“I hate you, I hate You, I hate you” no, it’s not an angry dj yelling at the listener, instead it’s a 32 year old Bristonian comedian having a sulk because his co- host just beat him in a game called Winner Plays On. A game where both comedians, (funny man and star of Crims, Elis James and Queen fanatic John Robins who is currently having a comedic sulk) go head to head to answer 5 questions on their chosen subjects to see who will have the song of their choice played on air and the loser has to change subjects for the following week.
The show you have just entered into with such a dramatic game that brings so much tension is XFMs Elis James and John Robins podcast/radio show. The game starts with the dreaded coin toss where it will decide who goes first – tales for Wales (for Welsh comedian Elis) or Queens for Queens for John (later changing to heads for Fred)
This xfm show is not just another podcast, it is an hour love fest between too comedians and their brotherly love. They bicker and embarrass each other from time to time but they always end up complimenting or doting on each other in some way – which is what comedians tend to do!
The show is jammed pack with a vast variety of segments that’s are bound to make you laugh out loud.
Segments of the show
Winner Plays On – Its Wales Versus a Queen Fan, Its Elis Vs John, the battle of who is most knowledgeable about their chosen subjects by answering 5 questions – if you want drama, tension and hilarity then this is the segment you will most enjoy.
Textual Healing – When you hear this segment of the show the theme tune will get inside your head an either will irritate it or you will end up loving it. Its the part of the show when members of the public will phone in and talk about a problem they are having and Ellis and John will do all they can to help out. It can be anything from someone drinking wood (yes, you read that correctly) or having relationship problems – if you want help then these guys are you team to help.
Reading Allowed from Terry Blackburn Autobiography – I know it sounds a bit of a strange segment of a show but trust me it is completely and utterly hilarious. Apparently, Steve Coogan took inspiration from this book for the much loved character Alan Partridge!
A Robin Among The Pigeons – When you get further into the podcasts , you will notice that this is Johns version of his own life written in the style of Tony Blackburn and is very funny once you understand the reasons why he has done it. If you listen to a random podcast with it on you may wonder who is John Robins and why do i care about his life and this segment?
Why Should I listen to this podcast?
If you want to listen to a podcast that is surrounded around two comedians having a good time whilst lightly taking the micky out of each other then this is the show for you. With their sidekick producer Dave, they really are a delight to listen to and I bet you there are some episodes you cannot listen to on public transport without laughing out loud.
Where shall i begin?
All the podcasts are available to download and i really recommend starting from the beginning, getting used to the segments and the way the show works and the relationship between James and Robins. You can start in the middle of it but you may not appreciate the humour as much if you dont start from the beginning.