Acting as something of a companion to the blogs on this website, each episode of The Laurel & Hardy Blogcast contains an audio version of the related blog posts and, in addition, I also chat with special guests from the Laurel & Hardy world, such as authors, experts, film archivists, aficionados and regular fans, like you and me!
If you like Laurel and Hardy then you’re going to love this podcast, it’s a must for all fans of the boys. But, don’t take my word for it, scroll down to the bottom of this page to see what real fans think about it.
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In Episode Sixteen, Patrick focuses on the classic silent short, From Soup to Nuts from 1928. Helping him to discuss the film is ever popular and ever-entertaining returning guest, Randy Skretvedt. In addition to talking about the picture, Randy also shares his memories of a key member of The Laurel & Hardy Stock Company, Anita Garvin.
In a bumper Episode Fifteen, Patrick discusses the classic silent short from 1928, The Finishing Touch. This film was the first of Stan and Babe’s film’s where they appear as labourers with a job to do. Joining in the fun to discuss the films and much more besides are two very special guests, returning author, expert and Laurel and Hardy historian, Randy Skretvedt as well as first time guest, Canadian singer, songwriter and author of The Art of Laurel and Hardy, Kyp Harness.
Acting as something of a bridge between Episodes Thirteen and Fifteen, this episode is a special edition of the Blogcast where the focus of discussion is a man who appeared in both Leave ‘Em Laughing and The Finishing Touch, Edgar Kennedy. Patrick chats with special guest, and Edgar Kennedy’s biographer, Bill Cassara.
In Episode Thirteen, Patrick chats with special guest, Nico Cartenstadt. As well as being a lifelong Laure
l and Hardy fan, collector and Grand Sheik of Belgium’s Bogus Bandits Tent of the Sons of the Desert, Nico also co-wrote, Spot On! An Audiovisual Account of Laurel and Hardy’s 1952 British Tour with Michael Ehret. In addition to discussing the creation of the book, they also discuss the next film in the Laurel and Hardy canon, Leave ‘Em Laughing from 1928.
In this first-year anniversary episode, Patrick celebrates the Blogcast’s first birthday with members of the Blog-Heads Community and the wider fan community too. The film in focus on Episode 12 is the restored and (almost) complete version of the boys’ 1928 silent short, The Battle of the Century. Discussing this classic comedy with him is returning guest, expert, and author of Laurel & Hardy: The Magic Behind the Movies, Randy Skretvedt.
In Episode Eleven, Patrick welcomes back to the Blogcast, returning guest and Laurel & Hardy expert and author of ‘The Laurel & Hardy Encyclopedia’, Glenn Mitchell. Moving another step along the Laurel & Hardy film chronology, Patrick and Glenn have great fun discussing Stan and Babe’s 1927 silent short, Putting Pants on Philip, as well as taking a detailed look at one of the boys’ regular co-stars from their silent period, Dorothy Coburn.
On this second bonus episode of the Laurel & Hardy Blogcast, Patrick chats to Laurel & Hardy solo films expert and author, Rob Stone. Returning to the Blogcast for the first time since his appearance on Episode One, Rob chats with Patrick about the brand new US Blu-ray release of restored Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy solo films. Patrick also takes the opportunity to ask his guest the infamous Atoll question!
The tenth episode of the Blogcast is the final part of two episodes containing a fantastic interview with the author of Laurel & Hardy: The Magic Behind the Movies, Randy Skretvedt. In this continuation from Episode 9, Patrick chats with Randy about Stan and Babe’s cameo appearance in the Max Davidson short, Call of the Cuckoo, and also their hugely important and equally frustrating ‘lost’ film, Hats Off. To finish, Patrick also asks Randy the infamous, Atoll question – but which desert island flicks will he choose to take with him?
Episode Nine of the Blogcast is the first of two episodes containing a fantastic interview with the author of Laurel & Hardy: The Magic Behind the Movies, Randy Skretvedt. In this first part, Patrick asks Randy about his Laurel & Hardy backstory and they also discuss the pivotal 1927 silent short, ‘The Second Hundred Years’
On Episode Eight of the Blogcast, Patrick chats with returning guest, author, silent film historian and co-host of the Silent Comedy Watch Parties on YouTube, Steve Massa. Along with the discussion of today’s film in focus, ‘Sugar Daddies’ (1927), being the first short released under Hal Roach’s new distribution deal with MGM, the conversation also includes some contextual information concerning the likes of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and Harold Lloyd too. Steve first appeared on the Blogcast back in Episode Two, so this time Patrick has the chance to ask him the now infamous ‘Atoll question’!
In addition to the interview with Steve Massa, there are also audio messages from members of the Blog-Heads community, Christopher Jaunsen, and Graham Wale, sharing their thoughts with us on ‘Sugar Daddies’.
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Bonus Blogcast 1: Collecting Laurel & Hardy Autographs with Mark Hammond On this special bonus episode of the Laurel & Hardy Blogcast, Patrick chats to Laurel & Hardy fan and long-time memorabilia collector, Mark Hammond about collecting Stan and Ollie’s autographs. We discuss tips on how to spot fakes and how to buy with confidence. As usual, Patrick asks his guest for their Laurel & Hardy backstory and also the infamous Atoll question! For more information about Laurel & Hardy Autographs and spotting fakes visit: http://www.laurelandhardy.org/autographs.html and http://www.laurelandhardy.org/buyerbewae2.htm
Episode 7: Flying Elephants – with Glenn Mitchell and Bill Oates Episode Seven of the Blogcast is the second of two episodes containing an interview with the author of The Laurel & Hardy Encyclopedia, Glenn Mitchell. In this final part, Patrick and Glenn talk about the 1927 silent short, ‘Flying Elephants’ and also discuss the life and career of one of the film’s stars, Viola Richard. In addition, we also hear from Bill Oates, the editor of the Sons of the Desert’s ‘Intra-Tent Journal’, as he gives his views on this silent oddity.
Episode 6: Do Detectives Think? – with Glenn Mitchell Episode Six of the Blogcast is the first of two episodes containing an interview with the author of The Laurel & Hardy Encyclopedia, Glenn Mitchell. In this first part, Patrick and Glenn talk about Glenn’s Laurel & Hardy backstory, take a close look at the 1927 silent short, ‘Do Detectives Think?’ and the Tipton Slasher himself, Noah Young, as well as the now infamous ‘Atoll question’!
Episode 5: Sailors Beware! & Now I’ll Tell One – with Craig Calman & James Forsher In another packed episode, Patrick has not one but two special guests. First he talks to author Craig Calman about his friendship and association with Hal Roach, followed by a conversation with award winning documentary filmmaker, James Forsher, about his forthcoming feature length documentary about the life and career of Hal Roach. There are another two audio blogs, focussing on the next two films in the Laurel & Hardy filmography, namely Sailors Beware! (1927) and Now I’ll Tell One (1927).
Episode 4: Why Girls Love Sailors & With Love and Hisses – with Chris Seguin In a packed episode four, Patrick reviews the new blu-ray/DVD set, Laurel & Hardy: The Definitive Restorations and talks to Laurel & Hardy aficianado, Chris Seguin about the two films in focus, Why Girls Love Sailors (1927) and With Love and Hisses (1927). They also discuss the influence of silent comedy star Harry Langdon on Stan Laurel and also Chris’ obsession with the boys’ final screen appearance, the controversial, Atoll K.
Episode 3: Slipping Wives & Love ‘Em and Weep – *James Finlayson Special* – with Stephen Rettie In this third episode, Patrick talks with Stephen Rettie about his family connection to Laurel & Hardy co-star and fan favourite, James Finlayson. The episode charts Finlayson’s history growing up in Larbert, Scotland and emigrating to California and becoming a global star. The two Laurel & Hardy films in focus are ‘Slipping Wives’ (1927) and Love ‘Em and Weep (1927), being Finlayson’s first role in the same film as both Stan Laurel and Oliver ‘Babe’ Hardy.
Episode 1: The Lucky Dog (1921) with Rob Stone This first episode of ‘The Laurel & Hardy Blogcast’ covers Laurel and Hardy’s first appearance together on screen, namely ‘The Lucky Dog’ (1921). Included is a great interview with ground-breaking author, Rob Stone who discusses Stan and Ollie’s solo careers, as well as the film in question.
“Wow!! A gem of a podcast for any Laurel and Hardy fans.: I really can’t speak highly enough of this podcast. As a fan of the boys for 40+ years now, it is only in about the last 10 years that I have started looking into them in more detail. I’ve read several books and seen a few documentaries but this podcast is a real find. It is very informative, with some great guests for each episode as Patrick looks at their careers film by film in chronological order. And what a great host Patrick is. His love for Laurel and Hardy, as well as his in-depth knowledge, shines through. I’ve learnt so much about them so far and I’m only on episode 6. In fact, I find myself in the unusual position of eagerly looking forward to the next episode whilst at the same time not wanting to rush through them and get to the end and have to wait several weeks for the next one! But I guess that’s a sign of a truly great podcast. If you read this review Mr. Vasey, can I just say a huge thank you for the care, time and love that you obviously put into these podcasts.” Marc Stanton
“Brilliant: Love this – what a fantastic idea. Great interviews and a lovely reminder of the films. My late husband’s absolutely favourite comedy stars, he would’ve adored this.” Townmap
“Brilliant and informative podcast: Having read the accompanying blog I was looking forward to the podcast. Host Patrick Vasey makes it a very easy going and enjoyable listen. The special guests for each podcast are great and know a lot about Laurel and Hardy. It’s worth checking out the Facebook page too with great conversations and rare images. Looking forward to the next one…” Gtaylor8989
“It certainly is good…: Lovely nostalgia and encouragement to younger folks that not all films are colourful cgi-heavy fantasies and there is more out there to enjoy. PaulRStarlingLivingOnTheEdge
“The Definitive Laurel & Hardy Podcast: From the great L&H Blog site, a podcast for fans of the duo. Informative reviews of the films, but it’s the chats with guests that makes this a great listen. So good I listen to them twice over. Looking forward to many more.” gpw76
“Superlative !!!!: As a long time admirer of Stan and Ollie ( 49 ur old Hispanic in Miami ) I am so happy with this podcast! There was another good one called Mixed Nuts and Hard Boiled Eggs that is no more so this was an awesome surprise ! Love all the detailed talk and the obvious love that you have for the boys! Please keep this invaluable podcast going !! L & H are a national treasure and you are an international treasure for doing this !! 🙏🙏❤️” BOBANDRAY
“One Good Turn: Thank you SOOOO MUCH for this podcast. I rarely if ever listen to more than one episode of anything but this one I am addicted to and it just began. I can’t wait for more and I am so grateful there are people like you out there keeping Laurel and Hardy’s legacy alive. :)” Herbie Brown
“Here’s another nice blog you need to listen to! Mmmph!: Patrick Vasey has singlehandedly brought about the best Laurel and Hardy podcast to date. A supplement to his wonderful blog that chronologizes each film in detail, this podcast sets out to do that and much more via interviews with scholars and others important to the L&H scene. Very charmingly presented with L&H audio cues interspersed throughout — you will be as informed as you will be entertained. And if you must make a noise, make it quietly!” chrisivision
“Wonderful!: There have been several attempts at a Laurel & Hardy podcast that either suddenly stop or just disappear. Two episodes in and I’m already hooked and hoping it sticks around. It’s reminiscent of The Marx Brothers Council podcast with interviews with authors/experts in hand to give the backstory on “the boys”.” Really Big Dave
“For L&H Fans–A Must!: Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! One of the best podcasts I have listened to. Can’t wait for more now! Such unexplored depth into L&H for the true fan. Enjoyed it so much!” Bewilderedatman
“Excellent episode…Insightful, fun and always great to hear…Thank you for these great podcasts” Tony B.
“Another brilliant and riveting episode! I love this podcast, and the new episodes cannot come soon enough. Thank you for taking the time and effort to make these. Keep up the great work” Thomas I.
“Catching up on these blog casts now, amazing stuff! So glad L&H buffs have their own in-depth podcast now, the Marx Brothers have had a great one and now L&H have their own great one. Thanks for filling the void! The interspersed L&H audio clips are inspired and come off effortless, imagine that takes a lot of work! Punctuates an already entertaining discussion with a smile.” Christopher J.
“I’ve been enjoying the podcasts and I’m looking forward to many more.” Ron H.
“It’s wonderful, I’ve listened to all of them twice, and will listen to them again! They are so chock-full of information I simply must listen to them more than once!” Bill W.
“I just heard the Lucky Dog episode of the podcast and wanted to convey my deepest appreciation for your presentation. Rob Stone was a terrific guest and the opportunity to hear about his experiences made this Laurel and Hardy conversation really come alive. I cannot wait to hear the rest of your episodes. What a gift to all Sons of the Desert and also those with a less fanatical interest in the boys.” Nick J.
“Just listened to podcast number 4…Wonderful once again, thanks to Patrick Vasey and all concerned…Keep up the great work” Clive S.
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