Have You Heard? is a series in which the team from Pod Bible meet the people behind the podcasts you may not have heard of yet. While the Oh. My. Pod. section in the magazine gives a quick shout out to shows of that ilk, Have You Heard aims to go deeper in an effort to spread awareness for shows that deserve more exposure! In this week’s edition we sat down with Chris Cantrill and Amy Gledhill, known as The Delightful Sausage, to discuss their podcast, Tiredness Kills.
POD BIBLE: Can you introduce yourself and your podcast to our readers?
THE DELIGHTFUL SAUSAGE: Hello! We’re Chris Cantrill and Amy Gledhill, collectively known as The Delightful Sausage; a double act hailing from oop north. We churn out award-winning, surreal comedy and recently made our TV debut on Harry Hill’s Clubnite (C4).
Tiredness Kills is a new comedy podcast and a long-overdue addition to the sparsely populated Sleep Avoidance sub-genre. Each episode has a mix of sleep related chat, deeply unpleasant sketches and harrowing stories which will keep you up well after bedtime. If that sounds like your cuppa chai – please seek help immediately!
PB: What made you decide to start a podcast during the pandemic?
TDS: Our listeners seem to be responding well to our grubby slice of escapism but thankfully, we’d already started work on Tiredness Kills prior to lockdown kicking in. Although launching a podcast in the pandemic has certainly been a baptism of fire for us, it’s been a blessing to have something to focus on following the unfortunate (but totally necessary) cancellation of our first-ever UK tour.
PB: How did you land on podcasting as the right medium for what you are trying to achieve?
TDS: We’ve been keen to get a podcast on the go for some time. It’s an exciting medium which gives us huge amounts of freedom to create weird little worlds for audiences all over the world. What we really like is just how accessible it is, there are no gatekeepers to impress or expensive hurdles to overcome – we can come up with an idea, hop in the recording booth and have it horrifying listeners by teatime!
PB: What’s the first podcast you ever listened to?
TDS: That’s going way back but think it was probably either This American Life or RadioLab.
PB:Which podcasts inspire you?
TDS: We’re huge fans of the shows produced by Gimlet. Although our show is infinitely sillier than anything they produce, we’ve always tried to emulate the level of care and precision which they’ve become renowned for.
Mandatory Redistribution Party has also been a huge influence for us; it’s exciting, hilarious and endlessly inventive. Being huge fans, we approached co-creator Jack Evans and asked him to produce Tiredness Kills. We still can’t quite believe he agreed!
Our favourite comedy podcasts include Dear Joan and Jericha, The Beef and Dairy Network, Athletico Mince, and GOSSIPMONGERS.
PB: Who’s your dream guest for the podcast?
TDS: We’ve got our hearts set on recruiting Florence Pugh to play Amy’s sleeping pill dealer. We’ve reached out but so far all we’re getting back is Cease and Desist on headed paper.
PB: What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt so far as a podcaster?
TDS: The chief lesson we’ve learnt is that putting together a highly produced podcast in a pandemic is a bit mad! But even though it’s been tough, we’ve learnt an incredible amount in a really short time. As we’re sinking 40 plus hours into each episode we’ve decided that we’re only able to release Tiredness Kills in limited seasons so there’s enough time in the process to edit.
PB: Which episode would you say is the perfect introduction to your podcast?
TDS: Episode 4 is a great place to dive into our strange little world! There’s a spooky story about a demonologist, lots of NSFW chat and Amy spends the evening with a thick-fingered trucker from Sheffield. That said, we would recommend starting from the beginning as we’ve got a surprising amount of ongoing narrative tying them all together.
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