is to get the brochure and a pen then circle my recommendations in it. Good Luck and enjoy!

First up is my show, 'Made in Cumbria' which is a comedy show where I play five different characters all northern or associated with the north. Last year I was part of the Laughing Horse free fringe at the Quadrant and packed out the room on all my shows.

This year for the Brighton Fringe 2016 I am doing my new and improved show with Lamb Comedy Productions - who I really love. I will be at the Nowhere Man Cafe in Brighton with my new spruced up version of the show. There will even be one or two new characters. Exciting stuff. Make sure you don't miss it.

Jane Postlethwaite - Made in Cumbria 
Buy tickets at https://www.brightonfringe.org/box-office/shows/search?query=jane%20postlethwaite

Look out for my Brighton Fringe 2016 poster (below) around town. Designed by Billy Mather illustration and portrait by Richard Boll. 

I will also be doing hosting the Brighton Fringe / Festival special Bad Book Project where we will be at the Marwood Coffee Shop & Studios having very funny people read from really bad books. 

The night will be on Thursday 12 May. It will be FREE. Add youself to the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/217374048599081/  We have some very special guests who will be coming along to read!

 Funny Women - Time of the Month
As i was a Funny Women Award Finalist in 2015, I am also hosting the Funny Women event 'Time of the Month' at the Komedia, Brighton. Get more info and tickets at https://www.brightonfringe.org/box-office/shows/view/funny-women-time-month

Rachel Parris - Best Laid Plans 
Great songs and comedy. 


Super Ape Man (The Paul F Taylor Story)
Don't think I have ever seen Paul live but have heard lots of great things about him so will be checking him out. 

Cheekykita - Mancunian horrorish fish tale
This woman has to be one of the funniest people I have seen on stage. She has no fear and is as surreal as surreal can be. You are guarenteed belly laughs. Plus, she is northern.

Ellie Taylor
Always polished and great comedy.

Jo Neary - Does animals and men
Lots of character comedy fun and will have you laughing within minutes. 

Sean McLoughlin - kamikaze
As I said last year on my blog, if you go see Sean's show you will come out with a crush on him. He is also very good at comedy. He also likes being called, 'TV's Sean McLoughlin' in real life so make sure you do that. 

Jenny Collier - Jen at work
I haven't seen Jen live yet and I am really looking forward to. I follow her on social media and she is very funny.

Tessa Waters Over Promises
Tessa is an expert in pysical comedy and really hilarious. 

 Louise Reay - Que Sera??
I first saw Louise perform her all Chinese comedy show at Lamb Comedy last year. She is so brilliant and there is certainly no one else doing what she is doing.

Funny Women Awards
This was me last year! Go support new talent and have a really fun night.

Mummy, I dont like those men
Graeme Collard, Dave Fensome and Joe Foster are three of my favourite comedians and friends on the Brighton comedy scene. I can't wait to see this show. I love the photo. Plus, they are with Lamb Comedy Productions like me.

Lamb Chops - Lamb Comedy Productions
Confused about which comedy show to see? Lamb Comedy can help.
Join Lamb for the Ultimate Launch Party, and for our post-roast Bank Holiday Show. Last year sold out in record time so make sure you get tickets. 


Lambs in sheeps clothing - Lamb Comedy Productions
Introducing a brand new character comedy show! For one night only, we're playing dress up and bringing you the best in character comedy from Brighton and beyond.

Hannah Brackenbury - Jumbled
Another one of my favourite people and comedians. Always funny and clever songs

Kitten Killers
I see these ladies each year and always have a great time. Sketch comedy.

Naomi Petersen - I told you I am not going
This just looks very interesting. "Rosie is living in the theatre due to a case of agoraphobia"

Lamb Comedy - Lambs to the slaughter
Lambs to the s-Laughter showcases the very best of new comedy talent from around the UK. At Lamb we want to share our favourite new acts with you in this hour of new material from up-and-coming comedians. Six acts for the price of one - what more could you want?!

James McDonnell - Beef
Another Brighton comedy scene favourite and a friend. Expect lots of laughs and hilarious songs.

Sami Stone - Roof
Have never seen Sam do a full hour so will be lovely to watch a whole show. Plus, £1 from each ticket supports the Emmaus charity.

Mat Ewins and John Kearns
I am already a big fan of Kearns and have heard great things about Mat Ewins

Sarah Kendall - Plus Support
I have been a fan of Sarah's work from many years and have been looking forward to seeing her live.

Debra Stephenson - Night of one hundred voices
This just excites me and looks like really great fun!

Rob Dumbrell - Life in Progress
Another of my friends and part of the active Brighton comedy scene bringing his first solo hour to the fringe. The whole show is totally underwater. Ok, not really, but it would be extra cool if it was.

Alice Marshall - Vicious
I have never heard of Alice, but can see she also does comedy characters as well as me so I'm definitely up for seeing the show.

I am a huge fan Beasts! They are consistently funny and have very original sketches.

Fraser Geesin - Jack of all polymaths 
Another of my comedy friends. Frasers work uses powerpoint and will keep you laughing at sometimes surreal jokes. 

Ade Foiadelli - Arrow meet brain 
I made friends with Ade in a kitchen. "Ade takes all the things you hold dear and does unspeakable things to them right in front of your brain." Yes, he does. 

Adrienne Truscott's Asking For It: A One-Lady Rape About Comedy Starring Her Pussy and Little Else 
Haven't seen Adrienne live but have heard amazing things about this show.

President Obonjo - The Rise of a Comedy Dictator 
Seen the President live and he is very funny.

Helen Duff - Smasher
Never seen or heard of Helen before. I was drawn in by her sold out Edinburgh fringe statement. I think it would be worth a look.

Alison Thea-Skot -  Some like it Thea Skot
I have heard great things about Alison and looking forward to seeing her live. 

Lynn Ruth Miller - Your Future
A favourite person of mine who is always so positive and ambitious. Make sure you check out Lynn Ruth's show.

Aidan Goatley - Joys of retail
A good friend of mine and great comedian. Go see his show for lots of laughs.

Never heard of them but looks like an female sketch interesting act

Alasdair Beckett King - Mysteries  
I have seen Alasdair live years ago and he was very original. Haven't seen him for ages so be interesting to see what his hour show brings. 

Jessica Fostekew - Monster Cardigan
I have been following Jessica on social media so will be great to see her live and in person.

Gein's Family Giftshop's Trophy Collection
I have already booked my ticket for this award winning Northern sketch group who will be performing at the Komedia at the end of May after hearing them on the Comedians Comedian podcast.

Horace - Brother and sister, Jack (Durham Revue: So You Think You're Funny semi-finalist) and Anna (Bristol Revunions: Fish Finger Fridays) find themselves at another bizarre family wedding. Sounds brilliant!!!

Hope this is helpful to you all. 

I'll be blogging and podcasting about the Brighton Fringe in the run up and duration. I will update my blog with people who I have been to see in comedy, theatre and dance so will give you more recommendations along the way. 

You can subscribe to my Spectacular Podcast at https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/spectacular-podcast/id1060816986?mt=2

Now, I need to get back to writing my show!