Last night we went to see Parapod hosts Barry Dodds and Ian Boldsworth do stand up comedy at the Nottingham Comedy Festival. It was touch and go whether we’d get there at all, due to illness and one of a hundred other things that could’ve seen us miss it. But, we went. And holy shit, am I glad we did.
We were all set to see the guys do 30 minutes each at the Lacehouse. Since Ian has all but packed in the stand up, we were eager to see him live before he stopped completely. Barry often gigs a long way away from us, but the pull of seeing both of them in one night was too much to pass up on. So we got there and out comes Ian, who does ten minutes and then…
Suddenly, Barry was on stage with his folder and the Parapod theme tune was playing and the crowd were going wild! From nowhere, a Live episode of the Parapod was unfolding in front of our eyes! Nobody expected it. Nobody thought it would ever happen. But it did.
I won’t go into detail about the show – it was recorded, but is unlikely to see a release due to… editorial concerns? It was very much a live experience. And afterwards Barry and Ian spent a good hour chatting with fans outside the venue. Barry even ended up taking a small group of fans to see the cursed ship in Nottingham’s most haunted pub. Alas, we had to drive back to Wales so couldn’t tag along, much to our disappointment.
It was one of the best experiences ever. For a few hours, all my worries – about health, and other things – were forgotten. I’m so grateful for the guys’ kindness and can’t remember ever laughing as much as I did in that room last night.
So now, of course, I’m relistening to first three series of The Parapod for the umpteenth time, and have never awaited the release of a film as eagerly as I do the Parapod Movie. Roll on 2018!
Well, we’re very excited indeed. We’ve just booked tickets to see Ian Boldsworth and Barry Dodds (of Parapod fame) do stand-up together* at Nottingham Comedy Festival in November. It’s a three-hour drive or £150 on the train, so it’s an adventure, but it’s worth the trouble since the likelihood of these two sharing a bill again is pretty slim. If Ian had his way he wouldn’t be on this one, but he agreed to it when he was half asleep and now he’s contractually obliged to appear.
So my wife and I are going to make a road trip of it! We’re going to pack my phone with episodes of The Parapod and throw a bag of snacks on the back seat, head up there to arrive a couple of hours before the show and hopefully meet up with some fellow fans for a drink. We’re not even thinking of the three-hour drive home again at the moment.
So, yes… we are buzzing with excitement. It’s going to be so much fun. We can’t wait!
*They’ll be performing separate sets, not appearing on-stage together…
The Parapod has been nominated once again for a Chortle Award in the category of Best Internet Comedy. It’s up against tough competition, with The Guilty Feminist, NextUp and the Adam Buxton podcast all making the shortlist. If the Parapod wasn’t on the list I would struggle to decide which of the others to give my vote to, but there’s no contest as things stand.
The Parapod deserves a win, especially since the third series of the show (which we’re already half-way through!!!) could very likely be the last. That means this is the last chance we have, as fans of the podcast, to assure The Parapod goes down in comedy history as “Chortle Award-winning”.
You can vote for The Parapod in Best Internet, as well as get all the details for contenders in other categories, by clicking HERE. Please, please take the time to vote for The Parapod and assure the show gets the recognition it so very much deserves. If you love this show, and its hosts, as much as I do then it’s the very least you can do. Thanks.