Zero Hours Podcast – where I speak to comedians about the best and worst jobs they have done to get by in their pursuit of the arts. We also discuss some of the worst jobs that have existed throughout history – such as Mudlarks, Toshers and Resurrectionists, so that we may all get a little perspective.
In this first episode I speak to comedian and chef Andrew Forsyth about not becoming a builder, the horrors of the hospitality industry and how not to storm out.
In this episode I talk to newly professional comedian Josh Massen about the misrepresentation of drugs in films, offering waterboarding at spa’s, and how to get a free shoe shine from your boss.
I speak to comedian and publisher Mel Byron about her show Karoshi – death by over work – and we discuss how to make a business out of getting out of work, bully bosses and a cage of 1000 rats.
In this episode I speak to musical comedian, solicitor and writer of the Zero Hours theme tune Hassan Dervish about criminal justice, mattress carrying techniques and the morality of being a vegetarian working at Burger King.
In this slightly shorter episode, I talk to American comedian and actor Judah Friedlander about being a gym receptionist, Subway vs Tube and bosses who take the piss.
This episode I speak to Kieran Poole – a man well versed in bad jobs – about prison, Bollywood and why cleaning toilets can actually be quite fulfilling.
Episode 7 with Jenny Kassner, where we talk comedy, barber surgeons and resting bitch face.
In this first episode of the new year, I speak to Kuan-Wen Huang about unfair internships, chugging in Britain as a non-native speaker and the plight of the medieval Wise Woman.
In this episode I speak to Maddie Campion about the horrors of Camp America, accidentally taking on the name of a porn star for work, and being in a zombie movie.
In this episode I speak to Pope Lonergan about work colleagues with a troublesome past, the nobility of care work and the horrors of the animal kingdom.
In this episode we talk dead swans who never got to pay back their student loans, blagging your way into your dream job and the gloriously smart tracksuit uniform for the retail worker.
I speak to Sean Patrick about how alcoholism affects job performance, having a whore’s bath in McDonald’s, and why being an executioner was just as bad as you would think it would be.
In this episode I speak to the most colourful comedian on the circuit about selling fridges, trying to convince celebrities to go to Canada – whether they like it or not – and wiping the King’s arse.
I chat to Alice India about the wonderful world of retail, how sex work is rarely quite so Belle De Jour, and instead of the traditional historical worst job, we discuss the modern day employment which is absolutely the worst job to have aired on this podcast.
In this episode, cut tragically short by the beginning of a gig, I speak to Christopher Norton-Walker about the tedium of retail, hiding in the bushes in a garden centre, and the highs and lows of comedy.
In this episode we talk about stockpiling beautiful glasses, that fine line between flirting and just dislike, being a journalist without journalistic instinct and why laziness is the truest sign of contentment.
In this episode I talk to Imogen Edmundson about period shits, being a teenager having to sell porn in the morn, fitting bras for people with far too big a rack, and the stresses of teaching.
Episode 18: Jamie Allerton
In this episode I talk to Jamie Allerton about overwork, hugging celebrities in nightclubs and “calling Sarah” in India.
Theme tune written and performed by Hassan Dervish.
And if this is the kind of thing that you’re into, the marvellous Kieran Poole has been chatting to comedians and musicians about their worst jobs on his radio show and podcast as part of the Worst Jobby Wobby segment that he has now turned into a live show!