Manatomy with Danny Wallace & Phil Hilton

Manatomy with Danny Wallace & Phil Hilton

By Stitcher & Danny Wallace, Phil Hilton

Manatomy is a place where well-known men talk honestly about their bodies. It’s not about getting thinner or fitter or putting on muscle – it’s about being funny and honest. We cover secret vanities, bizarre insecurities, muscle, fat, broken bones, damaged pride and the magnetic appeal of cheese. You will laugh, gasp and feel part of a warm awkward, human family.

Episodes

MIKE GAYLE: “Stallion thighs.”

Novelist Mike Gayle has forged a career in industries largely populated by women. He’s a former agony uncle, responding for dispensing advice to worried teenage girls, and his bestselling books like Turning 30 and My Legendary Girlfriend explore relationships and manhood in really accessible ways. Here he talks men, women, pole vaulting, great calves, stallion thighs, lovely fingernails and the day he realised he absolutely definitely needed glasses. Get in touch and have a great day. And please do consider leaving a review!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
13/07/2256m 47s

MARTIN ROBERTS: “I had minutes to live.”

It’s one year of Manatomy! Today, the hugely affable Martin Roberts joins Danny & Phil with an urgent message. Martin is one of daytime TV’s most familiar faces, thanks not just to Homes Under the Hammer, but also his appearances on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and for stripping off for The Real Full Monty. But what he thought was Long-COVID and took him to the doctor’s turned out to be something else incredibly dangerous, and if he hadn’t sought help he was told he’d have had only minutes to live. What on earth is that like, and where’s he at now? Get in touch and have a great day. And please do consider leaving a review!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
06/07/2252m 15s

JONATHAN GOODWIN: “There’s only now.”

America’s Got Talent and BBC America star Jonathan Goodwin is the Welsh daredevil and escapologist famous for his incredible acts of bravery, skill and risk. It’s what got him his own show - The Incredible Mr Goodwin - and a reputation for thrilling audiences worldwide. But in just one moment, his whole world - and body - changed. Today, we talk fear, risk, mindset, and paralysis. We can’t thank Jonathan enough for his openness and insight. Find him on Twitter at @TheDaredevil Get in touch and have a great day. And please do consider leaving a review!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/06/221h 0m

JOHNNY VAUGHAN: “Bang-on six foot.”

The lightning-quick TV and radio broadcasting genius that is Johnny Vaughan is our fiftieth guest on Manatomy, and it’s important you appreciate he is bang on six-feet tall, with feet also a remarkably specific length. Today, he takes us from top to toe in typically freeform manner, talking heart attack adverts, tan-lines, paunches, quads, incredible sportsmanship, and style (his stories about selling sexy boxer shorts will never be forgotten). Get in touch and have a great day. And please do consider leaving a review! Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at manatomy.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
22/06/2250m 22s

PETE MCKEE: “I’m aware I’ve had the full benefit of someone passing.”

This guy is an absolute dude. A pop-artist who took up the game after leaving Tesco at 40, he quickly became a favourite of the Gallagher brothers, Arctic Monkeys and more. He can sum up the life of a body with just a few of his brushstrokes - despair, delight, love, angst. But his own body - raised on Sheffield stodge - has given him a few surprises, and in this episode, he tells Danny & Phil about the shock his body one day surprised him with - but which led to more than a little enlightenment. Talking music, surprise organ transplants, fear, mortality, and the guilt of a total stranger giving you life… it’s the thoughtful and brilliant Pete McKee. Get in touch and have a great day. And please do consider leaving a review! Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at manatomy.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
15/06/2259m 24s

SCOTT BENNETT: “Uniball!”

Winner of the Comic’s Comic Award, the hugely funny and affable Scott Bennett joinsDanny & Phil this week, to talk twisted testicles, his wonderful hair, exhaustion, anxiety, mid-life, and the unfairness of genetics. Scott’s always gigging, but has a full tour coming up - find all the 2022 dates atscottbennettcomedy.co.uk And check out the podcast he does with his very funny wife, Jemma - Brew with theBennetts (@BWTBPod on Twitter). Get in touch and have a great day. And please do consider leaving a review - it all genuinely helps the podcast. Well, if it’s nice it does.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
08/06/221h 5m

MARK WATSON: “An odd relationship with self-esteem.”

Thoughtful and erudite comic Mark Watson has put his body through a lot over the years. Whether it’s adrenaline, stress, panic or literally ending up near-starving on a desert island eating snails. Here he talks with Danny & Phil about booze, self-criticism, fear, losing control, anxiety, confidence, doubt and so much more. It’s a great chat with a man who, like a lot of men and women, maybe needs to forgive himself more. Get in touch and have a great day. And please do consider leaving a review! Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at manatomy.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
01/06/221h 0m

SAM DELANEY: “Bravado, bullshit, booze and bugle.”

The brilliant journalist and author Sam Delaney is also the brains behind the excellent The Reset podcast and newsletter. Why The Reset? Because Sam had to do just that. In this episode, he talks just as frankly but always as entertainingly as he writes, about booze, drugs, addiction, anxiety, hair loss, and the trip to IKEA that went very wrong indeed. It all sounds like A Lot, but Sam is such great company that it flies by. Our thanks to him. Check out The Reset at https://samdelaney.substack.com/ if you feel like any of the issues raised need a friend to help you talk it through. Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at manatomy.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
25/05/221h 10m

CHEF ANDRE RUSH: “I’ll kick yo’ ass... Then make you dessert.”

Chef Andre Rush is one-of-a-kind. Once a sickly kid, he grew into a US Army Master Sergeant with enormous biceps who does 2,222 push-ups every single day. He also became a chef. One who would find himself a White House chef, cooking fordiplomats and no fewer than four US Presidents. On September 11th 2001, he was in the gym at the Pentagon when the attacks happened. He immediately signed up for combat duty. On the show, he talks male pride, masculinity, Arnold Schwarzenegger, PTSD, and what President Obama really liked to snack on. Get in touch and have a great day. And please do consider leaving a review! Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at manatomy.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
18/05/2254m 19s

JAMES O’BRIEN: “A mate of mine missed the pot!”

We talk about things we’ve never talked about on the show before, thanks to record-setting LBC broadcaster and journalist James O’Brien, whose article on the shock of realising you may be close to infertile has helped very many men. Elsewhere, he talks his own adoption and the strange feeling of not knowing who you’re growing up to look like, the toxic men so many ‘posh’ schools pump out, hair loss, bad knees, and shaking hands with the men at the sperm place. Get in touch and have a great day. And please do consider leaving a review! Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at manatomy.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/05/221h 9m

ED GAMBLE: "I worry more about my weight now."

When he was in his early 20s, Ed Gamble weighed around 19 stone, or 265lbs. He lost more than a third of his body weight in just months. In this episode, the Off Menu podcast superstar and Great British Menu TV host talks binge-eating, type 1 diabetes, injecting yourself in public, and looking like an American GI. Get in touch and have a great day. And please do consider leaving a review - it all genuinely helps the podcast. Well, if it’s nice it does. Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at manatomy.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
04/05/2252m 2s

JASON BYRNE: “A weird thing happens with my testicles.”

Superstar Irish comedian Jason Byrne is a whirlwind of energy, sweatily whipping up crowds around the world - and even his recent health scare can’t stop him. Plus, he brilliantly and hilariously talks opticians, lazy eyes, thick glasses, red hair, pale skin, lanky frames, the way Spanish lads smell, and of course Irish dads. Jason’s very funny memoir of childhood, “Adventures of a Wonky-Eyed Boy”, is available on Amazon, with a sequel coming soon. Get in touch and have a great day. And please do consider leaving a review - it all genuinely helps the podcast. Well, if it’s nice it does. Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at manatomy.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
27/04/221h 10m

TONY BLACKBURN: “I never had that confidence when I was younger.”

Living legend Tony Blackburn has been one of the most famous faces - and voices - in the UK since before many of us were born. The iconic radio deejay and TV presenter is a grafter, an enthusiast, an optimist and at nearly 80 years old, still packed with energy. He’s also very funny. Here he sits down with Danny and Phil to talk sex, drugs, rock and roll, the 60s, mortality, mental health and how to be like him at 79. Plus he apologises to runner beans. Get in touch and have a great day. And please do consider leaving a review - it all genuinely helps the podcast. Well, if it’s nice it does. Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at manatomy.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
20/04/2254m 5s

JUSTIN MOORHOUSE: “Throwing chicken wings in Aldi.”

The papers might call him a “roly-poly Northern funnyman” but glass-half-full Justin Moorhouse, has a lot more going on than that. Prepare for medical revelations, body frustrations, and a pure mic-drop moment of clarity and realisation. Plus a load of laughs, with a man who can’t not be funny. Oh, and what the hell’s “the cabbage diet”? Get in touch and have a great day. And please do consider leaving a review - it all genuinely helps the podcast. Well, if it’s nice it does. Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at manatomy.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
13/04/221h 3m

LETHAL BIZZLE: “Fans would draw pictures of me - and make me fat!”

Rapper and grime artist Lethal Bizzle found his moniker on the school football pitch, startedmaking music there too, took it to pirate radio - and before he knew it was in the UK Top 10. A gym nut, but a junk food fan, here he sits down with Danny and Phil to talk gyms, racialprofiling, six-packs, and that sweet, sweet year he had the perfect haircut. We thank himvery much. His new album LETHAL B vs LETHAL BIZZLE is out right now. Pow! Get in touch and have a great day. And please do consider leaving a review - it all genuinely helps the podcast. Well, if it’s nice it does. Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories anduseful stuff, at manatomy.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
06/04/221h 4m

DAVID GANDY: “If this nose keeps growing I’m in trouble.”

Not many male models are known by name, but David Gandy is definitely one of the few. Britain’s highest-earning male model is globally recognised and constantly in demand - ever since *that* Dolce & Gabbana shoot that saw every single inch of him take over Times Square. What must all this be like for an Essex boy who never meant to model in the first place? Here he talks rejection, self-doubt, hang-ups, ageing and fatherhood - and it’s a real insight into his world. David’s ace new Wellwear project can be found at davidgandywellwear.com Get in touch and have a great day. And please do consider leaving a review - it all genuinely helps the podcast. Well, if it’s a nice review it does. Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at manatomy.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30/03/221h 3m

ROSS NOBLE: “I don’t care what anyone thinks about me.”

It’s the turn of comedy superstar Ross Noble to discuss his body this week, which was a surprise to him. He talks long hair, chicken wings, and the unexpected onset of gout. And also about having the eyes of Nicolas Cage. Get in touch and have a great day. And please do consider leaving a review - it all genuinely helps the podcast. Well, if it’s nice it does. Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at manatomy.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
23/03/2259m 28s

ROH YAKOBI: “They could kill you for this.”

This man, Roh Yakobi, wears and bears the scars of war. His dad was the local militia commander, and life was hard. He was kidnapped by the Taliban aged 12, imprisoned, and tortured. He fled to Pakistan as a child, smuggling opium across the border, and Iran, where he worked as a child labourer in factories and construction sites. He made it to Britain in 2004, and is now Associate Fellow at the Human Security Centre. He also likes his fish and chips. Find him on Twitter at @rohyakobi. TW: Talk of suicidal ideation, plus an attempt. If you ever feel even close, talk to someone. In the UK, the Samaritans are ready to talk, day or night. Call free on 116 123. In the US, it’s 1(800) 273-TALK. In Australia, 135 247. In NZ, it’s 0800 72 66 66. Or please google wherever you are, help’s a call away. Get in touch and have a great day. And consider leaving a review - and telling a local tradesman. Don’t forget you can also subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at manatomy.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
16/03/221h 13m

TONY SCHUMACHER: “I was a nylon turd.”

In one of our favourite episodes, the critically-acclaimed writer Tony Schumacher talks honestly and hilariously of the thousand lives he’s lived. From growing up as an initially non-speaking, non-cute kid - “I looked like a Kinder egg with long arms” - to the decade of long nights he spent driving around Liverpool as a police first responder, Tony’s experiences are visceral, exciting, traumatic - but delivered with an easy, laid-back wit you’ll love. The former council tip worker and roofer - now creator of hit BBC show The Responder - talks long limbs, third nipples, and physical fights with men in their underwear. But also the absolute exhaustion so many on the frontline must eventually feel. TW: Tony’s work in the police left him pretty burned out, and at times he felt at his lowest. There’s talk of recurring suicidal ideation. If you ever feel even close, talk to someone. In the UK, the Samaritans are ready to talk, day or night. Call free on 116 123. In the US, it’s 1(800) 273-TALK. In Australia, 135 247. In NZ, it’s 0800 72 66 66. Or please google wherever you are, help’s a call away. Don’t forget you can also subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at manatomy.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
09/03/221h 2m

DALISO CHAPONDA: “I’m not the Prince of Bel Air. I’m Carlton.”

The Zambian-born Malawian comic, writer and star of TV and radio Daliso Chaponda sitsdown with Danny and Phil this week - and he is fascinating. He talks being the son of arefugee-turned-diplomat, shirtlessness, growing up as a very cute child indeed, and thepride of being a long distance runner. Plus, going to what we think might be the veryweirdest school in Africa. Get in touch and have a great day. And consider leaving a review - and telling your cousins. Don’t forget you can also subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories anduseful stuff, at manatomy.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
02/03/2255m 48s

ALEX BROOKER: “Thin-skinned and insecure.”

When the very funny and charming Alex Brooker was a kid, there weren’t many people like him on TV. So he grew up thinking there weren’t many people like him at all. He’s worked to change that, and here the hugely popular journalist and TV host tells Danny and Phil about girls, the week he drank nothing but pepper juice, and the day he discovered a genuinely world-champion level skill he had no idea he had. Get in touch and have a great day. And consider leaving a review - and telling your barber. Don’t forget you can also subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at manatomy.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
23/02/2257m 47s

NIGEL NG: “Metrosexual is a term we use for guys who shower.”

“Guys get judged as harshly in Asia as women get judged in the West” says globetrotting Malaysian-Chinese comedian and insanely popular social media superstar Nigel Ng. Uncle Roger himself talks diets, six-packs, hairlines, cooking fish in an office microwave, make-up for men, British boozing and Bruce Lee. Nigel’s off on a World Tour - from London to Singapore to Seattle and everywhere else - but his new podcast HAIYAA means he can stay at home with you, so definitely check it out, wherever you got this one. Get in touch and have a great day. And consider leaving a review - and telling your mother. Don’t forget you can also subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at manatomy.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
16/02/2256m 48s

RUFUS HOUND: “I feel sexy.”

Actor and comic Rufus Hound joins Danny and Phil to talk about how sexy he suddenly feels these days. Where does that confidence come from and how do we get it? Elsewhere, he discusses tattoos, facial hair, receding hairlines, ADHD and more. TW: Rufus discusses at one point why he thinks it may be that he can’t take advice from older men, and there’s chat about the corresponding mental health issues. As ever, email us on hello@assemblehere, find us on Twitter @assemblehere and please consider leaving a review (sadly we can only accept glowing ones at this point). Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at assemblehere.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
09/02/2245m 7s

DERRICK EVANS MBE: “Flip me!”

Mr Motivator, aka Derrick Evans, is a British TV legend, a diversity pioneer and a man who can’t swear so says “Flip me!” instead. His brightly coloured lycra-clad body changed the way millions of viewers thought about exercise, and today, at almost 70, he’s not slowing down. He talks to Danny and Phil about adoption, racism, homelessness, bullying - and the day he found that lightbulb fitness moment quite by accident.  Get in touch and have a great day. And please do consider leaving a review - it all genuinely helps the podcast. Well, if it’s nice it does.  Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at manatomy.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
02/02/2253m 23s

SCROOBIUS PIP: “They made me the Alpha hipster.”

Actor, poet, hip hop star and podcaster Scroobius Pip sits down with Danny and Phil this week - and what follows is a wide-ranging chat about body image struggles, hipsters, height, the kinship bearded men have, tattoo removal and the beauty of Brazilian jiu jitsu. Get in touch and have a great day. And please do consider leaving a review - it all genuinely helps the podcast. Well, if it’s nice it does. Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at manatomy.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
26/01/221h 3m

JACK WHITEHALL: “We were quite a nudey family.”

Film star and arena-filling comedian Jack Whitehall sits down with Danny and Phil, to talk about posh bodies, weak chins and bad posture. And also about the night his father inadvertently revealed himself to a gaggle of shocked youths. Get in touch and have a great day. And please do consider leaving a review - it all genuinely helps the podcast. Well, if it’s nice it does. Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at manatomy.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
19/01/2246m 59s

RANKIN: “I probably shouldn’t say this.”

Genuinely legendary photographer and the man whose portraits have defined whole eras Rankin is our guest this week, and the show is packed with his thoughtful wisdom on men, men’s bodies, male nudity, penises, self-confidence and empowerment. The man who’s captured the essence of not just entire decades but everybody from the Queen to Arnold Schwarzenneger is entirely open and this is, dare we say it, a fantastic episode. Get in touch and have a great day. And please do consider leaving a review - it all genuinely helps the podcast. Well, if it’s nice it does. Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at manatomy.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/01/221h 3m

MIKE BUBBINS: “The Welsh Burt Reynolds.”

Stand-up and sitcom star Mike Bubbins has had many bodies: weightlifter, rugby professional and 70s detective are just three of them. Here, he tells Danny and Phil about the confidence it takes to wear Speedos, the lure of luscious moustaches, dying your sideburns and what it’s like to rip your bicep off. We find out what he smells of, the time he was nearly punched clean out of a boxing ring, and the only moment he’s ever really confronted his mortality. As ever, email us on hello@assemblehere.co.uk, find us on Twitter @assemblehere and if you review us, let us know the thing about your body you’d give five stars! Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at assemblehere.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
05/01/221h 11m

LUKE STOLTMAN: “Triple XL. Especially in the crotch department.”

Europe’s Strongest Man Luke Stoltman is known as the Highland Oak. Together with his‘little’ brother Tom, he’s proved one of the most popular and impressive strongmen in thesport. Here he talks muscles, mindset, Big Man Breakfasts and how a man working on an oil rig became the strongest on the continent. Plus, what being a “wee daftie” in the body of a Greek God is like, and how uncomfortable restaurant seating is. Also - we tell you how towin a pair of VIP tickets to a UK strongman event of your choice! Get in touch and have a great day. And please do consider leaving a review - it all genuinely helps the podcast. Well, if it’s nice it does. Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories anduseful stuff, at manatomy.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/12/2152m 18s

STEPHEN FRY: “I wanted to trade with the Devil.”

The very English body of Stephen Fry is discussed this week, with the author, comedian, and - obviously - national treasure only too willing to discuss bent noses, small paunches, school showers, Faustian pacts, cocaine, bipolar, getting one over on Biff Tannen, 80s gay clubs, and self-acceptance. We cannot thank him enough. Get in touch and have a great day. And please do consider leaving a review - it all genuinely helps the podcast. Well, if it’s nice it does. Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at manatomy.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
22/12/211h 2m

DAVE BERRY: “I will protect my loved ones from Evil!”

Broadcaster, ex-model and tailoring enthusiast Dave Berry talks us through his body this week, and there are some surprises. Bad Cantonese tattoos, hairless buttocks and shiny white legs being just three. Dave is funny and candid about the power of dressing well, what not to wear when presenting children’s television, and being open about your body with your friends. By the end of the show, you’ll feel like he’s your friend, too. As ever, email us on hello@assemblehere.co.uk, find us on Twitter @assemblehere.co.uk or Insta on @manatomypod and please consider leaving a review (sadly we can only accept glowing ones at this point). Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at assemblehere.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
15/12/211h 3m

JAYDE ADAMS: “I’m a bit of an over-sharer.”

Comedian, presenter and 6ft, former Bristolian freestyle disco dancer Jayde Adams joins Danny and Phil this week. Her former boyfriends have been all sorts of shapes and sizes, and here she reveals why she’s not the type to have a ‘type’. She also talks height, drag acts, what men do wrong in bed - and what they do right. As ever, email us on hello@assemblehere.co.uk, find us on Twitter @assemblehere and if you review us, let us know the thing about your body you’d give five stars! Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at assemblehere.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
08/12/211h 7m

TONY HALE: “I embraced my quirk.”

The double Emmy Award-winning actor Tony Hale knows exactly what to do with his body. The Veep and Arrested Development star talks shirtlessness, awkwardness, anxiety, his lovely arms, and what it’s like to walk into an audition and see fifty other quirky men who look just like you. Get in touch and have a great day. And please do consider leaving a review - it all genuinely helps the podcast. Well, if it’s nice it does. Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at manatomy.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
01/12/2156m 18s

IAIN LEE: “This is the last time I’m going to be so personal.”

Late night radio legend and TV star Iain Lee opens up on skinniness, eating, beards, addiction, “always having to have something wrong” and coming out as bisexual in an extremely frank discussion about his body. And it’s very funny, because he’s so very funny, and it’s smart, because he’s so smart. He is also insanely strong - to get through the things he’s been through with such wit and, as you’ll hear, wisdom. With beautiful eyelashes and nipples like tiddlywinks, Iain lays his body bare and is willing to talk about anything - for what he says is the last time. TW: There’s talk of some pretty dark stuff in this episode, delivered openly and frankly, including abuse Iain suffered, as well as addictions and the worst of thoughts. Please remember that the Samaritans are available 24/7 - and will always pick up. www.samaritans.org As ever, email us on hello@assemblehere.co.uk, find us on Twitter @assemblehere and if you review us, let us know the thing about your body you’d give five stars! Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at assemblehere.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
24/11/211h 3m

RHYS JAMES: “My job isn’t to have perfect nipples.”

The brilliant comedian Rhys James is our guest this week, and he’s hilarious. He’s a man who’s come to terms with his unusual nipples and wonderfully hairy legs, and talks very openly about his admiration for his friend Jamie’s body, his dwindling youth, and being stared at in the gym by a big group of schoolchildren. You can email us on hello@assemblehere.co.uk, find us on Twitter @assemblehere and if you review us, let us know the thing about your body you’d give five stars! Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at assemblehere.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
17/11/211h 5m

REVEREND RICHARD COLES: “I used to long to be a brain in a jar.”

Legendary pop star. Local vicar. The Reverend Richard Coles is our guest this week and it is fantastic. Warm, wise and remarkably candid, the former Communard turned vicar, turned TV and radio star talks about body hatred, dodgy teeth, amphetamines, and the discovery he made in a tent in 1976 that radically changed his summer. As ever, email us on hello@assemblehere.co.uk, find us on Twitter @assemblehere and if you review us, let us know the thing about your body you’d give five stars! Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at assemblehere.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/11/2155m 34s

FRANK COTTRELL-BOYCE: “I have great biceps.”

Celebrated screenwriter and author Frank Cottrell-Boyce sits down with Danny and Phil this week, and reveals a completely remarkable fact about his body that has caused concerned strangers to stop him in the street. He also covers what it’s like having fantastic biceps, being the shortest man in his family, and the day he knew he’d never be a professional athlete. Something both Danny and Phil knew the day they were born. As ever, email us on hello@assemblehere.co.uk, find us on Twitter @assemblehere and if you review us, let us know the thing about your body you’d give five stars! Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at assemblehere.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
03/11/2158m 51s

ROB BECKETT: “My house was brutal!”

Stand-up comic and TV host Rob Beckett grew up in a house where people were pretty comfortable with pointing out each others’ flaws. Permanently embarrassed by his nipples and lack of pubic hair, young Rob grew up to use them to his advantage. Here he talks hilariously about chests, big teeth, finding confidence and peace - and colouring in your moustache with a Sharpie. You can email us on hello@assemblehere.co.uk, find us on Twitter @assemblehere or Insta on @manatomypod and please consider leaving a review (sadly we can only accept glowing ones at this point). Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at assemblehere.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
27/10/2155m 32s

JON RONSON: “Crouching, fearful perverts.”

The peerless journalist and author Jon Ronson’s distinctive voice has caused him more problems than you might think, particularly when it comes to calling out loud for his cat. He also tells Danny and Phil about teenage angst, weight gain, the beauty of youth, wearing hats to remain invisible as a man who wants to blend in, and the self-confidence of the American porn stars he spent three years studying (for work). As ever, email us on hello@assemblehere.co.uk, find us on Twitter @assemblehere and if you review us, let us know the thing about your body you’d give five stars! Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at assemblehere.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
20/10/211h 1m

STEPHANIE HIRST: “I took myself off to Korea.”

Radio star Stephanie Hirst joins Danny and Phil to talk about body image, double lives - and the trip she took to South Korea to literally find her voice. TW: There is talk of a very dark period in her life in which she contemplated the worst. But this is also a fun and funny chat with someone very happy to be where they are. As ever, email us on hello@assemblehere.co.uk, find us on Twitter @assemblehere and if you review us, let us know the thing about your body you’d give five stars! Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at assemblehere.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
13/10/211h 2m

JOHN AMAECHI OBE: “My mother told me: People will be scared of you.”

This guy. John Amaechi is fantastic. The psychologist and former NBA star sits down with Danny & Phil to discuss what it is to be a broad, powerful, 6’9” Black man in a world of tiny people. He talks with great care about the responsibilities his body brings with it, standing out, and having incredible physical power but being careful never to use it. As the first openly gay player in the NBA, he’s a man who can talk openly and wisely about almost anything - and we certainly learned a lot. As ever, email us on hello@assemblehere.co.uk, find us on Twitter @assemblehere or Insta on @manatomypod and please consider leaving a review (sadly we can only accept glowing ones at this point). Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at assemblehere.co.uk. Photo courtesy of APS.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
06/10/2153m 17s

GARY LINEKER: “I blub more now.”

Former England captain, brilliantly pacey striker and Match of the Day host Gary Lineker is our guest this week, and as always, Lineker delivers. The BBC’s highest-paid TV presenter talks with wit and self-deprecation about testosterone, hairless testes, and the painful moment he knew football had left him. Plus red wine, mortality, toes, and in his own words, “shitting myself” live on TV in front of millions worldwide. We were privileged to have him for an hour, he is a genuine hero. As ever, email us on hello@assemblehere.co.uk, find us on Twitter @assemblehere and please consider leaving a review (sadly we can only accept glowing ones at this point). Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at assemblehere.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/09/211h 4m

SCOTTEE: “I got Fat Panic!”

Artist, writer and “big fat Mary on a bike” Scottee is our guest this week - and what a guest. He talks with wit and wisdom about weight, growing up in poverty and why his therapist should be paying him. It’s a fantastic and comfortably uncomfortable chat which opened Danny & Phil’s eyes. TW: In amongst the laughs, Scottee also talks about some pretty dark things that happened to him. Includes mentions of sexual abuse, homophobia and violent acts. As ever, email us on hello@assemblehere.co.uk, find us on Twitter @assemblehere and if you review us, let us know the thing about your body you’d give five stars! Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at assemblehere.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
22/09/211h 10m

JOSH WIDDICOMBE: “Morphine. Best time of my life.”

Comedian, author and star of The Last Leg Josh Widdicombe sits down with Danny and Phil to talk about emergency operations, discovering muscles, being a fake “lad”, and that most male of concerns: the chest. He says there’s “something of the Hobbit about me” and also describes what it is to have the Great British body. As ever, email us on hello@assemblehere.co.uk, find us on Twitter @assemblehere and please consider leaving a review (sadly we can only accept glowing ones at this point). Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at assemblehere.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
15/09/2159m 32s

JASON MANFORD: “Why do Greek statues have such little willies?”

Arena-filling stand-up comedian and TV host Jason Manford talks humiliation, acceptance and foot moisturising socks in this fantastic episode of Manatomy. He reveals the day he decided to take control of his body image, how to deal with those who’d make fun of you, and tells Danny and Phil a story he’s never said out loud before which will make you wince. As ever, email us on hello@assemblehere.co.uk, find us on Twitter @assemblehere and if you review us, let us know the thing about your body you’d give five stars! Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at assemblehere.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
08/09/211h 2m

RICK EDWARDS: “The ears of a small girl.”

TV star and writer Rick Edwards was not always a hunk. As a gawky child he had to wear a portable head unit at night to correct the teeth that went wonky through thumb-sucking. Then, like a swan or a beautiful flower, he blossomed. Here Rick hilariously and generously talks about the unpleasant way people treat models, what it’s like to have big nostrils and tiny ears, and reveals for the first time a very unusual thing he used to do to while naked. As ever, email us on hello@assemblehere.co.uk, find us on Twitter @assemblehere and if you review us, let us know the thing about your body you’d give five stars! Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at assemblehere.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
01/09/211h 7m

OMID DJALILI: “I am a sphere.”

Comedian and star of The Mummy and Gladiator Omid Djalili joins Danny and Phil this week to talk about feeling like “a sphere”, how many knee operations is too many, and the secret to male youthfulness he learned first-hand from a VERY famous (but legally redacted) actor. Also involves childhood hero worship, prosthetic testicles and one very blunt Iranian family. As ever, email us on hello@assemblehere.co.uk, find us on Twitter @assemblehere and if you review us, let us know the thing about your body you’d give five stars! Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at assemblehere.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
25/08/2159m 5s

SIR CHRIS HOY: “I had a hip boob.”

Danny and Phil chat with Britain’s six-time Gold medal-winning cyclist Sir Chris Hoy. He talks intense training, hairless legs, giant thighs and being in the greatest shape of your life. But now he’s retired, we also talk aches and pains, the Dad noises you make when you sit down, slow-cooked meats and Danny has a frankly unwelcome tip about urinals. As ever, email us on hello@assemblehere.co.uk, find us on Twitter @assemblehere and if you review us, let us know the thing about your body you’d give five stars! Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at assemblehere.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
18/08/211h 1m

MARCUS BRIGSTOCKE: “My foreskin is somewhere in Guildford.”

Comedian Marcus Brigstocke has a… complicated history with food. Sent to an English boarding school at seven years old, he found comfort in binge-eating - whether stolen or literally fished out of the trash. He also tells Danny and Phil about unrequested circumcisions, becoming a tall goth, and there’s more than you might expect about cheese. TW: Marcus was in a very dark place at one point, with all that that entails. As ever, email us on hello@assemblehere.co.uk, find us on Twitter @assemblehere and if you review us, let us know the thing about your body you’d give five stars! Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at assemblehere.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/08/211h 5m

ADAM BUXTON: “I had the best haircut of my life in 1998.”

King of British podcasts, Adam Buxton is our guest this week, and the TV and radio star is completely open, very wise and brilliantly funny. He talks of ageing bodies, mortality, big beards, vanity, girls, and small man syndrome. As ever, email us on hello@assemblehere.co.uk, find us on Twitter @assemblehere and if you review us, let us know the thing about your body you’d give five stars! Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at assemblehere.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
04/08/211h 1m

TIM MINCHIN: “I can’t wait to dive into the penis.”

Comedian Tim Minchin sits down with Danny and Phil and tells them he has a complex relationship with his body. On the one hand, he knows it’s perfectly pleasant. On the other, he doesn’t see how it can be. We talk teenage bodies, how we’ve tried to appeal more to women, and at one point he’s very keen to talk about penises. Note: there is a little dodgy audio at the very beginning for a couple of minutes, but it gets much better very quickly. As ever, email us on hello@assemblehere.co.uk, find us on Twitter @assemblehere and if you review us, let us know the thing about your body you’d give five stars! Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at assemblehere.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
28/07/2159m 2s

TOM ALLEN: “Why’d you speak like that?”

Comedian Tom Allen joins Danny and Phil this week for a fascinating and funny chat about having a very posh voice when your parents definitely don’t, losing his hair, and growing up in a town where no one understands why you dress like an 18th century butler. You can email us on hello@assemblehere.co.uk, find us on Twitter @assemblehere and if you review us, let us know the thing about your body you’d give five stars! Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at assemblehere.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
21/07/211h 7m

JAMEELA JAMIL: “I’m essentially a memory foam mattress with nipples.”

We begin our show about men and their bodies - with a woman. This is an open show, and we wanted someone to be open about men. So we asked the brilliant writer and Good Place actor Jameela Jamil about men and their hang-ups, their worries and their triumphs. There’s talk of Dad Bods (Danny likes his), heightism (which Phil’s experienced) and quite a lot of *very* cathartic swearing. You can email us on hello@assemblehere.co.uk, find us on Twitter @assemblehere and if you review us, let us know the thing about your body you’d give five stars! Don’t forget you can subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, packed with stories and useful stuff, at assemblehere.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
14/07/211h 4m

Welcome to Manatomy

Manatomy is the show where men talk frankly about their own bodies. From the weird insecurities to the tiny triumphs. From weird feet to glorious shoulders, to the bodies we really wanted when we were teenagers. Danny Wallace and Phil Hilton talk to a host of well-known names and chat about the things no one ever chats about. Subscribe now!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30/06/211m 30s
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