Welcome to the website of Robin Ince, comedian, writer and that sort of thing. Twitter @robinince. Robin's agents: noelgay.com
or for live event booking enquiries, email email@example.com / call 01359 230 483.
BLOGS / VITRIOLA / BOOK SHAMBLES
Blogs: robinince.wordpress.com, Articles: cosmicshambles.com/articles
Book Shambles with Josie Long: cosmicshambles.com/bookshambles
Vitriola Music with Michael Legge: cosmicshambles.com/musicshambles
BARRY CRIMMINS OBITUARY
Robin has written a moving tribute to a man he knew briefly but respected immensely. It's up at Cosmic Shambles here.
SPACE SHAMBLES, ROYAL ALBERT HALL!
WITH CHRIS HADFIELD
FRIDAY 15TH JUNE 2018
Science, music, comedy and wonder collide in Space Shambles, presented in association with The Cosmic Shambles Network. Part of the Festival of Science: Space.
Legendary astronaut Chris Hadfield and Robin Ince are your hosts for the evening, plus an eclectic host of surprise special guests for comedy lovers, music fans and science enthusiasts alike. Cosmic Shambles event link here.
THE INFINITE MONKEY CAGE SERIES 17
REPLAYS AND LONGER DOWNLOADS UP NOW
Brian and Robin (via BBC Radio 4 and podcast) continue their witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes, with stellar guests from the worlds of science and comedy. Series 17 is now complete and ready for replay or download:
When Two Stars Collide
The Secret Life of Birds (featuring a raven on the panel!)
How Animals Behave
Programme homepage has more info, and "downloads" are longer edits than the Radio 4 broadcast.
INFINITE MONKEY CAGE BOOK OUT NOW!
"HOW TO BUILD A UNIVERSE PART 1"
The Infinite Monkey Cage, the legendary BBC Radio 4 programme, brings you this irreverent celebration of scientific marvels. Join us on a hectic leap through the grand and bizarre ideas conjured up by human imagination, from dark matter to consciousness via neutrinos and earthworms. "How to Build a Universe" is on sale now in all formats at places like Amazon, and proper book shops. The ISBN might be something like 9780008254964. Audible audiobook is here, with some comic readings by Robin, Brian and producer Sasha.
ROBIN'S "POINTLESS CELEBRITIES" EPISODE
AVAILABLE TO WATCH AGAIN
Robin's "Acedemia" episode eventually airs! "A special celebrity academia edition of the general knowledge quiz in which four teams try to come up with the answers that no-one else could think of. Presented by Alexander Armstrong and co-host Richard Osman. Featuring Dr John Cooper Clarke and Suzannah Lipscomb, Mark Horton and Alice Roberts, Maggie Aderin-Pocock and Jim Al-Khalili, and Robin Ince and Kate Williams." Episode available to play again here, and Robin's chosen charity was Sophie Lancaster Foundation, please support if you can.
BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE
HELEN AND BARRY BENEFIT
Here's a little doc by Robin and the gang from last year's incredible benefit for Helen and Barry. The amazing show featured James Acaster, Alistair Barrie, Billy Bragg, Charlotte Church, Daniel Kitson, Josie Long, Hollie McNish, Grace Petrie, Alexei Sayle, Chris Stokes and Mark Thomas. Lots of backstage interviews, enjoy it here.
THANKS TO ALL WHO SUPPORTED
THE HELEN AND BARRY BENEFIT
The special show on 23rd Oct rasied £10,000 for Helen and Barry as they battle with cancer, and for their chosen partner charities. You can still donate, background info in Robin's post here, or directly to Helen's GoFundMe here or CLIC Sargent here. Thank you.
ROBIN GUESTS ON JOSIE'S RADIO 4 DOC
Josie Long has done a little Radio 4 thing (Short Cuts: Duet), and Robin did some bits for it via phone. Find it here.
NEW ARCHIVE ON 4 DOC:
Drawing on diverse sources from nuclear missile tests to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Orson Wells' infamous radio hoax, Ince discovers how destruction has been portrayed in different ways across the decades, with archive contributions from thinkers including physicist Richard Feynman and philosopher Noam Chomsky. Find it here.
COSMICSHAMBLES.COM NOW LIVE!
The Cosmic Shambles Network is the new home of many of the creations of Robin and friends, bringing together science tours, podcasts, video contributions and blog features. Dig in and enjoy now, over at cosmicshambles.com.
ROBIN AND JOSIE'S BOOK SHAMBLES
SEASON 5 ON NOW!
Robin and Josie Long are making podcasts with lots of nice authors and interesting people, talking enthusiastically about their favourite books, or just mesmerising topics. Find them over at the Cosmic Shambles site HERE
DEAD FUNNY BOOKS
Robin and Johnny Mains team up for this unique exploration of the relationship between comedy and horror to see if they do, as believed, make the most comfortable of bedfellows. Two books now, find them here and here, and dangerously running loose in other places.
VITRIOLA PODCAST NOW
"VITRIOLA MUSIC SHAMBLES"
Robin and Michael Legge and some others have now done more than 50 of their "enthusiastic" music podcasts. Two old men talking about music and trying to convince you to start buying records again. The new home page for them is over at Cosmic Shambles, find them here.
THE SCIENCE OF DR SEUSS
BBC Radio 4: Robin enters the wonderful wacky world of Dr Seuss, and uncovers some surprising real world science hidden within these childhood classics. He's joined by scientists and fellow Seuss fans Sophie Scott, Andrea Sella, Mark Miodownick and Adam Rutherford who reveal some of the very real scientific ideas hiding within the seemingly nonsensical worlds and rhymes of Dr Seuss. Find it here
THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE!
(AVAILABLE TO BUY IN BBC STORE)
What would happen if a Brian Cox lecture was interrupted by an Eric Idle and Arlene Phillips musical starring Noel Fielding, Warwick Davis and Hannah Waddingham? Tune in to find out. Robin also pops up. Some clips and a link to BBC Store via this BBC link.
NEW: "LAST" EVER SHOW
£15 DVD / £7 DOWNLOAD
This double-DVD or instant download contains an incredible 6 hours+ of material from a set of shows to round up Robin's full-time touring lifesyle. More info over at www.gofasterstripe.com.
QUEST FOR WONDER!
FINAL EPISODE 6 NOW LIVE
(WITH SPECIAL GUEST)
The Incomplete Map of the Cosmic Genome in association with the Science Museum are proud to announce a brand new 6 episode mini series, The Quest For Wonder starring Professor Brian Cox and Robin Ince and their puppet counterparts.
The show is a fun-filled caper through the world of science that is sure to delight both children and adults alike. More info here. Episode 6 is now up: "To The Moon!", with a special felt guest...
NEW BBC WORLD SERVICE DOC:
What does the DNA of our closest ancestors tell us about ourselves? Professor Svante Paabo is director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and he tells Robin Ince about being one of the first people in the world to start looking at ancient DNA. Find it here.
ROBIN AND BRIAN COX
2 PART RELATIVITY RADIO 4 DOC
SECOND PART NOW AVAILABLE
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of its publication, Brian Cox and the world's leading cosmologists take Robin on a guided tour of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity. Find it here.
ROBIN'S RADIO 4 SHORT STORY
Robin has done a little short story inspired by the Theory of Relativity: 'Thoughts While Plummeting'. Find it here. The podcast drops the first few lines of the story, so you can find the full text version here.
RICHARD HERRING LEICESTER SQUARE
THEATRE PODCAST, (RHLSTP) WITH ROBIN
At last, Richard Herring has got round to interviewing Robin for his delightful podcast series. Many nuggets of joy contained... YouTube vid here.
TEDX SALFORD TALK ONLINE
Robin's TEDx Salford talk (curiosity as an act of rebellion) is up on YouTube here.
BBC RADIO 4 DOC
HOLLOW EARTH: A TRAVEL GUIDE
IPLAYER NOW AVAILABLE
Robin takes us on a tour of a world beneath the earth's crust, exploring the history of Hollow Earth theory through literature, legend and scientific theory. Contributions from Alan Moore, Rudy Rucker, Prof Francesca Stavrakopoulou and more.
Find it here.
ROBIN AND JOSIE ARE BACK:
COSMIC SHAMBLES PODCAST
Robin and Josie Long continue their shambolic podcast over at their new home at the Cosmic Genome. Brian Cox also pops in to the first one!
Soundcloud or iTunes link now available here.
BBC RADIO 4 DOC
TEARS OF A CLOWN
IPLAYER NOW AVAILABLE
How true is the image of the melancholy comedian? While the lives of Kenneth Williams, Tony Hancock and Spike Milligan are raked over with new books and documentaries appearing on a yearly basis, hundreds of comedians seemingly live and perform without facing anxiety that reaches clinical levels.
Is comedy just like every other profession, or is there a need for some loss or pain in childhood to create the outsider who wishes to spend each night making themselves face one of the top three fears of human beings, public speaking?
Find it here.
LISTEN AGAIN TO ROBIN'S
BBC RADIO 4 DOC
HEAL THYSELF (SELF HELP)
Robin did a 3 part series on the history of the self help movement. Find it here.
NEW: LEAST WORST DVD
There's a new DVD just out: "The Very Least Worst of Robin Ince", a compilation of all kinds of thoughts that never made it on tour, including the likes of Edinburgh gigs over the years. There's some technical trickery which means every time you play the disc, the 23 chapters change order, and lucky customers might get a copy with a completely different title on the sleeve and disc! More details over at www.gofasterstripe.com.
TEDX DUBLIN TALK UP
Robin's enthusiastic talk from TEDx in Dublin is up on YouTube here.
HAPPINESS THROUGH SCIENCE
2012 TOUR DVD NOW AVAILABLE
BRIAN COX COMMENTARY!
The DVD from last year's tour has been distilled, ready for diffusion into your habitat, complete with extras and a full commentry track from Robin, joined by Brian Cox. Available now at www.gofasterstripe.com.
EDITED BY BRIAN AND ROBIN
Brian and Robin have guest-edited a special Christmas edition of New Statesman magazine. Read their nice article here, with a link to the full edition at the bottom.
MORE 9 LESSONS AND CAROLS
2011 DVD AVAILABLE
The 2011 Christmas science, comedy and music show is now available at www.gofasterstripe.com.
UTTER SHAMBLES: SERIES 4
EXCLUSIVE EXTENDED EDITIONS
Robin and Josie Long chat with Stewart Lee about alternative comedy, in episode 3 of series 4. Comedy Central are doing longer versions than iTunes, also available earlier. Find them on Comedy Central, (download link in text) or go straight to all 4 series' download page here.
Alternatively, search iTunes for "Robin and Josie's Utter Shambles" (latest is episode 19, 20 should trickle through eventually, but it won't be the extended edition...)
"ROBIN INCE'S BAD BOOK CLUB"
PAPERBACK OR KINDLE
Reprinted again... paperback or Kindle. Robin's guide to the world’s worst inadvertently hilarious books. Order at places like amazon.co.uk. Complete with excerpts from a lot of badly good books, including some crabs.
THE INFINITE MONKEY CAGE
WINS CHORTLE RADIO AWARD
Congrats to everyone at The Infinite Monkey Cage, (the BBC Radio 4 light-hearted science series presented by Robin and Brian Cox), and thanks to all who voted.
TED TALK AFTERMATH
Robin has done a little blog for TED, about the process of being a speaker at TED, here.
10 LESSONS AND CAROLS FOR GODLESS PEOPLE
2010 CD AVAILABLE
The 2010 Christmas science, comedy and music show is now available at www.gofasterstripe.com. Stay tuned for news of the 2011 show recordings.
TED TALK ONLINE
Robin's TED Global talk in Edinburgh is at ted.com here.
9 LESSONS CHRISTMAS SHOW 2008
DVD AVAILABLE NOW!
The original Chortle Award winning show from 2008 has been released by Go Faster Stripe. Order now at www.gofasterstripe.com
"Robin Ince is as Dumb as You" DVD Released
After much anticipation, the "Robin Ince is as Dumb as You" DVD is now available, featuring a 1 hour 9 minute stand-up show, shot at Cardiff's Chapter Arts Centre. Also features Martin White on accordion, and 2 hours and 9 minutes of commentary by Robin and school friend Ed Dyson, (this is not a misprint, they comment exhaustively on the extras as well). Produced by the excellent GoFasterStripe team.
Order now at www.gofasterstripe.com