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What a difference a day makes….

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…so Sunday afternoon I was thinking about knocking The Rabbit Hole on the head. It was a lot of work, we’d under recorded in the past, maybe it had had it’s very brief day. Then, Sunday evening, we recorded over 2 hours of actual proper real gold. It was one of those evenings where everything just worked! Technically it was superb. People called in. We had some delicious answerphone messages, and a live audience that wanted to play. Highlights were the call from a new dad who’d been given the number by his mate and Mrs Mu’s Mum replacing Katherine for an hilarious 20 minutes.

The next day, we were offered a chance to appear at the Manchester Fringe in the summer (details to follow). A few more days later and we are invited to appear at both Newcastle and Edinburgh.

Katherine and I are both buoyed by the success of Sunday and really proud of the next 4 shows you lot have got coming towards you. Looks like there’s life in the old rabbit yet.

We won’t be appearing in London until later in the year and the only show that we have onside is Manchester on Saturday May 6th. There are about 14 tickets left so grab them while you still can from www.ticketsource.co.uk/iain-lee . Fingers crossed we can keep weaving gold out of thin air for a while to come yet!

 

 

Rabbit Hole The Fourth!

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Ah man, if you came to the recording on Sunday 19th Feb then you have the patience of a saint. It was a tough start to the evening as we were beset with technical problems. I was hearing a BUZZ through the headphones and I really think it would have ruined the recordings. It took about 35 minutes to get it sorted and it was very hot so Katherine and I just wanted to say thank you so much for sticking with us. We really appreciate it. I hope the ukulele playing wasn’t too bad.

It meant, in my humble opinion, that the shows got off to a slow start. If I’m swearing, that means I’m struggling. And I swore a lot. But, we did eventually get moving and get into some sort of gear. Caller were a little thin on the ground, and I need to find a way to encourage more random calls but we did have a very vocal and, let be honest, grumpy Australian and now we all know why Zack is a prick.

The download figures are growing, almost up to the levels of the talkRADIO show which is great, and we’ve sold a few T-shirts and totes so it’s all groovy. Please do subscribe (and unsubscribe then subscribe again) on iTunes but we are on nearly all podcast providers. To make it easy, I’m leaving it at the bottom of this page as well.

Don’t forget, next record is Sunday March 26th in London and then our first show outside of London in Manchester at the Three Minute Theatre in Oldham Street on Saturday May 6th. We really hope you can make it. If you want to buy tickets then just click this link www.ticketsource.co.uk/iain-lee

Please do share the pods with as many people as you can and also pass on the phone number 0203 286 6370 or Skype HeyRabbitHoleShow. You can call any time and leave messages.

Peace and indeed love!

 

 

The Rabbit Hole Episode 2 – Wangers

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A world first! Unique! A pre-recorded phone in show captured live in front of a studio audience!

Episode 2 of mine and Katherine Boyle’s show is a little rude. We honestly don’t want it to be rude but sex sells. So, we went a bit blue, something for the dads. But we’ll try and make them cleaner in the future. Still, it’s very, very funny.

Don’t forget, we will be uploading a new episode of The Rabbit Hole every Thursday. So subscribe to it to make sure you don’t miss out.

You can subscribe to it on iTunes (ratings and reviews help and we will give away a t shirt at every recording session to the best review) https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-rabbit-hole/id1197873408?mt=2

Or, you can listen here. Please share with anyone who may like this! Thanks.

Ooh, still a few tickets left for the recording on Sunday February 19th and more than a few for the recording on Sunday March 26th! www.ticketsource.co.uk/iain-lee

Rabbit Hole Merchandise!

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Thanks to the brilliant Scott Balcony at www.balconyshirts.co.uk there is now a wonderful range of Rabbit Hole merchandise! T-shirts! Bags! More T-Shirts!

First up, here’s yer basic RH T-shirt. Who wouldn’t look wonderful in one of these bad boys? It’s available in black and brown and cut for men and women.

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http://www.balconyshirts.co.uk/the-rabbit-hole-t-shirt-official-merchandise-1.html#t-shirt

 

 

 

 

Here’s my fave, the baseball T. Classy, elegant and I shall be wearing one on February 19th at our next recording session! Red or blue, it’s up to you. http://www.balconyshirts.co.uk/hey-rabbit-hole-baseball-t-shirt-official-merchandise-7050.html

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Finally, for now, here’s a tote bag, available in black or navy, to put your totes in!

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Stay tuned, because hats and jumpers are coming too.

Don’t forget, you can leave answerphone messages for The Rabbit Hole at any time. Just call 0203 286 6370 NOW! The best messages will get in the show.

Oh, and can you do us a favour? The iTunes chart is based on new subscriptions, ratings and reviews. So it would be really helpful if you could leave us a 5 star rating and a review. We will pick the best one on February 19th and send you a free T-Shirt. iTunes link is this bad boy https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-rabbit-hole/id1197873408?mt=2

Thanks for your support. We aim to release a new episode every Thursday so make sure you’ve subscribed. Here’s our most recent one. Enjoy!

The Rabbit Hole Episode 1 – Doors

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Last Sunday, Katherine and I sat on a tiny stage in front of 100 people and recorded two episodes of our brand new show The Rabbit Hole. We weren’t sure what would happen. Would people laugh? Would you call in? Would we look stupid?

The answer to all 3 of those questions was yes.

Basically, it worked. We chatted, the audience joined in and people called .The tricky bit was how would Kath cut it down to 2 x 30 minute episodes?

We are trying to keep this separate from the talkRADIO shows so you may notice any reference to our day jobs excised. No ‘Hip, hip, hip’s’. No ‘What kind of cake’. All of that stuff went. We love that you love that but we want The Rabbit Hole to stand on it’s own 2 feet.

The plan is to record 2 shows every month and release 1 full show every fortnight. We want to bring out SOMETHING in the other weeks, but we don’t know what yet. Any suggestions? You can of course take part ANY TIME YOU WANT as we need answer phone messages. Why don’t you call NOW? The number is 0203 286 6370 or Skype HeyRabbitHoleShow. The answerphone is always on so please feel free to call any time, day or night. Also, we want to encourage as many randoms as possible to ring us, so do feel free to share the number with friends, enemies, forums, websites, toilet walls…

Next show is being recorded on Sunday February 19th. You can get tickets here www.ticketsource.co.uk/iain-lee

You can get the podcast on a variety of platforms. Pocketcast certainly has it, and here is the iTunes link if you want to grab it from there https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-rabbit-hole/id1197873408?mt=2 If you do get it from iTunes, please leave reviews and 5 star ratings and SUBSCRIBE. It only takes a moment and really helps push us up the charts and make us visible to more people.

The RSS feed is here for people who find that important http://rss.acast.com/therabbithole

Failing that, the pod is here.

Thanks for listening.

The Rabbit Hole gets closer…

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We are recording the first full Rabbit Hole show this Sunday! You can call in live between 7.30-8.30pm and 9pm-10pm Sunday 29th January. Either dial 0203 286 6370 or Skype HeyRabbitHoleShow

Heck, you can even call those numbers now and leave a message.

This is a real punt. Will anyone call in live or will we be sat there in front of an audience of 150 with egg on our face? That’s up to you.

 

The Rabbit Hole Moves A Step Closer by Katherine Boyle

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When I was a little kid, my teacher couldn’t work out why I was so much better at telling stories that I was at writing them down. My mum knew. I didn’t want to make a mess of my exercise book by trying to use words I couldn’t spell.

Bless.

Thing is, while my spelling got better, the fear of ballsing up persisted until ridiculously recently. 

About two years ago I had a revelation. Not the religious kind with a capital R, but one that’s been just as life-changing. 

Iain and I were invited out to coffee with our then boss…

“I’ve been contacted by the Radio Academy. They want you to speak at their festival in Salford.”

I took another sip of my latte. I was used to people wanting to pick Iain’s brains, this was nothing to do with me.

“They want both of you.”

My stomach lurched. 

Both of us? On a stage? In front of people? 

Balls to that! I don’t do stuff like that. 

can’t. Just can’t. I mean, what do I know? 

I told them both as much. Well, actually I told them “F*@k that. I can’t.”  Words that would come back to haunt me, but not in the way I feared*. Because Iain convinced me I could.

No. He convinced me that we could. 

And we did. 

And it was terrifying and stomach churning, and there were loads of people there…and a lot of them really liked it. So much so, that we were asked to speak at more conferences, and colleges – at one point we found ourselves  working as radio consultants in Bratislava – before I knew it I was standing in front of people on a pretty regular basis, feeling really comfortable and getting a real kick out of it.

Bloody hell. What had I been so worried about?

I started to think about all the times I’d held back in the past. I’d been telling myself I wasn’t ready, I just wasn’t good enough, or didn’t know as much as the next person, but the truth was I was scared of falling on my face. I was still that kid with a pristine exercise book full of crappy stories that weren’t half as good as the adventures in my head. 

Almost every time an opportunity presented itself, I’d been imagining the hurdles and bailing out of the race. 

What an idiot! No more.

I’d been missing all the fun!

Which is how 2016 saw me give up the nice sensible job at the BBC station I’d worked at for 15 years.  It’s the reason I’m now self-employed and hoping my contract gets renewed at talkRADIO next month. It’s also how I find myself on the brink of co-hosting a brand new podcast that might fail spectacularly.

The idea is this; Once a month, we make a phone-in show in front of a live audience and whoever’s floating about online. We’re assuming you’re going to join in, either by turning up on the night, having a laugh and maybe even grabbing the mic, or by staying home in your pants or PJs, watching on Periscope and giving us a shout on the phone or Skype.

It’s a huge ask, and it might be an absolute disaster.

But…it could be amazing. Can you imagine? It could turn into something really special.

There’s only one way to find out.

Are you in?

Tickets: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/iain-lee

Skype: HeyRabbitHoleShow

Phone-in: 02032866370

 

Last Few Iain Lee Vs Radio Shows….

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I’ve decided to do a handful of Iain Lee Vs Radio shows. Not sure why. I find the whole process too stressful but part of me feels I didn’t quite finish what I started in 2015. I know lots of you didn’t get to see it and have emailed me saying you want to see it. If you’ve seen the show before this is pretty much the same thing BUT I have added a few extra bits and moved some pieces around. I might add some more new bits as the shows go on. I’m kind of half working on a new show called, predictably, Iain Lee Vs TV and this incorporates some of that.

Anyway, I have 3 shows booked for now. If they sell out I might add a few more a bit further north but…what if no one comes!

Dates so far are…

Sunday March 12th – The Stables Milton Keynes (almost SOLD OUT) get tickets here http://www.stables.org/Whats_on/Event/Iain_Lee_Versus_Radio

Sunday 2nd April – Glee Club Nottingham, tickets HERE http://www.seetickets.com/event/iain-lee/nottingham-glee-club/1060253

Sunday 4th June – Glee Club Birmingham, tickets HERE http://www.seetickets.com/event/iain-lee/the-glee-club-birmingham/1060258

Don’t forget, I hang around after if you want to get pictures or have a chat and stuff.

Oh! And you can also buy a CD of Iain Lee Vs Radio and/or a digital download of the show. If you get the download, you also get a completely different show (well, the same) recorded on a different night. Please buy these as I am hungry. Get them here www.gofasterstripe.com/iainlee

Thanks team. Love you.

x

 

Down The Rabbit Hole – new live show and podcast

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So me and Katherine Boyle are trying something completely new. It’s a real punt and we could totally end up with egg on our faces. Imagine! 2 people doing a brand new thing in front of an audience that may be a total car crash! C’est incredible!

The Rabbit Hole is a brand new podcast
/audio show/piece of art in conjunction with the wonderful boffins at Acast. They do the Adam Buxton and Scroobius Pip pods to name but 2. They’re a pretty cool company that are really in to getting new and exciting audio shows into your earholes. Once a month, Kath and I are going to put on a live event. At each event we will try and record 2 episodes of The Rabbit Hole. You can buy tickets and come and watch. If you’re in the audience, you can even get up onstage and join in. If you’re not there, you can watch on Periscope and CALL IN. Yes, it’s a pre-recorded live phone in show podcast pod.

As I’m typing this I’m realising that actually, it sounds nuts. The odds of it working are pretty slim BUT WE ARE STILL GOING TO DO IT!
I’m getting ahead of myself.

The stage will have a table, a laptop, a screen and 3 microphones. I’ll be sat at 1 mic, Kath at the other. The third is in case any one in the audience feels like coming up onstage and being part of the show. The laptop and screen is so people can call in (02032866370) or Skype (HeyRabbitHoleShow). In fact, that number and Skype are up and running now so you can even leave messages for us.

That’s it. What if no one calls in? We’re screwed. What if no one turns up? We are absolutely buggered. What if it’s a complete car crash? Well, that could still be fun. What I do know for sure is that this is a world first, a completely unique experiment in audio art installations.rabbitholelogo

Want to come? We’re recording a few shows in London. We did look for venues in the West Midlands but I’m afraid they didn’t come off. We will get around the country, I promise. So, we are recording on Sunday 19th February and Sunday 26th March. There are still some tickets available but they are selling out quickly. Get them here www.ticketsource.co.uk/iain-lee Also, we have one Performance Ring in February (sold out) and that will be the last one of those until the summer at the earliest. We want to throw everything into The Rabbit Hole for the foreseeable.

Thanks for your support. We really appreciate all your kind words and for having the faith in us to do something new and different!

Behind the Scenes at talkRADIO with GingerBeardMark

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So a very nice man called Mark got in touch and asked if he could come into talkRADIO and film some stuff. I normally HATE this request but he told me he only had 15 subscribers to his YouTube channel so I felt sorry for him. And his other films were quite good.

So I said YES.

Here is his film in all it’s heavenly glory.