This week sees the return of my favourite podcast, The Parapod. In the first series, stand-up comedians Barry Dodds and Ian Boldsworth (then known as Ray Peacock) spent an hour a week bickering about ghosts and hauntings. In the second series, they spent their time discussing some of the world’s greatest mysteries. In this third series, the devilish duo will be mulling over some of the most baffling and outrageous conspiracy theories this artificially intelligent hologrammatic construct we call life has to offer.
Just exactly what they have in store for us is anyone’s guess at the moment, but I would be surprised not to hear about the 9/11 Truther movement, faked Moon landings and the age-old puzzle of the Hotdog Sausage/Finger Roll con (well, maybe not this one). What we do know is that we’re in for an even bigger treat than we first thought, as the trailer below hints at. We’ve been assured that this is not a trailer for the third series of the podcast, but for something extra! Is that… is that a return to 30 East Drive?! And on video?!
If the first two series of The Parapod somehow passed you by – along with the three special episodes they’ve released, as well as a load of Parapod Extras – then where have you been?! But worry not: you can catch up on all you’ve missed by downloading the Podcast in its entirety – FOR FREE – from iTunes or your podcast player of choice. You can also read further into Barry’s investigations on the official Parapod website, or follow the show on Twitter @theparapod.
I’ve laughed more at this podcast than at any other I’ve ever listened to. I’ve been given funny looks on the bus when I’ve been unable to catch my breath due to laughing so hard. Proper ugly, snorting laughter too. I’ve relistened to every existing episode in the run-up to this third series and I simply cannot wait to hear what else they’ve got for us. Thank you so much, Barry and Ian, for the amazing and hilarious podcasts you make and for the wonderful and interesting fanbase you’ve cultivated along the way. I salute you.