Early Work with Rhys James

Early Work with Rhys James

By Radio X

For many performers, their biggest fears is that people will find the creative writing they produced when they were younger. Early poetry, short stories, song lyrics, scripts and more shouldn't stay hidden in shoe boxes in our parents' house or in password protected folders on our laptops. It’s time we monetised that shame and gave those pieces the public outing our 15 year old selves would’ve wanted. Each week a guest brings something they wrote in their adolescence to be discussed and co-analysed with Rhys - who will be bringing something embarrassing of his own to level the playing field.

Episodes

EP20: Emily Dean

The final episode of series one! Emily Dean brings letters from a spaceman to his 'leave him on read' wife, a fake memoir with no chance of a sequel, tales of performing grudge plays, learning the hard facts too young and perhaps the best named character yet. Plus she has the confidence to guess what Rhys was like at school. Can she out guess the master guesser? Make sure to subscribe as we'll be back with more Early Work before you know it.
14/06/201h 0m

EP19: Amy Hoggart

It’s transatlantic guest time! Amy Hoggart is live from New York to tell us all about her frankly ridiculous childhood. Pretending to win public speaking contests, dressing up as a big egg, demanding to play men, accidentally exposing herself, and for the second episode in a row, watching her own school burn down. That’s all before we get into the work: a novel about a young genius pianist who travels in style, a play trying to pull your own cousin and a poem about The Lord just to impress the greatest authority of all. What a ride! Follow Early Work on Twitter @EarlyWorkPod or you can follow him @rhysjamesy Email your Early Work to earlyworkpodcast@gmail.com Follow Amy on Twitter @Amy_hoggart Follow Amy on Instagram @amyhoggart
24/05/201h 5m

EP18: Danny Wallace

Project man Danny Wallace pops into the Early Work Zoom to discuss his childhood pranks showing off his knowledge of the legal system, his Gaelic poetry illustrations and finally some billboard-worthy deep and thought-provoking poems. All the hot topics covered: Race, where you come from. All of them. Not to mention the stark, brutalist poetry he wrote about his deceased, awkwardly named cat. Rhys then plucks up the courage to read professional columnist Danny Wallace his own student column from his own student magazine. Most importantly of all, Danny reveals some HUGE news: a podcast exclusive, and a podcast first. What a long way we’ve come. Follow Early Work on Twitter @EarlyWorkPod or you can follow him @rhysjamesy Email your Early Work to earlyworkpodcast@gmail.com
10/05/2057m 2s

EP17: Charly Cox

An actual poet on Early Work for the first time! Charly Cox Skypes in for another lockdown special, becoming the second guest to bring fan fiction. This time it's about George Sampson, his sisters phone number, his home address, and then the fiction starts. Charly and Rhys open up about their shared need for internet friends and forum admin status as children, song lyric ghost writing for friends and still writing poems well into their 20s (although only one of them has ever been paid for it). Not to mention an angry open-letter-poem to Zac Efron. With all these celebrities it's a wonder this podcast hasn't got an official #Spon yet. Follow Early Work on Twitter @EarlyWorkPod or you can follow him @rhysjamesy Email your Early Work to earlyworkpodcast@gmail.com
03/05/2049m 39s

EP16: Isy Suttie

Inventor of the fake cockney accent singer-songwriter genre Isy Suttie Zooms into Early Work with a smorgasbord of youthful angst, unrequited love and radio plays about hat shops. The first guest to play live songs on the show, one of which was only meant to be heard by Tim and Dan, so this really is an exclusive. Not to mention egotistical band names, lyrics Bob Dylan would be proud of and poetry so deep you could drown in it. Plus Rhys shares a poem really biting off the GCSE anthology and reminisces about making anti-capitalist art as a 15 year old. Follow Early Work on Twitter @EarlyWorkPod or you can follow him @rhysjamesy Email your Early Work to earlyworkpodcast@gmail.com
26/04/2053m 44s

EP15: Glenn Moore

Glenn Moore! Once newsreader and maybe someday if live events return, back to being a comedian. Glenn has always had great jokes comics have been jealous of, but just wait until Tarantino, James Cameron, Spielberg, Scorsese and, yeah, why not, Richard Curtis, hear his adolescent story telling. Extremely visual, extraordinarily cinematic (in that a lot of it is scenes from existing films) and wildly unpredictable. With such mind-blowing twists in every tale, Glenn was clearly a talent, it’s a wonder he was writing these stories on holiday under duress from his parents. Expect guns, explosions, gore and untimely gags. Plus, Rhys shares some very twee ‘wit’ poems specifically to anger Glenn and it works. Follow Early Work on Twitter @EarlyWorkPod or you can follow him @rhysjamesy Email your Early Work to earlyworkpodcast@gmail.com
19/04/201h 3m

EP14: Doc Brown

Lockdown. Doc Brown. The only guest to have an Early Work section on his wikipedia. How do you go from samosa dealing in your youth to playing a drug dealer in the Inbetweeners? From beatboxing in school talent shows to Jump Off champion and features on David Brent tracks? The extraordinary career of Ben Bailey Smith is no accident. He put in the work early doors, with raps about Mr Sheen, Neighbours and Rosa Parks. Not to mention the bizarre quantity of drawings of elephants in an A Team sketch book that no doubt played a huge part in his current work. Plus, Rhys plucks up the courage to read a rap slagging off rap to a rapper. The good thing about the quarantine episodes recorded remotely is no one can punch you. Follow Early Work on Twitter @EarlyWorkPod or you can follow him @rhysjamesy Email your Early Work to earlyworkpodcast@gmail.com
12/04/201h 2m

EP13: Dan Schreiber

World's most interesting man, anecdote champion of the universe and low-hairlined Australian-raised Hong Kongese British citizen Dan Schreiber bowls into the Early Work Zoom sessions. A quarantine special. A lockdown exclusive. Story upon story of his parents hugely successful hairdressing and karaoke careers, Dan's own teenage bands, cult like schools and potentially libellous teacher insights. Then comes the early work. A musical about a student who was expelled just days before the performance. This is what it's all about. Early Work 3.0. Early Work-a-billion. Follow Early Work on Twitter @EarlyWorkPod or you can follow him @rhysjamesy Email your Early Work to earlyworkpodcast@gmail.com
05/04/201h 4m

EP12: Mark Watson

Non-driving son-of-a-chemistry-teacher Mark Watson is the most precocious guest so far. He wrote novels age 5 and had his own newspaper by 7, frequently publishing adverts for things you'd never anticipate a child being interested in (anyone need roofing?). The typical Watson modesty we've come to adore has been there since day one as even is his own written fantasies he's performing only quite well in international cricket fixtures and getting overwhelmed to the point of losing consciousness during time travel. He's also got an eye for a sudden ending and we're all hoping his definitely real Canadian childhood girlfriend gets in touch, flies to england, then does the podcast and goes home the end. Follow Early Work on Twitter @EarlyWorkPod or you can follow him @rhysjamesy Email your Early Work to earlyworkpodcast@gmail.com
29/03/201h 5m

EP11: Kerry Godliman

Rhys's Norwegian mother Kerry BOSHliman steps into Early Work quarantine to give us a selection of her life before she developed her no-nonsense nature. A peek into the nonsense days. Drama schools called EGYPT where she made safe sex videos. Long letters to Philip Seymour Hoffman in the pre-twitter era. Rhys clearly pretending to know who Hanif Kureishi is as she reads a short story about him. The Early Work is deep, poetic and beautiful, which is not great news for the Teen Horniness category. Plus, some of the most detailed analysis of Rhys's Early Work so far. Bosh. Follow Early Work on Twitter @EarlyWorkPod Rhys is on tour - all dates on his website. Or you can follow him @rhysjamesy Email your Early Work to earlyworkpodcast@gmail.com
23/03/2057m 51s

EP10: Mathew Horne

British comedy acting royalty Mathew Horne remembers nothing from his childhood... except his first funny character, his love of human geography, a choreographed dance for the football lads and earning his dad's approval immediately. Thankfully Rhys is on hand to analyse his early work's deeper meanings further than the "good lad" feedback from his teachers. Poems about pies, hair, football and bins. A menu Heston Blumenthal would be envious of. And finally some fair feedback for Rhys's pretentious attempt at something lyrical. Good lads. Follow Early Work on Twitter @EarlyWorkPod Rhys is on tour - all dates on his website. Or you can follow him @rhysjamesy Email your Early Work to earlyworkpodcast@gmail.com
16/03/2043m 48s

EP9: Jayde Adams

Shankings, arson, asthma. A mixed bag at school for Jayde Adams. So it’s no wonder she turned to writing. First of all, a novel longer than The Hobbit that she just up and deleted one day, failing to predict the inception of Early Work podcast where it would’ve been finally put to use. Then undeleted poetry about flu jabs, pets she’s allergic to one that inadvertently invents John Lewis christmas adverts. Plus, Rhys reads a super horny poem from his salad days and someone receives the first 15/15 score in Early Work history. Follow Early Work on Twitter @EarlyWorkPod Rhys is on tour - all dates on his website. Or you can follow him @rhysjamesy Email your Early Work to earlyworkpodcast@gmail.com
09/03/2038m 45s

EP8: Joel Dommett

Joel’s got weird knees. He’s also got weird habits, like inventing a new kind of walking, getting absolutely punk’d by the Wombles, making Stephen Mulhern uncomfortable and writing plays with his mum. Enlisting the acting talents of Rhys to help bring it to life, Joel brings to Early Work mansions his prize-winning murder mystery set it an old people’s home and Rhys responds with some Linkin Park inspired poetry about ‘time’. Drivel. Follow Early Work on Twitter @EarlyWorkPod Rhys is on tour - all dates on his website. Or you can follow him @rhysjamesy Email your Early Work to earlyworkpodcast@gmail.com
02/03/2050m 8s

EP7: Tom Rosenthal

Precocious Pleb Tom Rosenthal has been making #content for decades. Fans of his adolescent youtube channel will be familiar with Pimp My Toaster, long time followers will be well aware of his scouse accent in public speaking contests. Here, he ups the ante with an Early Work first: some Actual Recordings™ of things. Those things just so happen to be raps. Raps about cricket, sure, but also a diss track in an attempt to quash some beef at his middle-class school in Reading. Inspired by all this Rhys brings out a rap of his own, recorded on garageband age 19, parodying a Biggie Smalls classic. Listen through your hands. 24 hours to reply. Follow Tom on Twitter @rosentweets Follow Early Work on Twitter @EarlyWorkPod Rhys is on tour - all dates on his website. Or you can follow him @rhysjamesy Email your Early Work to earlyworkpodcast@gmail.com
24/02/2048m 55s

EP6: Nick Helm

Walking back-catalogue Nick Helm enters Early Work mansions with a supercomputer of content. Whether you're stuck in a well, your heads in an oven or you've just got your eyes closed, everything's dark in Nick's world, and what an honour it is to delve into. Plus, Rhys reads a poem he wrote on halloween about a girl he'd had an argument with. Boy oh boy. Follow Nick on Twitter @thenickhelm Follow Early Work on Twitter @EarlyWorkPod Rhys is on tour - all dates on his website. Or you can follow him @rhysjamesy Email your Early Work to earlyworkpodcast@gmail.com
17/02/2050m 37s

EP5: Tom Lucy

'School comedian' Tom Lucy is so precocious he's already started wearing gym clothes before his midlife crisis. He started stand-up when he was just 16 and labelled his childhood band "defenders of rock" age 10. This sort of confidence is exactly what you'd expect from someone who considers themselves 100% American. Tom's baffling, propaganda-laden song lyrics can only be rivalled by Rhys's hideous attempt at a Fire in The Booth style rap, grinding the podcast to a halt due to 'creative differences.' Follow Tom on Twitter @tomlucy Follow Early Work on Twitter @EarlyWorkPod Rhys is on tour - all dates on his website. Or you can follow him @rhysjamesy Email your Early Work to earlyworkpodcast@gmail.com
10/02/2051m 46s

EP4: John Kearns

Undisputed comedy champion John Kearns brings his blend of wistful, considered genius to the Early Work theatre - and you better believe Blair's in the audience. War scripts, a novella set in a zoo, a thousand titles for books that'll never exist; John always believed in buying the billboard before you've created the product. Plus, Rhys reads a poem about a street that can talk. Christ. Sorry. Follow John on Twitter @johnsfurcoat Follow Early Work on Twitter @EarlyWorkPod Rhys is on tour - all dates on his website. Or you can follow him @rhysjamesy
03/02/2053m 59s

EP3: Maisie Adam

Fresh from every panel show, comedian Maisie Adam cross-country jogs into the Early Work playground to prove that for her, it's not just about art, it's about business. It always has been. She's been charging for love poems since she way 10 years old and even with inflation the value for money is exceptional. To level the playing field, Rhys reads a poem you should be paid to sit through, and Maisie doesn't hold back in her reaction to it. Follow Maisie on Twitter @MaisieAdam Follow Early Work on Twitter @EarlyWorkPod Rhys is on tour - all dates on his website. Or you can follow him @rhysjamesy
27/01/2039m 17s

EP2: Lolly Adefope

Big shot "female actor" and the podcast's second Taskmaster loser, Lolly Adefope, slides into the Early Work ball-pool with some red hot teenage fan fiction, before showing some unwarranted support for Rhys's poetic plagiarism. It's a confident, unapologetic performance, but what else would expect from the coolest, smartest, funniest girl in school? Follow Lolly on Twitter @lollyadefope Follow Early Work on Twitter @EarlyWorkPod Rhys is on tour - all dates on his website. Or you can follow him @rhysjamesy
20/01/2049m 30s

EP1: Rose Matafeo

Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner and Taskmaster not-winner Rose Matafeo is the first to step up to the podium and deliver her incredibly versatile early work, before being quite forgiving of Rhys's tragic offering. Things start edgy and end up spooky, so consider this a trigger warning. Follow Rose on Twitter @rose_matafeo Follow Early Work on Twitter @EarlyWorkPod Rhys is on tour - all dates on his website. Or you can follow him @rhysjamesy
13/01/2043m 29s

Early Work with Rhys James - Trailer

Early Work with Rhys James, episode 1 coming 13th January.
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