Podcast asks Liverpool guests, including Jamie Carragher, to pick their top 3 Scousers
3 months ago
A new podcast is launching this week which celebrates all things Liverpool and asks guests to pick their top 3 Scousers of all time.
The first season of The Scouse House on YouTube will feature six Liverpool personalities – either born here or adopted – from different professions such as football, acting, and music.
They will include former Reds’ star turned footy pundit Jamie Carragher, actor John May, Fran Doran from Red Rum Club and The Guide’s Rachael Rhodes.
The Scouse House has been created by comedian Andy Roach who hosts the Laugh Hard Comedy Club in Crosby.
He explains: “A lot of my comedian contemporaries start podcasts talking exclusively to comedians, but I wanted to do something different. I am a proud Scouser, so there’s a bit of civic pride there, and I like hearing other people’s stories so that’s why I wanted this to be a bit broader.
“The idea is to speak to all kinds of people from across Merseyside, from Liverpool, Wirral, Southport, or people who’ve moved here and stayed, so it’s not only about Scousers.
“Alongside the usual podcast conversation every episode will have scenic footage from in and around Liverpool so it’s really a showcase of the city and people’s stories and experiences here.”
Interviewer Andy originally intended to quiz guests about their number one Scouser, but in the end he settled on a top 3 because every choice came with a great reason.
“I thought it would make an interesting hook for the show, to ask everyone that one same question, but I was a bit mindful that we didn’t end up with everybody saying Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison. As it happened mostly people went in different directions without us having to steer them.
“Carragher, for instance, picked three people who had nothing to do with football or any sport, people you probably wouldn’t expect, but he had stories to go along with each one so it came back to this idea of being a celebration of people from different walks of life.”
Andy recorded the episodes with his mate Gareth at the studios of The Anfield Wrap, with the support of the team there.
In fact, he ended up recording one of them twice after a bit of a technical glitch.
“I chatted to Jamie Carragher and it was really good and funny, then I got a message to say the SD card in the camera had corrupted so there was no footage,” says Andy. “I couldn’t believe it, so I got back in touch with him and told him what had happened and he came in again two weeks later.
“He was generous with his time and it actually meant we’ve ended up with a bonus audio episode because we didn’t cover the same ground. The only part we recreated was a jokey thing where I said to him, ‘with Gary Neville, you always seem to beat him when you do challenges’ and he said, ‘course I do, he’s just a little fat Manc!’
“That was too good to lose so we did it again with him looking straight down the camera and that’s the trailer!”
The Scouse House launches this week on YouTube, free to subscribe to, and season one will open with sports journalist James Pearce.
Andy’s having a busy few months – as well as hosting Laugh Hard comedy nights, he’s just returned from Australia and the Perth FRINGE festival, and he’s about to head to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with his show Laughing at Conspiracy Theories.
But with the first season of The Scouse House done, he’s already working on a wish list for the next one, with actors and musicians, other sports like boxing, gymnastics, athletics, and maybe some more niche guests.
Liverpool legend Ricky Tomlinson is definitely on there, “I’d love to have a conversation with him about Liverpool, I think he’d be brilliant,” he says.
“We’ve got a Scouse House theme song, like a 90s sitcom style, and Fran sang it for the first season so we’re thinking for each season the music guest can do their version of it.
“By season 7 we’ll have Ringo on drums hopefully, that’s the ambition!”