Poetry Puh-lease

Comedy and poetry have always had strong links, with many comics and poets blurring the boundaries. Now, comedian Kevin Eldon takes us on a three hour walk along the fine line between the two.

With the occasional input of his poet alter-ego, Paul Hamilton, Eldon presents a rich collection of radio comedy that celebrates the risible and funny side of poetry, including Tim Key's Late Night Poetry Programme; The Simon Day Show; Sir Ralph Stanza's Letter From Salford and the classic episode of Hancock's Half Hour, The Poetry Society.

There is also a look back at the life of the cult poet Hovis Presley, some scholarly input from Cariad Lloyd, and a brand new interview between Kevin Eldon and the magnificent John Cooper Clarke.

Along the way there is a rich mix of poetry that might be funny, sometimes cringe-worthy, occasionally absurd, sporadically nonsensical, but often brilliant.

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Along the way there is a rich mix of poetry that might be funny, sometimes cringe-worthy, occasionally absurd, sporadically nonsensical, but often brilliant.Kevin Eldon takes a look at the close links and crossovers between comedy and poetry.

Along the way there is a rich mix of poetry that might be funny, sometimes cringe-worthy, occasionally absurd, sporadically nonsensical, but often brilliant.

01Simon Day And Tim Key20190911Comedy and poetry have always had strong links, with many comics and poets blurring the boundaries. Now, comedian Kevin Eldon takes peeks either side of the fine line that divides them.

With the occasional input of his poet alter-ego, Paul Hamilton, Eldon presents a rich collection of radio comedy that celebrates the risible and funny side of poetry. In this programme:

‘The Simon Day Show’ [Series 2 Ep 3]

‘Tim Key’s Late Night Poetry Programme: Survival’ [Series 2 Ep 4]

Along the way there is a rich mix of poetry that might be funny, sometimes cringe-worthy, occasionally absurd, sporadically nonsensical, but often brilliant.

Produced by Luke Doran.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra in January 2015.

Kevin Eldon takes a look at the close links and crossovers between comedy and poetry.

02Hancock And Hamilton20190918Comedy and poetry have always had strong links, with many comics and poets blurring the boundaries. Now, comedian Kevin Eldon takes peeks either side of the fine line that divides them.

In this programme:

Poecia Tree

Hancock’s Half Hour: The Poetry Society

Special guest Paul Hamilton.

Along the way there is a rich mix of poetry that might be funny, sometimes cringe-worthy, occasionally absurd, sporadically nonsensical, but often brilliant.

Produced by Luke Doran.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra in January 2015.

Kevin Eldon takes a look at the close links and crossovers between comedy and poetry.

Comedy and poetry have always had strong links, with many comics and poets blurring the boundaries. Now, comedian Kevin Eldon takes peeks either side of the fine line that divides them.

Kevin Eldon takes a look at the close links and crossovers between comedy and poetry.

03 LASTPresley, Stanza And Cooper Clarke20190925Comedy and poetry have always had strong links, with many comics and poets blurring the boundaries. Now, comedian Kevin Eldon takes peeks either side of the fine line that divides them.

In this programme:

‘Sir Ralph Stanza’s Letter from Salford’ [Srs. 2 6/6]

Special guest John Cooper Clarke.

‘Hovis Has Left the Building’

Along the way there is a rich mix of poetry that might be funny, sometimes cringe-worthy, occasionally absurd, sporadically nonsensical, but often brilliant.

Produced by Luke Doran.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra in January 2015.

Kevin Eldon takes a look at the close links and crossovers between comedy and poetry.