Sometimes the best ideas come from the craziest places – particularly when you’re stuck in COVID-induced isolation and have a lot of time on your hands. Just ask OG Chaser Charles Firth, who just launched the new podcast The Chaser Report, a half-hour topical comedy current affairs show focused on how to survive the lockdown – particularly through the consumption of alcohol.
On the most recent ep of It’s Been A Big Day For, Firth explained where the idea for The Chaser Report came from. “It’s interesting, Nova approached us to do a podcast at the beginning of the year, and what we wanted to do was actually a true crime podcast,” he said. “They are the thing to do.” LISTEN BELOW:
Firth joked the whole idea was for one of the Chasers to commit a murder so they could create a podcast about it. “We didn’t know any unsolved crimes – but this way, you’d know the beginning, middle and end, you’d know the motive, all the characters.”
“Then the pandemic happened, and the only thing anyone is listening to is COVID-related.”
While Firth acknowledged that there has been “13 trillion” podcasts that have launched since the global pandemic, “there is a gap in the market for current affairs programs that you know you can’t trust.”
Instead of pointing out all the fake news floating around the Internet right now, Firth insists The Chaser Report leans into the bullshit and takes a big whiff. “We’ve actually been burning down 5G towers,” he joked.
“It has destroyed our credibility a little – not that we had any to begin with,” Firth said of the podcast.
When it comes to surviving the tight government restrictions and rules around social distancing, Firth admits it’s not been easy.
“I’ve been drinking so much more than usual,” Firth admitted. “We’re not working from home, we’re surviving a pandemic while trying to work from home.”
“You have to laugh, or otherwise you’d just sob,” he said. As for taking care of your mental – and physical – health while in isolation, Firth’s tip is to “pour all the kombucha out, and pour in vodka.”
You can listen to The Chaser Report on all your favourite podcasts platforms right now.
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