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Pappy's on podcasts: 'Comedy is the most DIY art form there is'

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When Digital Spy recently spoke to Tom Parry - one third of comedy troupe Pappy's (alongside Matthew Crosby and Ben Clark) about their upcoming sitcom Badults, conversation inevitably turned to the group's famous podcasts.

As a creator of the award-winning Pappy's Flatshare Slamdown live panel show and scripted/improv Bangers and Mash, we wanted to know what Tom thought about the success of the format.

Pappy's (Matthew Crosby, Ben Clark & Tom Parry)

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Pappy's



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"I was really surprised," said Parry. "Matthew was a really big podcast fan and was always saying we should do a podcast.

"I was game for it because what I like about podcasts is that they're so DIY. The great thing about comedy is that it's DIY.

"If you want to go into theatre you have to set up a theatre company, you need a budget, you need to get people to support you so you can go and perform. If you want to get into comedy, you can just do it.



"Comedy's the most DIY art form there is. Anyone who says they want to be a comedian, well, go and gig tonight. If you live anywhere near a major city, there are open mic nights everywhere, you just put yourselves on.

"Podcasting feels exactly the same. I think that's why comedy's embraced podcasts so much. If you want to put out a podcast, you can. You can talk into your laptop, upload it, off you go.

"It feels very close to what we were used to when we started out in the comedy circuit, just gigging any gig that would have us. You just stick the podcast out there and put it out on Twitter or Facebook or whatever, and hope it will find an audience.

Pappy's (Matthew Crosby, Ben Clark & Tom Parry)

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Pappy's



"I was really surprised by what happened when we started podcasting. People started to come and see us live who had only listened to the podcast who hadn't heard of us before. We found that we were reaching a new audience.

"I was really surprised as well by how intimate it is as well. There's something very personal about listening to a podcast. Having your earphones in. You very much feel it's more personal than radio, because you've downloaded this thing to listen to.

"When we went off to record the sitcom, we couldn't put out a podcast for six months. People were contacting us saying they really missed it.



"The lovely responses we get when we do get to put them out - we've started putting them out again now - you do realise that people take these things very personally.

"It is a real treat to have been able to build an audience on something like that we just thought, 'Oh, we'll start doing a few podcasts'. It's really been lovely."

Pappy's are Matthew Crosby, Ben Clark and Tom Parry. Badults begins on Tuesday, July 23 at 10pm on BBC Three.

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