Danielle Ward on ANY STUPID QUESTIONS PODCAST PART 3 007 PODCAST PRODUCERS PODCAST Neil Mossey

Danielle Ward on ANY STUPID QUESTIONS PODCAST PART 3 007 PODCAST PRODUCERS PODCAST Neil Mossey


From what I’d learned from Do The Right thing
is you know put something in front of an audience is quite hard. You have to market it. Anything with a script is quite hard. Anything that needs a lot of research and
so I was thinking what’s the antithesis of research? And also I genuinely thought that there was
a gap in the market for I’m– I want to be able to know about subjects
I want to be able to ask someone cleverer than me about something and as a comedian
I am given license to act the fool So I’m allowed to– like I’m not a journalist
I don’t have to pretend that I know everything all the time
And so the idea of having an expert who could explain things like Brexit, or Northern Ireland,
or sectarianism – I’m really want to do Scottish sectarianism in the next series. Or transport or school systems or – all these
sorts of things you have a handle on and I know a bit about it because I work in you
know I write the news quiz and things like that but I don’t know – there’s definite gaps
in my knowledge I thought if I get comedians to ask these
questions we are allowed to ask stupid things. But still get to something interesting
I think it’s a brilliant format. I think it’s a really good idea
I think it’s exactly the sort of thing that BBC three should be making but I know that
if I took it to them a they’d do something weird where everyone’s got to stand up and
put an egg up theirarse or something You know we’ve got to have people moving like
League of their Own on sky! When it’s just meant to be people talking
And also they’d make someone else host it and I knew if I did that as a podcast I was
allowed to host in myself – ‘cos it’s my idea
So this podcast is called Any Stupid Questions. Any Stupid Questions. Do you have a regular co-host
No that’s just me that one yeah it’s got producer it’s produced by Ed Moorish who again is someone
I’ve worked on Radio 4 quite a lot. R ather than having guests because it is more
about the expert so is about who we’ve invited in with their with their knowledge it doesn’t
rely on any sort of comedy dynamic between me and someone else and if it was in front
of a live audience maybe I’d want someone else there to kind of be sparking off but
I sort of feel that I don’t think it needs it. I mean I know saying earlier about like the
chemistry between people because this is about an actual thing this isn’t just us trying
to be funny it’s about – it’s genuinely about trying to inform people
It does have this element of I think people should know stuff. The one on the British Empire is the most
fascinating because I knew so little about it and especially with all the Brexit stuff
going on and people saying oh it can be Empire 2.0 and then you talk to someone who’s an
expert on the British Empire and you realize what an awful awful thing that is because
we’re not taught about it in schools And so that that was a real eye-opener for
me You managed in that one in particular you
managed to get into the subject in the way that a dead-eyed factual programme – because
all the contributors feel they need to be on the game and catching people out – yeah
– you get nothing said yeah whereas if you come in with these innocent questions if I
really don’t get how why is it that the railways always are held up as a good thing – yeah
– and to have an expert say the British didn’t even build the railways – you actually get
the deeper truths than a so-called factual show would
Absolutely and it’s I think that the fact that it’s not combative is why it’s so good. I think it was our the very first one we did
actually which we did in front of an audience because it was at the London podcast festival
but we had an expert on the NHS come in and he was saying like that I wanted it to be
— so you know that when people on question time and the audience member asks a question
and they already have their agenda and they know what they want to hear and basically
it’s framed as a question but it’s “you are a terrible person why are you doing these
terrible things!” and everybody’s got their agenda and the party line whether they’re
a politician whether the audience member with an axe to grind… No one says anything, you learn nothing watching
question time – absolutely nothing because no one gives anything away and also one of
the other things that we say is if there’s anything that you say and you want to edit
it out will edit out like there’s never any… we’re not trying to trick you into saying
something that you don’t want to say… I think the one on the on Parliament there
are a couple of edit points just because the guest that we had in… I think she’s like oh you know I shouldn’t
really have said that all you know I don’t anyone be naming politicians… and we’re
like totally fine we’ll cut it out it’s not – we’re not here to trick you
We really want to know… I haven’t got a clue how the parliamentary
system works please help me. There’s something you said a few minutes ago
which was “I want people to know stuff” because I wanted to ask you “why do you
podcast?” – yeah – I suspect that might be just the
reason right there? Well yeah I mean like both of both those podcasts
and even the film one in fact and I guess this is why I’m a writer and a stand-up – it’s
about sharing your perspective of the world with other people. And so with Do The Right Thing – even though
it’s ridiculous there is some information in there. You do learn how to spot an antique or how
to cross shark-infested waters or how to land a plane if the pilot’s died. You learn in a ridiculously frivolous way
but there is genuine information being imparted and Any Stupid Questions takes that even further. It is about you know in an era where we sneer
at experts and wanting opinion rather than fact – it’s about asking people their expertise. One of the things that we looked at doing
with Any Stupid Questions was having both sides of the political spectrum represented
– and we’re like “no” – that isn’t what it’s meant to be it’s you– we have chosen
you as an expert. You tell us what you know and if someone decides
to disagree with you and we’re not in the BBC – we can put out what we want. If someone disagrees with you then maybe we’ll
get them on as an expert And most of the time people are really balanced. I was talking to our Brexit expert, and I
was trying to get him to say that Brexit was a stupid idea and even he was like actually
if you look at why it happened, it’s because people felt marginalized and it was the only
bit of change they ever felt they could enact. Are you gonna keep going on it? We are going to do another Brexit episode
yeah – so we’re planning to start up again in the new year and I would like to get Brexti
done really quickly because you know there’s loads of stuff about the deal I don’t understand
– there’s loads of stuff about I don’t get why what is what is Canada plus plus plus
what is Norway plus what do these things mean? Because everybody now talks about it if we
already know what that means. I haven’t got a clue. This is going to sound so wanky I just I am
learning stuff and that’s why I love doing it I can go in and I can say because it’s
my show – I can a) decide what subjects we’re doing and then I can go – I’ve always wanted
to know why are houses so expensive? What is going on with the housing system? Why aren’t people building more council houses? All of that I’m allowed to ask that to an
expert That’s great. I really — if I wasn’t interested I probably
wouldn’t even do the podcast But I get to, I get to learn things and the amount of effort
I have to put in is just turn up really I mean I don’t even — I can go in with no
research and go I haven’t got a clue what this is can you tell me about it? Danielle, where can we find you and where
can we find your stuff? I have a website that’s hideously out-of-date
feel free to go and explore that I have a SoundCloud account
“DanielleWard” so if you search Danielle Ward on SoundCloud – on that is some weird
things that I’ve never done as podcast because it’s not a continuation of anything – because
you know you also have to update things for them to be podcast. It’s me playing with different audio so I’ve
got both my musicals are on there – recorded just live, wild in a room
There’s little short stories set to music There’s some weird sketches set to music
– that’s all on soundcloud there is a also do the right thing and Any Stupid Questions
and film Fandango all of which are available through your normal podcast providers
So the best thing for us to do would be to subscribe to do the right thing and any stupid
question yes subscribe listen review do all that sort
of stuff and and in all honesty if you want to follow me in a day-to-day way then it’s
@captainward on Twitter brilliant
that’s probably the best way of doing it High five, thanks so much
Thanks for having me. thanks for listening that’s the podcast producers
podcast there’s a link to all the episodes in the description and if you’ve reached this
far in the episode why not leave me a comment be lovely to hear from you or even maybe a
thumbs up and if you subscribe you will be really helping me to keep this thing going
so I really appreciate it and I’ll see you on the next episode of the podcast producers
podcast can you please help my daddy get 1000 subscribers just click on his face bye [Music]

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