The Bearpit Podcast Podcast is a podcast brought to you by Ipswich FM. It’s not on iTunes or other podcast services and is actually very hard to get hold of. So much so that most fans have to travel to watch it live in the studio just to hear it, including a show on 5 December at The Grotto of Comedy at the HoHo Theatre.
We were granted an exclusive interview with John Pitt, head honcho of The Bearpit Podcast Podcast, about his forthcoming Christmas celebration*
If you could design a Christmas jumper what would you have on it?
I’d probably have the baby Jesus drinking a pint of our new delicious Sipswich Festive Standard ale 29% abv.
What date do you put up the Christmas decorations in your house and how far do you go?
Well my wife Barbara would normally put them all up on the 12th December. I’d be busy with booking all our Xmas club nights. She left me 19 months, 3 days and 24 hours ago and I don’t know where the baubles are kept.
Christmas has been associated with a lot of classic comedy moments, from Morecambe and Wise to The Royle Family. What are your Christmas comedy memories?
My favourite comedy memories are of The Hotel Brothers festive frolics. The whole family would gather round the TV while they performed their act behind us standing on the sofa. The TV was switched off and we’d watch them in the reflection. They would perform about 57-60 shows on Xmas day alone at local households for £2 which in those days was some money.
What is the worst present you have received at Christmas?
Last Xmas my wife Barbara sent me our divorce papers via a courier dressed as Santa Claus. I’m now up on assault charges after feeding them to the Santa.
What’s your suggestion for a Christmas cracker joke?
What type of pictures do Santa’s helpers often take? Elfies
Are you looking forward to performing in such a unique space as The Grotto of comedy?
I hope the acoustics are conducive to recording a podcast as the last venue we recorded in was far from ideal. There were too many paramedics.
What’s the strangest location you’ve performed in previously?
The set of the film Waterworld. I mean any promoter worth their salt knows that comedy and water do not mix but for some reason we got booked to do it. They had such a huge budget that we’d put on a mixed-bill show every day. Given that it was mostly filmed at sea that meant it was the same acts on every day from June 1994 to February 2005 – Me, Julian Biscuits, Bread Edwards and Susan Honk. After the first week most of us acts had run out of material so they would write new stuff every day mostly specific to the filming. So there would be an entire show where the material was about the scene where he gills. To keep it fresh Kevin Costner started doing open spots and so did a number of the runners. Surprisingly Dennis Hopper was pretty hopeless while Jeanne Tripplehorn really became an excellent MC. After 4 months there was an entire comedy circuit based around the cast and crew of Waterworld. We had to start another 8 gigs spaced throughout the day so there was 24hr comedy happening at sea. It really was a special time for comedy.
We will be raising lots of money for Shelter this year – An estimated 100,000 children thought to be homeless in the UK this Christmas. Discuss!
It’s not good. People always say Charity starts at home but if you’re homeless then you can’t even do that so it must be the most important charity there is.
There next gig is on the 30th of February at Woking Crisp Factory (audience must supply own crisps).
*Some of this is not true
**This is true