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  • April 16, 2018

    56: Kathleen Rose Perkins – The Episode with Carol from Episodes!

    She’s everyone’s favourite flawed TV executive on Showtime / BBC2’s brilliant TV series Episodes starring alongside Matt LeBlanc. The show is about a British husband-and-wife comedy writing team who travel to Hollywood to remake their successful British TV series. Matt LeBlanc portrays a satirical version of himself after the success of Friends and Kathleen plays the super ambitious show executive who is second-in-command at the network.

    She also appeared in David Fincher’s huge box office hit Gone Girl and the Duplass Brothers film The Skeleton Twins. Plus, she’s had starring roles on a number of TV shows including Law & Order, The Mentalist, Grey’s Anatomy, Nip / Tuck and American Horror Story.

    Kathleen joins Caroline Feraday and Claire Bullivant in the Brits in the Wood studio to talk about the less glamourous side of LA life, her black belt in Taekwondo, being a mad bird lady and how she always wants to go further when filming sex scenes.

  • April 2, 2018

    55: Russ Kane – Flying High with Kaned Laughter

    Who can forget Russ Kane and his little blue plane waking up London? ‘Russ-Boy’ as Chris Tarrant affectionately called him, was the morning voice of Capital FM’s ‘Flying Eye’ traffic-spotter plane for 20 years, as part of the behemoth Chris Tarrant Breakfast show.  It was the most listened-to commercial radio show in the world, with an audience in excess of 4 million. 

    However, life was not without tragedy for the on-air joker – whose wife died from cancer when their twins were just 5-years-old – making him rethink his life.  

    Russ has kept his hand in on air – joining BBC Radio London where his weekly, news reviews have earned a loyal following and on TalkRadio, where his Midweek Music Review is a much-anticipated highlight of Paul Ross’ Breakfast Show.

    He’s also had a great career in advertising, owned a music management company, has just written a novel and has been performing his hit comedy show: ‘Kaned Laughter’ on both sides of the Atlantic. 

    In this episode, Russ chats to Caroline Feraday and Claire Bullivant about dicing with death as the Flying Eye, saving the NHS £600 million a year and his sexy business cards…

  • March 19, 2018

    54: Brown & Gray – The Country Music Superstars

    In the words of Storme Warren himself, Brown & Gray – the collaboration between Kaci Brown and Sam Gray, serves as a bridge between the soul of country music in the US to the new boom of country in the United Kingdom. Building a link between the US and the exploding country music scene in the UK, this exciting project is just the beginning of a creative journey through the best both worlds have to offer, with the new single “Top Down” leading the way.

    Sam Gray is a highly acclaimed songwriter, singer & producer from Hull, England, with millions of streams on Spotify across a variety of current singles, with artists including Hardwell, Julian Perretta, DJ Katch and Manovski. An exceptional multi-instrumentalist, Sam is also a grade 8 classically trained violin player with a unique talent for melodies and lyrics. He’s performed his own music in some of the UK’s biggest venues, and has also written and produced top 10 singles and albums for artists all over the world.

    Texas-born and Nashville-raised Kaci Brown signed her first publishing deal at age 11, when she moved to Nashville and signed with Barbara Orbison’s Still Working Music. She became the youngest writer ever with ASCAP, and by the age of 17 she released a debut pop album “Instigator” via Interscope Records. Brown then toured the country with the Backstreet Boys, playing sold-out shows at venues such as Radio City Music Hall. Brown has shared the stage with acts such as Nelly Furtado, Rihanna, Gavin DeGraw, and more.

    In the latest Brits In The Wood episode Brown & Gray chat exclusively to Caroline Feraday and Claire Bullivant… Yee-haw!

  • March 5, 2018

    53: Shazia Mirza – Dame for a Laugh

    She recently survived a month living wild in Bear Gryll’s Celebrity Island (C4) – which, she says, was no laughing matter. 

    Comedian Shazia Mirza is a regular face on TV in the UK – appearing on The Jonathan Ross Show (ITV), Graham Norton (BBC), Top Gear (BBC), Loose Women (ITV), The Late Late Show (RTE), and she is a regular panelist on The Wright Stuff (Channel 5). 

    However, growing up in Birmingham with strict Pakistani parents nearly saw Shazia’s career take a different turn. Her family hoped she’d be a doctor or a lawyer – and she reluctantly got a degree in biochemistry and became a science teacher. But her dream of being on stage led her to take comedy-writing classes at night and she began performing at small clubs around London.

    A few weeks after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, she got on stage wearing her hijab, and started off her act: “My name is Shazia Mirza… at least that’s what it says on my pilot’s licence…” After that night, Mirza’s comedy career took off. She was profiled on “60 Minutes,” was a semifinalist on Last Comic Standing and started performing to packed audiences all over the world.

    In the latest Brits In The Wood episode, Shazia chats exclusively to Caroline Feraday and Claire Bullivant.

  • February 19, 2018

    52: Seann Walsh – The (Absolute Master) Comedian

    Seann Walsh is a regular face on British TV. You’ll have seen him on Saturday night’s sports panel show Play To The Whistle and as team captain on comedy quiz show Virtually Famous.

    Other recent TV appearances include Live At The Apollo, the Jonathan Ross Show, Tonight at The London Palladium, Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Alan Carr: Chatty Man and Russell Howards Stand Up Central.

    This guy is everywhere! But there’s good reason for it. For however disheveled he may be, the Foster’s Comedy Award nominee is also one of the hottest comics in the UK right now and also taking America by storm. Last week Seann made his big debut on America’s popular late night talk show Conan O’Brien. Not bad for having only been in the country for a week!

    With a keen observational mind, Seann Walsh can spot the absurdity in everything and convert it to perfectly delivered stand-up comedy. You might have seen Seann on TV, but he’s something else live – pacing the stage, working the room and reducing crowds to hysterics. Even if he’d probably rather be at home watching Sky Sports News.

    In this episode Seann chats to Caroline Feraday and Claire Bullivant about starting young in the playgrounds, coping with nerves, his genius Michael McIntyre impression and being an absolute master…