It Just So Happened - an alternative history show

Stand-up comedians at live festival events present short historical ‘on this day’ pieces then discuss some historical topics or people connected to the location where the live show recording takes place. This was a touring show across UK festivals in 2019. In 2020 live videocasts are taking place while Covid-19 restrictions remain in place. Regular podcasts should resume in 2021. Find us at @ItJustSo1 on Twitter.

IJSH19 - BUXTON Fringe - 18th July 2020

July 18th, 2020

Podcast episode 019 features historical events from 18th July and from the history of Buxton.

With guest panellists James Frinto, Charmian Hughes, Kevin Hudson and Gerard Harris

 

IJSH18 - LEICESTER Comedy Festival - 11th February 2020

April 17th, 2020

Podcast episode 018 features historical events from 11th February and from the history of Leicester.

Recorded at Wygston's House in Leicester, as part of the Leicester Comedy Festival.

With guest panellists Lisa Vernon, Kevin Hudson, Rahul Somia and Tony Cowards.

The panellists performed self-penned stand-up comedy material based on 11th February in history before talking about Leicester 'firsts' and 'biggests'.

IJSH17 - LEICESTER Comedy Festival - 7th February 2020

March 15th, 2020

Recorded at The King Richard III Centre in Leicester, as part of the Leicester Comedy Festival 2020.

With guest panellists Alasdair Beckett-King, Ben Ennis, Chris Phillips and Jo Mungovin.

The panellists performed self-penned stand-up comedy material based on 7th February in history, before recalling some sayings from Leicester-born 'Python' Graham Chapman and finding out about the life of Leicester-born Joseph Merrick.

* Apologies for the slightly poorer quality audio on this one - this was due to 'technical issues' on the night! *

IJSH16 - NOTTINGHAM Comedy Festival - 10th November 2019

January 11th, 2020

Recorded at The Castle pub in Nottingham, as part of the Nottingham Comedy Festival.

With guest panellists Lisa Vernon, Tommy Tomski, Tony Cowards and Sanjay Brown.

The panellists performed self-penned stand-up comedy material based on 10th November in history, before discussing topics based on some famous events and people with historical Nottingham connections.

Amongst other things we find out:-
- why it was National Accounting Day
- that Kalashnikov umbrellas are a thing
- nutmeg and lime is not a tasty combination
- how joking about bananas could get you into trouble
- ways to get from Dover to Nottingham
- how the Goose Fair got its name
- why the leading lady in Brief Encounter popped into Boots

IJSH15 - DUNFERMLINE Outwith Festival - 4th September 2019

December 28th, 2019

Recorded at The Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum in Dunfermline, as part of the Outwith Festival.

With guest panellists Vladimir McTavish, Jamie Dalgleish, Dan Downie and Bruce Fummey.

The panellists performed self-penned stand-up comedy material based on 4th September in history, before discussing topics based on some famous people with historical Dunfermline connections.

Amongst other things we find out:-
- how someone was thought to be disguising themselves as a badger
- how New Caledonia got its name
- what made Mary Queen of Scots so, well, Scottish
- what happened when the Forth Road Bridge was opened
- just how accurate Shakespeare's Macbeth was
- where you could go with some body parts when there was no Crusade to take them on
- how a military band played at the dissection of a whale

IJSH14 - EDINBURGH Festival Fringe - 20th August 2019

December 14th, 2019

Recorded at The Beehive Inn in the Grassmarket, Edinburgh, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

With guest panellists Gerard Harris, Radu Isac and Lee Moore.

The panellists performed self-penned stand-up comedy material based on 20th August in history, before discussing topics based on some famous people with historical Edinburgh connections.

Amongst other things we find out:-
- why Mexico was not a safe haven for an opponent of Stalin
- what message of greeting will last for 1 billion years
- a very spooky-sounding conspiracy theory based on baseball statistics
- whom from Edinburgh was voted the sexiest man alive
- something which allegedly happened to Petula Clark
- whose wicket Sir Arthur Conan Doyle took in a game of cricket

And also why the panel embarked on a rendition of Wee Willie Winkie.

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IJSH13 - EDINBURGH Festival Fringe - 13th August 2019

November 30th, 2019

Recorded at The Beehive Inn in the Grassmarket, Edinburgh, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

With guest panellists Charmian Hughes, Andrew White, Fedor Ikelaar and David Cruickshanks.

The panellists performed self-penned stand-up comedy material based on 13th August in history, before discussing topics based on some notorious crimes and criminals in the history of Edinburgh.

IJSH12 - EDINBURGH Festival Fringe - 6th August 2019

November 15th, 2019

Recorded at the Beehive Inn as part of the Scottish Comedy Festival in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

With guest panellists Matt Duwell, Nav Chima, Dylan Dodds and Louise Leigh.

The panellists performed self-penned stand-up comedy material based on 6th August in history, before discussing topics based on the history of Edinburgh's Grassmarket and Greyfriars Kirkyard.

IJSH11 - Great Yorkshire Fringe - YORK - 28th July 2019

October 30th, 2019

Recorded in the John Cooper Studio Theatre at 41 Monkgate in York, as part of The Great Yorkshire Fringe.

With guest panellists Alex Leam, Lisa Vernon, Tommy Tomski and John Rands, the recording was hosted by Richard Pulsford.

The panellists performed self-penned stand-up comedy material based on 28th July in history, before discussing topics from the history of York.

IJSH10 - READING Fringe Festival - 25th July 2019

October 17th, 2019

Recorded in the Three Guineas at Reading Station, as part of The Reading Fringe Festival.

With guest panellists Sham Allen, Terry Dixon, Chris Riley and Iszi Lawrence, the recording was hosted by Richard Pulsford.

The panellists performed self-penned stand-up comedy material based on 25th July in history, before discussing topics from the history of Reading.

NB Due to a technical hiccup the recording ends a couple of minutes before the actual show did.

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IJSH09 - GUILDFORD Fringe Festival - 24th July 2019

September 30th, 2019

Recorded in the Star Inn in Quarry Street in Guildford, as part of The Guildford Fringe Festival. With guest panellists Sam Stay, Fiona Spreadborough, Danny Buckler and Matthew Baylis, the recording was hosted by Richard Pulsford.

The panellists performed self-penned stand-up comedy material based on 24th July in history, before discussing topics from the history of Guildford.

IJSH08 - BEDFORD Fringe - 22nd July 2019

September 19th, 2019

Recorded in the Studio at the Quarry Theatre at St Luke's, as part of The Bedford Fringe. With guest panellists Paul Kerr, Ben Aveling, John Rands and Simon Munnery, the recording was hosted by Richard Pulsford.

The panellists performed self-penned stand-up comedy material based on 22nd July in history, before discussing topics from the history of Bedford. 

IJSH07 - BUXTON Fringe - 21st July 2019

August 31st, 2019

Recorded at the Buxton Fringe with Ben Ennis, Gerard Harris, James Frinton and Alasdair Beckett-King. Hosted by Richard Pulsford at the Rotunda Theatre in the Pavilion Gardens.

Panellists performed self-penned stand-up comedy material based on 21st July in history, before discussing topics from the history of Buxton, including well-dressing, hemlock-laced meals, Shakespeare's cars and mushroom farms.

IJSH06 - MORECAMBE Fringe Festival - 19th July 2019

August 15th, 2019

Recorded at the Morecambe Fringe Festival with Kriss Foster, Amy B, Andy Robertson and Bruce 'Sid' Sidlo. Hosted by Richard Pulsford at the Alt-Space venue.

Panellists perform self-penned stand-up comedy material based on 19th July in history, before discussing topics from the history of Morecambe, including Morecambe's most famous son - Eric Bartholomew.

IJSH05 - LUDLOW Fringe Festival - 23rd June 2019

July 2nd, 2019

Simon Bolton, Lisa Vernon, Darren Archer and Gerard Harris discuss things which happened on 23rd June with host Richard Pulsford.

NB The recording ends after 50 minutes - due to some technical issues on the day the panel's exploration of Ludlow's history has unfortunately not made it through to the podcast.

IJSH04 - BRIGHTON Fringe #2 - 5th May 2019

May 19th, 2019

It Just So Happened - Show 4 - 5th May 2019.

NB CONTAINS ADULT THEMES!

Recorded at the Brighton Fringe, with guests David Robinson, Cerys Bradley and Annie Harris. Hosted by Richard Pulsford and recorded at Sweet Werks, Brighton.

Panellists perform self-penned stand-up comedy material based on 5th May in history, before discussing topics from the history of Brighton and Hove, including the first ever blue movie to survive (filmed in Hove) and the UK's first naturist beach (in Brighton).

IJSH03 - BRIGHTON Fringe #1 - 4th May 2019

May 10th, 2019

It Just So Happened - Show 3 - 4th May 2019.

Recorded at the Brighton Fringe, with guests John Rands, Vladimir McTavish, Sha Wylie and James Bennison. Hosted by Richard Pulsford and recorded at Sweet Werks, Brighton.

Panellists perform self-penned stand-up comedy material based on 4th May in history, before discussing topics from the history of Brighton and Hove, including the efficient stacking of giraffes on Noah's Ark.

IJSH02 - GLASGOW Comedy Festival - 26th March 2019

May 10th, 2019

It Just So Happened - Show 2 - 26th March 2019.

Recorded at the Glasgow Comedy Festival, with guests David Cruickshanks, Annie Gilfillan, Matt Duwell and Vladimir McTavish. Hosted by Richard Pulsford and recorded at The Iron Horse pub, Glasgow.

Panellists perform self-penned stand-up comedy material based on 26th March in history, before discussing topics from the history of Glasgow, including the 'Clockwork Orange' subway.

IJSH01 - LEICESTER Comedy Festival - 10th February 2019

May 10th, 2019

It Just So Happened - Show 1 - 10th February 2019.

Recorded at the Leicester Comedy Festival, with guests Kevin Hudson, Adham Fisher, Jack Topher and Ben Ennis. Hosted by Richard Pulsford and recorded at Wygston's House, Leicester.

Panellists perform self-penned stand-up comedy material based on 10th February in history, before discussing topics from the history of Leicester, including the recently rediscovered remains of King Richard III.