A Wonderbox is a place where you keep little reminders of what makes life worth living. Each week Russell will chat to a special guest about what they’d keep in their Wonderbox, recounting the most memorable and funniest moments of their lives.
56:40Fin Taylor takes time away from being a bloody good stand-up and internet sensation to sit down with Russell and whack his belongings into the Wonderbox. Fin goes on a voyage of self-discovery, uncovering some very traditional tastes (don't worry that's not a euphemism for 'he discovers he's a racist'), followed by a fairly in-depth discussion on bumholes. It's all a lot of fun. Fin's on tour NOW! He's touring the UK with his latest show 'Ask Your Mother!' and you can, and indeed should, get tickets by going to his website. Also you'd be mad to not check out Fin vs The Internet. It's really very very good. Russell has begun the Australia/New Zealand leg of his world tour, so if you're in America, tough titty. But if you're in Australia, good...titty? Then Europe is next. All of it. Nearly all of it. Find out more and get tickets right now at russell-howard.co.uk. Producer: Dan Atkinson Line Producer: Daisy Knight Exec Producer: James Taylor Composer: Fat Lady Music
59:40New York-based comedy star Mark Normand sits down with Russell to tell us what gets him going. Mark is an exceptional stand-up from out of New Orleans, called the 'best young up-and-coming comic' by none other than Jerry Seinfeld. Mark opens spicy by talking Russell through a trip to a Berlin sex club, explains the majesty of skateboarding; the punches just keep coming. It's funny, it's very open, it's a great podcast. You can watch Mark's self-released special on Youtube, 'OUT TO LUNCH', or you can listen to Mark's podcasts: We Might be Drunk and Tuesdays with Stories or you can search for his special 'Soup to Nuts' on Netflix. That should get you going. Then if you still want more after that fly to America and see him live. And if that's not enough you need to find his address and just stand outside his house. Then get yourself some help. Russell is in Australia and New Zealand right now, and once he's dealt with the jetlag he'll be bringing his show to all the most majestic theatres in the land. After that, in late Spring, he's off to Europe. So you, yeah you, the Danish guy - I'm talking to you - you need to buy a ticket. Get tickets right now at russell-howard.co.uk. Producer: Dan Atkinson Line Producer: Daisy Knight Exec Producer: James Taylor Composer: Fat Lady Music
59:02Roisin Conaty tells Russell about the things she loves the most in the world, and commits them to her Wonderbox. Roisin tells us about having an existential crisis inside an inflatable doughnut, how a curry opened her eyes, and why as a child she got Pat Sharpe's haircut. Roisin's sitcom GameFace is still available to watch on Channel 4's website. Russell will be touring Australia and New Zealand very soon, and if you haven't already you can get tickets right now at russell-howard.co.uk. Producer: Dan Atkinson Line Producer: Daisy Knight Exec Producer: James Taylor Composer: Fat Lady Music
1:01:14Greg Davies and Russell sit down to discuss the most precious items in Greg's life. As you might expect from one of the world's greatest storytellers, it's an absolute cracker. You'll get tales about when Greg pretended to die, when a tree spoke to him and Greg tells the story of why he started stand-up comedy in the first place. It's tremendous from start to finish. Russell will be touring Australia and New Zealand very soon, so if you're intent on seeing the latest show and you live there, well you're in luck! If you live in the UK, you had more than enough opportunity and you've only got yourself to blame. Antipodeans! Get tickets right now at russell-howard.co.uk. Producer: Dan Atkinson Line Producer: Daisy Knight Exec Producer: James Taylor Composer: Fat Lady Music
59:45Recorded in sunny Los Angeles, Russell sits down with one of Philadelphia's hottest stand-ups, Clint Coley. Clint takes Russell through his extensive collection of rare music, Russell takes Clint on a tour of UK accents and they both get deep into a conversation about killer rats. Clint has self-released his special on YouTube. This means you get to see it for free right now! My Edible Kicked In (30 min Special) What's that you say? You want to see Russell live but you live in Australia? Well strewth. Ain't this your lucky day? He's touring Oz and NZ this Spring. Find out where Russell is when, and get tickets right now at russell-howard.co.uk. Producer: Dan Atkinson Line Producer: Daisy Knight Exec Producer: James Taylor Composer: Fat Lady Music
43:05Rising comedy star Maddie Wiener and Russell meet up in New Yeawk and chat about what it's like on the comedy circuit over there. The conversation then takes an unexpected but hugely entertaining turn when Maddie chooses to put Wilbur the syphilitic rabbit into the Wonderbox. That springboards us into a chat about the pros and cons about dropping your guts in the Disneyland queue. A festive treat for all. Maddie's got clips of her stand-up, some of her writing and all sorts on her website, https://www.maddiewiener.com/. Check it out. Russell is touring the Antipodes in the Springtime! He'll be bouncing from one city to the next with his outstanding tour show. If you're humming and hawing, just get a ticket you won't regret it. It's truly a great show. Visit russell-howard.co.uk and just do it. Go on. DO IT! Producer: Dan Atkinson Line Producer: Daisy Knight Exec Producer: James Taylor Composer: Fat Lady Music
52:33Co-creator of The Chappelle Show and one of US comedy's most influential brains, Neal Brennan, sits down with Russell. Neal explains the vitality of human connection, ayahuasca and ice cream. It's a wild trip through consciousness expansion and which ice cream flavours kick most ass. If you want to watch Neal's specials, get onto Netflix and search his name, and there they be. Russell is off to Australia and New Zealand at the start of the new year, so if you live in that kinda neighbourhood then inbetween all the cricket and sunbathing, get y'selves some tickets at russell-howard.co.uk. Producer: Dan Atkinson Line Producer: Daisy Knight Exec Producer: James Taylor Composer: Fat Lady Music
55:59Man Like Mobeen creator, star and comedian of rare talent - it's Guz Khan. Guz and Russell come together for an electric episode of Wonderbox. It's got everything from putting your noo-nah in a VHS player, childhood quirks like wrapping trees in sellotape, and the episode ends with one of the funniest and most moving stories you'll hear in a long time. After listening to this episode, y'all are gonna be like 'How can I get more Guz Khan in my ears?'. Well luckily for your hungry ears, he's touring right now. Oodles of dates in oodles of UK cities and towns. OODLES! Get over to https://guzkhanlive.co.uk/ to find out more and book those sweet tickets. If you haven't yet seen Russell's latest tour show, then you really should. It's the best yet. Some tickets are available for the few dates remaining, but don't dick about. Here they are... And if you live in Australia or New Zealand, well that's fortunate because Russell will be landing on your sunny shores in Spring. Check the website for more details... That's all for this week. Enjoy your hot nuts and mulled wine. Producer: Dan Atkinson Line Producer: Daisy Knight Exec Producer: James Taylor Composer: Fat Lady Music
58:28US comedy megastar Iliza Sheslinger is in the studio! Russell and Iliza talk about the what happens when an audience member drops their guts during a show, a single fingerless glove and the beautiful stench of a closed bar. Iliza is in the UK right now with her ‘Hard Feelings’ tour. She’s playing the Hammersmith Apollo on the 6th and 8th December, and you can buy those tickets right now from their website here. If you live in another European country, check out Iliza’s website here to find out when the tour is coming to a city near you. Russell has a few tickets left this year for his tour, and then he’s off to Australia and New Zealand, because it’s only fair that they get to enjoy the show too. Would those tickets also make good Christmas presents? Why yes they would. Here they are... Happy days. Have a good week, don’t work too hard, and see you next week for another Wonderbox. Producer: Dan Atkinson Line Producer: Daisy Knight Exec Producer: James Taylor Composer: Fat Lady Music
57:12This week, host of Late Night Mash Rachel Parris sits down with Russell to select her most precious items for the Wonderbox. Russell finds out why the world is a better place because of tiny lederhosen, Tunnock's Teacakes and Rachel recalls her once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to normalise British sex toys. Rachel will be taking a show back out across the UK in 2024 so keep your eyes peeled for that. Rachel's book, Advice from Strangers, is available now and it makes a terrific Christmas present actually. You could buy a copy from here. Russell's tour continues with dates in various UK cities over December and January. Would those tickets also make good Christmas presents? Why yes they would. Here they are... Thanks for listening and as always there will be more Wonderboxery for your ears next week. Bye!