British stand-up comedian and television presenter Russell Howard is hosting a new interview-format podcast, launching on 11 October during the East Coast USA leg of his latest sold-out live tour.
The podcast, titled Wonderbox, is a space for Howard to chat to special guests about the funny and memorable moments that make life worth living. Guests include music artist Sam Ryder and fellow comedians Munya Chawawa, John Oliver, Jimmy Carr, Taylor Tomlinson, Jack Whitehall, Greg Davies, Guz Khan, Jen Brister, Jordan Gray, and Rachel Parris.
“I love doing this podcast. I get interesting guests and I ask them what they love,” said Howard. “In a world of misery, it’s an absolutely joyous celebration of the little things that make people tick.”
Wonderbox is produced by talent agency Avalon, which manages Howard as well as a number of other podcasters including The Bugle’s Andy Zaltzman, Off Menu’s Ed Gamble & James Acaster, The Political Party Podcast’s Matt Forde, and many more. The podcast is weekly and will be available across all major podcast platforms.
In addition to stand-up, Howard has hosted a number of Netflix specials including Lubricant and Recalibrate and presented Sky’s comedy series The Russell Howard Hour for six seasons before it ended last year. Howard’s current nation-wide stand-up comedy tour has sold more than 250,000 tickets and will soon be taking off in the US, finishing on 22 October.
A number of stand-up comedians have started podcasts in order to build new audiences and to have a separate stream of income from stand-up comedy or television and radio. Stand-up comedian and co-host of Let’s Talk About The Husband Zoe Lyons recently told PodPod in an episode of the podcast that with podcasting, comedians can create their own content at any time without having to rely on others for jobs.
Stephen Bailey, who co-hosts the podcast with Lyons and is a stand-up comedian himself, also told PodPod that releasing a podcast can lead to more tour sales as the comedians are growing their fan base.
“We've done our shows and people have come up and gone ‘When's the podcast coming back?’,” said Bailey. “Because you're just sat recording it in a room like we are now, you think there's only us four that cares, and then all of a sudden once you've not done a few episodes or when you get on tour… I mean I was saying to Zoe, oh my god I've had so many messages being like ‘when are you bringing the podcast back’, whereas no one's ever said that about Celebs On The Farm [the TV show he presents] series five.”