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RHLSTP is an award-winning series in which comedian Richard Herring ("The Podfather" - The Guardian) chats with some of the biggest names in comedy and entertainment. Stephen Fry, Eddie Izzard, Dawn French, David Mitchell, Katherine Ryan and Brian Blessed are amongst the many stars to have been interviewed across the 200+ episodes..

354 Episodes
Retro AIOTM #21 - Do you remember 19th October 2010? Do you want to go back there and have marmalade for lunch and celebrate the rescue of those Chilean miners? Let me take you by the audio hand and lead you through the annal passage of time to this old episode of AIOTM If you appreciate this generous gift then please order my book, ebook or audiobook here (for example) Any why not watch me on Twitch? As It Occurs To Me: 2010 Special episode 2: It's AIOTM XXI and although one God is dead, many others are still going strong and the cast are looking forward to their history being revealed in the forthcoming movie, The Social Leper. Rich is a safer driver thanks to a trip to Ipswich, Christian is sticking up for the monkeys, Dan has found his embarrassing University essays and Emma's poo stories prompt the audience to reveal all kinds of fecal embarrassment. There's a surprising job move for Rich and we're all celebrating the miners' safe return (well most of them) and decrying the emissions of taxi drivers and the marmalade based advertising of once respected broadcasters. Business as usual for what might be the penultimate episode of AIOTM. EVER!  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Retro AIOTM #20 - Let’s turn back time to October 12th 2010 to hear the first in a short run of AIOTM specials. I don’t remember anything about this one, I am afraid and it’s not like I am going to listen back. But you can and then write your own retrospective introduction Catch Rich on his Twitch channel most nights. Help fund future projects by becoming a badger And preorder his new book “The Problem With Men” here. As It Occurs To Me: 2010 Special episode 1: It's episode 20 and As It Occurs To Me is back for a short autumn run. Richard fears the consequences of being the 21st Century Dustin Gee, but not as much as Stewart Lee should. God is also keeping an eye on the chubby comedian's material and if His representatives on Earth are anything to go by then He doesn't like it. In the meanwhilst, Emma has met an iconic TV star, Christian is a rock god and Dan looks like someone's dad, though Ben Elton is not looking like an ah-argh stand-up comedian. Strangers are wanting to marry off Rich and his non-imaginary girlfriend and she may be up for it, even if Rich has been watching porn films 'for research'. Plus there's been some unseasonable behaviour for early October and a big surprise about one of the country's favourite sceptics. All in all it's good to be back. Hope you agree!  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Retro AIOTM #19 - Back 10 years to the Edinburgh Fringe 2010 - who would have dreamed that a decade later the whole thing would have been postponed? But you can pretend it’s all still happening by listening to this hour of culturally insensitive bilge written under extreme circumstances even for this half-arsed show. Remember you can see the 10 year older Richard Herring who doesn’t even have the politeness to write a script now, strutting his stuff on Twitch most nights, including the all new Ally and Herring’s Twitch of Fun on Thursday nights. And you can preorder Richard's new book “The Problem With Men” here or at any major book retailer As It Occurs To Me: Edinburgh Special 2010: What a ludicrous idea. In a Fringe where Herring is already performing 36 shows in 26 days, what would possess him to write an hour of stand-up and sketches about what he has been up to? Utter lunacy. Christian didn't got to bed til 6am by which time Richard was up and furiously typing at his keyboard to bring you stories of ghosts in the swimming pool, the Pride of Scotland and how he is more Scotch than a significant proportion of Edinburgh residents. Emma is fascinated with caterpillars and not in a cute way and Dan has been watching some experimental theatre involving birdlife and faeces. Whilst the spectre of Richard Herring might hang over Andrew Collings' solo show, there is an elephant in this packed and chandeliered room which is at least reminiscent of Collings. With Haribo coming out of their eyeballs how will the sleep deprived cast cope with this early start? And who is the most Scotch character on their roster of freaks? You might be surprised by the answer.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Retro AIOTM #18 - Back to July 2010 for the final AIOTM of the 2nd series and it’s the one with Lembit Opik. He’ll do the jokes. Thanks for listening to these. You know the ways you can support us by now As It Occurs To Me: Series 2, Episode 8: The final show of the second series and all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. But 6Music is saved and the Bloomsbury is packed to the gills so it's a party atmosphere. Van Morrison has been supporting Christian, Emma is well up the duff, and Dan has been celebrating the fact he can now go to the zoo and not look like a paedo. Rich has almost met Rory from Doctor Who and Lembit Opik on the same day, and is taking a pop at God for winging it when he came up with the 10 commandments, which seems a bit hypocritical given the way Rich puts this show together. Infants will be born, but will they be slaughtered? And disenchanted characters will return to wreak their revenge, but which ones will turn up? No one could ever guess they will guess, it's obvious. Is it shit or is it good? It doesn't matter. All that counts is that it is over. For now. And it's time for a party around Richard's belly button. Thanks for listening. See you again in August for the Edinburgh special!  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Retro AIOTM #17 - Back to the end of June 2010 for more retro AIOTM and loads more motorcycle clothing shops. If you’re enjoying these crazy steps back in time then you can become a monthly badger here or link you Amazon Prime and Twitch Prime accounts and give us money at no cost to yourself - watch this video to find out how As It Occurs To Me: Series 2, Episode 7: It's the penultimate episode of Season 2 and the whole country is reeling from the worst spectacle they have witnessed in years, the motorcycle clothing shop sketch. Is there any way back for us now? And is the way back to just keep doing the same sketch until people realise it is a new zenith of comedy? We've moved to the Bloomsbury Theatre because we think we're Virginia Woolf. Emma's been unable to use her new iPhone 4, Dan, who is half German has been praying for England to lose at football (so blame him) and Christian has been signing boobs because he is rock and also roll. We pull out the stops to annoy Bob Rudge and take a leaf out of the book of the lazy writers of My Two Dads. Blah blah blah Tiny Andrew Blah and we meet the odd daughter and dad from the Vodaphone adverts and eat the crumbs from out of God's kitchen bin, and what's going on with the high-backed armchair? It's repetitious and relies on stupid comedy voices and Rich has become everything he hates. But come in and join us, the cumpkins are lovely. And there's some stuff about football too.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Retro AIOTM #16 - It’s here. These weeks of listening to ten year old comedy is finally worth it. MOTORCYCLE CLOTHING SHOP SKETCH is here - and I am advising people to pull down statues. I am a visionary. This was recorded back in June 2010 remember. I am Nostradamus (or is that Emma Kennedy). Why not become a monthly badger to celebrate me? As It Occurs To Me: Series 2, Episode 6: It's the 16th episode of AIOTM (AIOTM), 16 lost weekends of trying to satirise all comedy by producing a comedy show with no comedy in it. According to AM1975. As usual at this stage of the series, Richard is worried he is going mad and drunkenly wonders if he can convince some people who work in a motorcycle clothing shop that he has a motorcycle, to the amusement of only himself. Emma's dad is hanging out in bookshops enjoying his literary fame. Dan is wondering if he can get a laugh out of the King Herod bit that was written five minutes before the recording started, and Christian - whose guitar breaks just in time for his song - has a fine suggestion on how to solve the financial crisis. We're also trying to pull down the statues in Trafalgar Square, wondering how Richard has maintained a 20 year career in comedy when he knows no jokes, suggesting a new commentator for the World Cup, and considering if we should all have taken some cocaines to get some much needed publicity for the show. The real questions are: did Rich think the motorcycle thing was funny, or did he write it on purpose so the end would work? And does he have a high-backed armchair? Cos if he does, what other rumours will be true?  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Retro AIOTM #15 - five shows into the second series and Rich is clearly struggling to hold it together. It’s 14th June 2010 and ITV have screwed up the football - remember that? Support us with cash at or get more stuff for free at (if you’re with Amazon Prime you can give us a free £5 a month by linking your accounts and subscribing). As It Occurs To Me: Series 2, Episode 5: Real Andrew Collings has banned any of the Tiny Andrew Collings family from appearing on the show. Will there be anything funny in it? And will they pay any attention anyway? Richard is angry with Dettol and their plans to destroy the world and ITV HD for making him miss the one moment where England looked like they might win the World Cup. But everyone deserves a second chance whether it's fumbling goal keepers or shit broadcasters. Emma is in trouble on Twitter as usual and Dan has joined the iPhone revolution at the most ridiculous time possible. Tam Dalyell is on hand to congratulate the English and Kriss Akabussi gets a booty call. The audience are the filthiest and most depraved thus far, but into the 'As It Occurs To Me concept'. And I wouldn't like to be Matthew the Gospel writer once this has gone out. It's revenge time for him making King Herod look like a dick. And who has Richard been mistaken for? Antony Worrall Thompson? Oh for fuck's sake. Push me in a river now. And leave me with my rats. Or bats. Or cats.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Retro AIOTM #14 - More retro shenanighans from 7th June 2010 with the AIOTM gang. You might want to go back and listen to all of the Collings and Herrin podcast to get the context. And good to know I have still failed to get nominated for any BAFTAS or even get on TV, but maybe my BAFTA is the friends I’ve lost along the way. Support us more at if you are so inclined. As It Occurs To Me: Series 2, Episode 4: It's As It Occurs to Tiny Andrew Collings Show 1 and the start of a new world order. But will Rich escape from Northampton and his responsibilities with his new child? Well if he does then he will be discussing the temporary immortality of Betty White, gun laws and how to deal with cold callers. Dan has been eavesdropping on strangers and Emma has been trying to work out what a blowjob is, whilst Christian has been manipulating those who won't do what anyone tells them. But we haven't won any BAFTAs even if half of Lionel Nimrod's Inexplicable World have done so. Maybe it's cos we want to throw toddlers into ponds. If nothing else you're about to find out who Tiny Mrs Collings is. And hopefully the furious back pedaling will save The Collings & Herrin Podcast. Or make the tension much worse. Please tweet Rich and make sure he hasn't been crucified in a basement though!  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Retro AIOTM #13 - Thanks for listening to this old guff. This one goes back to 31st May 2010 when iPads were new and exciting. Support us by becoming a badger at if you can afford to, or just enjoy this stuff for free if you can’t or don’t want to. It’s all cool. More free nonsense at As It Occurs To Me: Series 2, Episode 3: It's the 13th instalment of AIOTM, but that doesn't stop Tiny Andrew Collings appearing on the show, even if his mum would think that was a bad omen. Rich is in deep water for having sworn live on air on 6Music and Emma is showing off about her iPad, whilst Dan would almost certainly prefer to have a baby. Almost certainly. Meanwhile, Christian is up to his ears in rice worries. It's time to find out what Richard's mum makes of his book, to take a good look at Creationism and to daydream about what it might be like to pretend to be Tam Dalyell. And if you don't like any of this stuff then it's Sue's fault. Always best to blame your peers.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Retro AIOTM #12 - Back to 24th May 2010 to find out what was troubling the young idiots version of Richard Herring and his crew of misfits. Why not become a badger at or check out to find out how far this fool has fallen in the last ten years. Thanks for supporting us by listening to this ancient tosh As It Occurs To Me: Series 2, Episode 2: Richard Herring audaciously attempts to rename five of the seven days of the week, in a way that will make for an easy rhyme to remember them by, but which might make it hard to arrange any actual meetings. His power struggle with double act partners past and present continues, but the real secrets are reserved for those brave souls who endured the heat and missed the football to pay to see the show live. Emma has a story that combines her love of celebrities and her love of poo, Dan wishes he was in Flight Of The Conchords and Christian takes on Billy Bragg and Gil Scott-Heron ensuring that the Venn Diagram of who understands which jokes in the show gets ever more complicated. Meanwhile Rich is a victim of more crime and is hoping elves will write the script so he can sit out in the sun, finally, just once before he dies. It's all post-post-post-post-post modern, which actually makes it quite old-fashioned in places. England won 3-1 by the way.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Retro AIOTM #11 all the way back 10 years and 12 days to May 17th 2010 to find out what the young whippersnapper Richard Herring and the team are up to. Will they be driving to Barnard Castle to test their eyesight or wishing they could get their hair cut? I doubt it, because they lived in the happy beforetimes. And yet still they complained, the dolts. As It Occurs To Me: Series 2, Episode 1: Sony nominated AIOTM (AIOTM) returns for its second series. In show one, 'Richard Merring' forms an uneasy coalition and progressive alliance with Dan Tetsell and Emma Kennedy in the hope that they can curb his worst excesses. But it's a spring clean and all the old favourites are being purged. No cumpkins, no Quantum Leap and definitely NO Tiny Andrew Collings (aside: not unless he can somehow sneak his way in). You'll have to listen to find out if Richard made his flight back from the island of Cornwall in time for the show (aside: he did), if the show won any awards (aside: it didn't), and if anything amusing has happened to Tetsell in the last five months (aside: it hasn't, though he does nearly fall asleep at one point in the show, due to the rigours of being a father to a young baby). Is Richard super famous in Liverpool? What is worse than finding five men's sperm in your jack o' lantern? And can a man ever truly be in love with a lift if they are speaking different languages? And what will happen if we say we're going to blow Robin Hood Airport sky high? We might have to wait to find out about that last one. Who cares anyway when Christian Reilly is on an impossible mission to sort out the Greek economy? It's brilliant (aside: it's not. It's shit).  See for privacy and opt-out information.
It’s 14th December 2009 and the first decade of the 21st Century is coming to an end (unless you are a mathematical stickler) and just think how bad things were going to get in the next 10 years. Let’s look back at a more innocent time when we could be more grossly offensive. Check out my Twitch channel at The final episode of AIOTM, but will it be the last ever? Rich is being haunted by ghosts of podcasts past and future and wondering if he has had a wonderful life. Dan is aiming for a Christmas number 1 and Emma is walking a marathon. Plus it's sold out, so there should be some sexy action or revealing of genital assemblages. And thank God that people are getting cathedrals slammed into their face and people are stealing our 8 and a half week old material. Will Andrew Collings finally be in the show? Of course he fracking won't! But every slightly successful character from the series will certainly be back!  See for privacy and opt-out information.
It’s coming up to Christmas in 2009 and the innocent young cast of AIOTM have no idea what will hit them in just 10 short years. And that’s for the best I suppose. As usual by listening you are giving funds to the justgiving heckle the virus charity and finally paying the cast for their work. See what madness Richard Herring is up to in 2020 by tuning in to Podcast #9 and Richard is conflicted about whether he should be happy or sad that AIOTM has been nominated for a Loaded Lafta and what this means about his relationship with Jesus. Dan gets an unexpected gift from a stranger, whilst Emma is living in a cold and flooded flat, and Christian's mental breakdown seems to be surpassing that of even Herring himself. But while our musician rails against love, Rich is moving in with his girlfriend in order to replace his broken dishwasher and trying to sabotage Andrew Collings' career, even if success will only be a Pyrrhic victory. The world meanwhile goes crazy about Kay, Subo and the death of a rat and all we can do is quote Matthew 6 at it and hope that makes things better. All this is made harder by having to follow Stewart Lee who is clearly superior to us in every way. But has he been nominated for a Loaded Lafta? No, he hasn't. There's another reason for him being the best.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Back to 30th November 2009 for this exciting episode of AIOTM, with added adverts to raise money for the cast and other charity cases. Check out Rich on Twitch AIOTM 8 and Richard's mental balance is about as good as Spike Milligan's after ten times as many Goon Shows, Emma has more tales of actresses shitting, Dan has had his child indoctrinated into the Catholic Church, and Christian has taken up acting. After a week of just watching Battlestar Galactica and playing Countdown will Richard have anything new to say, or will he rely on ever more ancient callbacks? And what's Scott Bakula up to after his week deep inside a short, fat, Somerset man? Oh grow up. Luckily the 9 year-old Herring comes to the rescue with tales of The Thriling Three and we're going to rip Andrew Collings a new arsehole (or "a hole" as he might insist on calling it). Him and anyone else we suspect of being a Cylon. Death to Tiny Tim!  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Series 1 show 7 - Back to 23rd November for another retro AIOTM with advertising proceeds going to the cast and the Heckle the Virus justgiving campaign for comedians. Check out Rich’s many stupid shows on twitch at You can catch up on what you’ve missed out on in the video section Show 7 of AIOTM and Richard seems a bit stressed and overworked. Is he OK or is he on a spiralling descent to madness and death? Emma reveals more secrets about mad actresses and Dan worries about the imprint of his boot ending up on his baby's face. Christian encourages Richard to take his own life. Or are those just the voices in Herring's head competing with Carol Vorderman and Richard Whiteley? Rich also meets Neve Campbell and DJ Ironik and considers his life via his video game purchases. And he's competing with Peter Kay in the charity / self promotion interface. And that's just the half of it. Stop reading this and listen to the bloody thing. Oh boy!  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Another retro RHLSTP, this one from 16th November 2009 when we had no idea what a wonderful world of freedom and light and joy that we lived in. Hope you’re enjoying this snapshot back into what comedy was 11 years ago and you’re helping to finally pay the cast and give some money to the comedians’ justgiving fund just by listening. Thanks so much. In Show 6 of AIOTM, proceedings have been hijacked by the man from behind Rich in the queue in Waitrose (aiottmbritqiw!) but for how long? Rich reminisces about his childhood, Emma gives the backstage goss from The X Factor, Dan has leg boobs and Christian is being sarcastic about the remit of the show. Has Rich been eating 'man flesh', and will he or a tramp outside the theatre marry a 19 year-old in the audience?  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Series 1 episode 5 - Back to 9th November 2009 for this retro AIOTM which we’re repeating to raise some money for the cast and the comedians justgiving page - Made at a time where pushing back boundaries was in comedy vogue Show 5 of AIOTM is an offensiveness special. Rich gives his definitive thoughts on where the boundaries of comedy lie and decides the only way forward is to become more offensive. Along the way we discover too much about cumpkins, Keith Chegwin's cock, Emma Kennedy's grandad, Dan Tetsell's hatred of personalised novels, Christian Riley's live of dinosaur rock, and experience Richard's second great yoghurt based masterwork. It's quite a good one. Hope you don't view it as a slap in the face. But if you don't, you're clearly not a genuine comedy fan!  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Retro AIOTM - Back to Halloween 2009 and the mad show which Richard Herring attempted to write in a day and record with minimal rehearsal.  Watch Rich of Twitch at for some live RHLSTPs, self-playing snooker. Stone clearing and more. If you are with Amazon Prime you can give him free money. Here’s how. Episode 4 of AIOTM is a Halloween special. Rich speculates that his comedy might be written by aliens, whilst Emma talks about the rats in her tree. Dan admits that his skills as an impressionist are limited, and Christian has been having some troubles at an agricultural college. With guests including AA Gill, Derek Acorah and the ghost of Michael Jackson. It's spooktacular, isogamous, and supports the postal strike with some reservations.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Retro AIOTM - Welcome to another episode of this ancient sketch show, this one from 26th October 2009, when everyone was worried about swine flu, the ducking idiots. We are putting one of these out every week to raise money for the cast and for the comedian’s fighting fund at Until 9th April you can also get a free download of Richard’s We’re All Going To Die! Show if you make donation of your choice to the Trussell Trust here: And check out Rich’s Twitch channel He’s planning on doing live RHLSTPs on there from next Wednesday with hopefully an old friend of the podcast making a welcome return. Series 1 episode 3- In the 3rd episode of As It Occurs To Me, Richard is fighting illness and fascism, Dan makes astonishing revelations about his Nazi heritage, Emma's filthy mouth continues to spout obscenities, and Christian is drinking bitter with his baby. DickIbegyourpardonNick Griffin gets even more coverage and Bonnie Greer gets a marriage proposal. It's the longest podcast yet and arguably the best one so far. And you can't get swine flu from it as long as you weren't in the theatre.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Series 1 - episode 2 - Take a step back in time with us to a simpler time in 2009, when Richard Herring, Dan Tetsell, Emma Kennedy and Christian Reilly got together once a week to perform a hastily written and poorly rehearsed sketch show. The cast were never paid at the time, so we are putting this out to raise some ad revenue to give them all (not Rich) a fee to help them through these dark weeks of no work. We will also be donating to the comedians’ just giving fund at - and you can donate too As It Occurs To Me: Series 1, Episode 2 In the second episode of As It Occurs To Me, the audience is in danger of being swept away in a gigantic balloon, we get celebrity endorsements from Jan Moir, Jenson Button and Leona Lewis, we find out how people are prejudiced against people that they wrongly assume are racist and Rich reveals his strange Nando's paranoia and his unusual linguistic diet.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Comments (29)


I was a big fan of Lee and Herring years back, but now Herring comes across as puerile, unfunny and bitter. The guests are great, but you can hear their discomfort and bewilderment sometimes when he won't let a poor joke go. Great premise, but unlikeable host.

May 29th

Dave S

Great episode. Thanks!!

May 16th

Gary Openshaw

I do really like Richard Herring and This podcast is pretty good but I don't understand why he does the long drawn out very poor quality Mike part at the start

Mar 28th

James Gamble

Absolutely lost my shit at RH's worried reaction to the second wave of audience "willies" heckle!

Mar 21st

Andrew Parker

Got to be half drunk to listen to this one.

Jan 27th

Michael Jiggens

Richard was repulsively condescending on this one.

Jan 6th

Nathaniel White

The only episode I couldn't finish. Brendon Burns is an Australian David Brent, who thinks audiences are cringing out of liberal squeamishness. No, Brendon, we are just embarrassed for you. Now stop shouting.

Dec 18th

Al Rodger

How come the last 2 guests have disappeared? The last is Joel Dommet!

Jun 26th

Brett Hyrjak

Where were the emergency questions? Get les back on!

Jun 3rd

Brett Hyrjak

Where were the emergency questions? Get him back on!

Jun 3rd

kevin smith

The quality of the guests is really starting to get to me. used to be an avid fan, but he's really scraping the barrell with some of these more recent names. it's embarrassing

Jun 3rd

Crackracket YTB

Wow London Hughes is one of the most irritating people I've ever heard on a podcast. I had to turn it off

May 1st
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Luca Blackwell

I was ecstatic when I found out you did this episode: my favourite podcast and my favourite artist

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Dec 15th

Liam Williamson

Absolutely brilliant. One of the funniest podcasts I've listened to.

Nov 23rd

Glen Simpson

honestly didn't expect to enjoy danny baker talking so much!! But this is awesome and I have come away as a fanny baker fan!

Oct 27th
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Glen Simpson

absolutely loved this podcast beard was an amazing, entertaining, insiteful guest who has a great sense of humour

Jul 11th

Steve Sturges

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