Fact Up! The weekly improvised character comedy podcast from Britain's best improvisers & comedians. Join hosts Ian T Day (The Free Association), Chris Gau (C5's Borderline) & Shaun Lowthian (Do Not Adjust Your Stage) as they fail to answer all of life’s questions, one topic at a time. In their fruitless quest for knowledge, they're helped & hindered by guest ‘experts' from the UK & US comedy scene. Who is Eddie Stobart? What is the point? Why is France? Find out and Fact Up!
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IAN THOMAS DAY
Ian moved to London from Canada in the winter of 2013. The fact that he is from Canada is probably the first thing he will tell you if you ever meet. The second thing he might bring up is that he’s been performing in a variety of ways for many years but only been doing this improv thing for two.
Shaun has trained in long-form improv in the UK and USA with the UCB, Second City, iO, TJ & Dave, Monkey Toast and Free Association. Shaun features in EpicLloyd’s globally interactive improv web series Off The Top (YouTubeSpaceLA). He holds a Forever Manchester Award as co-writer and performer of comedy play Radio: Now In Technicolour.
Chris Gau is a comedy writer & improviser from London. In addition to co-creating and writing Borderline (Channel 5) and The Literary Adventures of Mr Brown (BBC Radio 4), Chris has writing several short films: “Bin Day” made the Official Selection at the LA Comedy Shorts and “Screen Grab” was shortlisted for the BAFTA sponsored Reed Short Film Competition. When not writing, Chris performs with The Wilsons at the Free Association Theatre in London.
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Improviser and director Jim Archer (The Petting Zoo, My Sister’s Dollhouse) joins Fact Up! co-hosts Ian T Day, Chris Gau & Shaun Lowthian to mark Sexual Health Week the only way they know how, by exploring the topic of sex from every position. Gue
Protesting low pay, long hours & extreme violence at the podcast, co-hosts Ian T Day & Shaun Lowthian have gone on strike. Refusing to reform his working practices, Chris Gau employs a couple of scabs to break the strike and keep Fact Up! running. Which side will give in first? Vote with your feet and Fact Up!
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Comedian Tessa Coates (The Debrief, Massive Dad, Elevenish) joins co-hosts Ian T Day, Chris Gau & Shaun Lowthian to celebrate the Last Night of The Proms. One of the ‘four most good’ conductors in Russia, Yelena Romanov Andreyevich takes Ian through the conductor training process. Will Chris get a date? Grab your miniature British flags and Fact Up!
In celebration of Notting Hill Carnival, the Fact Up! co-hosts go on location Ian T Day, Chris Gau & Shaun Lowthian to Kentish Town High Street to learn all about gentrification. Taking in the sights, sounds and tastes of the local coffee shops, bicycle repair and secular churches, will the boys make it back to the studio on time for the real business - collecting their chorizo pizza order? Grab a macchiato and Fact Up.
Improviser and comedian Freddie(The 838, The Petting Zoo) joins joins co-hosts Ian T Day, Chris Gau and Shaun Lowthian to take a critical eye at the photographic arts. Expert photographer to babies, animals and the elderly Jerry Andrews shares his top tips on composition, colour and frame size. Say cheese and Fact Up!
Comedian Tamar Broadbent (Get Ugly, My Brother José) joins joins co-hosts Ian T Day, Chris Gau & Shaun Lowthian to celebrate the World Athletics Championships coming to London. Miss Milly has a philosophy for winning, and now you can too. Tie up your running spikes and Fact Up!
Improviser and actor Naomi Petersen (Sweet Fanny Adams, Drifters) joins co-hosts Ian T Day, Chris Gau & Shaun Lowthian to talk festivals! The great British summer is full to the brim with festive celebrations, none more exciting that the Regional Annual National Festival of Wood. Director Cindy Strawberry pops in to reveal this year's highlights. Pack some wood in your backpack and Fact Up!
Improviser Alex Holland (The Cartel, The Petting Zoo) joins joins co-hosts Ian T Day, Chris Gau & Shaun Lowthian to blow the whistle on the podcast's unethical practices on National Whistleblowing Day. Professional whistleblower Reg Reg Kerr explains his tech issues to uncover any minor infractions, from fouls to handballs. Take a deep breath, blow your whistle and Fact Up!
Celebrated chimp actor Mr Jinx (episode 47) returns to Fact Up! following his trip to Motaba, Zaire and Cedar Creek, California. Co-hosts Ian T Day, Chris Gau & Shaun Lowthian get the latest on his lovelife, his latest roles and the development of his cough. Get your jabs and Fact Up!
Fact Up!'s grizzly history threatens to catch up with co-hosts Ian T Day, Chris Gau & Shaun Lowthian thanks to an impromptu visit from DTI Rex Lamki. Can Rex keep his focus away from the podcast studio's cracking technical set-up for long enough to join the evidence dots? Find out, fess up and Fact Up!
72 - Tennis (with Shamus Maxwell)
Improviser Shamus Maxwell (The Wilsons, The Infinite Fairytale Podcast) joins co-hosts Ian T Day, Chris Gau & Shaun Lowthian to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. The boys have snared centre court seats and bump into legendary German-Irish-American tennis coach Wilhelm O'Shaughnessy for some top tennis tips. Serve up and Fact Up!
Comedian Clare Plested (The 838), joins hosts Ian T Day, Chris Gau & Shaun Lowthian to celebrate their birthdays! We hear from girl-in-a-birthday-cake to the stars, Birthday Girl Cake Surprise, get to the bottom of Shaun's loneliness and get altogether too excited. Unwrap this week's episode and Fact Up!
It's Father's Day and the Fact Up! co-hosts Ian T Day, Chris Gau & Shaun Lowthian are celebrated with a visit from Ian's father. Struggling to come to terms with his wife's affair with Merman Prince of Atlantis Giovanni Oceani (episode 22), father Day has adopted a new identity and seeks bloody revenge on the Fact Up! studio.
Comedian Lorna Shaw (Newsjack, That Pair, My Brother Jose) joins Fact Up! hosts Ian T Day, Chris Gau & Shaun Lowthian for National Blood Donor Day. Cleaner and part-time forensic scientist Kimberley Jessops talks to the team about getting those pesky blood stains out of a crime scene, dating tennis stars and creative cleaning uses for milk.
Comedian David Elms (Borderline, Mr Swallow) joins Fact Up! hosts Ian T Day, Chris Gau & Shaun Lowthian to get the lowdown on the upcoming General Election. Pollster Tapper Chunk reveals his unorthodox research methods and casts the deciding vote for Fact Up Leader. Put an X in the box and Fact Up!
Join co-hosts Ian T Day, Chris Gau & Shaun Lowthian as Fact Up! celebrates World No Tobacco Day, with special guest from Scottish American Tobacco, Fraser McKenzie. There’s no smoke without fire, and no knowledge without Fact Up! Roll up and Fact Up!
It's National Burger Day, and never missing the chance to cash-in, the Fact Up! team are joined by burger magnate Frank Cantone to promote his new British franchise. Hosts Ian T Day, Chris Gau & Shaun Lowthian discover what's on a burger, what's in the special sauce and what's the difference between a burger and a beef sandwich. Dig in and Fact Up!
Comic Kat Bond (That Pair, Call The Midwife) joins Fact Up! co-hosts Ian T Day, Chris Gau & Shaun Lowthian to explore the most ancient mode of transport - the bike. St Catherine the Martyr, Virgin, one-time grime artist and now bicycle repair woman explains the fundamentals of getting around on two wheels, explains her beef with Joan of Arc and uses her saintly powers to secure some positive Yelp reviews. Hop on and Fact Up!
Actor Charlie Kemp (Emmerdale, Judge John Deed, The Cartel) joins Fact Up! to celebrate Cinco de Mayo the only way we know how - by wading into the sensitive topic of walls. Curator of Leicester's second most popular wall-based attraction the Museum of Walls.
Celebrated comic book creator and cartoonist Mick Spitz joins Fact Up! to talk about his most beloved creations: Lightman and Voidboy. It's not all about dubious politics and rippling muscles...well, actually it is. Sharpen your pencil and Fact Up!
It's St George's Day this week, and Fact Up! is celebrating by taking a look at that most English of traditions - ETIQUETTE, with special guests Michael and Richard of the Gentlemen's Relish podcast. We learn how to start a conversation, exchange gifts and what cutlery to use without making a complete idiot out of yourself. Put on your Sunday Best, mind your Ps & Qs, and Fact Up!
Actor & comic Alison Thea-Skot joins hosts Ian T Day, Chris Gau & Shaun Lowthian to celebrate Easter! And we all know what that means: bank holidays, chocolate and specifically eggs -which is exactly what their guest is. Crack all things Easter and Fact Up!
New to Fact Up! and wondering where to start? Check out these highlights of the best bits from our episodes on theatre (17), Christmas (45) and Hats (48), with guests Matt Jones (Breaking Bad), Matthew Stevens (Thunderbards, Do Not Adjust Your Stage) and Freya Slipper (The Free Association).
Just in time for April Fool’s Day this week finds our very own fools chatting with 1980’s stand-up comic Bob Dugnutt about all things HUMOUR. What makes a good joke? Are there topics in which comedy has no place? Will Bob re-connect wth his estranged children? Find out in this episode of Fact UP!
What is it good for? Find out in this week's Fact Up! Brigadier Charles Gorringe, celebrated veteran of a Korean War whips the team into shape with some expert military training (and burpies). Drop, give us 20 and Fact Up!
NASA astronaut Chase Danson (Episode 21) is back, alongside hosts Ian T Day, Chris Gau & Shaun Lowthian as Fact Up! goes extra-terrestrial for World Alien Abduction Day. Look to the stars and Fact Up!
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Actor Katharine Bennett-Fox joins co-hosts Ian T Day, Chris Gau & Shaun Lowthian, as Fact Up! celebrates Holi - the festival of colours. B&Q intern Cassie Matthews talks colour charts, drill bits and drives a wedge through the core of the podcast team. Join us and Fact Up! @factupppod
Actor & comedian Liz Kingsman (C5’s Borderline, Massive Dad) is back as Fact Up! goes prehistoric. Join hosts Ian T Day, Chris Gau & Shaun Lowthian for all the answers on Jurassic identity politics in the 21st century. Check yourself before you T-Rex yourself, and Fact Up! @factuppod