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Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster

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Comedians Ed Gamble and James Acaster invite special guests into their magical restaurant to each choose their favourite starter, main course, side dish, dessert and drink. Ever wanted to eat your dream meal? It's time to order Off Menu.

Produced by Ben Williams for Plosive.
Photography by Paul Gilbey.
Illustrations by Amy Browne. (Instagram: @amybrowneishere)
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Ep 125: Ed Sheeran

Ep 125: Ed Sheeran

2021-10-2001:21:0414

Up-and-coming singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has a table reserved this week. And James is turning his weirdest dial up to 11. Ed Sheeran’s new album ‘=’ (Equals) is released on 29th October 2021 through Asylum/Atlantic. Pre-order it here. Follow Ed on Twitter @edsheeran and Instagram @teddysphotos Recorded and edited by Ben Williams for Plosive. Artwork by Paul Gilbey (photography and design) and Amy Browne (illustrations). Follow Off Menu on Twitter and Instagram: @offmenuofficial. And go to our website www.offmenupodcast.co.uk for a list of restaurants recommended on the show. Watch Ed and James's YouTube series 'Just Puddings'. Watch here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 124: Michelle Keegan

Ep 124: Michelle Keegan

2021-10-1301:18:4911

Brassic and Our Girl star (and Bake Off champion) Michelle Keegan picks her dream meal this week. But is she a cheat? Brassic 3 all episodes available now on Sky and streaming service NOW. Follow Michelle Keegan on Twitter and Instagram @michkeegan Recorded and edited by Ben Williams for Plosive. Artwork by Paul Gilbey (photography and design) and Amy Browne (illustrations). Follow Off Menu on Twitter and Instagram: @offmenuofficial. And go to our website www.offmenupodcast.co.uk for a list of restaurants recommended on the show. Watch Ed and James's YouTube series 'Just Puddings'. Watch here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 123: Jeff Rosenstock

Ep 123: Jeff Rosenstock

2021-10-0601:06:0110

Grab a couple of tallboys! On his way to a root canal, NY-born musician Jeff Rosenstock joins Ed and James in LA (in a pre-pandemic world) to choose his dream menu. Buy Jeff Rosenstock’s albums on Bandcamp Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffrosenstock Recorded by the Comedy Store LA and edited by Naomi Parnell for Plosive. Artwork by Paul Gilbey (photography and design) and Amy Browne (illustrations). Follow Off Menu on Twitter and Instagram: @offmenuofficial. And go to our website www.offmenupodcast.co.uk for a list of restaurants recommended on the show. Watch Ed and James's YouTube series 'Just Puddings'. Watch here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 122: Meera Syal

Ep 122: Meera Syal

2021-09-2901:09:5314

Goodness gracious me, it’s another national treasure in the dream restaurant. Actor-writer Meera Syal joins the Off Menu boys to order her perfect meal. Meera Syal stars in Sky Original ‘Code 404’, series 2. All episodes available now on Sky Comedy and NOW. Follow Meera on Twitter @meerasyal Recorded by Ben Williams and edited by Naomi Parnell for Plosive. Artwork by Paul Gilbey (photography and design) and Amy Browne (illustrations). Follow Off Menu on Twitter and Instagram: @offmenuofficial. And go to our website www.offmenupodcast.co.uk for a list of restaurants recommended on the show. Watch Ed and James's YouTube series 'Just Puddings'. Watch here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 121: Sarah Keyworth

Ep 121: Sarah Keyworth

2021-09-2201:11:4415

The genie’s left speechless by comedian, writer and cob-lover Sarah Keyworth in this week’s episode. Speechless. See Sarah Keyworth live – visit her website for dates: sarahkeyworth.co.uk Follow Sarah on Twitter @sarahkcomedy and Instagram @sarah_keyworth Recorded and edited by Ben Williams for Plosive. Artwork by Paul Gilbey (photography and design) and Amy Browne (illustrations). Follow Off Menu on Twitter and Instagram: @offmenuofficial. And go to our website www.offmenupodcast.co.uk for a list of restaurants recommended on the show. Watch Ed and James's YouTube series 'Just Puddings'. Watch here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 120: Miriam Margolyes

Ep 120: Miriam Margolyes

2021-09-1559:4719

We welcome an absolute national treasure to the dream restaurant this week – Bafta-winning actor, Miriam Margolyes OBE! Miriam Margolyes’s memoir ‘This Much Is True’ is published on 16 September. Buy it here. Recorded and edited by Ben Williams for Plosive. Artwork by Paul Gilbey (photography and design) and Amy Browne (illustrations). Follow Off Menu on Twitter and Instagram: @offmenuofficial. And go to our website www.offmenupodcast.co.uk for a list of restaurants recommended on the show. Watch Ed and James's YouTube series 'Just Puddings'. Watch here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 119: Jamie Oliver

Ep 119: Jamie Oliver

2021-09-0801:27:2026

Usually it’s the guest that’s shocked by ‘poppadoms or bread’. Not this week, as we welcome to the dream restaurant legendary TV chef Jamie Oliver. Jamie Oliver’s new book ‘Together’ is out now. Buy it here. Follow Jamie on Twitter and Instagram @jamieoliver Recorded and edited by Ben Williams for Plosive. Artwork by Paul Gilbey (photography and design) and Amy Browne (illustrations). Follow Off Menu on Twitter and Instagram: @offmenuofficial. And go to our website www.offmenupodcast.co.uk for a list of restaurants recommended on the show. Watch Ed and James's YouTube series 'Just Puddings'. Watch here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The second ever live Off Menu, in front of a sold out crowd at London’s Royal Festival Hall. With very special guest, Hollywood director and Cornetto connoisseur, Edgar Wright! Watch Edgar Wright’s documentary ‘The Sparks Brothers’ in cinemas or on demand. Edgar’s new feature film ‘Last Night in Soho’ is in cinemas 29 October. Follow Edgar on Twitter and Instagram @edgarwright Recorded by Southbank Centre. Edited by Ben Williams for Plosive. Artwork by Paul Gilbey (photography and design) and Amy Browne (illustrations). Follow Off Menu on Twitter and Instagram: @offmenuofficial. And go to our website www.offmenupodcast.co.uk for a list of restaurants recommended on the show. Watch Ed and James's YouTube series 'Just Puddings'. Watch here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 117: Ainsley Harriott

Ep 117: Ainsley Harriott

2021-09-0101:12:3622

Christmas comes early for Ed and James with the gift they’ve been asking for since day one of Off Menu: Ainsley Harriott in the dream restaurant. Ainsley’s new book ‘Good Mood Food’ is published on on 9 September. Buy it here. Follow Ainsley on Twitter and Instagram @ainsleyfoods Recorded and edited by Ben Williams for Plosive. Artwork by Paul Gilbey (photography and design) and Amy Browne (illustrations). Follow Off Menu on Twitter and Instagram: @offmenuofficial. And go to our website www.offmenupodcast.co.uk for a list of restaurants recommended on the show. Watch Ed and James's YouTube series 'Just Puddings'. Watch here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 116: Bob Mortimer

Ep 116: Bob Mortimer

2021-08-2501:39:5045

We welcome comedy hero Bob Mortimer to the dream restaurant this week. Will a campachoochoo be on the menu? Bob Mortimer’s autobiography ‘And Away’ is released on 16 September. Buy it here. Follow Bob on Twitter and Instagram @realbobmortimer Recorded and edited by Ben Williams for Plosive. Artwork by Paul Gilbey (photography and design) and Amy Browne (illustrations). Follow Off Menu on Twitter and Instagram: @offmenuofficial. And go to our website www.offmenupodcast.co.uk for a list of restaurants recommended on the show. Watch Ed and James's YouTube series 'Just Puddings'. Watch here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Last month, the Off Menu boys took to the stage at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall in London for our first ever live show. Couldn’t be there? Here’s your chance to relive the show. And who better to be our guest for the first live Off Menu than Isy Suttie! Isy Suttie’s book ‘Jane is Trying’ is out now. Buy it here. Isy’s podcast ‘The Things We Do For Love’ is available wherever you listen to podcasts. For Isy Suttie on Twitter @isysuttie Recorded by Southbank Centre. Edited by Ben Williams for Plosive. Artwork by Paul Gilbey (photography and design) and Amy Browne (illustrations). Follow Off Menu on Twitter and Instagram: @offmenuofficial. And go to our website www.offmenupodcast.co.uk for a list of restaurants recommended on the show. Watch Ed and James's YouTube series 'Just Puddings'. Watch here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Superb stand-up comedian Shaparak Khorsandi joins the comedy rock stars of their generation Ed Gamble and James Acaster this week. See Shaparak Khorsandi on tour with ‘It Was the 90s!’. Buy tickets at shappi.co.uk Shaparak’s book ‘Kissing Emma’ is out on 2 Sep. Pre-order it here. Follow Shaparak on Twitter and Instagram @shappikhorsandi Recorded and edited by Ben Williams for Plosive. Artwork by Paul Gilbey (photography and design) and Amy Browne (illustrations). Follow Off Menu on Twitter and Instagram: @offmenuofficial. And go to our website www.offmenupodcast.co.uk for a list of restaurants recommended on the show. Watch Ed and James's YouTube series 'Just Puddings'. Watch here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 113: Asim Chaudhry

Ep 113: Asim Chaudhry

2021-08-1101:10:359

Actor and writer Asim Chaudhry – aka ‘People Just Do Nothing’s Chabuddy G – has a table booked this week. And there’s a battle of the diet colas. ‘People Just Do Nothing: Big In Japan’ is released in cinemas on 18th August. Follow Asim Chaudhry on Twitter @AsimC86 and Instagram @asimc Recorded and edited by Ben Williams for Plosive. Artwork by Paul Gilbey (photography and design) and Amy Browne (illustrations). Follow Off Menu on Twitter and Instagram: @offmenuofficial. And go to our website www.offmenupodcast.co.uk for a list of restaurants recommended on the show. Watch Ed and James's YouTube series 'Just Puddings'. Watch here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 112: Simon Amstell

Ep 112: Simon Amstell

2021-08-0401:15:0825

Comedian, writer and film director Simon Amstell joins Ed and James in the dream restaurant this week. And James gets so excited he cooks one of the courses. (Plus – we probably need to be clear – in no way do we condone taking illegal substances.) Simon Amstell is on tour with ‘Spirit Hole’ from 8 Sep. Go to simonamstell.com for tickets. Follow Simon Amstell on Twitter @simonamstell and Instagram @thisissimonamstell Recorded and edited by Ben Williams for Plosive. Artwork by Paul Gilbey (photography and design) and Amy Browne (illustrations). Follow Off Menu on Twitter and Instagram: @offmenuofficial. And go to our website www.offmenupodcast.co.uk for a list of restaurants recommended on the show. Watch Ed and James's YouTube series 'Just Puddings'. Watch here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 111: Emily Atack

Ep 111: Emily Atack

2021-07-2701:12:5916

Emily Atack – star of ‘The Inbetweeners’ and ‘The Emily Atack Show’ – is this week’s diner. But, unlike her ‘Inbetweeners’ co-star Joe Thomas, there’s not a buried lamb in sight. The second series of ‘The Emily Atack Show’ on ITV2 kicks off in October., Emily is also on tour from the end of September. Tickets here. Follow Emily Atack on Twitter @ematack and Instagram @emilyatackofficial Recorded and edited by Ben Williams for Plosive. Artwork by Paul Gilbey (photography and design) and Amy Browne (illustrations). Follow Off Menu on Twitter and Instagram: @offmenuofficial. And go to our website www.offmenupodcast.co.uk for a list of restaurants recommended on the show. Watch Ed and James's YouTube series 'Just Puddings'. Watch here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 110: Ross Kemp

Ep 110: Ross Kemp

2021-07-2101:03:4814

Finally, the documentary everyone’s been waiting for: Ross Kemp On Food. The Bafta-winning journalist, documentary maker, actor, podcaster and, of course, Eastenders’ Grant Mitchell joins Ed and James for a meal in a dream restaurant. But who’s the toughest? Listen to Ross Kemp’s podcast ‘The Kempcast’ on Apple Podcasts, Acast, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Follow Ross Kemp on Twitter @rosskemp and Instagram @rosskemptv Extra tickets for Off Menu Live at London’s Royal Festival Hall go on sale Thu 22 July at 10am from southbankcentre.co.uk Recorded and edited by Ben Williams for Plosive. Artwork by Paul Gilbey (photography and design) and Amy Browne (illustrations). Follow Off Menu on Twitter and Instagram: @offmenuofficial. And go to our website www.offmenupodcast.co.uk for a list of restaurants recommended on the show. Watch Ed and James's YouTube series 'Just Puddings'. Watch here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 109: Nicola Coughlan

Ep 109: Nicola Coughlan

2021-07-1401:16:2032

It’s time to serve up another series of delicious chat, and who better to kick off series 6 than ‘Bridgerton’ and ‘Derry Girls’ star, Nicola Coughlan! But will she get locked out of the dream restaurant? Follow Nicola Coughlan on Twitter and Instagram @nicolacoughlan Recorded and edited by Ben Williams for Plosive. Artwork by Paul Gilbey (photography and design) and Amy Browne (illustrations). Follow Off Menu on Twitter and Instagram: @offmenuofficial. And go to our website www.offmenupodcast.co.uk for a list of restaurants recommended on the show. Watch Ed and James's YouTube series 'Just Puddings'. Watch here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Hungry for more episodes? Series 6 starts Wednesday 14 July.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Surprise! While we’re in the off season, here’s a very special – and very different – bonus episode. Ed and James speak to an actual Ghostbuster and Blues Brother – Dan Aykroyd. Dan kindly agreed to be on the podcast to promote his vodka brand, Crystal Head – and he sure is passionate about it. We’ll be back properly for series 6 in a few weeks, but for now, bon appétit! Crystal Head Vodka was founded by Dan Aykroyd in 2008. For Pride month 2021, the brand launched their new Pride Edition Magnum in partnership with Kaleidoscope Trust in the UK to support LGBTQ+ rights worldwide. Available at £140 from Selfridges.com. Recorded and edited by Ben Williams for Plosive. Artwork by Paul Gilbey (photography and design) and Amy Browne (illustrations). Follow Off Menu on Twitter and Instagram: @offmenuofficial. And go to our website www.offmenupodcast.co.uk for a list of restaurants recommended on the show. Watch Ed and James's YouTube series 'Just Puddings'. Watch here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dream Restaurant Announcement! Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster – Live Friday 30th July at London’s Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall Tickets go on sale this Friday 25th June at 10am from southbankcentre.co.uk For the first time ever, Ed Gamble and James Acaster invite an audience to the dream restaurant for a very special live edition of their smash-hit podcast, Off Menu.  Since launching in December 2018, Off Menu has become one of the biggest podcasts in the country, winning multiple awards, regularly topping the podcast charts and being downloaded over 55 million times.  In the podcast’s first live show, Ed and James speak to special guest about their favourite ever starter, main course, side dish, drink and dessert. Will it be a still or sparkling occasion? Are they a shred head or a shredless wonder? And did they know that, to James, Diet Coke now tastes like regular Coke?  Featuring a special guest to be announced. Presented by Plosive Live in association with Avalon and PBJ  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Comments (237)

The Cheeky Scamp

James Egg-Custard surely?

Oct 20th
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Jessica O'Hanlon

not improved by toasted almonds: jelly, mashed potato, English breakfast, fish and chips ... Now I'm struggling...

Oct 1st
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Tom Nam

best... episode...

Sep 25th
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Duygu Tavan

James' "omg" after she tells them of her quinoa toilet experience was hilarious.

Sep 21st
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Darren Bagheri

Why

Sep 19th
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TheIainDowieFanClub

Aimsley Harriott introducing Mr Bean to a James Acaster show…. Priceless (Ed Gamble’s response too… ha ha ha) Would love to have been a fly on the wall as that one was explained to Ainsley off air. Brilliant.

Sep 14th
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Anthony Smith's

This episode is hilarious. Bob Mortimer is this country's funniest comic.

Sep 2nd
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Jonathan Gist

just hilarious. Bob has funny bones.

Aug 30th
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Jake Bentham

Bob mortimer is just a national treasure. What a class run of episodes boys

Aug 26th
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Rebecca MA

James so adored Bob that he would just allow anything Bob asked for. A side dish that could easily be a main dish? Sure! Changing venues every course? Of course! Have a little snack on the way home? Whatever you want, Bob!

Aug 26th
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Mariana Santos

just dropping my like before even listening to this, Bob Mortimer babyyy

Aug 26th
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dan Atkinson

this don't work live... didn't laugh once at this shite

Aug 22nd
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Duygu Tavan

Really enjoyable episode and they all seemed to have such good chemistry. I love that Rafe and Ed bonded over their fat boy pasts haha

Aug 9th
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Rachel

How have I invested 11 minutes of my life listening to bullshit only to find the guest’s sound equipment makes him sound like he’s in an empty underground car park.

Aug 5th
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Duygu Tavan

is she trying to be funny by being so dry, abrupt, rude and sarcastic? cos she just comes across like a bored dickhead.

Aug 1st
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Tamsin Curtis

Oh boy! Listen to James & Ed at the beginning, this is not a normal episode. Clearly Dan nor his publicist made no effort to know what this podcast was about. I gave up at about 20 minutes.

Aug 1st
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Kirsty Anne Luter

Ann know

Jul 25th
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Dominic B

Fuck this. Done after 8 mins.

Jul 24th
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Duygu Tavan

Gail the Snail! Love her 💞

Jul 22nd
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Paul Harrison

the Stoke thing is an oatcake and they are not all that.

Jul 14th
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